Immigration Reform Impacts Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Southern Oregon group representing Hispanic immigrants says immigration reform on the table is a step in the right direction. NewsWatch 12’s Sharon Ko spoke with UNETE, an organization representing farm workers and immigrants in Southern Oregon. The program coordinator Kathy Keesee says the current proposal is more comprehensive and focused than … Continue reading »

Deferred Action Applications Begin

MEDFORD, Ore. – Beginning Wednesday, up to 1.7 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. Can start applying for a two-year reprieve from deportation. Here’s how people in Southern Oregon can apply: There is an online application that can either be filled out electronically or printed then filled out. Either way, you still have to mail … Continue reading »

Local Immigrant Speaks Out After New Policy Announcment

By Rob Scott MEDFORD, Ore — Ramiro Padilla came into the United States illegally in 1987 when he was just seventeen years old. He started out working in the fields but quickly worked his way up to being a dishwasher in Portland. In 1997 he took a chance and moved to Ashland where he opened … Continue reading »

Locals React To Obama Immigration Announcement

By Yessenia Anderson ASHLAND, Ore. — The change on immigration relaxes the rules for illegal youth looking for employment, but the president’s announcement has received mixed reaction across the country. The initial announcement has some claiming this a small victory while others say it’s a step backwards. But in order to qualify for a permit, … Continue reading »