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Since President Obama’s new "deferred action" program went into effect last week, thousands of young, undocumented Latinos have lined up to apply for it, even as uncertainty builds over the controversial measure.
Immigrant advocacy groups, which are offering workshops and other assistance to people who may be eligible for the program that allows those who entered the country illegally as minors to stay for at least two years, say interest is high despite concerns that disclosing people’s status to the federal government could be risky.
Cinco de Mayo fiestas abound north of the border. But do you know the history of this Mexican holiday and how it came to be popular in this country? Here are five interesting tidbits about one of our favorite holidays:
Almost a year and a half after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the controversial SB 1070 immigration bill into law, school cafeteria worker Ana Rosa Vera voted to oust local Senate President Russell Pearce, one of the most powerful and divisive politicians in the state and the main force behind the state’s tough anti-immigration law, emulated by other states.
Arizona Latinos welcomed a federal appeals court ruling that blocks enforcement of the state’s tough immigration law, but they also say the legal fight is anything but over.
“To us a victory is going to be when SB 1070 is repealed totally out of the books of Arizona,” Salvador Reza, a Phoenix immigrant-rights activist, said of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Monday.
Arizona lawmakers are continuing their push this week to deny automatic citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. Senator Ron Gould (R-AZ) recently called off the vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee because he believed the bill would have been defeated, but more receptive legislators are expected to again take up the agenda this week. The goal is to force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider whether the 14th Amendment truly guarantees citizenship to such children.
A push by Arizona lawmakers to deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants has spawned two separate efforts to oust the architect of the proposed legislation from office.
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