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Immigrants, city fear divide over status checks – Baltimore Sun

Julio Cesar Ayala knew he was taking a risk when he decided to overstay his tourist visa four years ago, but he never expected to be threatened with deportation for climbing behind the wheel of the family’s silver minivan. The 53-year-old Salvadoran was stopped by a Baltimore County police officer last year and had to admit that he didn’t have a driver’s license. Hours after he was handcuffed and separated from his 9-year-old granddaughter on the side of the road, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement received an automatic notification of his arrest through a controversial and burgeoning federal program called Se Communities. He spent nearly two weeks in jail for a traffic violation. He now faces a deportation hearing in April. “I’ve never had any problems before,” said Ayala, a Cockeysville resident and grandfather to eight children born in the United States. “I feel trapped.” – Baltimore Sun 03.01.2012


Victoria para los jornaleros en Arizona – La Opinión

Mientras la Corte Suprema delibera su destino final, tribunales menores continúan desintegrando la polémica ley SB 1070. Ayer, la jueza de la Corte de Distrito en Arizona, Susan Bolton, bloqueó una parte de la legislación que prohíbe a las personas buscar jornaleros en las calles. Bolton argumentó que esta actividad involucra un “discurso comer