Thursday, April 2, 2020

Today, Census day, Univision releases Spanish-language ‘anthem’ to get Latinos to participate

Uforia, Univision’s Latin music multimedia channel, launched a Spanish-language census “anthem” today to persuade U.S. Latinos to participate in the decennial count. The song’s theme centers on the importance of participating in the census, despite the fear of many Latinos to engage with government. “Who said fear?” begin the song’s lyrics, recapturing a common Mexican […]

Supreme Court turning its attention to Sanctuary’ laws

The Trump administration’s efforts to force state and local authorities to abandon “sanctuary” policies and cooperate with federal immigration agents have mostly been panned by lower courts, and the Supreme Court soon may weigh in. One justice — albeit one no longer on the high court — already has. Retired justice David H. Souter last […]

Trump says undocumented immigrants can get tested for coronavirus and not fear being deported

Yesterday President Trump said undocumented immigrants should be able to get tested for coronavirus without fear of arrest or deportation. “The answer is yes, we will do those tests,” Trump said during a White House briefing. “You could say illegal alien, you could say illegal immigrant, you could say whatever you want to use your definition of […]

ICE pausing most immigration enforcement amid coronavirus crisis

Immigration authorities will halt most enforcement across the U.S., shifting efforts to deport only foreign nationals who have committed crimes or pose a threat to public safety, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said yesterday. The agency said it will “temporarily adjust” its enforcements, specifically saying people should not avoid seeking “medical care because they fear civil […]

USCIS says Coronavirus testing won’t count against immigrants trying to get green cards

When immigration officials rolled out their “public charge” rule last month, people who were sick were deemed a “burden” to the U.S. and their health conditions were counted against them when applying for a green card. Late Friday, however, part of that changed— at least when it comes to coronavirus, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

Univision rolls out new ads urging Latinos to participate in the census

The census officially starts April 1, but the Census Bureau will send out invitations to complete the survey online starting Thursday. Univision this week unveiled a bilingual effort that includes free kits composed of videos and printed materials with “Sesame Street” characters to underscore the importance of counting children in the census. It’s part of a multiplatform campaign […]

As Supreme Court is set to rule on DACA, Kushner Revives Immigration Plan

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is trying to revive a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, anticipating that a looming Supreme Court ruling on an Obama-era program that protects young, undocumented immigrants could give the nettlesome issue new life. Trump and Kushner met with Republican senators at the White House last […]

Court Blocks Trump’s ‘Remain In Mexico’ Policy Along Part Of The Border

A federal appeals court has decided to block the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” plan in two states along the U.S. border, following back-and-forth rulings over the program. In its order late Wednesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said that next week the administration will have to stop making asylum-seekers wait […]

LULAC mobilizing to boost young Latino voter turnout and census participation

The nation’s oldest Latino civil rights organization is focusing on its youngest members — Latino youth. Every 30 seconds, a young Latino becomes eligible to vote, according to U.S. census figures, and it’s that potential power at the voting booth that the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is looking to harness this election year. LULAC […]

DHS and Trump Administration now making Brazilian asylum seekers wait in Mexico

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced yesterday that it is expanding Migrant Protection Protocols to Brazilian nationals seeking asylum at the U.S./Mexico border. The policy, colloquially referred to as the “remain in Mexico” initiative, requires migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to await their court dates on the Mexican side of the border, where there […]