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Michigan passes plan for boosting resident hiring
By David Eggert for the Associated Press, May 20, 2008
LANSING, Mich. — The state House on Tuesday voted to require that companies getting state contracts and economic development incentives hire Michigan workers.
The legislation also could force vendors that knowingly hire illegal immigrants to give up and potentially pay back payments they have received.
New construction contracts would have to require that 100 percent of workers on a project be Michigan residents for one year before starting work. The current requirement is 50 percent.
Advocates ask Ann Arbor police to stay out of immigration enforcement
By Judy McGovern for the The Ann Arbor News, April 7, 2008
Members of the Washtenaw Interfaith Council for Immigration Rights Monday asked city officials to clarify policies on the Ann Arbor Police Department's cooperation in federal immigration enforcement.
More than a dozen community members attended Monday's City Council meeting to raise questions about local police officers' involvement in recent immigration raids.
A 2003 City Council resolution limits Ann Arbor police involvement in immigration matters to criminal violations. However, the language may not be clear, advocates said.
There is no evidence that the March immigration raids - more than a dozen in and around Ann Arbor - involved anything but civil violations, the advocates said.
The speakers asked city officials to clarify the existing policy, strengthen it if necessary, and provide training for city police officers.
Mayor John Hieftje said later he believed Ann Arbor police only acted as required by law.
Local agencies cooperating with immigration agents
By Don Reid for the Daily Reporter, March 12, 2008
COLDWATER — At one point last week there were nine men in the Branch County Jail on criminal charges with holds waiting for agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to pick them up for deportation after they were finished with local court proceedings.
According to Jail Administrator Fred Blankenship two were picked up and taken to the federal holding center in the Calhoun County Jail.
Branch County Prosecutor Kirk Kashian said ICE has added personnel and “more and more contact asking for assistance with legal status of illegals who are defendants.” Until last year there was only one agent working with police and prosecutors in West Michigan.
Michigan: No IDs for Illegal Immigrants
By the AP, January 22, 2008
Michigan will no longer let illegal immigrants obtain driver’s licenses, a practice just seven other states continue to allow. The secretary of state, Terri Lynn Land, who oversees the motor vehicle department, announced the policy and said it would take effect Tuesday. The policy also bars people who are legal but not permanent United States residents from obtaining licenses. Legislation to allow those on temporary work or student visas to get licenses is pending in the Legislature. The policy applies to first-time applicants for a Michigan driver’s license or identification card. Updated procedures for renewals will be released soon. Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington do not require drivers to prove legal status to obtain a license.