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In immigration news: Mexican birth certificates available in US, states' anti-executive action lawsuit gets hearing, more



People study the California Driver Handbook at the Mexican consulate in Orange County, Calif. Mexican consulates in California have seen demand for services increase as immigrants apply for special state driver's licenses, and also prepare to apply for immigration relief under executive action. Consulates in the U.S. are accommodating Mexican nationals seeking documents by now providing them with copies of their birth certificates, without their having to leave the country.
People study the California Driver Handbook at the Mexican consulate in Orange County, Calif. Mexican consulates in California have seen demand for services increase as immigrants apply for special state driver's licenses, and also prepare to apply for immigration relief under executive action. Consulates in the U.S. are accommodating Mexican nationals seeking documents by now providing them with copies of their birth certificates, without their having to leave the country.
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Mexican consulates now providing birth certificates to immigrants - Southern California Public Radio Mexican nationals in the United States will now be able to obtain copies of their birth certificates at consulates in the U.S., without having to leave the country. The new service comes as California's Mexican consulates are swamped with immigrants seeking personal documents. Many are applying for new driver's licenses under AB 60, and also preparing documents in anticipation of applying for immigration relief under the new White House immigration plan. Some consulates will soon extend their hours as well.

Seeking Legal Immigration Status, Longtime New Yorker Can’t Return to U.S. - New York Times The story of Angelo Cabrera, 40, who in New York "survived for 24 years as an undocumented immigrant by working menial jobs while also earning two university degrees and running a volunteer social services group, an effort that earned him a wall of commendations and a profile in People magazine." He returned to Mexico last year in hopes of legalizing his status here, but was barred from returning; he's now living with his parents in a rural village.

U.S. court hears states' suit against Obama immigration plan - Reuters A federal judge in Brownsville, Texas heard arguments Thursday in the lawsuit filed by two dozen states in protests of President Obama's executive immigration order. From the story: "The case led by Texas and supported by several other Republican-controlled states said President Barack Obama's executive order in November violated U.S. constitutional limits on presidential powers." The White House holds that Obama has acted within his authority.

Immigration Sours GOP’s Sweet Retreat - TIME From the story: "In Hershey, Pa., at the Republicans’ first dual-chamber retreat in 10 years, conservative and moderate members debated the right strategy to protest the president’s recent executive actions deferring deportations for up to five million immigrants who have come to the country illegally. 'I think we’ve not handled the [immigration] issue well,' said California Rep. Jeff Denham, who voted against a GOP amendment this week that would roll back the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program."