Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Lawmakers say they don’t have desire for another shutdown, but have no plan to avoid it

Lawmakers are bracing for a fierce fight over President Trump’s border wall as they work to prevent a showdown but with no plan on how to avoid it. Government funding for Trump’s wall and agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has become a landmine in spending bill negotiations, with talks late last year leading to […]

Republicans block vote on TPS for Venezuelans

Senate Republicans, before leaving for a six-week break, blocked a vote Tuesday on whether to grant Temporary Protected Status, known as TPS, to Venezuelans in the U.S. who fled political and economic turmoil at home. The designation gives Venezuelans the ability to live and work legally in the U.S. Venezuela is the No. 1 country […]

The Arizona Coyotes now have a Latino owner

The Arizona Coyotes has a new owner and the National Hockey League (NHL) has its first Latino majority owner in league history — after  purchased a controlling interest in the team. Meruelo, who is the son of Cuban immigrants, purchased the controlling stake from Andrew Barroway, the team said in a statement. It makes him […]

Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez says she has no interest in becoming Puerto Rico’s governor

The woman who was next in line to become Puerto Rico’s governor after the current governor resigned amid massive protests said yesterday that she does not want the position. Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez said she does not want to assume the role of governor and has asked departing Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to appoint someone else to […]

U.S. Citizen released from ICE custody after 23 days

Francisco Erwin Galicia, a Dallas-born U.S. citizen, spent 23 days in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in conditions that made him so desperate he almost opted to self-deport. “It was inhumane how they treated us. It got to the point where I was ready to sign a deportation paper just to not […]

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Roselló resigns amid chat scandal

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Roselló said he will step down next Friday after more than a week of protests calling for his resignation. Rosselló announced in a video on Facebook that he will resign August 2 at 5 p.m. ET. The governor acknowledged many constituents wanted him gone and said the recent protests had humbled […]

Neighbors form a human barricade to protect dad from being deported

A group of sympathetic Tennessee neighbors mobilized yesterday to form a human barricade to successfully protect a father from arrest by two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Neighbors in Nashville first brought food, water and gas to the unidentified man and his 12-year-old son, who were holed up for about four hours in the family […]

Trump administration revising the citizenship test

The Trump administration on Friday announced that it will revise the U.S. citizenship test to help make a “meaningful, uniform, and efficient test.” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it had formed a naturalization test revision working group in December 2018 with “members from across the agency.” The agency added that it is “soliciting the input of experts in […]

Puerto Ricans rallied in San Juan calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló

With chants of “Ricky, renuncia!” (“Ricky, resign!”) tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans marched and rallied in Old San Juan yesterday in a massive protest calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. Puerto Ricans from across the island gathered in the U.S. territory’s capital, joined by high-profile stars such as Ricky Martin, reggaeton stars […]

Trump’s “Go Back” tweets sound all too familiar to minority members of Congress

President Trump insists he wasn’t being racist when he told four minority congresswomen who’ve had the audacity to criticize him to “go back” to the countries from which they came. “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” Trump insisted yesterday. Three of the four Democratic lawmakers were born in this […]