Tag Archives: Immigration/Immigrants

Oregon House passes bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to get legal driver’s licenses

Oregon moved one step closer to allowing undocumented immigrants to legally obtain driver’s licenses for the first time in more than a decade. The House of Representatives approved HB2015 on largely bipartisan lines on Tuesday, with two Republicans supporting the measure and one Democrat opposing it. It now heads to the Senate. Source: Oregon House […]
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House sends immigrant driver’s license bill to Senate

Opponents point to 2014 election, when voters rejected giving undocumented people a license to drive. The Oregon House Tuesday passed legislation that would once again allow the state to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and others who can’t prove they are legal residents. Source: Pamplin Media Group – House sends immigrant driver’s license bill […]
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Oregon courts would no longer inquire about defendants’ immigration status under bill sent to Governor Brown

Courts in Oregon could not ask criminal defendants about their immigration status under a measure approved along party lines in the Oregon Senate Wednesday. Source: Oregon courts would no longer inquire about defendants’ immigration status under bill sent to Governor Brown – oregonlive.com

Immigrants Could Be Denied Citizenship Based On Cannabis Involvement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced policy guidance Friday that could deny immigrants citizenship based on involvement with cannabis — even if the activity is legal under state law. The new guidance states that violations of the federal controlled substance law are “generally a bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization.” Source: Immigrants Could Be Denied […]
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US authorities: Marijuana involvement imperils citizenship

Immigration authorities on Friday said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it’s legal in the state where they live, can be denied citizenship because the drug is still illegal under federal law. The announcement comes weeks after officials in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, began warning residents that working for […]
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Jails | Talking Business | Rohingya Crisis – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Since 2008, at least 306 people across the Northwest have died after being taken to a county jail, according to an investigation by Oregon Public Broadcasting, KUOW and the Northwest News Network. Conrad Wilson and Tony Schick walk us through their findings. This week, the Oregon Historical Society is hosting a symposium on the crisis now facing […]
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Veterans court may be collateral damage in immigration fight

Three decades ago, Lori Ann Bourgeois was guarding fighter jets at an air base. After her discharge, she fell into drug addiction. She wound up living on the streets and was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. But on a recent day, the former Air Force Security Police member walked into a Veterans Treatment Court after […]
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Oregon Legislature weighs tweaks to legal system to benefit immigrants

Oregon legislators heard testimony Monday on two bills advocates say would help apply Oregon’s laws equally to immigrants of various statuses. Source: Oregon Legislature weighs tweaks to legal system to benefit immigrants

ICE is tapping vast license-plate database to track immigrants, ACLU records show

Federal immigration agents have relied on a nationwide license-plate database to help find and investigate immigrants, according to new documents released by the ACLU. The database contains billions of records on vehicle locations captured from red-light and speed-limit cameras as well as from parking lots and toll roads that use the nearly ubiquitous and inexpensive […]
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Government shutdown extends long wait in Portland for immigrants seeking green cards

People have been waiting two years or longer for a hearing in an immigration court. Those scheduled for a hearing during the shutdown have had those hearings postponed, and it could be years before they get another chance. Source: Government shutdown extends long wait in Portland for immigrants seeking green cards | oregonlive.com