undocumented

Don Rush

The influx of undocumented immigrants into Delaware has not only brought job seekers, but job creators as well. A number of these immigrants have started up businesses of their own. In part 2 of this series we talk with two more including one who owns a computer company and another who owns a restaurant. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provided reportorial and translation work for this story.

Don Rush

By 2060 the Hispanic population is expected to be the largest minority in Sussex County. And in Immigration Policy Center notes that the Pew Hispanic Center found the undocumented make up around 4.5% of the Delaware workforce. Hidden amongst these figures is a group of undocumented entrepreneurs -- some of whom have businesses making a good deal of money. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports on some of these undocumented immigrants who have established these businesses. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko helped produce this story with reportorial and translation work. (Part 1)

DelDOT website

When undocumented immigrants apply for driving privilege cards in Delaware they must submit their finger prints that go to law enforcement for a criminal background check.

That requirement was a compromise reached with law enforcement when the legislation was approved this year.

State Senator Bryan Townsend who sponsored the legislation and is co-chair of a panel that will review the law next year fears finger printing could keep people from signing up for a license.

Delaware department of transportation

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has signed legislation allowing certain people living in the U.S. without docuements to gain driving privileges in Delaware.

Markell signed the bill shortly after it passed the House on a 22-15 vote Tuesday. The legislation, which cleared the Senate last week, takes effect in six months.

Many were on hand in Legislative Hall when the vote came down.  Among them were 18 year old Miguel Tapia who was born in Mexico, 17 year old Henry Gonzalez from Georgetown and Reverend Alvin Figueroa:

Delaware Hispanic Commission website

Governor Jack Markell made a unique presentation for a sitting governor.

He came to the Delaware Latino Summit in Dover and addressed them in Spanish.

He told this fast growing population in the state, that many people are concerned that an ID that showed they weren’t citizens could be used against them.

WBOC reports that a Pew Research estimate in 2010 showed that the First state has between 25-thousand and 35-thousand undocumented immigrants.

In addition, there are 171 unaccompanied undocumented minors were in Delaware as of October.

Don Rush

Members of the Indian River School Board expressed frustration at yesterday’s meeting with Governor Jack Markell over the impact of the state taking in over a hundred unaccompanied undocumented children.

The federal government has place 117 of them with families in Delaware.

Superintendent Susan Bunting told the board that the children will attend schools in the district promising to work with them.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in recent years there has been a surge of overall student population including Sussex Central High School.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to meet with clergy leaders for the second time to talk about how to help some of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have come across the border from Central America

WBAL Radio reports the meeting will be on Monday in Annapolis.

Leaders of Catholic Charities, the Maryland Catholic Conference and the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland are among those due to meet with the governor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is meeting with Maryland faith leaders to discuss how to help unaccompanied immigrant children who have been coming across the border from Central America.

O'Malley held a meeting on Monday in Annapolis with dozens of representatives from religious groups.

Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman, says they are discussing possible partnerships the state could form with them to help the children.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor says a state jail in Baltimore will no longer automatically comply with federal requests to hold immigrants past their release date for possible deportation.

Gov. Martin O'Malley says the Baltimore City Detention Center will now consider the severity of the charges a person is facing when reviewing U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement requests to hold immigrants through the "Secure Communities" program. O'Malley notified Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson of the change in a letter released last week.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates advanced a measure that would allow people with an unlawful immigration status to continue to obtain driver's licenses.

If passed, the bill would make permanent an existing two-tiered driver's license system, striking down the state's 2015 deadline for people in the country illegally to get rid of their Maryland driver's licenses.

The Senate has already approved the measure.

Dreamers

Aug 23, 2012
Dreamers, thefilam.net

President Obama created a new program that will allow young undocumented immigrants to defer deportation for the next two years.  Delmarva Public Radio presents two features. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provided repetorial work on the Festival Hispano segment.