WUSA 9 – Help Save Maryland Director, Brad Botwin in The News – Watch The Video – President’s order could help 200,000 local immigrants

Bruce Leshan, WUSA6:28 p.m. EST November 20, 2014

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) — Undocumented immigrants across the region are celebrating the president’s executive order while illegal immigration opponents are promising political payback.

Advocates estimate that there are half a million undocumented immigrants in Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia, and many of them are going to be listening carefully to President Obama’s speech.

From what we know so far, it looks like the executive order will grant about 40% of illegal immigrants legal status here in the United States. That’s 200,000 people.

Enriqueta Juares says after a dozen years of living in fear, the president’s order will finally offer her some relief. She says she doesn’t have words to describe how happy she is: “Yes, very, very happy.”

With two children, one born in the U.S., the cleaning woman at the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor now dreams now of a much brighter future for her children. She hopes her daughter will be a doctor.

But the executive order is limited and President Obama is not expected to extend legal status to the parents of dreamers like 19-year-old college student Claudia Quinonez.

“I will be very upset,” the Montgomery College student said, almost crying. “It will be shame on him. Because we’ve been working very hard.”

Quinonez’s mother Rosemary brought her to the U.S. from Bolivia when she was 11-years-old.

“They work hard, my mom pays taxes, and she works because she wants me to have a better life.”

Gustavo Torres, executive director of the immigrant service and advocacy group CASA, says this is a huge victory, but immigrants want more.

“All of the actions we’ve engaged in for 20 years pay off right now. But it’s not a solution, I want to be very clear. We need to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

Maryland anti-illegal immigration activist Brad Botwin agrees on the need for reform, but he says the reform that’s needed is tougher border enforcement and English only policies.

“I don’t need another five, six, seven million people competing with American citizens who really still can’t find work,” Botwin said.

The immigrant rights activists are planning to listen to the speech and will celebrate CASA in Hyattsville and down at Lafayette Park in front of the White House.

Brad Botwin says he won’t even watch. He’s having dinner at the Cuban Corner Restaurant in Rockville with some people he says have left Maryland because of the government policies.

http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/2014/11/20/president-obama-immigration-announcement-casa-maryland/70021202/

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Help Save Maryland Director, Brad Botwin on PBS – What the election means for the future of immigration reform

One of the major national policy issues that lost political momentum going into the 2014 election is immigration reform. What’s next for reform if Republicans take the Senate? Did the stalemate demobilize voters? Gwen Ifill gets debate from Cristina Jimenez of United We Dream and Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/election-means-future-immigration-reform/

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Tucson Sentinel – Court: Az must give driver’s licenses to Dreamers

Posted Nov 24, 2014, 12:44 pm

Thousands of young adults known as “dreamers” may be able to get driver’s licenses in Arizona after a federal appeals court rejected a request by the state for a new hearing on Monday.

The full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider a July order by a three-judge panel that Arizona had illegally denied licenses to those who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program allows immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to stay in the country under renewable two-year terms.

“Gov. Brewer has wasted countless taxpayer dollars defending a misguided and harmful policy that has been rejected time and time again by the courts. We hope today’s announcement allows us to finally apply for the identification document that rightly identifies us as Arizonans,” said Dulce Matuz, preisdent of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition and a plaintiff in the case.

Over the summer, a three-judge panel said there was no legitimate interestin treating the Dreamers differently. Arguing that the state’s policy appears to be motivated by animosity to the young immigrants and is likely unconstitutional, the court ordered an injunction blocking Gov. Jan Brewer’s 2012 executive order.

“We discern no rational relationship between defendants’ policy and a legitimate state interest,” wrote Judge Harry Pregerson for the panel.

In August 2012, Brewer ordered state officials not accept work papers from DACA deferred action recipients. As Arizona bars issuing a license to anyone not “authorized under federal law,” the DACA recipients found themselves able to stay in the state, but unable to drive.

After the suit was filed, the state tried to avoid accusations that the policy violated the Equal Protection Clause by refusing to issue licenses to recipients of some other forms of deferred action, including crime victims and domestic violence survivors.

Before refusing Arizona’s request, the court invited the federal government to offer its own opinion on the issue. In a brief, federal officials said that Arizona’s policy was unconstitutional and opposed a new hearing.

http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/112414_dreamers_licenses/court-az-must-give-drivers-licenses-dreamers/

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Washington Examiner – Obama edict raises new questions about benefits for illegal immigrants

BY BYRON YORK | NOVEMBER 25, 2014 | 5:00 AM

When the Affordable Care Act was being written and debated, President Obama took care to emphasize that no illegal immigrants would be eligible for its benefits. Obama and the Democrats who passed the bill were sensitive to public concerns that those who entered the United States illegally should not receive assistance intended for those here legally.

Indeed, an Obama promise along those lines played a role in one of the most notorious incidents of the president’s time in office. “There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants,” Obama said in a Sept. 9, 2009 healthcare address to a joint session of Congress. “This, too, is false. The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

At that moment, Republican Rep. Joe Wilson yelled out, “You lie!” leaving the president and lawmakers stunned.

Wilson’s action was inexcusable, but the suspicions behind it were entirely understandable. Republicans have always suspected the administration wanted to extend not only Obamacare but a whole range of federal benefits to illegal immigrants. And now, the president’s unilateral executive action on immigration seems to be confirming some of those fears.

On November 11, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell participated in an online chat with a group of Latino bloggers. Burwell was asked a two-part question. Would the young immigrants known as Dreamers be eligible for Obamacare subsidies, and can so-called mixed families — for example, a family with illegal parents and legal children — receive benefits?

Dreamers are not eligible, Burwell said. But she left no doubt that she — along with officials at the highest levels of the Obama administration — wants that to change. “I think that everyone probably knows that this administration feels incredibly strongly about the fact we need to fix that,” Burwell explained. “We need to reform the system and make the changes that we need that will lead to benefits in everything from healthcare to economics to so many things — a very important step that we need to take as a nation.”

Burwell went on to tell the bloggers that families with illegal members are welcome to receive benefits. “Mixed families should come, they should seek and try, go on the site, they’ll find out they can get financial assistance,” Burwell said. “They may be eligible for different programs for their children or themselves.”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-edict-raises-new-questions-about-benefits-for-illegal-immigrants/article/2556620

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The Blaze – Millions of New Illegal Immigrants to Get Drivers Licenses in California

Thanks to a new law that goes into effect on Jan. 1, nearly 1.4 million illegal immigrants who were previously ineligible to obtain drivers licenses will now be allowed to get them in California.

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California is expecting such a massive influx of new drivers license applications from illegal immigrants that the state opened a second Department of Motor Vehicles office in one city to handle the surge, according to Noozhawk.

A new state law, passed in October 2013, allows for the previously ineligible drivers who were illegal immigrants to acquire drivers licenses if they prove they are living in California. DMV officials say Assembly Bill 60, which takes effect Jan. 2, will bring in approximately 1.4 Million new applications during the first three years the law is enforced.

The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Luis Alejo and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, requires the DMV to issue driver’s licenses to individuals “who can prove identity and California residence plus meet all other licensing requirements, such as passing the driver license knowledge test,” Janene Scully, of Noozhawk, noted.

The potential drivers will also have to pass a vision test and, when applicable, a road sign recognition test. The state will also require applicants to provide a thumb prints and have a picture taken before scheduling a behind-the-wheel test.

In October, Jon Feere, a legal policy analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies, wrote that granting drivers licenses for illegal immigrants generated controversy and raised national security concerns in Colorado, Oregon, and California. Feere explains in The Hill:

“The federal REAL ID Act — which put a number of recommendations from the 9/11 Commission into effect — standardizes state driver’s licenses and seeks to prevent illegal aliens from boarding airplanes, entering government buildings or accessing nuclear power plants. But illegal immigration advocates have pushed some states to offer special driver’s licenses just for illegal aliens that are not REAL ID compliant. The movement is part of the effort to blur the distinction between law-abiding residents and foreigners who believe they are above the law.”

The Department of Homeland security signed off on California’s design for the illegal immigrant driver’s licenses in September, but some liberal groups continue to object to the small distinctions that set the illegal aliens’ licenses apart from other Californians’ identification.

DHS initially rejected the state’s proposed design, which would have required just a small mark on the front and then print: “This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes,” on the back. Instead, the California driver’s licenses issued starting in January will now have the phrase “federal limits apply” clearly marked on the front. 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/11/24/millions-of-new-illegal-immigrants-to-get-drivers-licenses-in-california/

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