A huge crowd turned out last night for a transportation committee public hearing in New Haven. People testified in support of proposals to allow undocumented residents in Connecticut to obtain driver’s licenses.
Close to 2,000 people crowded into Wilbur Cross High School. Angela Munoz of Bridgeport says she’s been driving for ten years without a license.
"I want my driver’s license. Because I need it for pick up my children. And I need my car for my job, too."
She says her children live in fear that she’ll be arrested.
President Obama has called on both parties in Congress to send him an immigration reform package - saying in his State of the Union address that “now is the time to get it done.” He’s vowed to let Congress do its work...but in the last few days, we learned that the President has crafted his own proposal. Many in Congress see it as a priority, too.
There's an oft-cited quote from John Adams writing in 1808, after his presidency. "Connecticut has always been governed by an aristocracy, more decisively than the empire of Great Britain. Half a dozen, or at most, a dozen families have controlled that country when a colony, as well as since it has been a state."
The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a “Black America” with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking book, Disintegration, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Eugene Robinson argues that over decades of desegregation, affirmative action, and immigration, the concept of Black America has shattered. Instead of one black America, now there are four:
• a Mainstream middle-class majority with a full ownership stake in American society;
Applications for President Obama’s new deferred action immigration policy for young people are to be released next week. Officials in New Haven will partner with local lawyers, Yale Law School and other organizations in the city to help undocumented youth navigate the application process.
Under the deferred action policy announced in June, undocumented immigrants who meet certain eligibility requirements will be considered for relief from deportation.
It’s been five years since New Haven became the first municipality in the country to offer an identification card to all residents, regardless of immigration status. Since then, more than 10,000 Elm City Resident Cards have been issued.
"Es muy importante. Es una identificacion legal."
John Carmona joined New Haven residents, city officials and local law enforcement at City Hall Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Elm City Resident Card. He says the legal ID allows people to open bank accounts and get basic services.
Republican 5th congressional district candidate Mark Greenberg questioned whether Islam is a religion of peace.
"I don't believe in all manner, that Islam is a religion of peace and we have to be careful about that," said Greenberg on WNPR's Where We Live. "We got to be honest about it. We have to be able to be real about the fact that some people in that religion are out to kill us."
Employers in cities across the country are requesting visas for high skilled foreign workers. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the demand has increased in the last decade according to the Brookings Institution.
This is the first time a report has looked at the local demand for foreign workers who receive H1-B visas to legally work in the U.S.
Senior Research Analyst at the Brookings Institution, Jill Wilson says the visa is widely requested by employers across the U.S not just those in the Silicon valley or NYC.
Today's announcement by the Obama Administration that it will allow certain illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. and have the ability to work without penalty is being embraced by undocumented students in Connecticut.
The Connecticut chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They want DHS to release records about an enormous, though little understood immigration enforcement program.
Cody Wofsy says there’s not a lot known about the Criminal Alien Program, known as CAP.
The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE, announced it will roll out a program called Secure Communities in the state this week. In New Haven, community leaders are calling on Governor Dannel Malloy to reject the initiative.
***UPDATE: Sujito Sajuti was released Friday, February 17. Immigration attorney, Rafael Pichardo says Sajuti was granted a stay of deportation meaning he can stay as long as he checks in with ICE on a regular basis. He was also granted a work authorization so he can be lawfully employed in Connecticut. Pichardo says Sajuti is looking forward to seeing his wife again. They've been apart for two months. LN
The head of US Citizenship and Immigration Services visited the Hartford Public Library late last week. The library was recently awarded another federal grant for its immigrant outreach program. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, Director Alejandro Mayorkas also took time to address new deportation guidelines.
Dozens of teenagers, the children of recent immigrants, turned out for a ceremonial bill signing with Governor Dannel Malloy today in New Haven. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, advocates for the in state tuition bill that became law July 1, say the moment was a long time coming.
The crowd of college hopefuls cheered Gov Malloy as he signed the bill inside the lobby of Wilbur Cross High School. Joining the young adults were immigrant advocates and congregational members who lobbied for the bill in their home communities across Fairfield and New Haven counties.
On Thursday, Governor Dannel Malloy will attend a ceremonial bill signing for a measure that will help illegal immigrant students.
The in state tuition law went into effect July 1, allowing undocumented students who enroll at a state university or community college to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the schools are streamlining the admissions process so these students will be billed correctly.
Governor Dannel Malloy has written a letter to federal officials asking them to delay deporting a college student. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the Governor's intervention stems from his support of immigration reform efforts that would allow college students to receive permanent legal status.
Mariano Cardoso is an illegal immigrant from Mexico who has lived in the U.S. for most of his life after his parents brought him here when he was a baby.