Friday, February 23, 2018

US Army’s top engineer ‘not satisfied’ with post-Maria recovery in Puerto Rico, but claims he can’t go any faster

It’s been 150 days since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, but the island still isn’t at a level of recovery that satisfies the U.S. Army’s top engineer. “I am not satisfied that people in Puerto Rico should have to wait that much time for power,” Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite said Wednesday during an interview […]

Under Trump administration, Border Patrol searches increase even if far from border

Border Patrol officers are working without permission on private property and setting up checkpoints up to 100 miles away from the border under a little-known federal law that is being used more widely in the Trump administration’s aggressive crackdown on illegal immigration. “The U.S. Border Patrol conducts transportation checks in accordance with the law,” said […]

What is next for DREAMers and DACA?

Both “DREAMers” and their employers are worried about how the wind-down of DACA will affect them, as a Trump administration deadline to find a deal on the young immigrant’s fate approaches. The Senate failed to pass a replacement to the program last week, leaving Congress with few legislative options before the March 5 deadline. However, recipients of the program, who were brought to the […]

Supreme Court to decide today whether it will review DACA

The Supreme Court will meet behind closed doors today to decide whether to take up a lower court opinion that temporarily blocked President Trump’s effort to end DACA. Last month the Justice Department decided to take the rare step of asking the Supreme Court to review the ruling by federal District Judge William Alsup of […]

More than a 100 people arrested after immigration raids in California

Federal immigration agents have reportedly detained more than 100 people in ongoing sweeps in the Los Angeles area, targeting undocumented people. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Danielle Bennett tells NPR in an email that the agency is going after “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.” The immigration […]

As immigration debate takes place second judge blocks Trump’s decision to end DACA

A second federal judge has blocked President Trump’s decision to cancel DACA, dealing another blow to the president’s efforts to end protections for nearly 800,000 undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. The injunction issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn mirrors a separate ruling handed down last month in California. […]

Uncertainty is keeping undocumented California students from applying for financial aid

Each year, California invites students who are in the country without legal status to apply for the same financial aid as other students, but officials once again are concerned that fears are keeping students from seeking help. “We’re 20,000 students behind,” said Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, the organization […]

Immigration debate begins today, but no clear vision of where its headed

The Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the DREAMers today, and Republican senators say they’ll introduce President Donald Trump’s plan. Though his proposal has no chance of passage, Trump may be the most influential voice in the conversation. If the aim is to pass a legislative solution, Trump will […]

Speaker Paul Ryan says people should not doubt his commitment to DACA

  Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday had a message for his critics who don’t think he’s serious about protecting hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants: Don’t doubt me. “I know that there is a real commitment to solving the DACA challenge in both political parties. That’s a commitment that I share. To anyone who doubts my […]

Pelosi delivers an 8-hour speech on DACA

  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for a little more than eight hours to oppose the budget deal to lift spending caps and avert a government shutdown, because the plan does not address immigration issues. “I have had the privilege of reading the testimony from Dreamers, I still have more,” she said, receiving applause […]