Nov 19

Chicago Backs Driver’s Licenses for Illegals

The Chicago City Council has passed a resolution urging Illinois’ General Assembly to pass legislation requiring immigrant drivers to be trained, tested, licensed and insured.

Alderman Danny Solis says the action shows Chicago supports “sensible and reasonable legislation” to protect “Illinois highways and families.”

The resolution was approved Thursday with 28 votes.

Read more from AP here.

 

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Nov 19

U.S. Hispanic Poverty Rate Increasing

While Latinos are gaining in political clout, they are also falling down the  economic ladder, new Census numbers show.

Latinos poverty rates climbed to 28 percent after the census reconfigured its  algorithm to take into account medical costs and government programs. The  Hispanic poverty level rose after the government took into account safety-net  programs such as food stamps and housing, which have lower participation among  immigrants and non-English speakers.

Read more at Fox News Latino

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Nov 19

Massachusetts Gives Discount Tuition to Illegal Aliens

Some young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children will become eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at public universities and community colleges in Massachusetts as part of a new federal program put in place over the summer by President Barack Obama, according to a senior Patrick administration official.

Obama signed an executive order in June and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in August began accepting applications for “deferred action” from young immigrants who met certain criteria, such as being brought to the country before they turned 16. Qualifying immigrants will be protected from deportation for at least two years, and become eligible to apply for a work permit.

Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday plans to send a letter to Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland explaining that his administration has determined under existing state policy that immigrants granted deferred status by the federal government are eligible for reduced in-state tuition rates at the state’s 29 college and university campuses, the official said.

Read more at WBUR Radio here.

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Nov 19

Feds Offer Welfare to New Immigrants

From the Daily Caller:

Welcome to USA.gov,” a website  maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and  Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new  immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government  benefits.

“Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States,  and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,” the Web page  reads.

“Government assistance programs can be critically important to the well-being  of some immigrants and their families. Frequently, however, there is a lack of  information about how to access such benefits. Benefit programs can be  complicated and you may be given misleading information about how they  operate.”

The DHS page offers links to government websites that explain how to access  benefits including food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid,  Medicare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the “official  website with information on all available federal benefit programs,” with a  nonworking link to Benefits.gov.

Read more here at the Daily Caller

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Nov 16

Congressional Report Finds Border Insecurity a Threat to U.S.

Congressional Report: U.S. Border With Mexico Poses Terror Threat to Americans

The report, released Thursday, is titled “A Line in the Sand: Countering Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border.” It found that the “Southwest border has now become the greatest threat of terrorist infiltration into the United States.” It specifically cites a “growing influence” from Iranian and Hezbollah terror forces in Latin America.

Read more at The Daily Caller here 

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Nov 15

Senate GOP Preparing to Grant Amnesty to Illegal Aliens

From Roll Call:

Republican senators are inching toward working on a broad immigration overhaul with their Democratic colleagues, a sign that the window of opportunity to address the issue could again be cracking open, at least in the Senate.

The opening comes as President Barack Obama has been making increasingly forceful statements about his desire for Congress to pass a sweeping immigration bill.

More Here at Roll Call

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Nov 12

The Myth of ‘Harsh’ Immigration Law

Many of the myths about America’s continuing immigration crisis can be attributed to the errors and falsehoods that often appear in the nation’s press, including exaggerations that are so commonplace they are regarded as facts. One of those is the myth that America’s immigration laws are unnecessarily “harsh.”

Words like “harsh,” “tough,” and “strict,” have been used almost routinely by some news organizations — including Business Week and and the Los Angeles Times, to name just two — to describe many recently adopted state laws designed to deal with the problem of illegal immigration as if the adjectives were a matter of fact. Even America’s generous federal immigration laws have not escaped the same description by journalists. Mercedes White, writing in the Desert News of Salt Lake City for October 31, cited a pro-immigration writer who argues that federal immigration laws are downright inhumane, and that the “punishments” meted out for illegal immigration are more severe than punishments for serious crimes.

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