California Allows Undocumented to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law here Thursday a measure that will allow undocumented immigrants to acquire a driver’s license in California, the 11th state to adopt such a law.

The signing ceremony was held on the steps of the Los Angeles city hall amid an almost festive atmosphere before dozens of people who chanted in Spanish “Si se pudo” (Yes, we could) and numerous politicians and representatives of social organizations, unions, law enforcement and the Catholic Church

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Thousands Rally Nationwide in Support of an Immigration Overhaul

Thousands of supporters of an immigration overhaul held rallies on Saturday at more than 150 sites in 40 states, trying to pressure Congress, despite the partisan turmoil in Washington, to focus on passing a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants here illegally.

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Immigrants around the country unite for National Day for Dignity and Respect

It’s been more than a year since Rubi Sanchez, an immigrant from Illinois, last saw her dad. She vividly remembers as armed officials surrounded her home and handcuffed her father, who was undocumented, in less than a minute. After he was detained, the family lost complete communication with him and struggled to make ends meet.

Sanchez is one of thousands of immigrants who are taking part in the October 5 National Day for Dignity and Respect, a day aimed at mobilizing supporters around the country to advocate and ask Congress for an immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. As of Thursday, events were planned in 163 cities and 41 states.

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Federal judge orders independent monitor of AZ sheriff Arpaio

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the appointment of an independent monitor and a community advisory board to ensure that an Arizona sheriff is complying with constitutional requirements after finding his office engages in racial profiling.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow found in May that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio singled out Latinos and deputies unreasonably prolonged detentions

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US-raised immigrants remain in US custody

Thirty-four young migrants are in U.S. custody after trying to enter the United States without documents in the latest round of what is becoming a new tactic in confronting what they consider unjust U.S. immigration policies.

U.S. immigration officials interviewed the group dressed in a colorful graduation caps and gowns late into the night Monday after they marched across one of the bridges connecting Mexico to Laredo while chanting “Undocumented and unafraid!”

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Activists seek to recharge immigration reform legislation, announce October events, rallies

Activists seeking to recharge immigration reform legislation plan to hold dozens of rallies, vigils, protests and marches around the country in early October.

Some 80 different events in 100 cities are planned for Saturday, October 5, the day organizers have dubbed the National Day for Dignity and Respect. Activities include an all-night vigil in Apple Valley, Calif., a “March of the Stars!” in Los Angeles and a march to the state Capitol in Georgia.

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U.S. Border Patrol To Test New Cameras, Overhaul Basic Training

Amid criticism about U.S. border agents using deadly force against immigrants illegally crossing the Mexican border, the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday it will test new dashboard cameras and overhaul basic training for new agents.

The policy changes do not impose any restrictions on agents who fire on immigrants who throw rocks at them. But the agency does plan to add additional training on rock-throwing incidents

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