So where are those released going, MN drivers licenses for illegals


Judge approves settlement in lawsuit involving illegal immigrants

LAUREL — A federal judge has given final approval to a settlement by Howard Industries, a Laurel-based electric transformer company, to pay $1.3 million and hire at least 70 workers to end a class action lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed by four black women who accused the company of discrimination for allegedly hiring only Hispanic workers.
U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed the order, finding the settlement fair, reasonable and adequate.
Court records show Howard Industries will pay $1.3 million into a settlement fund to be paid to possibly as many as 5,000 non-Hispanic individuals who applied for jobs at the company between March 2003 and Aug. 28, 2008.
Also, within nine months after the settlement, the company will hire at least 70 of the individuals who had applied for jobs.
Minn. looks at licenses for illegal immigrants
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Senate panel passed a bill on Monday that would let illegal immigrants get a Minnesota driver’s license, the most recent development in a push at the Capitol to train and ensure more drivers who aren’t U.S. citizens.
The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee endorsed the bill on a 10-7 vote — with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposing the bill — to ease the state’s restrictions on driver’s licenses. A House committee endorsed a similar bill last week. The Democrats pushing the measure say the change would make Minnesota roads safer: If the state starts to regulate illegal immigrants behind the wheel, they’ll have to pass a test and could more easily buy automobile insurance.

But Republicans expressed concern that the change could lead to unintended consequences, such as illegal immigrants using their new state IDs to register to fraudulently vote on Election Day.

“We have to tread very carefully here … to make sure that we’re not opening this up too broadly,” said Sen. Eric Pratt, R-Prior Lake.

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‘Border baby’ boom strains South Texas
RIO GRANDE CITY — First it was a trickle, now it’s a flood.
Rising numbers of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America are streaming into Texas to give birth, straining hospitals and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, health officials say.
Doctors and health officials say they are overwhelmed by both the new arrivals and those immigrant mothers who already are in the state. Even Houston’s feeling the pinch. An estimated 70 percent to 80 percent of the 10,587 births at Ben Taub General Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital last year were to undocumented immigrants, administrators say.

The Perfect Amnesty Storm

Confluence of actions by Obama administration may prompt flood of illegal immigrants, experts say
The recent release of illegal immigrants in detention, the Obama administration’s renewed push for amnesty, and the planned furlough of thousands of border patrol agents will result in more illegal crossings, immigration experts and border officials say.
This is the chaos, insanity and cost to each and everyone of us
do to the failure of this Admin. to deport rather than “SET FREE”
illegal aliens - utter nonsense
Immigrant Releases Overwhelms Homeless Shelter
BROWNSVILLE - The Ozanam Center in Brownsville is filled to capacity, and the shelter’s management said Washington politics are to blame.
Ozanam Center Director Victor Maldonado said the number of people at the shelter went from 40 to 85 in less than a week.
All of the people at the center are from Mexico and Central America.
One Honduran citizen arrived at the center last week. Federal officials told him he was being released because of budget cutbacks in Washington.
“I’ve been here for five days. They came and dropped me off here. They left me here and never came back. They said they would come back for me,” the man said.
Maldonado said they had to open an overflow room to accommodate the increase in people seeking refuge.
“Many of them just got here with what they have on. A lot of them need clothing, shoes and a lot also need shoes,” Maldonado said.
Ice agents said they would go back for the Honduran citizen. The man said he would not wait for the agents to return.
“My plan is to go to Houston and go to work so I can help my family back home. I got to do that so we can have some money,” the man said.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents said they will issue an arrest warrant for the man if he doesn’t show up for his immigration hearing.