Monday, October 18, 2021

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Biden states he will push for a pathway to citizenship for million in economic package

President Biden reiterated his support for a Democratic effort to include immigration policy in his multi-trillion anti-poverty package, assuring a group of lawmakers that he would stand by them in their push to see a pathway to citizenship for millions signed into law. Securing Biden’s vocal and support is a critical price of effort by […]

DREAMEr qualifies for the Olympics, but his DACA status almost kept him away

Runner Luis Grijalva, an Arizona college student, got the news that he will be going to Tokyo to participate in the Olympics, representing his native country, Guatemala. However, in his case, being able to live his dream as an Olympian went beyond qualifying as an athlete. Grijalva was named to the Guatemalan Olympic team last […]

DACA Ruling Puts Weight of Immigration Reform on Democrats

Last week, a federal judge in Texas blocked new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The decision puts in limbo status of hundreds of thousands of DREAMers, including 50,000 new DACA applicants who had not yet been enrolled in the program. The court decision has put new urgency behind an effort […]

DACA Ruling Causes Frustration and Devastation for DREAMers Once Again

After living undocumented in the U.S. for 17 years, Yazmin Bruno- Valdez was accepted in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program less than a month ago, granting her long-awaited protection from deportation and opening potentially new doors for her future. Bruno-Valdez’ sense of security vanished last week when U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen […]

Federal Judge Declares DACA Program Illegal but Stops Only New Applications

On Friday a Texas federal judge declared the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program illegal. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, stated that the Obama administration failed to follow federal administrative ruled in launching DACA in 2012. However, he put the effect of most of his ruling on hold while the […]

DACA Recipients, Families, and Advocates Push for Permanent Immigration Status

Both, local and national immigrant rights groups made a promise to mark the 9th anniversary of the   Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program benefiting thousands of immigrants who arrived in the country as children. These young people who benefit from the program might not celebrate DACA’s 10th year anniversary. Adonais Arevalo, Director of Poder […]