Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Latino Doctor provides a haven for migrant farmworkers

On the 15-mile drive between his two Central Valley medical clinics, Dr. J. Luis Bautista often passes armies of farmworkers stooped over in the fields, picking onions, melons and tomatoes. Most of the 30,000 annual office visits to his small staff of doctors and nurses in downtown Fresno and the nearby rural town of Sanger […]

Border Agent used racist slurs and referred to immigrants as “disgusting subhuman s**t” in text messages

A Border Patrol agent in Arizona, who faces federal charges for allegedly hitting an undocumented immigrant with his truck, consistently used profanities and racist slurs to describe immigrants he apprehended at the border, according to federal court documents reported by the Arizona Daily Star. Among a trove of text messages cited by prosecutors, Matthew Bowen […]

Appeals court rules that DHS had not followed the law when terminating DACA

Last Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA, was unlawful, reversing a decision by a lower court. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the Department of Homeland Security had not followed the law in terminating the program. The court found that the […]

Pelosi and other Democrats reject Trump’s immigration plan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that President Trump’s new immigration plan is “dead on arrival” and “not a remotely serious proposal.” Her criticisms come shortly after the president unveiled the plan to shift the country toward a “merit-based” system that would favor highly skilled workers over migrants with family members residing in the country. The California Democrat called for […]

Graham announces new immigration bill that advocates say would harm migrant children

A new bill from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would harm undocumented immigrant children by detaining them for longer periods and allowing immigration officials to send them back to life-threatening situations in their home countries. Immigrant rights advocates argue the legislation wouldn’t even achieve its stated purpose: deterring undocumented families from coming to the U.S. Graham […]

White House had secret plan to arrest and deport thousands of migrant families

Department of Homeland Security officials considered a secret White House plan to arrest thousands of undocumented migrant parents and children in coordinated raids across the U.S., but the idea was tabled due to a lack of resources, reported The Washington Post and The Associated Press. The massive operation was intended to deter people from crossing […]

Julián Castro introduces Education Plan for his 2020 campaign

Julián Castro, whose campaign for the presidential nomination has so far struggled to gain much momentum, unveiled a proposal yesterday to create a national, federally funded prekindergarten program, eliminate tuition at public universities and community colleges and alter the student-debt repayment process, part of a sweeping policy plan that his campaign hopes could reshape public […]

Florida judge protects Spanish-speakers’ voting rights ahead of the 2020 primaries

Advocates for Spanish-speaking voters in Florida are celebrating a significant win Friday after District Judge Mark Walker issued an order requiring 32 of the state’s 67 counties to provide election materials and assistance to Spanish-speaking voters before the 2020 presidential primary. Walker’s decision comes after several civic engagement groups and individuals sued the state secretary of state […]

Study finds that Mexican immigrants are more highly skilled than before

The number of college-educated Mexican immigrants in the United States has risen more than 150 percent since 2000, according to a study released yesterday. Mexican immigrants with a bachelor’s degree rose from 269,000 in 2000 to 678,000 in 2017, an increase of 409,000, according to the report by the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington think […]

Border apprehensions reach new record, immigration officials say they are “overwhelmed”

The number of migrants apprehended by U.S. authorities along the border topped 100,000 for the second month in a row, officials said. April’s tally of 109,144 apprehended border-crossers — many of them families and children — is the highest monthly total since 2007. “Our apprehension numbers are off the charts as compared to recent years,” said U.S. […]