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California Governor calls for swift action in immigration reform

In today's acrimonious political environment even a touted immigration reform proposal has controversial provisions that are downright nasty. The immigration reform bill still going through the U.S. Congress has provisions that are inimical to California's interests and will be harmful to many of the 2.6 million undocumented persons living in California. The latest individual to repeat these criticisms is California Governor Jerry Brown.

Immigration reform would help family reunification in California

One problem apparently left to fester by the federal government is the creation of thousands of immigration orphans who may never see their deported parents again. However, if Congress passes immigration reform, thousands of these children may be happily reunited with their parents, both in California and other states. California has by far the largest population of children left behind by deported parents.

Supreme Court refuses appeal on appellate immigration ruling

When a state law attempts to interfere with a comprehensive framework of federal law and policy on a certain topic, the state law may be invalidated. That is the import of the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear an appeal taken from a decision of a federal appellate court. The appellate court had ruled that a state's harsh immigration law was invalid and pre-empted by federal law. California and all states cannot pass laws that transgress into the domain of federal supremacy over immigration law and policy.

Children of immigration not attending deportation waiver class

There has been a sharp drop in attendance for a deportation waiver class in San Diego that is designed for children and young adults of undocumented immigrants. This program is designed to give the young children of these immigrants the chance at obtaining a temporary waiver from deportation. This immigration class has been slightly controversial from the beginning and has seen lower attendance than originally anticipated.

California survey shows change in attitude toward immigration

There are many controversial social issues being discussed and debated on today's political stage. Among them is the topic of illegal immigration. Some people call for stricter rules regarding immigration and the path to citizenship. Others call for more lenient rules and more protections for immigrants. Both sides can agree that some sort of reform needs to take place.

California immigration: felony deters citizenship pursuit

Millions of immigrants took advantage of a 1986 law that allowed them the right to gain a green card. While many of those people received temporary status, some failed to pursue formal citizenship due to a fear that mistakes in their youth would prevent them from being eligible. One man that was part of the 1986 immigration program did not pursue citizenship because of a felony conviction he received prior to obtaining a green card. He reportedly lied to a border agent about his status after he tried to reenter the United States at the California border.

DREAMers assist families in immigration battles

California families affected by the negative parts of immigration may have a friend in the DREAMers. One woman whose family members became detained by immigration authorities secured the help of DREAM Act advocates, and soon after they stepped in, the family members were released. DREAMers are young undocumented people living in this country, and they have answered the call to action in securing rights for immigrants across the country. Once attention was called to the plight of her family, officials received numerous phone calls, and although authorities claim that the activism was not related to the family's release, the woman believes that the pressure applied ultimately resulted in their reunion.

California immigration assisted by new policies, despite critics

A recently issued government report claims that immigration enforcement spending in the Obama administration has surpassed the numbers of other agencies combined, and illegal immigration has also tapered off. California immigrants may have benefited from the administration's policies recently, by being allowed to stay here to work or by a new regulation allowing people to stay in the U.S. while attempting to gain citizenship. However, immigration enforcement is still at the forefront of the administration's policies, meaning some immigrants could still face deportation or experience difficulty maintaining a job due to workplace raids from immigration officials.

New immigration law could keep California families together

Some of the saddest stories about immigration involve families forced to separate while they are applying for residency in our country. A new immigration law beginning in March may reduce that likelihood and could give hope to California families affected by the possibility of a separation. The law will minimize the amount of time families are apart while they are applying for residency. As of now, immigrants are required to leave the United States and return to their home countries in order to apply for a green card and await the decision, often resulting in long separation periods and the possibility they may not be able to return.

Immigration numbers show no increase in California

Census data is now showing lower overall numbers of illegal immigration in this country, effectively ending sustained increases over a period of more than a decade. The peak numbers came in 2007, with 12 million undocumented immigrants entering. Last year, the immigration numbers showed only 11.1 million. California, one of the larger states to host immigrants, also posted either a decline or no change in their numbers.

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