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Guatemalan immigrant Carlos Barrera arrived at the Granada Hills DMV the night before to make sure he got an appointment to apply for an AB 60 driver's license. Applications for the licenses, available to people without legal immigration status, became available Jan. 2.
Guatemalan immigrant Carlos Barrera arrived at the Granada Hills DMV the night before to make sure he got an appointment to apply for an AB 60 driver's license. Applications for the licenses, available to people without legal immigration status, became available Jan. 2.
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President Obama allies bank on immigration backfire - Politico GOP lawmakers voted recently to fund the Department of Homeland Security only through February, setting the state for a fight over President Obama's executive order on immigration as the new year begins. However, "immigration advocates say they aren’t worried. They’re banking on the funding fight to turn into another game of brinksmanship that will be good politics for them – and bad politics for the GOP."

Thousands of immigrant drivers seek licenses on first day of new law - Southern California Public Radio There has been huge demand from applicants after the California Department of Motor Vehicles began accepting applications Jan. 2 from immigrants without legal status for a special state driver's license. As of noon Friday, the agency reported that workers had seen more than 6,000 applicants (more than 17,000 people were seen statewide Friday, according to the DMV). Some camped out overnight to get a spot in line. Many DMV offices were open Saturday.

Growing wave of immigrants reaching U.S. via the Caribbean, and not just from Cuba - Associated Press From the story: "A recent spike in Cubans attempting to reach the United States by sea has generated headlines. But the numbers of Haitians and other Caribbean islanders making similar journeys are up even more. And while federal law grants legal residency to Cubans reaching U.S. soil, anyone else can be detained and deported."

Santa Ana leaders encourage young Latino activists to speak, by ballot - Los Angeles Times As the Orange County city's long-established Latino population has matured and evolved, "young activists in Santa Ana are increasingly vocal and taking to task many of their local leaders — most of them older Latinos who rose to political power long before many of the activists could vote. It's a generation gap driven by differing visions of what the city should be."

Does Immigration Harm Working Americans? - The Atlantic David Frum's skeptical take on economic theories that find immigration a boon to the U.S. economy, and possibly to job growth. From the piece: "Before deciding whom to trust on this issue, the economists or your lying eyes, it helps to understand how the economists reached their conclusion."