Friday, September 17, 2021

House Committee approves immigration language for reconciliation bill

This week, the House Judiciary Committee approved the immigration language for the reconciliation bill being used for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending plan, which the party hopes to approve without any Republican support. The proposal gives shape to what had previously been an abstract push to grant a pathway to citizenship to millions of undocumented […]

Biden administration appeals DACA’s unlawful ruling

Last week, the Biden administration appealed a Texas court ruling that found the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful, causing uncertainty for thousands of DREAMers. The Justice Department filed a notice to appeal US District Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling, starting the appeals process in the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, a conservative […]

Undocumented 9/11 clean-up workers still seek legal status

Franklin Anchahua cleared thick layers of dust in offices, apartments and even in a chapel in lower Manhattan for weeks after the 9/11 attacks. At first, he treated his heartburn and acid reflux with herbs his mother sent from Peru. He avoided available health programs because he was undocumented and feared deportation. He sought medical […]

Hundreds of local officials call for immigration to be included in new reconciliation bill

Many local officials from all over the country called on Democratic leadership and President Biden to include immigration in the upcoming federal budget. In a letter, the coalition of mayors, council members, local legislators, school board members and commissioners called for a path to citizenship for essential workers, DREAMers (DACA recipients), as well as Temporary […]

Divisions heat up over Democrats’ $3.5 trillion bill

Divisions over what should be included in the Democrats’ reconciliation package are spilling into lawmakers’ return to Capitol Hill, previewing the fight and signaling how fragile the execution of Biden’s domestic agenda is. For months, Democrats have been able to decide what policy should be included in their $3.5 trillion bill, but with September here […]

Immigration advocates frustrated with Biden administration as green cards are set to expire

The clock is ticking on more than 100,000 employment-based green cards that the Biden administration could issue before the end of the fiscal year. The green cards, or permanent residency permits, are available for the administration to assign to eligible immigrants but will expire on Sept. 30. Biden’s pro-immigrant rhetoric has contrasted with former President […]

Supreme Court denies Biden administration efforts to end ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court denied the Biden administration’s request to pause the implementation of a Trump-era immigration policy. The Justice Department asked the court to delay the reinstatement of the policy, known as “Remain in Mexico”, arguing that the policy had been dormant for more than a year and that abruptly reinstating it […]

Biden administration to replace Trump’s public charge rule

The Biden administration moved forward to formally replace the Trump administration’s public charge rule, which barred many prospective immigrants from using social services. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a request for public comments on a new regulation to define how immigration officers can determine whether green card applicants are likely to become a […]

Biden administration proposes overhaul of asylum system to speed up claim approval

The department of Homeland Security and Justice announced that the Biden administration has proposed a federal regulation that would overhaul the asylum system to settle claims at a faster pace and help alleviate the immigration court backlog. The proposed rule would give asylum officers more authority by allowing them to hear and decide applications, cases […]

Chicago’s Black & Latino Communities Hit Hardest by Delta Variant

The intensive care unit at St. Bernard Hospital on the South Side of Chicago is at capacity because of the latest surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. Last month, the small hospital treated more than 3 dozen COVID-19 patients, about the same number as in July 2020, just before a bigger wave of illness, […]