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Ohio Business Leaders Keep Tabs On Proposed Immigration Bill

Acting Secretary of Labor, Seth Harris
Acting Secretary of Labor, Seth Harris, fields questions after recent forum on immigration reform at The Ohio State University
April 15, 2013

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 Farmers Blame Migrant Worker Shortage On Immigration Fears

Migrant farm workers
Ohio migrant farm workers pound stakes to support green pepper plants.
30, 2012

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 Elections Chief Requests Homeland Security Database

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
July 17, 2012

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.

Arizona-Style Immigration Law In Ohio?

SB 1070 ignited protests in Arizona and around the country.
26, 2012

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.

Local Activists “Pleased But Guarded” About Obama Directive

Undocumented Ohio is an advocacy group that works to help local undocumented immigrants.
15, 2012

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.

Groveport Charter Order To Pay $20,000 For Illegal Firing

The Department of Justice says Imagine Schools violated the anti-discrimination clause of the Immigration and Nationality Act when it fired a man for not re-producing immigration documents.
May 8, 2012

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.

Two Indicted In BMV ID Scheme

An indictment accuses the two of taking money from and supplying valid drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.
April 18, 2012

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.

Dayton Looks To Rebuild With Immigrants

"Welcome Dayton" calls for an international marketplace, a World Cup-style soccer tournament, and a city-issued ID card for people who can't obtain a driver's license.
26, 2011

A plan to make the city more immigrant-friendly goes before the City Commission this week.

Immigration Uproar – How Did We Get Here

7, 2010

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 Offers Job Help To Immigrants

29, 2010

Franklin County Commissioners approved $2.5 million from the government to create job-help programs for refugees and immigrants.