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Georgia Bills Seek Special Licenses for Non US Citizens

Two bills in the Georgia State Legislature seek to visibly differentiate driver’s licenses held by non US citizens. SB 161, introduced by Senator Frank Ginn, proposes that non US citizens be issued vertically oriented licenses, while HB 324, introduced by Representative Alan Powell, proposes that the licenses of non US citizens be marked with the term “ineligible voter.” (The bill’s original version suggested the term “noncitizen,” but was revised after being unable to pass through subcommittee.) The bills’ proposal was shocking to immigrants like Ingrid Abisambra, a Colombian and Italian…

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First a Dawg, Now an American Citizen

Dreams can take a month to achieve, a year, a decade or never happen. UGA student Rafael Paz Abromson, from Brazil, achieved what he’s been dreaming of for 12 years. He finally became a U.S. citizen two weeks ago. Abromson has wanted to be a U.S. citizen since he was seven. He was turned down for a green card from the United States Citizenship Immigration Services the first time he applied. “The conditions weren’t right for me for them to accept me,” Abromson said. “They knew if I probably came…

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UGA students join the conversation on Trump immigration ban

ATHENS, Ga.—Students at the University of Georgia participated in a ‘March For Immigrants’ last Friday to protest against the ban on immigration posed by President Trump. The event was created by the Muslim Student Association in partnership with the UGA chapter for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Ali Marmel, a Public Health and Psychology double major from Augusta, Georgia, is head vice president of the Muslim Student Association and says this protest will not be the end of the fight. “Going forward it’s continued resistance… that is…

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Undocumented Immigrants and the Election

Election day is here. One of the issues that experts say could impact the results is the Latino vote and the candidates positions on immigration. College Republican, Ben Grayson has a very strong opinion on the issue of undocumented citizens. “In a state funded university, no I don’t think that they should have the same rights to access for education as citizens”, said Grayson. One local expert, Marcus Crepaz, thinks it will take a while for immigration issues to change though. “This is the Obama administration and we are seeing these issues…

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State Budget Cuts Cutting Georgia’s Agriculture

  -Athens, GA A new state budget has immigrant farm workers worried about where there next paycheck will come from. Jeffrey McNair has been running around all morning to find out more. Each morning immigrant works gather in front of this shelter in front of Home Depot on Epps Bridge Parkway hoping that someone will come by needing workers. But a recent budget cut proposal is elimnating the assitance that farmer get to help secure their workers visas. “Got friends that the police stopped [from working] and he doesn’t have…

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