Friday, July 10, 2020

Latino lawmakers criticize Trump White House meeting with Mexico’s López Obrador

Latino lawmakers and a national Latino group are blasting President Trump for scheduling a visit of Mexico’s president to the White House amid rising coronavirus cases and despite policies that have targeted Mexican and Central American migrants. Mexico President Andres Manuel López Obrador left his country yesterday for the meeting with President Trump today. The […]

Supreme Court blocks Trump Administration’s effort to end DACA

Today the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, a reprieve for nearly 650,000 recipients known as DREAMers. The 5 to 4 decision was written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and joined by the court’s four liberals. It was the […]

Democrats gear up to fight back against GOP senators on DACA

Democrats and Latino-focused outside groups are preparing to use the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program against vulnerable Senate Republicans. The high court is poised to rule any week now on whether President Trump’s termination of DACA was lawful. If the justices come down on […]

Trump suggests states may need to make “sanctuary-city adjustments” to receive coronavirus funding

Yesterday President Trump suggested that federal assistance to states financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak could be tied to whether so-called sanctuary cities make adjustments to their immigration policies. The comments from Trump came as both Republican and Democratic governors plead for more funding for their states, warning that budget shortfalls could lead to pay cuts […]

Migrant children in Chicago-area shelters infected with coronavirus

There are at least 37 confirmed cases of coronavirus among minors in U.S. custody at a Chicago-area migrant housing center, CBS News reported yesterday. Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit that operates shelters in the Chicago area for unaccompanied migrant children, told CBS that more than half of the 69 minors housed in their facilities have tested positive for the virus. Mailee […]

Despite their uncertain future, thousands of DACA health care workers fight coronavirus

Cinthya Ramírez’s greatest fear is spreading the coronavirus to her parents and younger brother when she comes home from her nursing shift at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the largest hospital in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. “I take every precaution before entering the house. I take off my clothes, clean my phone and go straight to […]

Supreme Court turning its attention to Sanctuary laws

The Trump administration’s efforts to force state and local authorities to abandon “sanctuary” policies and cooperate with federal immigration agents have mostly been panned by lower courts, and the Supreme Court soon may weigh in. One justice — albeit one no longer on the high court — already has. Retired justice David H. Souter last […]

USCIS says Coronavirus testing won’t count against immigrants trying to get green cards

When immigration officials rolled out their “public charge” rule last month, people who were sick were deemed a “burden” to the U.S. and their health conditions were counted against them when applying for a green card. Late Friday, however, part of that changed— at least when it comes to coronavirus, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

As Supreme Court is set to rule on DACA, Kushner Revives Immigration Plan

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is trying to revive a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, anticipating that a looming Supreme Court ruling on an Obama-era program that protects young, undocumented immigrants could give the nettlesome issue new life. Trump and Kushner met with Republican senators at the White House last […]

Supreme Court allows Trump administration to enforce “public charge” immigration rule

The Supreme Court issued an order yesterday allowing the Trump administration to begin enforcing new limits on immigrants who are considered likely to become overly dependent on government benefit programs. The court voted 5-4. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan said they would have left a lower court ruling in […]