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In immigration news: New California laws, resurgence of border militias, German anti-immigrant protests, more



In addition to AB 60, which allows people without legal status to apply for driver's licenses, there are several other new California laws related to immigration. One new law creates a revolving loan program for college students without legal status who attend University of California and California State University campuses.
In addition to AB 60, which allows people without legal status to apply for driver's licenses, there are several other new California laws related to immigration. One new law creates a revolving loan program for college students without legal status who attend University of California and California State University campuses.
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New laws to help immigrants in California without legal status - Southern California Public Radio A roundup of new California laws that kicked in this year which affect immigrants in the state. These include the AB driver's license program, which has already drawn thousands of applicants, and lesser known laws such as one that provides additional financial aid for college students without legal status. Another provides additional money for legal nonprofits representing recently arrived migrant children and teens.

Arizona told to stop prosecuting job-seeking immigrants - Los Angeles Times A federal judge in Arizona on Monday "blasted a state law that stretched the crime of identity theft to include everyone from forgers to people simply seeking employment without valid documentation." The 2008 ID theft law had been used by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to justify workplace raids that led to hundreds of immigrants being charged with felonies, for seeking work while illegally in the U.S.

Anti-illegal immigration groups resurge on border - Houston Chronicle From the story: "Just 70 miles from the Mexico border, the area has been a busy crossing for migrants. And it's now attracting renewed attention after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping executive action for immigrants in November." Since then, says one border-watch activist, "he's seen an uptick in people wanting to join Texas Border Volunteers, which he founded in 2005."

Anti-Immigration Rallies in Germany Defy Calls to Desist - New York Times Roughly 18,000 people protested in the German city of Dresden on Monday, "parading against what they call the Islamization of Europe and putting pressure on the authorities to defuse social tensions." The protest took place in spite of pleas from German Chancellor Angela Merkel for people to "shun the rallies and their organizers, who she said had 'prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts.' ” A similar number of anti-immigrant protesters rallied in Dresden in December.