Sunday, May 31, 2020

Democrats gear up to fight back against GOP senators on DACA

Democrats and Latino-focused outside groups are preparing to use the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program against vulnerable Senate Republicans. The high court is poised to rule any week now on whether President Trump’s termination of DACA was lawful. If the justices come down on […]

Child deportations surge amid Coronavirus pandemic

The Trump administration has expedited the deportation of child migrants during the coronavirus pandemic, citing public health, but documents obtained by NBC News show that as far back as 2017, now–DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf sought to expedite child deportations in order to discourage Central American asylum seekers. Recent reports from immigration lawyers, DHS officials and congressional staff have […]

Trump sued for denying stimulus checks to US citizens married to immigrants

President Trump faces a lawsuit over the federal government declining to issue $1,200 stimulus checks to U.S. citizens who are married to immigrants without Social Security numbers. The litigation comes after the IRS said that only married couples in which both spouses hold valid Social Security numbers will receive the payments. The suit, filed by a U.S. […]

Trump suggests states may need to make “sanctuary-city adjustments” to receive coronavirus funding

Yesterday President Trump suggested that federal assistance to states financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak could be tied to whether so-called sanctuary cities make adjustments to their immigration policies. The comments from Trump came as both Republican and Democratic governors plead for more funding for their states, warning that budget shortfalls could lead to pay cuts […]

Poll conducted by Latino Organizations find that nearly 70% of Latinos feel President Trump ignored early signs of Coronavirus spread

According to the nation’s first 2020 poll of solely Latinos living in America, Latinos overwhelmingly feel the president ignored the early signs of the coronavirus, which led to its worsening spread across the country. Overall, 69% agreed that President Trump was to blame for not responding soon enough and making matters worse. “As the Latino […]

Migrant children in Chicago-area shelters infected with coronavirus

There are at least 37 confirmed cases of coronavirus among minors in U.S. custody at a Chicago-area migrant housing center, CBS News reported yesterday. Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit that operates shelters in the Chicago area for unaccompanied migrant children, told CBS that more than half of the 69 minors housed in their facilities have tested positive for the virus. Mailee […]

Despite their uncertain future, thousands of DACA health care workers fight coronavirus

Cinthya Ramírez’s greatest fear is spreading the coronavirus to her parents and younger brother when she comes home from her nursing shift at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the largest hospital in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. “I take every precaution before entering the house. I take off my clothes, clean my phone and go straight to […]

Farmworkers worry about their safety amid coronavirus pandemic

California has ordered all residents to stay home because of the threat of COVID-19, but thousands of farmworkers like Mariana are still showing up at work — despite worries that their employers are not doing enough to protect or support them. Mariana, who wanted to use her first name only for fear of any possible […]

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 […]