CEO Gives $1M to Help Undocumented Students Pay for College

"In a move likely to spark debate, a Charlotte-area CEO has given $1 million to launch a nonprofit that will help the undocumented children of immigrants pay for college in the United States. Ric Elias, co-founder of the Red Ventures Internet marketing firm in Fort Mill, S.C., says his Golden Door...

Will Cesar Vargas Be Able to Practice Law in New York?

"A Staten Islander who came to the U.S. from Mexico illegally as a 5-year-old is asking New York State to let him practice law. Cesar Vargas, 29, graduated from CUNY School of Law with a 3.7 grade-point average and passed the grueling New York bar exam on his first try. On Monday, he mailed his...

Why 'Deferred Action' Isn't Enough

"Deferred action is a vague and confusing process—and it will probably lead to unscrupulous notarios entering the picture. Under current regulations, individuals whose case has been deferred are eligible to receive employment authorization, provided he or she can demonstrate “an economic...

Kansas McDonald's Pleads to Felony, Pays $400K, for Hiring Undocumented Manager

"A local corporation has agreed to plead guilty to an immigration charge after a federal investigation showed that the manager of one of its McDonald’s restaurants in Wichita was an undocumented worker, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced today. McCalla Corporation, a McDonald’s franchisee...

Illinois to OK Driver Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

"Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is set to sign a bill into law that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a three-year state driver’s license, thus allowing the state not only to monitor bad drivers, but also allowing immigrants access to an invaluable form of identification...

Undocumented Youth: 'We Want to Serve'

"Pablo Reyes-Morales’ dream to serve in the United States military was stoked when he was in high school. “Since I was in ninth grade, when I saw the slogan for the Navy, and it said, “a global force for good,” I was instantly interested,” he said. But that dream shattered...

Report: Half of Texas Construction Workers Undocumented

"Half of the construction workers in Texas are undocumented, according to a new report by an Austin immigrant rights group and University of Texas researchers that surveyed nearly 1,200 workers throughout the state. The report released Thursday by the Austin-based Workers Defense Project and...

Oregon Governor Signs Tuition Equity Bill

"Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday morning signed into law a bill that grants in-state tuition to undocumented Oregon high school graduates who meet certain criteria. "Friends, a dream has become a reality," Kitzhaber said after signing the bill, which he described as a "long overdue...

USA Today Drops the I-Word

" From: Coon, William Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:16 PM To: USAT ED Virginia Staff; USAT ED Field Staff Subject: Change in USA TODAY style on illegal immigration You probably have heard that the Associated Press recently changed its style on the term illegal immigrant. Starting...

Will Texas Flip-Flop on Driver Licenses?

Current Texas law requires U.S. citizenship or lawful immigration status to obtain or renew a driver license. Efforts in the Texas legislature may be changing that, according to stories in the Texas Tribune and the Austin American-Statesman .

Tuition Equality Victory in Michigan

"The University of Michigan on Thursday decided to let immigrants living in the country illegally pay lower, in-state tuition, a victory for activists who said one of the nation’s most prestigious schools is financially out of a reach for high school graduates living in the state without legal...

Cyrus Mehta: Can An Undocumented Lawyer Practice Immigration Law?

"All eyes are focused on whether the California Supreme Court will grant an undocumented lawyer a law license in the case of Sergio Garcia . If an undocumented lawyer like Garcia is granted a license, what would happen if he chooses to practice immigration law? In the past, undocumented lawyers...

California OKs Driver Licenses for Immigrants

"California on Thursday joined the growing list of states that allow immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver's licenses — a measure supported not only by Latino activists but by police chiefs and insurance authorities. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill in front...

List of Scholarships for Undocumented Students

"2013-2014 SCHOLARSHIP LIST AND GUIDE This carefully researched list contains 52 pages of up-to-date information about scholarships available for immigrant students that don't have U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency as well as advice and tips for writing winning scholarship applications...

Bar Exam Passed, Immigrant Still Can’t Practice Law

"Cesar Vargas seemed to have checked all the right boxes in his quest to become a lawyer in New York State. He made honors at both college and law school in New York City, his home since coming to the United States from Mexico at age 5. He interned with a State Supreme Court judge, a Brooklyn district...

A Paperless Christmas: Not Going Home for the Holidays

"Undocumented migrants in Ireland and in the US have much in common. They fear officialdom, are unable to access basic healthcare, welfare and educational services, and are vulnerable to abusive employers. They can’t travel, for fear of being unable to return, and are often connected to loved...

Pentagon Reviewing Enlistment Policies on 'Mixed Families'

"The Pentagon says it is taking another look at U.S. military enlistment policies that bar applicants with spouses or children living illegally in the U.S. Both the Marine Corps and Navy follow those policies. Army and Air Force officials say they don’t. The Pentagon has started a “policy...

Arizona Detective Learns She's Undocumented, Resigns

"A detective for Arizona's state police force has resigned amid the discovery that she was living in the country illegally since being brought to the United States from Mexico by her family at a young age, the agency said on Wednesday. The former detective, Carmen Figueroa, apparently was told...

Cal. Sup. Ct. to Release Garcia Decision on Jan. 2, 2014

"In re GARCIA (SERGIO C.) ON ADMISSION, S202512, Argued in San Francisco 9-04-13 In this proceeding, the court ordered the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California to show cause before this court why its motion to admit applicant Sergio C. Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, to...

Cal. Sup. Ct. Admits Sergio Garcia to Bar

"In light of the recently enacted state legislation, we conclude that the Committee‟s motion to admit Garcia to the State Bar should be granted. The new legislation removes any potential statutory obstacle to Garcia‟s admission posed by section 1621, and there is no other federal statute that purports...

The Broader Lesson From Garcia's Fight To Practice

"Besides the important ruling that allows for the admission of Garcia to the bar, the case reveals the daunting real-world challenges facing undocumented immigrants who were raised and educated in this country, and who are undeniably American in all respects except for their immigration status."...

Sergio Garcia Sworn In As California Lawyer

"He’s living in California illegally, but now he can legally practice law. California has allowed an undocumented immigrant into the state bar. His swearing-in ceremony was today, following a legal debate decades in the making. The steps of the California capitol served as the stage for Sergio...

Undocumented and Unafraid in Boulder, Colorado

"He owns a small business. He is president of the Boulder, Colo. Latino Chamber of Commerce. And now, he is the newly appointed member of the Boulder City Council Human Relations Commission. What makes Jose Beteta’s milestones all the more significant is that the 34-year-old Costa Rican is...

Healthcare options for undocumented immigrants

"Undocumented immigrants have limited access to health insurance, a fact the Affordable Care Act does little to change. But there are some options." - Lisa Zamosky, Apr. 27, 2014 .

Delaware Supreme Court Rules That Illegals May Collect Partial Disability

Yesterday the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that illegal aliens may collect benefits under 19 Del. Code Section 2325, known as “partial disability” or “diminished earning capacity.” The case in question belongs to my partner, Tim Lengkeek, on behalf of the injured worker, and is...