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Georgia immigration Bill

Posted on March 26, 2011. Filed under: Immigration | Tags: |

A number of groups are planning to descend on the Georgia capitol building in Atlanta to protest a tough immigration law currently being considered by legislators.

House Bill 87 would require employers in the Peach State to use the federal E-Verify system to check the work eligibility of employees and also allow law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of people in some circumstances, according to CNN.

The bill is being protested by Georgia Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (GLAHR) and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO).

“Thousands of Georgia immigrants and allies are coming together to say no more to racial profiling and no more to the dangerous and unfair targeting of immigrant communities and communities of color,” GLAHR director Adelina Nicholls told the news source.

A number of groups are planning to descend on the Georgia capitol building in Atlanta to protest a tough immigration law currently being considered by legislators.

House Bill 87 would require employers in the Peach State to use the federal E-Verify system to check the work eligibility of employees and also allow law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of people in some circumstances, according to CNN.

Read more at immigration-ins.posterous.com

 

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240 Minnesota Janitors Dismissed Following Immigration Audit

Posted on March 17, 2011. Filed under: Immigration | Tags: |

An audit of employment records for a New York-based custodial firm has led to the dismissal of about 240 of the company’s employees in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audited Harvard Maintenance Inc., the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently announced, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The SEIU said that the terminations began in March, with fired workers receiving letters that read in part, “You are not legally authorized to hold employment in the United States,” reports the news source.

The news provider reports that it is unclear why Harvard Maintenance was the focus of the audits. The company employs about 3,500 people around the country and began operations in Minnesota in 2003.

This wasn’t the first round of dismissals that resulted from immigration audits as 450 undocumented workers at Chipotle restaurants in the North Star State were fired after an investigation that took place last year.

The Minneapolois Star-Tribune reports that the local ICE office in Bloomington would neither confirm or deny the existence of any investigations or audits that it had conducted.

Source: 240 Minnesota janitors dismissed following immigration audit

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Charities, Federal Agency To Hold Naturalization Information Session

Posted on March 8, 2011. Filed under: Immigration | Tags: , , |

A number of charities along with a federal immigration agency will host a free information session in California to inform prospective US citizens about the path the naturalization.

Catholic Charities, Santa Rosa and Petaluma Adult School will host the event at the Catholic Charities Immigration Services in Santa Rosa, California, along with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

According to a press release, the goal of this workshop is to help people better understand the naturalization process and the resources available to them to help them along. One of the specific things to be covered during the information session will be what sort of content appears on the naturalization test.

In addition, informed personnel will be on hand to go over the residency and eligibility requirements for citizenship, what fees will be required and what forms need to be filed, among other things. All of these things are essential to know for those hoping to obtain US citizenship.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, D.C., Hispanics made up about 47 percent of immigrants in the US in 2009.

Source: Charities, federal agency to hold naturalization information session

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