Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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 […]

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 […]

Black and Latino students face challenges as schools reopen

As many children and teens return to a new school year after Labor Day, educators and advocates are alarmed on the challenges that Black and Latino students face. According to a Department of Education’s report released this summer, Black and Latino students were left behind during the pandemic, which worsened disparities in access and opportunities […]

La La Lui, a Latina- Asian and LGBTQ superhero named Lúz

Meet La La Liu, a Dominican Chinese college student who identifies as LGBTQ+ and transforms into a superhero to help her friend and fellow Latina superhero, La Borinqueña. La La Liu is a character who uses her superpowers for good in the new-released comic book series “La Borinqueña,” written and published by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and […]

After years of uncertainty DACA recipients finally heading to Oxford with Rhodes Scholarship

The first DREAMer to be awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship will attend the University of Oxford after years of uncertainty about whether the U.S. would allow him to return home as a DACA recipient. Last week, Federal immigration officials approved Jin Park’s application to travel to England in the coming weeks. Park, whose family migrated […]

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 […]