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SB 4 taking effect in September

By Chara Texas law might have effects on immigration and business elsewhere A state law in Texas might have effects on immigration and business that extend beyond the “Lone Star State.” In May, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill (SB) 4 into law. Scheduled to take effect on Sept. 1, the law will require local law enforcement agencies to …

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Sierra Club Decries Move to Put Border Wall Before Public Health

San Diego — The Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver allowing the agency to ignore key health and environmental safeguards in their misguided efforts to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego. In response, Dan Millis of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter Borderlands Program issued the following statement: “Brushing aside …

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Bill introduced to protect DACA students

By Chara Some U.S. representatives have introduced a bill in Congress they hope will protect students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from deportation. Known as the American Hope Act of 2017, the bill introduced by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois and other sponsors would grant legal status to children who entered the United States before …

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DACA faces legal threats

By Melissa Arroyo Early on July 19, a new, bipartisan effort to offer young undocumented immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham. Called the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2017, the bill is being considered as 10 states, including Kansas, are threatening to sue …

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Chat bot can help immigrants apply for green cards

By Melissa Arroyo Visabot, a Facebook chat bot, is helping some immigrants save time and money from going to see an attorney to file for a family-sponsored green card. Using artificial intelligence via Facebook Messenger, Visabot can walk an applicant through the process of applying, verify if the applicant qualifies and even help schedule interviews with the U.S. Citizenship and …

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Undocumented immigrants found dead in truck in San Antonio

Death toll reported at 10, dozens more hospitalized By Melissa Arroyo Ten people are dead and dozens more are hospitalized in critical condition in San Antonio after a truck driver attempted to smuggle undocumented immigrants from Mexico into the United States. The vehicle, a tractor trailer, was found parked early Sunday morning (July 23) at a Walmart in San Antonio …

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Parents of undocumented children might face smuggling charges

By Chara A new order from President Trump has the immigrant community on alert. According to multiple news outlets, a new memorandum signed recently by Secretary of Homeland Security Jon Kelly states that parents and other relatives who have paid to bring children illegally into the United State can be arrested. Although this hasn’t been confirmed by immigration authorities, a …

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Fast track deportation

By Chara President Trump is continuing to pursue his campaign promise to target undocumented immigration. Trump – who has promised to build a wall dividing Mexico and the United States, and has expressed his desire to place more security agents along the border – wants to expand the use of the “expedited removal” process. Known also as “fast track” deportation, …

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Children of immigrant parents

Commentary by Melissa Arroyo, photo by: Jacquelyn Martin Children of immigrants have experiences they know are unique to their situation, no matter their country of origin, ranging from “growing up different” in two cultures to having to explain to their parents how the U.S. college system works. The experience of growing up with immigrant parents is even the center of …

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Kansas needing immigrant workers

Arrests of immigrants affecting the agricultural sector By Chara America’s agricultural sector has reportedly taken a hit since Donald Trump became president, with Kansas being among the states that have been affected. A news report from the Mexican newspaper El Financiero indicates that the number of arrests since Trump took office has increased by 38 percent. The number of immigrants …

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