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The Fourth of July has long been a day when foreigners swear their oath of allegiance to the United States to become citizens. It is an annual reminder that the U.S. has been a nation of immigrants since its founding 241 years ago.   That tradition will continue this holiday period, when nearly 15,000 people will be sworn in as U.S. citizens at dozens of naturalization ceremonies, from...

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Today, Wednesday  28, Trump will use the bully pulpit to rally support for tough immigration legislation, a day after he was forced to watch the Senate pull the plug on a healthcare reform bill that Trump has sought since his election.   Trump will meet at the White House with victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants, in a bid to boost two bills that the House...

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The Supreme Court’s decision to allow portions of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect is a win for the administration — but the impact will be far less severe than Trump’s first iteration of the measure.   That is because the high court effectively allowed Trump to ban from coming to the United States only citizens of six majority-Muslim countries “who lack any bona fide relationship...

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If the Trump administration's America First budget plan for 2018 ever gets approved as proposed, anyone claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Child Tax Credit (CTC) would face a new requirement: They must have a Social Security number and be legally authorized to work in the U.S.   Critics howl that this would deny refundable tax credits to low-income immigrants.   But U.S. citizens and legally...

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Our president has shown us once more how ignorant he is of the law. President Trump called for a so-called “new law” barring immigrants from receiving welfare for at least five years at a rally on Wednesday. "I believe the time has come for new immigration rules which say those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not...

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While the federal government stalls on immigration reform, some states have begun acting on their own. Much attention in the last decade has focused on Republican-dominated areas that have tightened enforcement. Meanwhile, more quietly, California moved in the opposite direction, encouraging integration rather than deportation.   California has passed more than a dozen laws on immigrant integration between 2001 and the present. In mid-June, the state expanded...

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The Los Angeles school board on Tuesday unanimously approved a set of policies that board members said would provide families with a higher level of protection from federal immigration raids.   Among the safeguards in the sweeping set of guidelines: No immigration officers will be allowed on campus without clearance from the superintendent of schools, who will consult with district lawyers. Until that happens, they won’t be...

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Sacramento immigrant rights groups have launched a 24 hour telephone hotline for residents to call if they witness federal immigration agents conducting enforcement sweeps.   The number is (916)245-6773   Faith and labor union leaders announced the new hotline Thursday in front of the main office of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The department does not arrest individuals based on their immigration status but does have a contract with...

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Almost six million returns are missing, and there’s only five weeks left. What’s going on?   Are millions of Americans just forgetting to file their taxes this year?   More than halfway through the 2017 filing season, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service reported receiving 5.7 million fewer individual returns than at a comparable point last year. That’s an 8.5 percent drop.   Tax professionals often discuss tax seasons the same way live...

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It's a detail that stands out in recent immigration roundups across the country: federal agents wearing clothing that labels them as "police."   Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials say it's an accurate word for them to use, and it can mean the difference between life and death in volatile situations.   But elected officials in Los Angeles say they want the practice to stop. When ICE officers...

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