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In immigration news: CA driver's licenses, anti-executive action lawsuit, half of federal arrests tied to immigration, more



The new AB 60 driver's licenses are marked with the words
The new AB 60 driver's licenses are marked with the words "Federal Limits Apply." More than 25,000 immigrants without legal status in the U.S. have already received California licenses under the new law.
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Split Grows on Obama’s Immigrant Tack - Wall Street Journal More city and state officials around the U.S. are joining a lawsuit filed filed in December in Brownsville, Texas, in opposition to President Obama's executive order on immigration. The lawsuit seeks to block the order from taking effect. Meanwhile, the mayors of 30 cities including Los Angeles plan to file a brief in support of Obama's order on Monday. 

AB 60: For one newly-legal driver, license means no more evading police - Southern California Public Radio It’s been less than four weeks since immigrants without legal immigration status began applying for special California driver’s licenses, under the new law known as AB 60. More than 25,000 people have already received them, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Many were already driving illegally for years. Their daily routines may not have changed much but the stakes have, with fear of police and checkpoints now a thing of a past.

Potential 2016 candidates road test messages on immigration, marriage - CBS News They haven't announced plans yet, but possible GOP presidential candidates have been trying out messages on issues like immigration and same-sex marriage at speaking events. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is one. He talked about immigration policy at a weekend summit in Iowa: "You don't punish your child for something his parents did," Huckabee said.

Report: Half of Federal Arrests Are on Immigration Charges - Newsweek Arrests for federal immigration violations like illegal entry, illegal re-entry, human smuggling and visa fraud "hit an all-time high of 85,458 in 2012," according a new analysis of federal data. Immigration-related offenses have made up a growing proportion of federal arrests as laws and policies have changed since the 1990s, with more people arrested and prosecuted for offenses that didn't lead to the same punishment before. From the story: "...the long-term upward trend is dramatic, jumping from 8,777 federal immigration arrests in 1994."

Arizona driver's license ruling marks immigration victory for Obama - Christian Science Monitor Last week, a federal judge issued a permanent injunction that blocks Arizona officials from preventing young recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals from receiving a state driver's license. The decision "marks another significant victory for the Obama administration in its effort to exert executive power over immigration in the face of opposition by various state governments."