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In immigration news: Senate approves DHS funding bill, settlement may let some repatriated immigrants return, 110K AB 60 driver's licenses, more



The California DMV says it has issued 110,000 driver's licenses to immigrants without legal status so far under the law known as AB 60.
The California DMV says it has issued 110,000 driver's licenses to immigrants without legal status so far under the law known as AB 60.
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Senate Passes Homeland Security Funding Bill; House Readies Temporary Measure - Wall Street Journal The Senate has passed a bill that extends funding for the Department of Homeland Security through September, the end of the fiscal year. The bill now goes to the House, where it faces opposition from GOP lawmakers who don't support President Obama's executive immigration plan. Funding for the department was to expire Friday at midnight. 

US Senate fails to advance bill blocking Obama immigration order - Reuters From the story: "A stand-alone U.S. Senate bill to block spending on President Barack Obama's November 2014 immigration order failed to clear a procedural vote on Friday after the provisions were stripped from a Department of Homeland Security funding bill. The 57-42 vote failed to achieve the 60 majority necessary to advance to final passage, despite attracting the support of four Democrats."

Settlement Means Potential Relief for Voluntarily Deported Immigrants: ACLU - NBC San Diego A judge has issued a final ruling on a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Mexican nationals who signed voluntary return forms in Southern California between June 1, 2009 and August 28, 2014, and were repatriated. The lawsuit claimed that "officers were using deceptive tactics to get people to sign the forms." Those affected by the lawsuit may now be able to return to the U.S. and have their case heard by immigration judge.

California issues 110,000 driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants - Associated Press The state Department of Motor Vehicles says it has issued 110,000 driver's licenses since the beginning of January to immigrants who are in the U.S. without legal status, under the new law known as AB 60. The state is expected to issue 1.4 million AB 60 driver's licenses over the next three years.