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[A Honduran gang] said they would take my daughter away from me and kill her. That’s why I took the decision to come here. But I didn’t know that I would be locked up for so long... Why don’t they let us out?

- Celina Gutiérrez, a mother detained in Dilley, Texas, according to the Huffington Post.

California Allocates $3 Million for Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children  

By Jen Riddle

CLINIC is happy to announce an important new resource for affiliates concerned about the ways in which state and local governments may be participating in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. There are a number of programs through which Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and other federal agencies recruit state and local law enforcement officials to help conduct immigration enforcement.

Currently, seven states and the District of Columbia grant driver’s licenses to residents who cannot prove lawful presence in the United States. Four additional states have passed legislation to that effect and will begin granting licenses to undocumented residents within the next year. However, only two of these states offer undocumented residents the standard driver’s license available to individuals lawfully present in the country.