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More law enforcement agencies are moving toward letting foreign-born legal residents join their ranks as officers.
More law enforcement agencies are moving toward letting foreign-born legal residents join their ranks as officers.
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States ask court to keep block on Obama immigration orders - Politico On Monday, the plaintiffs in a 26-state lawsuit aimed at stopping President Obama's executive immigration plan urged an appeals court judge to keep the temporary block on the plan in place. They argued that the government's motion for a stay "can be denied on that basis alone: such a questionable policy should not be implemented unilaterally before judicial review." The immigration plan would give temporary legal status and work permits to millions of immigrants.

Police departments hiring immigrants as officers - USA Today More law enforcement agencies are hiring officers who are legal U.S. residents. From the story: "Most agencies in the country require officers or deputies to be U.S. citizens, but some are allowing immigrants who are legally in the country to wear the badge. From Hawaii to Vermont, agencies are allowing green-card holders and legal immigrants with work permits to join their ranks."

The Last 200 Years Of U.S. Immigration In One Chart - io9 A colorful chart based on data from the Department of Homeland Security's Yearbook of Immigration shows the national-origin makeup of the last great wave of immigrants, before World War 11, as it compares with the most recent big wave of immigration since the 1960s. From the text: "...with several countries that previously had populations too small to show up on the graph (India, China, the Philippines) now taking a prominent place."

Latinos Talk Health, Discrimination, Immigration In New Poll - NBC News On the results of a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Poll. According to the poll, a "large majority of Latinos felt there is definitely (40 percent) or somewhat (38 percent) an anti-Hispanic or anti-immigrant environment; 18 percent thought this was not the case. When asked if they felt the hostility was more anti-immigrant, more anti-Hispanic or if it was both regardless of immigration status, a little more than half thought it was both, with about a quarter thinking it was more anti-immigrant."