HEADLINES: Immigration

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The California Legislature is poised to pass a law that would allow illegal immigrants to receive state-financed aid for college. While the state law would do nothing to provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, it would provide them with more education benefits than they have in any other state. The bill underscores the ways states are navigating their own way through controversial immigration issues, as the Obama administration has been unable to make headway on plans for an overhaul of immigration laws. [NYTimes]

A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a tough immigration law in Alabama on Monday. In her two-page order, Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn said there was not enough time before Thursday to address all the legal arguments from various parties over the law’s constitutionality. Earlier this month, leaders from the Episcopal, Methodist and Catholic churches of Alabama sued the state’s governor, its attorney general and a district attorney over the law, known as H.B. 56. [CNN]

A task force set up by the Obama administration to ease political tensions over a deportation program has held the last of four public hearings, which instead served largely to galvanize vocal protests against the policy. Immigrant, labor and church groups walked out halfway through the session Wednesday in Arlington, Va., banging drums and denouncing the hearing as a “sham” intended to gloss over deep problems with the program, known as Secure Communities. With a series of initiatives since June, the Obama administration has sought to tighten the focus of its deportation strategy on illegal immigrants who also have been convicted of crimes, especially serious violent and drug offenses. Officials say the rapid expansion of Secure Communities to cover the whole country by 2013 is part of that plan. [NYTimes]


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