Young Illegal Immigrant Fights New Arizona Policy
A 24 year-old Mexican-born woman has been living in the U.S. since she was four. She has had to battle with the other 80,000 young illegal immigrants for a chance to succeed in Arizona. But she is now hopeful, thanks to the new federal deferment policy which would give her two years to get her education and, in essence, benefit as any American citizen does.
Here’s more from the Los Angeles Times:
Lilia Romo will tell you plainly: She didn’t ask for this fight, but now that the immigration war has been declared in this politically conservative state, the confident 24-year-old says she intends to win it.
Romo was brought to the U.S. from Mexico by people her mother hired 20 years ago. All she recalls about the adventure is that the man who drove her illicitly across the border plied her and her two cousins with candy to keep them quiet.
The native of Sonora, Mexico, is among an estimated 80,000 young illegal immigrants in Arizona — and about 1.8 million nationwide — who could receive work permits and two years of deferred deportation status under a new federal immigration program designed to assist young immigrants such as Romo who were smuggled into the U.S. as children.
Romo runs an English as a second language school in Phoenix with her 43-year-old mother, a former nurse in Mexico, and plans to attend university this fall. Her goal is to work as a pediatrician in Arizona’s poorest neighborhoods. The new program, which started Aug. 15, would allow those who qualify to obtain a Social Security number, apply for a driver’s license, open a bank account and other important benefits. Continue reading…
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Border Control Greatly Improved, Says Jeb Bush
With the upcoming presidential election, the GOP is working on being tough on immigration, but to do so in a way that doesn’t turn away hispanic voters. Former Florida Governor believes that the country’s control of the border is at “net-zero,” and has been for two years. He says the Republican party needs to focus on the progress being made and continue the fight to control illegal immigration.
Read more from the Tampa Bay Times:
As millions watch them during their national convention in Tampa, Republicans are trying to appear tough on illegal immigration without offending Hispanic voters.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is bilingual and met his wife in Mexico, has warned fellow Republicans they need to watch their tone on the immigration issue. He repeated the warning in an interview on Meet the Press the weekend before the convention.
“My personal view is that we need to get beyond where we are,” Bush said. “We need to create a climate of border control. And that’s begun to happen, if you look at the number of illegal immigrants coming into the country, it’s net zero. It’s been that way now for almost two years. And if you say, ‘Well, we’ve gotten a much better grasp on the number of people just coming in without papers,’ then you could develop a strategy that’s part of economic growth. …”
For this fact-check, we will research whether Bush was correct when he said the number of illegal immigrants coming into the country is net zero, and that it’s been that way for two years. Continue reading…
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Group in San Diego Asks for Backup with Illegal Immigrants
The Patriot Coalition of San Diego is asking the Sheriff to bring in agents from the federal immigration control office to patrol the streets and assist with illegal immigration. This kind of partnership has proven effective in other areas, say the anti-illegal immigration activists, but the sheriff says it isn’t as simple as just making a phone call.
Read more from a local news source:
Local anti-illegal immigration activists say they want the Sheriff’s Department to bring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents back to several North County stations to patrol the streets with deputies but Sheriff Bill Gore says that kind of partnership never existed.
Last week, the Patriot Coalition of San Diego County called on the Sheriff’s Department to resume the partnership, which they said existed for about a year before Gore put an end to it in March after Latino activists asked him to stop it.
Two members of the coalition, which includes about 30 tea party organizations in the county, said the partnership worked much like Operation Joint Effort in Escondido, where about a dozen ICE agents work with police officers to arrest criminal illegal immigrants.
“About eight ICE agents were assigned to the Vista, San Marcos and Fallbrook substations for approximately one year to work with the Joint Effort program that Escondido has been using successfully for nearly 2 1/2 years that has deported 940 criminal aliens from that city,” said Cliff Sumrall, chairman of the coalition. “The program in Vista and San Marcos was equally successful and resulted in the deportation of 306 criminal aliens by the ICE agents responding to calls from patrol deputies to come out and check suspected criminal aliens’ status.” Continue reading…
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Young Illegal Immigrants Apply for Visas
Over 30,000 illegal immigrants younger than 18 have been deported in the last ten years, and less than 700 juvenile illegal immigrants receive visas in any given year. The new federal policy that defers deportation for two years may give young undocumented immigrants the courage to come forward and ask for help with their visa applications.
Read more from ABC News:
Advocates say that the new Obama administration policy won’t directly change the juvenile visa program, and that it’s too soon to tell exactly how the visa program may be affected by the policy change. But it may make young illegal immigrants more comfortable coming forward for help staying in the U.S. That could lead to more people applying for the visa. The policy change also gives them another option if they don’t qualify for the special visa program because of key requirements to be under the age of 21, unmarried and a dependent of the state at the time of the application.
“In many cases SIJS would be preferable but if there is an opportunity to reunite a child with a parent this is obviously a better solution than aging out of the system,” said Wendy Cervantes, vice president of immigration and child rights policy for First Focus about deferred action.
The visa program is permanent and has been for more than 20 years — and unlike Obama’s policy change, it can’t be overturned. Some fear Mitt Romney may reverse the Obama policy if he wins the November election.
It’s estimated that millions of illegal immigrants live in the U.S. In the last decade, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported more than 32,000 illegal immigrants younger than 18, according to data provided by federal officials. Still fewer than 700 illegal immigrants receive the specific status each year. Continue reading…
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