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Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Disbands Immigration Squad

Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Disbands Immigration Squad

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office revealed late Wednesday that it was [...]
Will Immigration Agents Use DMV Data for Enforcement?LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver’s license databases to track down people for deportation.  The National Immigration Law Center sued the Department of Homeland Security demanding documents detailing how federal immigration agents access and use driver’s license data. The lawsuit comes [...]
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DREAMers in Ariz. Win Right to Driver’s Licenses  Thousands of young immigrants in Arizona can now receive driver’s licenses and state identification documents following a Wednesday decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that blocked a request from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, according to the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. The news set off a round of celebratory statements from immigrants and their supporters, [...]
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Cities Launch Effort to Increase Citizenship  Naturalization can increase an immigrant’s income by up to 11 percent, which can boost the economy through more tax dollars and spending, according to a 2014 report by The Center for Popular Democracy, the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and the National Partnership for New Americans.  Applying for citizenship takes time [...]
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Texas to Have Largest Family Immigration Facility  DILLEY, Texas (AP) — The Obama administration on Monday unveiled a former oil field workers’ camp in rural South Texas that’s being converted into the nation’s largest family immigration detention center, as federal authorities brace for the possibility that mothers and children may again come pouring across the U.S.-Mexico border without documents.  Homeland Security [...]
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Border Patrol: More Women Agents Wanted in SouthwestTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol is on a hiring spree for a very specific type of agent: a female one. Only 5 percent of its approximately 21,000 agents around the country are women, and the agency has long called this a problem. It is especially troublesome in the Southwest, where nearly 120,000 [...]
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Immigration Conference to Focus on ‘Inclusive Democracy’  Thousands of immigrants, grassroots advocates and supporters will gather in Los Angeles starting on Dec. 14 for a three-day national conference to discuss President Barack Obama’s administrative relief proposal, as well as education, citizenship, technology, the arts, health care and ways to strengthen communities.  The annual meeting – formally known as the National Immigrant [...]
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Obama Immigration Plan Blocked by House GOP  WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have passed a bill denouncing President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration and declaring them “null and void.” The legislation, which passed 219-197, declares it would undo the measures Obama announced last month to extend work permits and relief from deportation to more than 4 million immigrants in this [...]
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Speech Reaction: Immigrants Celebrate the MomentPresident Barack Obama’s Thursday evening speech about executive actions on immigration included deportation relief for nearly 5 million people. For many immigrant families and grassroots advocates, that was a solid step to full progress. But the president’s nationally-televised address accomplished something else: It catapulted immigration back into the national spotlight. Election 2014 is over and the [...]
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Obama Claims Legality to Make Immigration ChangesWASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration [...]
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