Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Republicans block vote on TPS for Venezuelans

Senate Republicans, before leaving for a six-week break, blocked a vote Tuesday on whether to grant Temporary Protected Status, known as TPS, to Venezuelans in the U.S. who fled political and economic turmoil at home. The designation gives Venezuelans the ability to live and work legally in the U.S. Venezuela is the No. 1 country […]

U.S. Citizen released from ICE custody after 23 days

Francisco Erwin Galicia, a Dallas-born U.S. citizen, spent 23 days in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in conditions that made him so desperate he almost opted to self-deport. “It was inhumane how they treated us. It got to the point where I was ready to sign a deportation paper just to not […]

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Roselló resigns amid chat scandal

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Roselló said he will step down next Friday after more than a week of protests calling for his resignation. Rosselló announced in a video on Facebook that he will resign August 2 at 5 p.m. ET. The governor acknowledged many constituents wanted him gone and said the recent protests had humbled […]

Neighbors form a human barricade to protect dad from being deported

A group of sympathetic Tennessee neighbors mobilized yesterday to form a human barricade to successfully protect a father from arrest by two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Neighbors in Nashville first brought food, water and gas to the unidentified man and his 12-year-old son, who were holed up for about four hours in the family […]

Trump administration revising the citizenship test

The Trump administration on Friday announced that it will revise the U.S. citizenship test to help make a “meaningful, uniform, and efficient test.” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it had formed a naturalization test revision working group in December 2018 with “members from across the agency.” The agency added that it is “soliciting the input of experts in […]

Trump’s “Go Back” tweets sound all too familiar to minority members of Congress

President Trump insists he wasn’t being racist when he told four minority congresswomen who’ve had the audacity to criticize him to “go back” to the countries from which they came. “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” Trump insisted yesterday. Three of the four Democratic lawmakers were born in this […]

Trump administration introduces regulation that could limit asylum claims

The Trump administration filed a regulation today that could dramatically limit the ability of Central American migrants to claim asylum if they enter the United States by land through Mexico, according to a document filed by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security in the Federal Register. The regulation is the latest attempt by the Trump […]

President Trump announces end of efforts to include citizenship question to the 2020 census

President Trump announced yesterday that he is backing down from his effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census and will instead take executive action that instructs the Commerce Department to obtain an estimate of U.S. citizenship through other means. “I am hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide […]

Massive deportations across the country said to begin on Sunday

ICE agents will launch massive raids on Sunday targeting undocumented immigrants scheduled for deportation, The New York Times reported early today, in an operation that President Trump delayed weeks ago. The ICE action had been set to take place in 10 major cities and target up to 2,000 immigrants, according to multiple reports. According to the Times, […]

Children in detention centers allege sex assault in retaliation for protesting

The poor treatment of migrant children at the hands of U.S. border agents in recent months extends to include allegations of sexual assault and retaliation for protests, according to dozens of accounts by children held in Arizona. A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy held in Yuma, Arizona, said he and others in his cell complained about the taste […]