Dreamers activists will attempt to cross back into US from Mexico

September 30, 2013

students-workingThe Guardian, 9/29/2013

At 1pm on Monday, Rocio Hernandez Perez and 29 other young people will walk in a convoy across the bridge over the Rio Bravo and head for the Nuevo Laredo border crossing between Mexico and the US.

Dressed uniformly in graduation caps and gowns in the style of American students, which most of them once were, they will present themselves to US border guards on the Texas side of the crossing and in effect beg to be arrested.

They expect to be handcuffed and removed into a side room in the Nuevo Laredo border post for processing. If all goes according to plan, they will then be taken into detention where they will be held in custody for what could be several weeks.

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Immigration debate: Tuition breaks go largely unclaimed

July 8, 2013

education - pile of booksPolitico, 7/7/2013

Fifteen states have passed laws allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges — a huge incentive for lower-income kids looking for a financial break.

But while opponents have screamed about giving taxpayer subsidies to illegal immigrants, the actual programs themselves have fallen well short — in some states only a couple dozen students have signed up, and at most a couple hundred have taken advantage of the laws. At the University of Connecticut — a school of nearly 18,000 — only 33 undocumented students use the law.

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Illegal immigration: Who’s applying for Obama’s ‘DREAM Act’ deferrals?

November 20, 2012

The Christian Science Monitor, 11/20/2012

About one-quarter of the young undocumented immigrants eligible for the two-year deportation deferral established by President Obama have applied since the program started Aug. 15.

Statistics released last week by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) gave the fullest portrait yet of who is applying, and they suggested that enthusiasm for the program was not dampened by the uncertainty caused by presidential election.

Republican nominee Mitt Romney had waffled on how he would handle the program, leading some immigration advocates to wonder if applicants might be wary of starting the process until the election was decided. But the data show the election had little effect on the process.

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Opportunity for Latinos [Op-ed, in Spanish]

November 13, 2012

Andrew Selee, Op-ed, Reforma, 11/11/2012

The re-election of Barack Obama opens the possibility of repositioning the migration agenda in the bilateral relationship

President Barack Obama won the election with an absolute majority and a margin in almost all of the battleground states. His re-election comes with a divided Congress, about the same in composition as before, but with a clear mandate to deal with economic and fiscal issues facing the nation.

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The Arizonification of America [Op-Ed]

October 16, 2012

The New York Times, 10/16/2015

Appearing on behalf of the former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, whose surging campaign to become the first Latino Senator in Arizona now leads in the latest polls, Clinton drew some of his biggest cheers for his support of the DREAM Act merely by calling it the “right thing to do.”

Welcome to the Arizona showdown.

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Romney Won’t Revoke Immigrant Work Visas Under Obama’s Temporary Plan

October 2, 2012

Fox News Latino, 10/2/12

Mitt Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he would honor temporary  work permits for young undocumented immigrants who were allowed to stay in the  U.S. because of President Barack Obama’s new temporary policy of so-called  “deferred action.”In an interview appearing in Tuesday’s Denver Post, Romney said that people  who are able to earn the two-year visas to stay and work wouldn’t see them  revoked under his administration. However, Romney did not say whether or not he  would undo Obama’s plan for future applicants.

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Young illegal immigrants may get driver’s licenses

September 17, 2012

USA Today, 9/15/12

The new immigration policy has brought to the forefront the long-running and bitter debate over whether illegal immigrants should have access to driver’s licenses. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that each state could determine whether to issue licenses or extend other benefits to young immigrants who qualify for the deferred status.

Some states, such as Oregon and Georgia, have announced that they will grant driving privileges to those eligible for the new program. Others, such as Arizona and Mississippi, have vowed to deny them.

California legislators this month approved a bill that would allow an estimated 450,000 eligible young immigrants in the state to use the federal work permits at the Department of Motor Vehicles as proof of lawful presence in the country. The bill is now headed to the governor.

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