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Jul 8, 2014

Obama seeks $3.7B to deal with border kids

WASHINGTON — Tackling what he has called a humanitarian crisis, President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border, straining immigration resources and causing a political firestorm in Washington. The White House said the money would help […]

Jul 3, 2014

Judge Geraci to preside over ceremony

Edward Newman, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Buffalo District director, will present 30 citizenship candidates Friday to U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., Western District of New York. Judge Geraci will preside over the ceremony and will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens during an Independence Day naturalization ceremony at […]

Jun 18, 2014

New citizens sworn in

State Supreme Court Justice J. Scott Odorisi last week welcomed 46 new American citizens during a naturalization ceremony over which he presided at the Monroe County Legislative Chambers in Rochester. Candidates were presented by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Buffalo Field office. The Oath of Allegiance was administered by Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo. […]

Jun 10, 2014

Supreme Court: Children over 21 must go to back of visa line

WASHINGTON — A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that most immigrant children who have become adults during their parents’ years-long wait to become legal permanent residents of the United States should go to the back of the line in their own wait for visas. In a 5-4 decision, the justices sided with the Obama […]

May 5, 2014

Court rejects challenge to city’s immigration law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to a Nebraska city ordinance that bans renting homes to immigrants living in the country illegally. The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that found the ordinance doesn’t discriminate against Latinos or interfere with federal immigration laws. The case challenged a […]

Feb 7, 2014

Speaker: Immigration measure will be tough

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday it will be difficult to pass immigration legislation this year, dimming prospects for one of President Barack Obama’s top domestic priorities. “Listen, there’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation […]

Jan 6, 2014

California man hopes law license will help immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO — A man who illegally came to the United States two decades ago said he hopes a court ruling granting him a law license will open doors to millions of other immigrants in the same situation. The California Supreme Court granted a license Thursday to Sergio Garcia, 36, in a unanimous decision. Garcia, […]

Jan 2, 2014

California to rule on law license for immigrant

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court on Thursday will decide whether to grant a law license to a man living in the United States illegally who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam. The opinion to be published comes in the case of Sergio Garcia, who is challenging a 1996 law […]

Dec 31, 2013

Government scolded over immigrant documents

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Monday questioned whether the government was trying to hide or obscure something by failing to give information to a civil rights group about thousands of immigrant detainees held for long periods. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman’s written decision came days after government attorneys insisted they needed more time […]

Nov 20, 2013

COA requires deportation warning

ALBANY — New York trial judges must warn non-citizens they may be deported before allowing them to plead guilty to felonies, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. Defendants are entitled to be notified of such “a grave impact and frequent occurrence,” the Court of Appeals said. The majority cited increased deportations by immigration authorities under […]

Nov 14, 2013

Boehner: No formal talks on immigration bill

WASHINGTON — Speaker John Boehner says the House will not hold formal, compromise talks on the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill, a fresh signal from the Republican leadership that the issue is dead for the year. Boehner tells Capitol Hill reporters he wants to deal with the issue on a step-by-step approach. He declined to answer […]

Sep 27, 2013

Priest activist to speak on race, immigration

In order to begin to correct what Luis Barrios calls unjust immigration policies, two things need to happen. Barrios, a college professor, Episcopal priest and native of Puerto Rico, said that first, people have to understand the real reasons why people come to this country and acknowledge how U.S. foreign policy plays a role in […]

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