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Jerry Brown signs sweeping California immigration bills into law

Jerry Brown signs sweeping California immigration bills into law
(Katy Murphy and Tatiana Sanchez, The Mercury News, Oct 5, 2017)
California’s governor signed a series of immigration bills into law, addressing issues such as local law enforcement involvement in immigration enforcement, landlords and housing, “Dreamer” protections, and immigration detention centers.

Undocumented Immigrants and Their Experience with Illegality

Undocumented Immigrants and Their Experience with Illegality
(Various Authors, The Russell Sage Foundation, July 2017)
The Russell Sage Foundation published this journal issue, with various articles that examine policy changes and how they have affected the welfare of undocumented immigrants, their families, and their communities.

Empty Benches: Underfunding of Immigration Courts Undermines Justice

Empty Benches: Underfunding of Immigration Courts Undermines Justice
(American Immigration Council, June 17, 2016)
The shortage of immigration judges is one of the major problems affecting the U.S. immigration system. Over the past decade, Congress has increased immigration enforcement funding exponentially, yet has not provided the immigration courts with the funding to respond, creating a major backlog that threatens the integrity of the immigration justice system.

October 2017 Update on Changes to U.S. Immigration Policies Under the Trump Administration and Latest Travel Ban News

October 2017 Update on Changes to U.S. Immigration Policies Under the Trump Administration and Latest Travel Ban News
(Roxanne H. Levine and Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, Lexology, Oct 19, 2017)
On October 8, 2017, the White House issued an Immigration Principles and Policies Statement. The statement focused on changes to border security, unaccompanied alien children, asylum reform, swift border return, the expansion of the definition of inadmissible aliens to the United States, interior enforcement, immigration authority, partnerships with states and localities, visa overstays and a merit-based immigration system. This article highlights the key points from the statement.

Here Are California’s Newest Child Welfare Laws

Here Are California’s Newest Child Welfare Laws
(Jeremy Loudenback, The Chronicle of Social Change, Oct 17, 2017) 
A list and description of various child welfare bills recently signed in California, including a variety of juvenile justice-related bills.

8 million kids could lose health insurance if the CHIP program isn’t renewed. Here’s what that looks like in one state

8 million kids could lose health insurance if the CHIP program isn’t renewed. Here’s what that looks like in one state
(Laura Santhanam, PBS News Hour, Oct 12, 2017)
This story highlights the importance of the CHIP program. As a result of Congress missing its October 1st deadline to fund the proram, 31 states and the District of Columbia may run out of federal dollars for the program by March 2018.

The Immi Learning Center

The Immi Learning Center
(Immi, Pro Bono Net., 2017)
This Learning Center provides resources about U.S. immigration, different types of visas and forms of relief, and “know your rights” information in English and in Spanish.

2017 Child and Youth Advocate Dream Act Letter to Congress

2017 Child and Youth Advocate Dream Act Letter to Congress
(CLASP, Sept 20, 2017)
CLASP joins 300+ organizations in supporting the Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615/H.R. 3440)

State Immigration Policy Resource

State Immigration Policy Resource
(Julia Gelatt; Hamutal Bernstein and Heather Koball, Urban Institute, May 4, 2017)
The Urban Institute’s State Immigration Policy Resource compiles state-level immigrant and immigration policies in three major areas: enforcement, public benefit access, and integration.

RESOURCE​ ​GUIDE:​ ​Defending​ ​Immigrant​ ​Youth​ ​Post​ ​DACA

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RESOURCE​ ​GUIDE:​ ​Defending​ ​Immigrant​ ​Youth​ ​Post​ ​DACA

(​​Layla​ ​Razavi, California Immigrant Policy Center, Sept 5, 2017)
The California Policy Immigrant Center has compiled resources and information related to DACA, including important policy issues, upcoming events and actions, and mental health and other resources geared toward current beneficiaries.

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