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Lack of citizenship doesn't justify unsafe working conditions

One of the leading labor unions in the United States said recently that illegal immigrants should not have to be afraid about speaking out against unsafe working conditions. Leaders of the AFL-CIO say that changes are needed in deportation policies so that people are not afraid to report dangerous work situations -- regardless of their citizenship status. The recommendation was part of a list released recently that offered a look at the union's stand on immigration policies and how they affect the workforce.

Immigration authorities must have probable cause

A citizen of the United States cannot be detained and placed in jail without probable cause. He or she is entitled to certain rights under the constitution. In sharp contrast, some immigration authorities in California as well as other states have made a practice of asking that individuals who are believed to be immigrants be held in jail after they should have been released.

Illegal immigration doesn't keep young people from hopeful future

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, hearing a pounding at the door. For an illegal immigrant in California, that knock could mean an unwanted trip back to his or her native country. This can affect not only adult individuals but also their kids -- the ones they were hoping would experience better lives in America through immigration. Recently, however, hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants have been given the gift of an amnesty lasting two years.

Protestors willing to go hungry if it helps immigration reform

California readers of this blog may be interested to learn of a rising trend in protest methods -- the hunger strike. Many protestors are using this age-old method to underscore their fervent belief that immigration reform is needed desperately. By fasting, they hope to draw attention to an issue they say is in critical need of change.

Women's groups push immigration reform in California, elsewhere

Prompted by the belief that immigration policy has the greatest effect on women and children, several advocacy groups are leading a charge for reform. A coalition comprised mainly of women's advocacy groups announced recently that they will continue their quest to improve immigration policy and practices. They say it is the only way to ensure reform efforts progress for families in California and across the nation.

Deportation defense success rate improves for many in California

Increased numbers of immigrants fighting deportation are celebrating success, according to a recent report. California was listed among the states with the best success rates. There are a number of jurisdictions within the country where a immigration lawclinic.com/Family-Based-Immigration/">deportation defense has been successfully implemented for many immigrants.

California city stops shackling practice in immigration court

Most people would agree that a person's appearance has a huge effect on how he or she is perceived by others. Someone wearing an orange prison jumpsuit is typically not judged to be of the same caliber as a person wearing a business suit. It may not be fair, but it is not unusual in California or anywhere else. A recent class action settlement that ends the shackling of prisoners in San Francisco's immigration court addresses that reality head-on.

California DMV to grant licenses regardless of citizenship status

The rights of undocumented immigrants are expanding in California with a newly-enacted law concerning driver's licenses. Starting in 2015, the new law gives immigrants living in California the right to apply for a valid driver's license. This will be possible regardless of the applicant's immigration lawclinic.com/Family-Based-Immigration/">citizenship status.

Importance of immigration reform touted at California event

The Secretary of Commerce spoke recently at a California event and proclaimed her belief that immigration reform must be a top priority if America is going to flourish. The Secretary, whose family came to the United States from Russia years ago, said the issue has moral as well as economic ramifications. She said she believes immigration reform will bring economic opportunities for everyone.

California immigration law now protects more illegal immigrants

In light of reform to immigration laws, there are some changes that are set to take place. As of 2014, illegal immigrants will be granted more protection and rights under new California immigration laws. One of the laws includes minimum wage being raised to $9 per hour.

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