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Yesterday, New Jersey became the latest state to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. The news came as both Democrats and Republicans were able to strike a deal that provided a tuition break to undocumented students, but nixed the portion of the bill that provided them with state aid.
Governor Christie (R-NJ) has gone as far as to demand apologies of those who said that he was playing “political games” with the issue.
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Miami-Dade County, Florida, has passed a resolution terminating their funding to house temporarily detained immigrants within its correctional facilities.
The resolution boasted some eye-opening numbers regarding the number of undocumented immigrants that are detained and handed over to ICE. meanwhile, across the country in California, San Bernardino County mulls over a similar proposal.
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement released it’s deportation numbers yesterday. According to the breakdown, deportations have dropped by 10% in comparison to last year’s record number. However, we are closing in on 2,000,000 deportations under the Obama administration and there does not to seem to be any relief in sight.
On a separate note, the PEW Research Center disclosed the following study. In it, there are various figures that demonstrate that Hispanics put “deportation relief” over “citizenship” at the end of the day. Perhaps immigrant advocates could take a hint. Oh, the study also shows that both Republicans & Democrats will hold a substantial amount of blame for not passing comprehensive immigration reform.
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Newly appointed Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson wrote a letter to Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) regarding deportation quotas.
"I do not believe that deportation quotas or numeric goals are a good idea," Johnson wrote in the letter, obtained by HuffPost and confirmed by Durbin’s office.
Johnson, who has been criticized for not having experience in immigration policy matters, has touted his support for the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill.
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Seven undocumented immigrants have launched a compliant against the state of Virginia. Following the steps of other states such as New Jersey and Maryland, the students are seeking in-state tuition at state universities and colleges.
The 19-year-old cannot afford the out-of-state tuition of $29,000 a year Virginia charges people with her immigration status, so she and six other students filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Arlington County Circuit Court arguing that they should be able to pay the same lower rates as other longtime Virginia residents.
Similar litigation is occurring in the states of Georgia and Arizona. Although efforts to take up the issue of in-state tuition have failed in the General Assembly, the issue is expected to be taken up once again next year.