State and Local Round-up

FL: MIAMI HERALD: Deportations jump by almost 50 percent in Florida - Federal immigration authorities deported 5,889 illegal immigrants in the first six months of 2008 to their home countries, including Colombia, Haiti, Jamaica and the Philippines.During the same period last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 3,942 immigrants. OR: MAIL TRIBUNE: Federal rule could cause thousands of Hispanic workers in Oregon to lose jobs - Oregon's agriculture, construction and hospitality industries can expect a major hit should the federal "No Match" rule go into effect, according to a study released Wednesday.

MA: BOSTON GLOBE: Initiative seeks to aid immigrants - Governor Deval Patrick launched a statewide initiative yesterday to find ways to integrate immigrants into Massachusetts "as quickly as possible" at a time when their numbers are booming. The New Americans Initiative, modeled after a similar approach in Illinois, calls on state officials, policy advisers, and advocates to hold a series of public meetings across the state and draft a report with policy recommendations by July 1, 2009.

AZ: Arizona Star: Ballot Measure May Modify Hiring Law - Arizona voters will likely get a chance to do what lawmakers and a federal judge have so far refused to do - ease the state's new law imposing sanctions on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. A business-financed group filed about 284,000 signatures Tuesday for its own version of a statute. Backers say their version provides "tough, enforceable, fair" laws. Only 153,365 signatures must be valid to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot.

NE: Proposed ban on illegal immigrants stirs uproar in Fremont - A proposed law aimed at banishing illegal immigrants from Fremont, Neb., would require every renter -whether they were born in the United States or immigrated here - to obtain an occupancy license through the city.The proposal has sparked an outcry among advocates for Latinos.