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Immigrants serve on the front lines during pandemic, study finds

By Taylor DixonTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Immigrants to Marion County are providing essentials services to the community as COVID-19 continue to spread and as a result, they face greater risks from the disease, a study by the Immigrant Welcome Center and the New American Economy found. The study, based on 2018 data, found that immigrants are 9.2% of […]

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COVID-19 pandemic poses financial and health challenges to Indiana immigrants

By Taylor DixonTheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— A new study conducted by Indiana University researchers found some Indiana immigrants are not receiving the same benefits as everyone else, including unemployment assistance, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Indiana University Public Policy Institute’s Center for Research on Inclusion & Social Policy, or CRISP, released the research today […]

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Bill would allow undocumented immigrants to get driving privileges

By Annah Elliott TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Immigrant activists, lawmakers and law enforcement joined the call to allow undocumented immigrants to legally acquire driving cards and permits.   Rep. Chris Campbell, D-Lafayette, authored House Bill 1083, which would allow undocumented immigrants to get a card or permit by showing a tax identification number and pass a driver’s test. […]

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‘Sanctuary campus’ bill passes Senate after debate

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana colleges could soon see changes to what they are required to disclose with the government through one Republican lawmaker’s bill. Indianapolis Republican Sen. Michael Young’s legislation is an addition to a law, which took effect in 2011, that prohibits sanctuary cities — cities that said they will not […]

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Sanctuary bill passes committee over students’ objections

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — College students across the state gathered on their campuses in November to urge administrators to keep students’ citizenship information confidential from the government. Three months later, students gathered again. This time, they were at the Statehouse. Ball State University student Erika Espinoza is living in constant fear. She was […]

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Immigrant rights advocates march from Garfield Park to Statehouse

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Adrian Gutierrez works at a restaurant on the east side of Indianapolis Monday through Friday. But on Thursday, he didn’t go to work. Instead, he marched four miles from Garfield Park to the Statehouse steps as part of a nationwide movement known as “A Day Without Immigrants.” While holding […]

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