February 5, 2016

U.S. Agrees to New Rules for Immigration Raids

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Federal authorities have agreed to establish new policies governing the conduct of immigration officers during raids, including restrictions on how and when agents can enter private homes, the source of widespread ire and anxiety among immigrants. The rules are included in a settlement that was approved by a Federal District Court judge on Thursday, concluding a six-year-old class-action lawsuit. The suit contended that in eight raids in 2006 and 2007, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, without court warrants or other legal justification, forced their way into the homes of Latino families on Long Island and in Westchester County. “No longer will ICE agents have free rein to…

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House Immigration Bill Is Said to Offer 3 Paths

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WASHINGTON — In the shadow of a bipartisan Senate group preparing to roll out broad immigration legislation next week, shortly after Congress returns from its holiday break, a bipartisan group of eight House members is readying its own bill. In contrast to the Senate plan — which would provide one clear, if difficult, path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country — the House legislation will most likely offer three distinct paths to legal status. Young immigrants in the country without legal papers, who often call themselves “Dreamers,” and low-skilled agricultural workers would qualify for an expedited…

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Associated Press drops the term “illegal immigrant”

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The Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant.” The news came in the form of a blog entry authored by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on Tuesday afternoon, explaining that the decision is part of the company’s on-going attempt to rid their Stylebook of labels. “The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally,” Carroll wrote. The company’s decision…

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‘Green card’ to be abolished by US government

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By Chris Wamalwa The annual diversity visa lottery commonly known as the Green Card is on the chopping board and would be abolished if Congress endorses a measure passed late last week by lawmakers in the lower house. The House of Representatives voted Friday to cancel the annual diversity visa lottery and give those immigration visas to foreigners who earn advanced degrees from American universities, the Washington Times reported on Monday. This is the first major immigration bill passed by Republicans since the elections. The paper says that the 245-139 vote was a test of the GOP’s plan to tackle immigration piecemeal, and while the bill passed, the strong opposition from Democrats suggests that Republicans’…

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Deal Reached on Guest Worker Program in Immigration

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WASHINGTON — The nation’s top business and labor groups reached an agreement on a guest worker program for low-skilled immigrants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said on Saturday. The deal clears the path for broad immigration legislation to be introduced when Congress returns from its two-week recess in mid-April. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York and one of eight senators from both parties who have been negotiating an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, convened a conference call on Friday night with Thomas J. Donohue, the president of the United States Chamber of Commerce, and Richard L. Trumka,…

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10 tips on what do in preparation for immigration reform

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What should you, a loved one, friend, or coworker be doing as of now to prepare for potential immigration reform? 1. Do NOT pay anyone to get in line for immigration reform, hold your paper work or open a file on your behalf to get a head start!!! Ethically an Immigration attorney cannot retain a case for some form of relief until it has been passed or approved by the Immigration Service. 2. Start gathering proof for the years that you have lived in the United States. Make sure all documents have your name and the date. Examples of documents that…

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The new driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in North Carolina

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Olegario Rodriguez arrived at the DMV long before the doors opened Monday. He wanted to claim the first spot in line. As he waited in near-freezing temperatures, he skimmed a driver’s ed manual, trying to soak in last-minute details. “I need my license,” said Rodriguez, 25. “When you drive without a license, you get into a lot of trouble, and I don’t want any trouble.” Rodriguez has been granted deferred action under the Obama administration’s program for young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. But until this week, getting a driver’s license was out of…

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Obama expects debate on immigration reform bill next month

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Seeking to ignite congressional movement on immigration reform, President Obama said Monday he expects the Senate to take significant action on the issue next month. “I expect a bill to be put forward. I expect the debate to begin next month. I want to sign that bill into law as soon as possible,” Obama said at a naturalization ceremony at the White House. “We are making progress, but we’ve got to finish the job,” Obama said. “Everyone pretty much knows what’s broken. Everybody knows how to fix it,” he also said. “We’ve all proposed solutions and we’ve got a lot…

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Young Immigrants, Seeking Deferred Action, Find Unexpected relief

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When Angy Rivera, an illegal immigrant, was a young girl in New York City, she was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend. He was eventually convicted and imprisoned, but only recently did Ms. Rivera find out that her cooperation with investigators had qualified her for a special benefit: a visa for victims of serious crimes. Many young illegal immigrants across the country have similarly learned in recent months that they could be eligible for little-known visas that would allow them to put years of worrying about deportation behind them, immigration lawyers said. These discoveries have come about as an unintended…

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Senators aim to reach bipartisan immigration deal next week

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(Reuters) – Eight senators aim to cap months of talks next week with a comprehensive deal to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, a member of the bipartisan group said on Thursday. Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a longtime reform advocate, said once the agreement is done, aides will draw up legislation that could be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee in April. “That’s our goal,” Menendez told Reuters. “We hope to agree on all of the major issues, hopefully, by the end of next week. But it could slip a bit,” he said, perhaps by a couple of…

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