Thursday, August 16, 2012

Barack Obama - #4132 - Obama is Ready to Sign Up Immigrants - Washington Times (2) Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Public Benefits to Young Illegal Aliens - The Blaze (3) Judge Won't Stop State Voter ID Law - 69 News (4) Chicago Dream Relief Demand - Organizers Estimated Turnout at more than 11,000 Young People - 5 NBC Chicago

More than 1.7 million illegal immigrants could become eligible for tentative legal status Wednesday when President Obama’s non-deportation policy goes into effect, and after initial fears that the program would backfire, immigrant advocates are urging young immigrants to sign up. Activists say the policy is the biggest change on immigration in decades, and it has roiled the political landscape, solidifying Mr. Obama’s support among Hispanics and leaving presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney struggling to say what he would do. On Tuesday, the Obama administration laid out final details, including relaxed education standards that set a low bar. Under the rules, illegal immigrants in job training or who have enrolled in a GED course are eligible — a lesser requirement than obtaining a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. The government begins taking applications Wednesday, and immigrant rights groups and members of Congress from both parties have scheduled legal clinics across the country to help determine whether immigrants qualify and to aid them in filling out the forms.  Read more.........

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Public Benefits to Young Illegal Aliens - The Blaze - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday ordered state agencies to deny driver’s licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who obtain work authorizations under a new Obama administration policy. In an executive order, Brewer said she was reaffirming the intent of current Arizona law denying taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification to illegal immigrants. Young illegal immigrants around the nation on Wednesday began the process of applying for federal work permits under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The federal policy defers deportations for that group if they meet certain criteria, including arrival in the United States before they turned 16 and no convictions for certain crimes. After President Barack Obama announced the policy change in June, Brewer labeled it “backdoor amnesty” and political pandering by the Democratic president. Arizona has been in the vanguard of states enacting laws against illegal immigration.  Read more........

Judge Won't Stop State Voter ID Law - 69 News - A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday refused to stop a tough new voter identification law from going into effect, which Democrats say will suppress votes among President Barack Obama's supporters. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said he wouldn't grant an injunction that would have halted the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID. Opponents are expected to file an appeal within a day or two to the state Supreme Court as the Nov. 6 presidential election looms. The Republican-penned law — which passed over the objections of Democrats — has ignited a furious debate over voting rights as Pennsylvania is poised to play a key role in deciding the presidential contest in November. Opponents had asked Simpson to block the law from taking effect in this year's election as part of a wider challenge to its constitutionality.  Read more.......

Chicago Dream Relief Demand - Organizers Estimated Turnout at More Than 11,000 Young People - 5 NBC Chicago - The turnout for Wednesday's Dream Relief workshop in Chicago was so strong that organizers began turning people away. Locals know the venue as Navy Pier, but Rep. Luis Gutierrez called it something different. "Navy Pier is today's Ellis Island. And while they saw New York City, today, they see Chicago," Gutierrez said. The line of undocumented students wrapped around Navy Pier and at one point across the Chicago River to apply for deferred action to allow them, at least in the short-term, not to worry about deportation. Organizers estimated the turnout at more than 11,000 young people. Read more.........


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