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 Dreamers come to the White House  
Dreamers come to the White House
In an effort to put a human face to his immigration policies, President Barack Obama held a meeting with six young immigrants at the White House on Wednesday and vowed to veto any legislation that would roll back the executive actions that seek to protect millions of immigrants and their families from deportation. “I want to be as clear as possible: I will veto any legislation that got to my desk that took away the chance of these young people who grew up here and who are prepared to contr....

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 Attorneys general in support of executive action on Attorneys general in support of executive action on immigration
Texas is leading a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration and has asked for a preliminary injunction that was considered in a hearing on January 15 in a federal district court in Brownsville, Texas. Texas is arguing that the president’s actions will harm states economically and socially. Challenging these claims, Washington State filed its own “friend of the court” brief, joined by attorneys general from the states of Washington, California, Connecticut, Haw....

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 Cost of citizenship a barrier for immigrants Cost of citizenship a barrier for immigrants
Of the 13.3 million legal permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States, 8.8 million are currently eligible for citizenship. In 2013, a mere 8.9 percent of eligible immigrants applied for citizenship, according to the National Partnership for New Americans. Recent research to the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California, and the Center for American Progress, analyzing the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of immigrants sheds li....

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 Immigrants urged to trust Deferred Action Program
Immigrants urged to trust Deferred Action Program
One of the nation’s top immigration officials is urging those who are newly eligible for temporary legal status, to apply for the program without fear. Speaking at the National Immigrant Integration Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez said he knows that some immigrants in the country without permission may be wary of identifying themselves to the government as part of President Obama’s new program....

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 How to avoid common immigration scams How to avoid common immigration scams
If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure that the person you rely on is authorized to give you legal advice. The Internet, newspapers, radio, community bulletin boards and storefronts are filled with advertisements offering immigration help. There is a lot of information that comes from individuals who are not authorized to give you legal advice, such as “notaries.” Here is some important information that can help you avoid common immigration scams. Telephone Scams: Do....

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 Erika Andiola, fearless and unstoppable Erika Andiola, fearless and unstoppable
The young activist became the face of the pro-immigrant movement “dreamers”. With an intense work as a community organizer and pro-immigrant activism, Erika Andiola has become the face of the young "dreamers" who, over the years, have driven the most genuine movement to legalize 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Not content with the deferred action that President Barack Obama gave in 2012 to protect the deportation to nearly one million undocumented youth brought to....

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 Obama’s Executive Action: What you need to know 
Obama’s Executive Action: What you need to know
On Novembre 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that he would take executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Who will benefit from Obama’s executive action? There are three main groups that will benefit under Obama’s plan: parents of U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents; undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before the age of 16; and spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents. Parents: If you are a parent of a U.S. citiz....

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 Roberto Gomez Bolanos, creator of  “El Chavo del Ocho”, dies
 Roberto Gomez Bolanos, creator of “El Chavo del Ocho”, dies
Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the iconic Mexican comedian born February 21, 1929, died November 28 at age 85. He wrote and played the boy television character "El Chavo del Ocho" that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children. Known as "Chespirito" (chess-pee-REE-to), his nickname came from the Spanish phonetic pronunciation of Shakespeare "Chespir" combined with "ito", a diminutive commonly used in Mexico that seemed natural for Gomez Bolanos because of his short stature. ....

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National Coalition of Mayors supports President's Action on immigration
Twenty-six mayors across the country announced the launch of a coalition in support of the president’s action on immigration. Cities United for Immigration Action (CUIA) is a nationwide coalition of mayors who have joined forces to ensure the successful implementation of the president’s immigration reform plan. The coalition includes 25 mayors who are leading the national dialogue on immigration reform at the municipal level and taking a leadership role to influence policy change from th....
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USCIS: Immigration agency awaits “a real challenge”
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the first stop for people applying for a green card, citizenship or refugee status. The agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, will be on the front line of President Obama's executive action, which could give legal status to an estimated 4 million undocumented people. Stephen Legomsky, chief counsel for USCIS in the first days of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, says that order was a "heavy lift" for the agency....
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Actress Diane Guerrero: “My family was deported”
Immigration, one of the hot-button topics in Congress right now, hits close to home for “Orange is the New Black” actress Diane Guerrero. At the age of 14, Diane Guerrero arrived from school to find her biggest fear had become a reality: her family was gone and she was alone. “My real story is this: I am the citizen daughter of immigrant parents who were deported. My older brother was also deported,” she wrote in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times published on November 15. “My parents cam....
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Dreamer returns to Harvard University
Dario Guerrero's story could be of any other "Dreamer," but it ceased when he applied to Harvard for his excellent grades and exposed that being undocumented could be a huge contribution to the prestigious university. Harvard awarded him a full scholarship, with this his dream came true. Everything was going well until September 2013 when Dario's mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer in Mexico, country where she had returned time ago. The life of the young man and his family changed r....
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California plans to provide professional licenses to undocumented
Immigrants in the country illegally can apply for professional licenses under a new California law that aims to integrate them into the working world and generate new tax dollars for the state. California Governor Jerry Brown signed three immigration bills on September 27 that will, respectively, provide funding for state public universities to administer loans to students who are in the United States illegally, allow undocumented to apply for professional state licenses, and allocate $3 mill....
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Biden: Obama is committed to immigration reform
Vice President Joe Biden told frustrated Hispanic leaders President Barack Obama is "absolutely committed to moving forward" on comprehensive immigration reforms "and he's going to do an awful lot." Biden said Obama was determined to move ahead "with or without" Congress and "if they don't get something done by the end of this year, the president's going to do it." Biden's remarks came as he and his wife, Jill, hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month reception at their Naval Observatory residence....
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New study shows deportations don’t reduce crime
In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced “Secure Communities,” which for the first time allowed DHS to check the fingerprints of any individual arrested by a local jurisdiction. Secure Communities piggybacked on prior DHS initiatives to use local police as “force multipliers” including the Criminal Alien Program, which establishes voluntary screening partnerships with local jails, which deputizes local law enforcement as immigration enforcement agents. In all, DHS’ underly....
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