Courtesy of Law Office of Alma Rosa Nieto
Yamileth Escobar, left, and Maria de los Angeles Dominguez celebrate their 2008 wedding. Dominguez obtained her green card Wednesday.
One of the first same-sex couples to marry in California in 2008 after the state began issuing licenses has made history again. Maria de los Angeles Dominguez, who was born in Mexico, gained legal immigration status as the spouse of a U.S. citizen.
Dominguez made it through her green card interview Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles and was granted legal permanent status. Her attorney said this makes Dominguez and her wife, U.S. citizen Yamileth Escobar, the first Latina couple in the state to successfully test the Supreme Court's ruling on same sex-marriages in an immigration context.
The high court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June, allowing for federal recognition of same-sex marriages. This, in turn, allowed same-sex marriages to be recognized for immigration purposes. Previously, legally married same-sex spouses were unable to sponsor a foreign-born husband or wife for a visa.
Courtesy of National Domestic Workers Alliance
AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka with domestic workers and their children, who rallied at the California state capitol for a successful state bill protecting domestic workers, many of them immigrants. The labor union group is now preparing to launch an ad campaign that criticizes House Republican leaders for not supporting a national immigration overhaul.
AFL-CIO targets GOP with immigration ad blitz - Politico The labor organization is preparing for a television ad campaign in Spanish and English "assailing House Republicans for their inaction on immigration reform, in an attempt to ensure that the congressional GOP pays a price if it continues to stall on an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system." Included will be controversial remarks that some GOP lawmakers have made about immigrants.
D.C. approves driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants - Washington Post District of Columbia officials have approved a bill that will create a driver's license for unauthorized immigrants. But unlike in previous proposals, these licenses will be different from conventional ones, marked as being "not valid for official federal purposes."
Supervisors stick with lenient Santa Clara immigration policy - San Jose Mercury News The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has voted to keep its no-holds policy for immigrants, and will remain one of the few jurisdictions that refuses to detain inmates for immigration officials unless the federal government pays the cost - which it doesn't. The council had considered a proposal to turn over immigrants with serious criminal histories to federal immigration agents.
A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle patrols the fence separating the cities of Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora. Agency leaders have rejected recommendations from a government-commissioned review that agents curb the use of deadly force against rock-throwers.
Border Patrol rejects curbs on force - Associated Press Agents will be allowed to continue using deadly force in rock-throwing incidents, despite recommendations to the contrary. From the story: "The Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit group that advises law enforcement agencies, recommended that the Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection, stop the use of deadly force against rock throwers and assailants in vehicles...CBP rejected both recommendations, which were part of a broader internal review of the agency's use-of-force policies and practices that began last year."
Obama courts McDonald's, Marriott CEOs on immigration reform - The Hill President Obama is meeting Tuesday with CEOs from companies like McDonald's, Marriott, State Farm, Lockheed Martin and others to talk about immigration reform. The White House is expected to emphasize benefits to U.S. economic growth, and to ask these and other business leaders to help pressure GOP leaders in the House to move on legislation.
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A man is prepared for a deportation flight bound for El Salvador, December 2010. The Obama administration's deportation policies have focused on immigrants with criminal records, although many non-offenders and low-level offenders have been deported.
Officials target immigrants with criminal records - USA Today From the story: "Deportations and so called "sweeps" by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents remain a part of life all over the country, but it's a quieter approach. It targets specific individuals rather than workers or a place of business. Those individuals targeted primarily have serious criminal records or had run-ins with immigration authorities in the past."
Policy on detaining illegal immigrants under review - San Jose Mercury News Santa Clara County was among a handful of jurisdictions that had adopted a no-holds policy on detaining immigrants, declining to hold them for deportation at the request of immigration officials. However, "three recent developments increase the chances that the board, which is scheduled to review the policy at a public meeting Tuesday, could very well back away from one of the nation's most lenient immigration policies."
Jiu Hua Zhang stands in front of her classmates reading from a sheet of paper. She’s practiced the lines over and over under her breath.
“You can count on one thing,” she said, forming each word carefully. “If a critic thinks a movie is a bomb, it’ll be a smash hit.”
A movie could be a bomb or a smash hit. Not to mention da bomb.
These are the kind of things Zhang wants to know. The 23-year-old has been studying English in her home country of China since middle school. She’s among thousands of students who come to the United States with hopes of picking up what they can’t get back home: the idioms, the catchphrases – the slang.
“My conversation is more academic, or more like an essay,” Zhang said. “I need to be more, like, American.”
She enrolled six months ago in UCLA Extension's American Language Center, one of multiple schools throughout California offering “street talk” classes. Because of slang’s constant evolution, there aren’t many teaching materials devoted to the subject. Texts get dated faster than you can say YOLO.