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April 2013 Archives

Undocumented workers too often exploited by employers

It is claimed that a day laborer in Garden Grove, California finished a day's work, was then falsely accused of robbery by the contractor for which he performed the services, and then was handed over to immigration enforcement agents after the robbery charges were dropped. Other immigrants have experienced similar treatment when they have asked for their wages.

Immigration reform and citizenship

Approximately 1.5 million individuals in California and across the United States that came here as immigrant children and reportedly do not have the paperwork to be considered legal residents. One such individual is now studying for a journalism degree in Los Angeles, and he has lived in the United States without the proper paperwork since he was 7-years old.

Immigration reform could mean compromise on immigrant wages

There is concern that concessions will be made in the revamping of immigration laws that might ultimately affect the wages of individuals the legislation is claimed to protect. This could particularly be true for California farm laborers.

The treatment of immigrants held in detention centers

Approximately 300 immigrants that are detained are placed in solitary confinement every day across the United States, and often they are held in isolation for several days. Most of these detainees never have an attorney, do not have their cases reviewed by judges, and often are unable to have their families come to visit them.

Family immigration concerns and same-sex marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal statute, could ultimately also affect family immigration. A ruling in favor of same-sex marriage could also mean for gay immigrant couples that green cards may be made available for one's partner. An unfavorable ruling, on the other hand, may mean that partners could be separated from each other if one of the two happens to be undocumented.

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