Tuesday, January 21, 2020

New Jersey Governor signs bill that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill yesterday that will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. The bill allows state residents who can’t prove they are in the U.S. lawfully to receive permits and standard driver’s licenses or an identification card. A statement from Murphy’s office said that it was aimed at improving roadway […]

Trump Administration to impose even more restrictions for asylum seekers

Yesterday the Trump administration presented a new set of restrictions to the nation’s asylum system, unveiling a proposal to significantly expand the crimes that render migrants ineligible for asylum in the U.S. to include convictions of using false documents and crossing the border illegally more than once. The proposed rule by the Department of Homeland […]

Pete Buttigieg pledges ‘a new era for Latinos’ as he unveils a proposal

Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg unveiled a proposal today pledging a “new era for Latinos,” including a rollback of several President Trump’s policies. “Whether it is the disenfranchisement of the people of Puerto Rico or Latino neighborhoods denied access to clean air and water, Latinos in the United States have been burdened for too long by […]

ACLU says 1,556 more children were separated from parents at the border

The Trump Administration said in federal court that 1,556 more parents and children were separated from each other than previously known, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU said in a statement dated Thursday that the administration revealed the number after a court order. “It is shocking that 1,556 more families — including babies and toddlers — join the thousands […]

Cuban asylum seeker apparently commits suicide while in ICE custody

A Cuban migrant died of an apparent suicide at a Louisiana detention center after spending months in detention while his immigration case played out in court, authorities said yesterday. Roylan Hernandez-Diaz, 43, died Tuesday at the Richwood Correctional Center in Richwood, Louisiana, ICE said in a statement. Hernandez-Diaz was found unresponsive in his cell and […]

House passes Democrat-backed measure to revamp medical screenings for migrants at the border

The House passed a measure yesterday that would revamp medical screenings for migrants in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The Democrat-backed bill, which passed in a 230-184 vote, would establish timelines for medical screenings and improve overall health standards. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) and Fred Upton (Mich.) were the only Republicans to vote in favor of […]

Supreme Court sides with the Trump Administration allowing asylum restrictions to take effect

The Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration’s rule that dramatically limits the ability of Central American migrants to claim asylum to go into effect nationwide while the appeals process plays out. Yesterday’s order is a major victory for the administration, which argued the rule was necessary to screen out “asylum seekers who declined […]

Trump administration reconsidering ending another immigration policy

The Trump administration reportedly said yesterday that it is reconsidering putting an end to a policy that enables migrants to not be deported while they or their family members receive lifesaving medical treatment. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) faced widespread backlash after it severed the “deferred action” program on Aug. 7 without notifying the public, The New […]

Latino lawmakers slam Texas governor for anti-Latino and anti-immigrant language

In the wake of the El Paso domestic terror attack, lawmakers and Democrats, many of them Latino, are slamming language used by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a tweet and a fundraising letter as anti-Latino and anti-immigrant. On Friday, members of the state’s El Paso legislative delegation and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus condemned Abbott’s […]

Truck in Rhode Island drove into ICE protesters outside detention facility

A captain at a Rhode Island detention facility has been placed on administrative leave after he drove a truck toward a line of protesters who were demanding the center cease its cooperation with ICE, officials and witnesses said. The incident, which took place Wednesday night was captured on video. Five demonstrators were hospitalized, according to […]