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Immigration in Hawaii

Should Undocumented Immigrants Be Able to Get Driver’s Licenses? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Should Undocumented Immigrants Be Able to Get Driver’s Licenses?

Under House Bill 1007, residents could apply for a limited purpose Hawaii driver's license without showing proof of U.S. citizenship. Supporters say it would assist anyone with ID problems, and make the roads safer for everyone.
New Report Estimates More Taxes From Undocumented Immigrants Courtesy of Korean Resource Center

New Report Estimates More Taxes From Undocumented Immigrants

Hawaii will see about a 10 percent increase in taxes paid by undocumented immigrants because of the president’s executive actions.

Takai Bill Would Increase COFA Migrant Fund to $185M Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Takai Bill Would Increase COFA Migrant Fund to $185M

Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Marianas have struggled to help growing Micronesian populations.
A Cultural Exchange Program or a Ticket to Sweatshop Labor? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Cultural Exchange Program or a Ticket to Sweatshop Labor?

A Japanese woman's poor working conditions as a Waikiki pastry chef illustrate the dark side of a visa program that brings thousands of temporary foreign workers to Hawaii each year.
Looking at Census, Hawaii May Not Be as ‘Local’ as You Think Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Looking at Census, Hawaii May Not Be as ‘Local’ as You Think

Some states have far higher percentages of local-born residents, but that doesn't silence the talk about what it means to be 'local' in the islands.
Hirono: Estimated 7,000 Hawaii Immigrants Will Benefit from Obama Action PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hirono: Estimated 7,000 Hawaii Immigrants Will Benefit from Obama Action

Sen. Mazie Hirono calls the president's action a good first step but is hopeful a new Congress will do more to help immigrant families.
Obama Policy Could Help Hundreds of Hawaii Immigrants Flickr

Obama Policy Could Help Hundreds of Hawaii Immigrants

The president plans to unveil an immigration reform plan today that will protect millions who are living in the U.S. from deportation.
Emergency Rules to Maintain Benefits for COFA Residents PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Emergency Rules to Maintain Benefits for COFA Residents

The Hawaii DHS acts in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's action denying a Korab v. McManaman appeal.
U.S. Supreme Court Decision Allows Cuts in Health Care Coverage to Micronesians Flickr

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Allows Cuts in Health Care Coverage to Micronesians

Hawaii officials say the decision validates state authority to determine how much state-provided health care noncitizens should receive.
Immigration in Hawaii