Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Trump Administration Says Miami is No Longer a ‘Sanctuary City’

On Friday, the Department of Justice informed Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez that the city is now in full compliance with federal immigration requirements and eligible to receive grants based on said compliance. In February, Miami-Dade became the first, and only major city, to reverse its sanctuary policy. According to a letter from Acting Assistant […]

Mayors of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Fight Back Against Bullying from AG Sessions

Just three days after a crushing health care defeat, AG Sessions echoed President Trump’s nationalist campaign rhetoric by threatening to cut off sanctuary cities from access to federal funds if they refuse to comply with information sharing with immigration officials. “I urge the nation’s states and cities to carefully consider the harm they are doing […]

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Voices Strong Support for Labor Sec. Thomas Perez for U.S. Attorney General

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) officially endorsed Labor Secretary Thomas Perez for U.S.  Attorney General on Tuesday. Secretary Perez has purportedly been on the shortlist of candidates since Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would step down from the position last month. The CHC  joins many leading Latino organizations, including the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda […]

Republicans Ignore DOJ’s Request for Funding of Legal Counsel for Migrant Children

            On multiple occasions, the Department of Justice has petitioned Congress for money to provide legal counsel for the large wave of unaccompanied migrant children facing legal proceedings, only to be met with fierce resistance by House Republicans. Recently, the DOJ asked Congress for $13.2 million in order to provide […]

President Obama Nominates Thomas E. Perez as Next Secretary of Labor

President Obama has nominated Thomas E. Perez as the next Secretary of Labor and if confirmed, would be the first and only Latino on the President’s second-term Cabinet team. Perez, a first-generation Dominican-American, was the lead of the Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department since 2009 and would replace former Secretary of Labor Hilda […]

Guest Blogger: Robert Valencia “The War Within: How The U.S. War on Drugs Casts a Shadow over Communities of Color”

When Dr. Ethan Nadelmann, director of the Drug Policy Alliance, took the stage at the San Francisco Freedom Forum on September 28, he shared a staggering figure about a country that leads the world in incarceration rates, with 743 people per 100,000 inhabitants—a rate much higher than China, Russia, or Rwanda—and despite the fact that […]

Tough South Carolina Immigration Law Faces Separate Lawsuits from U.S. Department of Justice and Pro-Immigrant Organizations

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on Monday against South Carolina over its immigration law, which requires police officers to probe the immigration status of individuals they suspect to be undocumented. The Justice Department is suing on the grounds that the federal government, not individual states, has authority on matters of immigration. The […]

Motion by Latino Republican Group Supporting SB 1070 Denied

A request by the Arizona Latino Republican Association to intervene with the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against SB 1070 was denied Tuesday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, who put the law’s most controversial portions on hold just a day before it was to be enacted, rejected the group’s arguments that its […]

Supreme Court to Hear Case over Immigration Law in Arizona

A challenge to a punitive law in Arizona against employers that knowingly hire undocumented workers will be heard today by the U.S. Supreme Court. The law, called the Legal Arizona Worker’s Act, is being challenged by an array of business and advocacy groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Immigration Law Center and […]

Department of Justice Issues Warning as AZ’s Arpaio Served with Lawsuit

The self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America was threatened with a lawsuit by Justice Department officials if he does not cooperate with their ongoing investigation into allegations he discriminates against Hispanics. A federal grand jury in Phoenix is looking into allegations that Arpaio used his power to investigate and intimidate political opponents and that his office […]