California Republican and Allies Want Renewed Immigration Fight
Around 50 Republicans and nearly all 193 Democrats have rallied behind an effort to hold votes, a drive led by a GOP lawmaker from a central California district where around 4 in 10 residents are Hispanic. There would be four alternatives: A conservative bill restricting legal immigration, a liberal one helping Dreamers achieve citizenship, any bill of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s choosing and a bipartisan compromise.
The push for a new round of votes is popular in the districts of Denham and his GOP supporters, many of whom represent areas with high Hispanic populations, industries that rely heavily on immigrants like agriculture or moderate suburban voters. “The American public is demanding a vote,” the ringleader, Rep. Jeff Denham, said Wednesday, a nod to polls showing 80 percent support for helping Dreamers. “And we’re demanding it too.”
ICE Accused of Lying About Immigration Raids
When the Oakland mayor tipped off northern California about planned immigration raids, it caused a huge controversy over the number of people detained. The chairs of the Congressional Hispanic, Black and Asian Pacific American caucuses want an investigation. They claim the Department of Justice put out false information after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid earlier this year.
In late February, the Oakland mayor tipped off communities about planned ICE raids. The administration said because of that, more than 800 wanted criminals got away. That lead to an ICE spokesman abruptly resigning. He said he was instructed to relay false information and imply people in immigrant communities were criminals. There is little evidence the people ICE targeted even had criminal records.
“The best thing that ICE can do is assure people in our country that they’re only removing the most violent among us,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, Democrat for California said.
Will NY Let Undocumented Immigrants Get Driver’s Licenses?
Undocumented immigrants might be able to get driver’s licenses in New York if a new bill is passed in the state Legislature. If passed, the Driver License Access and Privacy Act would allow immigrants in the country illegally to get driver’s licenses using a passport that was issued in another country as identification.
Advocates for the bill on Wednesday rallied at the state Capitol, saying it is about time New York joined 12 other states that allow for it. “This is not the first time that a proposal has come forward extending driver’s licenses to more New Yorkers,” said Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, who sponsors the bill.
Montebello Woman Faces 112 Counts After Scamming Immigrants Out of $630,000, Prosecutors Say
From her Montebello home, Romina Aida Zadorian told her immigrant clients she could help them quickly process their visa applications and help their families petition to immigrate to the U.S. Los Angeles County prosecutors say it was all a scam. Zadorian, authorities say, charged her clients for services she never delivered, eventually pocketing $630,817 from 82 victims.
Now, she faces 112 felony counts, including 91 counts of grand theft, according to the district attorney’s office. She was also charged with residential burglary, forgery, criminal threats, extortion and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. She has pleaded not guilty.
Hate Group Oregonians for Immigration Reform Spearheads Campaign to Overturn State’s Sanctuary Policy
Long a priority for the organized anti-immigrant movement, Donald Trump’s presidency has provided the power and momentum to attack “sanctuary cities” and states, communities that have generally declined to task local law enforcement with enforcing federal immigration laws. Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration filed a federal lawsuit against the state of California over its sanctuary law.
The main legal arm of the anti-immigrant movement, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) is also pursuing suits against sanctuary cities while local anti-immigrant groups such as Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) are also trying to overturn sanctuary polices via referendum.
A repeal of the sanctuary law worries immigrant rights activists. “IP 22 would take us back to a time when racial profiling was rampant in Oregon. When federal immigration agents would pressure local law enforcement into breaking down doors and dragging parents and their kids out of their homes,” Ramon Ramirez of PCUN, the largest Latino organization in Oregon, said.
Dreamers United: Utah State University Students Organize Vigil to Raise Awareness of DACA, Immigration Issues
A group of about 40 people from the campus community lit and continually relit candles in the cold breeze as they walked through the Utah State University (USU) campus Wednesday night to raise awareness of issues surrounding the U.S. immigration debate.
The candlelight vigil was organized by Aggie Dreamers United, a student group. Sofia Rodriguez, one of the USU students who organized the vigil, said Aggie Dreamers’ sole purpose is to “improve the academic lives of undocumented students, DACA students, Dreamers at Utah State University, and to raise awareness of immigration issues that are affecting our communities and our country right now.”
Angered by ICE Agreement, 50 People Walk Out of Henderson Sheriff Debate in Protest
More than 50 people walked out of a Henderson County sheriff candidate debate after incumbent Charles McDonald said he stands by an agreement allowing local police to carry out federal immigration enforcement operations.
The debate between McDonald, a Republican who’s helmed the sheriff’s office for six years, and primary challenger Lowell Griffin, a Polk County sheriff’s captain, came on the heels of one of the largest immigration raids in Western North Carolina’s recent history.
“Police and ICE collaboration has to end,” said Alan Ramirez, one of the protesters who attended the debate. “Our sheriff has consistently agreed to work with ICE, and this program is a racist program that racially profiles folks and allows for separation of families and continues a white supremacist agenda.”