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July 2014 Archives

Immigrant detained for refusing to comply with health officials

On July 27, a 25-year-old transient worker in California was taken into police custody after he allegedly failed to cooperate with health workers. According to sources, the Mexican native was diagnosed with tuberculosis in March after he went to a hospital in San Joaquin for treatment of a severe cough. Without proper treatment, the illness is known to have fatal consequences to those who contract it.

Immigration reform interlaced with U.S. job market

The immigration issue, as many California residents know, is hotly debated. From the surge in children crossing the border from Central America to the immigration bills being debated in Congress, it is an area that is vastly complex. At the heart of the issue is the use of immigrants to fill both high-tech and low-wage jobs in this country.

Immigration officials ignore Trust Act violation

Reliance upon inaccurate information in a computer database appears to be the cause of a violation by Orange County Sheriff's Department deputies of California's Trust Act. Under the law that went into effect in January, law enforcement agencies in the state cannot hold a person in custody on just a detainer request from U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement except under specific circumstances enumerated in the statute.

Service members granted citizenship at White House ceremony

As many Californians already know, President Obama welcomed 25 service members and their spouses to a White House ceremony where they were sworn in as citizens on July 4. Acknowledging that some of the new citizens joined the armed forces as a duty they welcomed before they were granted the privilege of citizenship, the President said America has always been a country of immigrants tied together by common beliefs. This, he said, is our heritage, and out of diversity comes strength.

Immigrants to be sent to California to ease burden elsewhere

It has been reported that 140 illegal immigrants are being shipped from Texas to California before being released to friends and family members or being told to report to an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office within 15 days to start the deportation process. Many of those who are being flown to a Border Patrol station near San Diego are part of a large number of Central Americans who have crossed the border in recent weeks. The plan is to have about 140 immigrants processed at a Border Patrol station in Murrieta starting on July 1, and the process may be repeated every 72 hours for a number of weeks. According to officials, the reason why immigrants have been sent to California to potentially be released to relatives or friends is because there are too many people to be held in Texas where many have crossed the border at the Rio Grande Valley. The mayor of Murrieta claims that this is spreading community resources too thin and that requiring them to do so is a failure to enforce federal law. The speaker of the House of Representatives has said that there will be no immigration reform bill anytime soon that many had hoped would help solve crises such as this one. President Obama has said that he will move more resources to the border from the interior of the country. Those who reach the United States without documentation may be sent back to their home country soon after arrival. However, it may be possible to petition the government for temporary or permanent residency if an individual knows someone in the country or asks for political asylum. Immigration attorneys may make it easier for anyone in the country illegally to obtain some sort of legal residency status.

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