Some democrats, including at least two Ohio members of Congress, plan to boycott Tuesday’s scheduled speech to a joint session of Congress by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
A U.S. Senate immigration bill could be introduced later this week. The proposal is expected to allow a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants while also mandating that employers check legal status of their employees.
Ohio lawmakers are considering a tough immigration bill like the one in Arizona. The immigration crackdown has affected farmers in the southwest and the south who rely on migrant workers to harvest their crops. They report difficulty finding migrant workers. Now Ohio farmers are seeing the same thing.
Ohio is one of twelve states that has asked for access to a federal immigration database. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says the database will be used by his office as a voter verification tool.
Despite the controversy SB 1070 caused in Arizona, one Ohio lawmaker wants to mirror the so-called “show me your papers” clause that’s been held up by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Immigration activists in the local Hispanic community say they’re pleased that the federal government will stop pursuing some deportations, but they still want an executive order issuing blanket protections for young, undocumented immigrants.
The Department of Justice says it reached an agreement with Imagine Schools after administrators wrongfully fired an employee for not showing immigrantion documents a second time.
Prosecutors say Sekou Bayoh Kpoto took hundreds of dollars from people, then directed them to a Gahanna BMV office where Betina Young would issue them valid state ID cards and drivers licenses.
A plan to make the city more immigrant-friendly goes before the City Commission this week.
The fight over immigration reform continues. The US Justice Department this week challenged Arizona’s new tough immigration law. Recent Polls show while Ohioans support immigration reform, many also would support an Arizona – style crackdown here. WOSU Commentator Andrew Grant Thomas wonders how we got here.
Franklin County Commissioners approved $2.5 million from the government to create job-help programs for refugees and immigrants.