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December 2013 Archives

Christie eliminates student aid from New Jersey DREAM Act, signs

As we discussed on this blog a couple of weeks ago, Governor Chris Christie had long given an impression of support for the New Jersey DREAM Act. At a Latino Leadership Alliance event before the last election, for example, he had emphasized the importance of ensuring "tuition equality for everybody in New Jersey." Yet just as the bill was to be sent for his signature, Christie abruptly issued an about-face, complaining that while in-state tuition equality was OK, allowing access state financial aid programs for DREAMers would be too expensive.

NY driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants may soon arrive

New Yorkers in general have a lot to gain if undocumented immigrants are allowed to apply for driver's licenses. An unlicensed driver is around five times as likely to be involved in a fatal accident, according to statistics quoted in the New York Daily News. Drivers with no insurance -- or who fear Immigration and Customs Enforcement may take them away from their families over traffic tickets -- are far more likely to leave the scene of a wreck.

Christie backs tuition equity, won't sign New Jersey DREAM Act?

"I said the legislature should move in the lame duck session towards tuition equality in New Jersey. Period," New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said recently. "I didn't support any particular piece of legislation." His statement was meant to clarify remarks a week earlier in which he said he opposed the New Jersey DREAM Act, which would have granted it.

Path to citizenship opens for close family of US service members

The Obama Administration has just implemented an amazing new immigration policy. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that all unauthorized-immigrant spouses, children and parents of current and former members of the U.S. military can now obtain legal status -- without leaving the country first -- as long as they have no other bar to residency.

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