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November 2012 News Releases and Statements

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November 30, 2012
Stars Coming Out for National Immigration Law Center’s Courageous Luminaries Awards Dinner

Stars of the social justice and cinematic world will come out on December 6, 2012, to celebrate a year of major achievements in the immigrants’ rights movement at the National Immigration Law Center’s Courageous Luminaries Awards Dinner. The dinner, which will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel from 7 to 9:30 p.m., will honor the work of those who have improved the lives of low income immigrants and their families.

Read the news release here.


November 29, 2012
Civil Rights Coalition Challenges Arizona Policy Denying Driver’s Licenses to Immigrant Youth

A coalition of civil rights organizations today filed a class-action lawsuit challenging Arizona’s unconstitutional policy denying driver’s licenses to a specific class of immigrant youth even though they have grown up in the United States and are authorized to live and work here.

Read the statement here.

Read the complaint here.


November 16, 2012
Government Approvals of Deferred Action Applications Double

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the number of approved applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has doubled in the last month. Here is a statement from Don Lyster, director of the National Immigration Law Center’s Washington, DC, office.

Read the statement here.


November 15, 2012
Federal Court Leaves Most of South Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Law Blocked
Court Recognizes Law’s Harms, Sets Narrow Limits on Police Conduct

A federal court has blocked key provisions of South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law and recognized that harms could take place if police officers check people's immigration status, inviting additional challenges of civil rights abuses.

The ruling reaffirms a December 2011 ruling that blocked key sections of the law, including those that aimed to turn unlawful presence into a state crime and to make crimes of everyday activities such as giving a ride or renting an apartment to an undocumented immigrant. While the decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina in Charleston leaves room for implementation of a “show me your papers” provision, it invites future challenges if enforcement of the law results in lengthy roadside detentions and other violations of civil rights.

Read the news release here.


November 6, 2012
Election Result a Win for Aspiring Citizens

President Barack Obama has won a second term, beating Republican challenger Governor Mitt Romney. Latinos — the fastest growing voting bloc in the nation — provided crucial votes to Obama in swing states. Asian Americans and other voters of color also played a huge role in reelecting the president. Many voted for the president’s reelection not simply to support his positions but as a rebuke to Romney’s harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

Read the statement here.