Monday, May 28, 2018

Immigration talks reach crossroad: Citizenship or not?

Talks between Republicans across the political spectrum trying to reach a potential immigration deal that would unite the conference have reached a crossroads — and once again it has to do with citizenship. “For us, a bridge into the legal immigration system for young immigrants brought to the country as children through no fault of […]

Lupe Valdez makes history in Texas

Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Texas on Tuesday, kicking off a tough race against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November’s general election. Valdez’s victory was somewhat expected, after she ran well ahead of Democratic opponent Andrew White in the nine-candidate primary in March. Her victory also broke historic barriers […]

Republicans are 15 signatures away from forcing DACA vote

More than 200 lawmakers — including 20 Republicans — have now signed a discharge petition to circumvent leadership and trigger a series of votes on the floor dealing with immigration. As of Tuesday evening, petition proponents needed just 15 more signatures to reach the magic number of 218, but it will be this last group […]

“Selena” producer is building movie theaters in Latino communities

Latino moviegoers make up a disproportionate share of the U.S. box office, boosting the ticket sales for films such as Pixar’s “Coco” and Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” yet there is a lack of movie screens in predominantly Latino neighborhoods. That disparity is where cinema owner and “Selena” producer, Moctesuma Esparza, sees an opportunity. […]

DACA limbo: while some states help DACA students, other states bar them from school

Seonki Jo, who was brought to America from South Korea at age 3, has lived in Duluth, Georgia, nearly all his life. When it came time for him to begin his college search, he wanted to stick close to home, but he couldn’t. Georgia is of the states that not only banned undocumented immigrants like […]

Trump’s ICE is after all unauthorized immigrants, even those without a record

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is arresting more immigrants, and increasingly they have not been convicted of crimes, according to data released yesterday by the agency. The new figures, which reflect the first two quarters of the 2018 fiscal year, show that ICE is carrying out the crackdown on unauthorized immigrants that President Donald Trump promised. […]

A total of 20 republicans have signed onto a measure that could potentially force vote on DACA

Two more Republicans signed on to a measure that would force an immigration vote in the House just hours after Speaker Paul Ryan urged his colleagues not to do so in a closed-door meeting yesterday. The signatures of New York Rep. John Katko and Michigan Rep. David Trott brought the total to 20 Republicans supporting […]

Freedom Caucus trying to derail vote on immigration bill

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) yesterday floated the idea of using the farm bill as leverage in order to derail an effort by Republicans to force a vote on immigration. Meadows said the conservative group might push for a vote on an immigration bill introduced back in January by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) in […]

Despite disparities, the number of Latinos pursuing higher education continues to rise

When Elycea Almodovar was searching for a college three years ago, she had just two criteria: It had to be diverse, and it had to have a record of actually graduating students like her. Salem State, the most diverse public university in her home state of Massachusetts, checked both boxes. Its student body was 8 […]

John Kelly believes separating immigrants families will keep people from crossing the border

President Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly defended separating undocumented immigrants from their children as a necessary evil in the administration’s effort to increase border security, during an interview with National Public Radio last Thursday. “The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever,” Kelly said. “But the big point […]