While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally are gearing up to apply for a long-sought driver’s license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice.
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The Border Patrol is recruiting women to be hired as agents to serve in U.S. states bordering Mexico.
President Barack Obama’s executive order to spare some immigrants from deportation has galvanized Democrats, immigration groups and health care advocates in California to push for expanding health coverage to a segment of the population that remains uninsured.
Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about 5 million people.
“I lived with a fear every single day as an immigrant of ‘What would happen to me? What if I got deported? What if I were separated from my children and sent back to Mexico?’” Selena Garcia said through a translator.
Brown said in a statement that the president “stepped up for hard-working families across America” in the face of Washington gridlock.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones cites the recent shooting of two deputies by an illegal immigrant as evidence the immigration process is broken.
“This was intended as its essence to the start of a national discussion,” Jones said. “I’m trying to assist the undocumented population who have lived in the shadows of this country and this state.”
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding office hours as it prepares to issue an expected 1.4 million licenses to people in the country illegally.
Immigration officials say local authorities released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 people with previous felony charges or convictions.
UC Davis Junior Ana Maciel is open about her undocumented immigration status, but knows that isn’t the case with many of the 200 other undocumented UC Davis students.