Thursday, June 20, 2019

Kamala Harris reveals immigration plans which would give DREAMers a path to citizenship

Many of the country’s roughly 2 million DREAMers would gain a pathway to citizenship under a plan released yesterday by 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who would use executive action to break through congressional deadlock. In a plan that reflects the creative legal thinking of California’s former attorney general, Harris would reinstate the DACA […]

A group of DREAMers in New York ring NASDAQ opening bell

A group of immigrants that included DREAMers and temporary protected status (TPS) beneficiaries rang the opening bell for the Nasdaq stock exchange today, one day after the House passed a bill that would grant them permanent residency. The immigrants are in New York for a set of meetings with business and community leaders put together by […]

Supreme Court declined the administration’s request to speed up review of DACA

Yesterday the Supreme Court declined for now a Department of Justice request to consider by the end of the month whether to take up a case concerning the Trump administration’s decision to phase out DACA. The order is a setback, for now, for the Trump administration, which has been frustrated by lower courts that have […]

Appeals court rules that DHS had not followed the law when terminating DACA

Last Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA, was unlawful, reversing a decision by a lower court. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the Department of Homeland Security had not followed the law in terminating the program. The court found that the […]

Pelosi and other Democrats reject Trump’s immigration plan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that President Trump’s new immigration plan is “dead on arrival” and “not a remotely serious proposal.” Her criticisms come shortly after the president unveiled the plan to shift the country toward a “merit-based” system that would favor highly skilled workers over migrants with family members residing in the country. The California Democrat called for […]

Report states that 100,000 immigrants graduate without DACA protections

Nearly 100,000 undocumented students graduate from high school every year, but under the Trump administration, they cannot apply for DACA, which has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation since the program started under the Obama administration. A new report based on census data from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, […]

Democrats want to tackle DACA and TPS first, then a comprehensive immigration bill

Latino Democrats are charging ahead with plans to move a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year, bolstered by recently secured support from some of the party’s top brass. Leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are drafting a measure that some Democratic leaders say they are ready to bring to the floor after the chamber […]

Senators Durbin and Graham introduce bill that provides a path to citizenship for DREAMers

Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) reintroduced long-stalled legislation yesterday to create a path to citizenship for DREAMers. The legal status of DREAMers has been a major flash point in the immigration policy debate since President Trump rolled back an Obama-era order protecting them from deportation. He was later blocked by […]

House Democrats introduce bill called the Dream and Promise Act

House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a new version of the Dream Act amid renewed debate over border security funding. The bill’s proponents say that this time they aim to get it signed into law by President Trump or at least past the Senate and onto Trump’s desk. The proposal includes a path to citizenship for many DREAMers […]

Kamala Harris promises DREAMer she will protect DACA recipients and their parents

During a televised CNN town hall last night, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she won’t vote to support funding for a border wall and criticized President Trump for continuing to push for the construction of a wall. Harris, who was in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of her 2020 presidential campaign following her inaugural rally on […]