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Report: Licenses for undocumented immigrants would improve public safety

Charlotte, North Carolina, Apr 7 (EFE).- A report by the NC Budget & Tax Center reveals the economic and public safety benefits of issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in the Tar Heel State. Upwards of 254,000 immigrants could benefit from a state law allowing undocumented foreigners to get a driver's license, the report says.

Italy to overhaul illegal immigration laws as 730 rescued by navy

Italy's lower house gave the green light to a draft bill that would decriminalise illegal immigration Wednesday, hours after the navy rescued 730 migrants adrift off its southern coast. The immigrants, including 124 women and 29 minors, were picked up from two boats attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean from north Africa after being spotted by patrol helicopters. The draft law passed by Italy's lower parliament decriminalises undocumented immigration, except in cases where a person expelled by the government returns illegally to the country.

Hundreds of children abandoned en route to US

Authorities in Mexico said Saturday they found more than 370 children dumped by people smugglers while trying to make their way into the United States. The National Institute of Migration (INM) said the huge number of children, from different nations in Central America, were discovered in just a single one-week period in March. The figure included some 163 children who were abandoned because they were not traveling with an adult family member or an acquaintance, the INM said in a statement.

Immigrant, famous for hiding in church, freed from U.S. detention

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A Mexican immigrant activist, who once famously sought refuge from deportation in a Chicago church, has been released from detention, U.S. immigration officials said on Friday, after she returned to the United States seeking to stay on humanitarian grounds. Elvira Arellano, who was deported in 2007 after a year-long standoff, was taken into custody after she re-entered the country this week at San Diego with her two children, a teenager who is a U.S. citizen and an infant.

US police rescue 100 people held in 'stash' house

US police rescued more than 100 suspected illegal immigrants Thursday believed to have been held against their will in a filthy Texas "stash" house. While the 94 men, 14 women and two children discovered in the house were tired and hungry, they did not appear to be seriously injured. A pregnant woman was taken to hospital for evaluation. "It's a classic sign of a smuggling... operation in which people are treated like animals, more so than human beings," Houston police spokesman John Cannon told reporters.

Seven migrants drown off Greek island after boat capsizes

ATHENS (Reuters) - Seven migrants drowned early on Tuesday and two were missing after their boat capsized off the eastern Greek island of Lesbos, the shipping ministry said, the latest in hundreds of deaths this year of people attempting the perilous crossing. Greece is a major gateway into the European Union for migrants from Africa and the Middle East, who often cross the sea in unsafe boats. The civil war in Syria has increased the human traffic.

South Carolina, rights groups settle immigration law challenge

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - In a victory for immigrant rights supporters, South Carolina said on Monday it would no longer defend a key part of a 2011 law that required police to check the immigration status of people during stops. State officials and a coalition of immigrant rights groups have agreed to settle a legal dispute over the law centering on its "show me your papers" section.

U.S. Supreme Court declines immigration cases

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected attempts by towns in Texas and Pennsylvania to revive local laws that cracked down on illegal immigration.

Washington state law to aid undocumented immigrant students

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington became the fifth U.S. state to offer college financial aid to students brought into the country illegally as children, as Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation on Wednesday to make them eligible for state grants. Inslee, in signing the bill to provide aid to students whose families meet income and residency guidelines, hailed it as a major victory for "thousands of bright, talented and very hard working students across the state of Washington."

NY to issue undocumented immigrants papers

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that the city would give undocumented immigrants identity papers to allow them to live more normal lives. "To all of my fellow New Yorkers who are undocumented, I say: New York City is your home too, and we will not force ANY of our residents to live their lives in the shadows," de Blasio said in a speech at Queens College. The initiative's aim is to ensure that undocumented residents are able to do things like open bank accounts, sign leases and gain access to basic services.
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