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The Sacramento Bee reported December 3: “Nearly a million undocumented immigrants could live and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others.”  The California Opportunity and Prosperity Act “would apply to illegal immigrants who have lived in California for four years, have no felony convictions, are not suspected terrorists, pay a fee to administer the program, and can speak English or are learning it,” the article said.

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The article did a good job of showing the opinions of those who support and oppose the initiative and why. Still, I would like to know more specifics about the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act.

-Cristabelle Tumola


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Dervedia Thomas

Controversy stirred in Alabama over the state’s immigration law when the arrest of a German Mercedes-Benz executive made the headlines.

According to the Associated Press, the executive Detlev Hager, 46, was on business in the state when he was pulled over by police in his rental. Unable produce a driver’s license or another identity document,  he was taken into custody and placed in the Tuscaloosa city jail.

The case was later dismissed in municipal court when he was able to show the proper documentation.

Mercedes Benz is one of the state’s leading employers, and is credited with providing the impetus for the state’s large automotive industry, which includes foreign manufacturers Honda, Hyundai andToyota.

The article is good but it does not say how long the exec stayed in prison after being arrested nor did it have any quotes from the exec or his company.



New Canadians take the oath of citizenship during a ceremony as part of Canada Day celebrations. Photo credit :

New Canadians take the oath of citizenship during a ceremony as part of Canada Day celebrations in Vancouver. Most new Canadians arrive in better health and stay healthier than the rest of the population. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

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Dervedia Thomas

Immigrants are generally healthier than Canadian-born citizens according to  a Statistics Canada study released this week.

The findings published in CBC News shows that immigrants have a lower mortality rate, even though some immigrants have seen a decline in their health after moving to Canada.

The study does not give reasons for the disparity but the article mentions that Canada has an immigration screening process that allows healthier persons to be chosen including those who are more active in their country.

Balal Parveez, 22, was an undocumented immigrant without knowing it. Source: The Huffington Post

Balal Parveez, 22, was an undocumented immigrant without knowing it. Source: The Huffington Post

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The family of  Balal Parveez, 22, an undocumented immigrant in detention, pleaded with ICE officials for months before they allowed the Pakistani national to have much needed chest surgery. One day later, he was back in the detention center where he has spent the last 11 months.

The story run by the Huffington Post is very detailed, but lacks some important pieces of the puzzle.

The story says his family sought asylum in the United States, but because Parveez entered the country separately (with his aunt instead of his parents), he did not become a naturalized citizen and neither he nor his parents were aware of that fact. How is that possible?

Secondly, the story says he was married. Is his wife an American citizen? What does she think? How is her life now?

Lastly, seven months after he was deported, he reentered the United States and was apprehended immediately by ICE officials. I think the writer should have explained that this is the normal process when dealing with asylum seekers.

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After 10 years in the United States, Enal Singh, 46, is being deported to Trinidad and Tobago and he already has plans to open an outreach center.

The News-Journal reported that four weeks before the U.S. Customs and Immigration officials arrested Singh, he was homeless and addicted to alcohol.

That is when he sought the assistance of the Daytona Outreach Center for treatment and ended up working as one of the center leaders.

Singh moved to the U.S. 10 years ago when he got married, but never filled out the necessary paperwork. He is now divorced.

He refuses to fight the case, instead he wants to go to Trinidad and open an outreach center like the one in Daytona.

The article gave the basic information but I would also like to know what led to his arrest and how long he has been detained.

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