Monday, March 1, 2021

Lawyers have Found the Parents of 105 Separated Children

The lawyers working to reunite immigrant parents and children separated by the Trump Administration reported earlier this week that they have found the parents of 105 children within the past month. The committee of lawyers and advocates working on reuniting the separated families said it had yet to find the parents of 506 children, which […]

Federal Judge Deals Biden Another Blow on 100- Day Deportation Ban

A Texas federal judge, Drew Tipton, blocked President Biden’s 100- day suspension on most deportations. Judge Tipton granted a preliminary injunction that blocks the moratorium the Biden Administration announced on its first day. It’s a victory for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the 100- day pause, […]

The Biden Administration Relies on a Trump Policy to Turn Migrants Away

The Biden Administration has moved efficiently to distance itself from Trump-era immigration policies but at the U.S. – Mexico border, a pandemic-related order put in place by former President Trump remains in effect allowing officials to continue turning away thousands of migrants. Biden officials state that the order criticized by immigrant advocates gives the administration […]

Biden’s Candidate to Lead Health & Human Services Goes Before Senate Committees

Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s choice for the nation’s top health official is testifying before Senate committees today and tomorrow as Republicans attempt to attack the nomination. Becerra is California’s first Latino Attorney General and was chosen by Biden to be his Health & Human Services Secretary in early December. Becerra, who would be the first […]

Biden’s Immigration Bill Would Offer a Path to Citizenship for Millions

President Biden’s allies on Capitol Hill formally introduced his immigration overhaul in the House earlier this week, making good on his campaign promise to seek to modernize the nation’s immigration system and provide a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented Americans. This new immigration bill is called the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. Senator […]

Democrats Prepare for Problems Over Biden’s Immigration Plan

President Biden’s immigration plan will finally land on Capitol Hill next week, but supporters who are hoping for change now that Democrats control all of Washington are in for a disappointment. Facing a rapidly approaching deadline in April to act, Democrats are instead focusing to pass popular immigration bills that already have bipartisan backing, including […]

California May be the First in the Nation to Require Pandemic Hazard Pay for Farmworkers

A city in California is including farmworkers among those who must receive hazard pay for the risks they are enduring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Coachella, a Southern California city known for its popular annual music festival, passed an ordinance this week which requires retail pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants, and agricultural businesses in the city to […]

Migrants Families Pressure Biden to Confront the New Border Crisis

President Biden’s first immigration crisis has begun as thousands of families have made their way towards the Southwestern border in the past few weeks with the hopes of a friendlier reception. More than 1,000 people who were detained have now been released after the reversal of some Trump’s executive orders. Now many more people gather […]

Senators Reintroduce Immigration Reform Bill Protecting Dreamers

Just yesterday, Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham introduced the latest duplication of the Dream Act which is a part of a new immigration reform. The proposed legislation which was first introduced in 2001 would give some young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children the opportunity to pursue a path toward […]

Senate Confirms Alejandro Mayorkas as Homeland Security Secretary

Just yesterday the Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas as Homeland Security Secretary making him the first Latino to have a position that will have a central role in the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, a Russia- linked cyber hack, and domestic extremism. Mayorkas was confirmed by a 56-43 vote, the narrowest margin yet for a […]