Saturday, November 27, 2021

Democrats Fight to Include Immigration in ‘Build Back Better’ Bill

Democrats continue to fight to secure protections for undocumented immigrants. Their latest attempt is to include immigration in the “Build Back Better” economic bill, which would expand the U.S. social safety net. Some Democrats have stated that they would not support the economic bill unless immigration is included. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi can only afford […]

Overworked, Underpaid Immigration Detainees Owed Millions in Back Pay

The GEO Group, operator of a for-profit detention center, violated Washington’s minimum wage laws, and owes $17.3 million in back pay to immigration detainees.  Washington’s attorney general sued the GEO group in 2017, it was determined that the company only paid detainees $1 per day. The company reported over $2 billion in revenue in 2020.  […]

In 2021, 557 migrants deaths were recorded in the U.S-Mexico border.

The U.S. Border Patrol has recorded the highest migrant deaths on the U.S. – Mexican border this year. The number of deaths has increased from 254 deaths in 2020 and 300 deaths in 2019, totaling to about 557 deaths in 2021.  According to the U.S. Border Patrol, many of the deaths are linked to heat […]

The Biden administration may soon compensate migrant families separated under Trump

Over 5,600 migrant families who were separated during the Trump administration between 2017 and 2018 may soon receive monetary compensation. The Biden Administration is working on offering the separated families about $450,00 per person.  Many of these families are currently in negotiations with the Department of Justice claiming that the separation traumatized them, especially young […]

Biden Administration Moves to Protect DACA

Today, the Biden administration plans to publish a proposed rule to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented people from deportation and allows them to work in the U.S. The proposal is especially significant due to a recent decision by the Senate parliamentarian to not […]

Puerto Rico raises their minimum wage in over a decade but it is still not enough for working families

Puerto Rico raised its minimum wage for the first time in more than a decade and while it’s a step in the right direction, experts say there are structural factors making it difficult for working-class families. Gov. Pedro Pierluisi signed a law to increase the current minimum pay of $7.25 an hour to at least […]

Congress pushes new legislation that can grant citizenship to ‘documented DREAMers’

This week, Senators introduced a bipartisan bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for some children and young adults who were raised in the United States but are at risk of deportation at age 21. The legislation, called the America’s Children Act, was introduced after the House advanced the text of a sweeping $3.5 […]

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 […]