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In immigration news: Executive action, 'fugitive operations,' driver's licenses, more



Sergio Lopez, a member of the Caolition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, testifies before state officials on a law that allows immigrants without legal status to apply for driver's licenses.
Sergio Lopez, a member of the Caolition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, testifies before state officials on a law that allows immigrants without legal status to apply for driver's licenses.
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Corker hits fellow Republicans over immigration - Associated Press Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Thursday took his own party to task for its stance on immigration. He said some GOP members had launched "political attacks against those trying to overhaul immigration laws," according to the story.  Corker spoke in Columbia, S.C.: "I just hope that we don’t let demagogues prevail, and that we finally deal with this issue and put it behind us." Like other Republicans such as House Speaker Boehner, Corker was highly critical, however, of President Obama taking executive action on immigration.

Immigrants eager for presidential action on deportations - Boston Globe Immigrants like Moises Herrera, an immigrant from El Salvador, live under the constant threat of deportation. From the story: "The minivan-driving father from El Salvador has no criminal record, but for years he has cycled in and out of detention for civil immigration violations, including last month, when he was in Suffolk County jail instead of the delivery room where his son was born." But Herrera's hopeful that his life will change if the president issues an executive order.

Francisco Aguirre, Portland labor activist fighting deportation, arrested on federal criminal warrant - The Oregonian  A Salvadorean immigration activist who sought refuge from deportation in a Portland, Ore. church was arrested Thursday after leaving his sanctuary. Flanked by 40 supporters, Francisco Aguirre showed up for a court hearing on a drunk driving charge and was detained by immigration officers.

Fresno immigrant groups say ICE targets more people at their homes - The Fresno Bee Immigration officials in the Fresno area are showing up at immigrants' home accused of minor offenses, according to advocates.  A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement maintains that the use of so-called fugitive operations "is nothing new and completely different from detainers placed on immigrants at local jails," according to the story.

California DMV will offer immigrant drivers multiple ways to prove their identity - Southern California Public Radio California DMV officials announced Friday which documents they would accept from immigrants in the country illegally who want driver's licenses. They range from traditional forms of ID such as foreign passports and consular cards to less-used records including mortgage bills and marriage certificates.