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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 .

Wisc. FMLA Protects Undocumented Worker: Burlington Graphic Systems

"Burlington argues that an employer cannot violate the Wisconsin FMLA by discharging an undocumented worker as that worker has no right to employment in the first instance and federal immigration law mandates the discharge. We disagree. Federal immigration law is not an absolute defense to an employer’s...

How an Undocumented Immigrant From Mexico Became a Star at Goldman Sachs

"The overachievers at Goldman Sachs aren’t all the same. Some have been valedictorians, or Navy SEALs, or the sons or grandsons of the company’s bankers. Some will stop at nothing to amass a fortune; others are patient. And at least one was an undocumented immigrant. Julissa Arce, who...

Lawsuit: U.S. Citizen Children Denied Birth Certificates in Texas

"A lawsuit contends the state of Texas is routinely discriminating against the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrant parents by denying them birth certificates. According to the civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Austin, the Texas Department of State Health Services...

NY Restaurant Chain Denied Immigration Docs In FLSA Suit - Law360

Law360, July 8, 2015 - " Alice's Tea Cup LLC, a Manhattan cafe chain that has been sued by workers claiming they were stiffed on overtime pay, cannot obtain discovery of information related to the workers' immigration status or tax returns as part of its effort to defend against the wage...

Anti-Immigrant Laws Affect Access to Hospitals

Amy Yurkanin, Nov. 2, 2015 - " [E]ven though undocumented immigrants can receive lifesaving care, they aren't eligible for the same financial assistance or follow-up care as legal residents."

Drop in Undocumented Population Continues

CMS, Jan. 20, 2016 - " In a critical new report released today, the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) finds that the US undocumented population has fallen below 11 million for the first time since 2004. The report also offers evidence that the Mexican-born undocumented population continues...

Lenders Extend Piece of American Dream to Undocumented Immigrants - Home Ownership

Uriel J. Garcia, Santa Fe New Mexican, May 8, 2016 - "For Erika Balderas Gutierrez, owning a home seemed like an impossible dream. Not because she works at a restaurant for minimum wage or because she’s a single mother of three children, but because she’s an undocumented immigrant from...