Friday, March 22, 2019

At ceremony, Latino legislators vow to overcome government shutdown

At a ceremony to usher in a record number of Latino Democrats in Congress, lawmakers exuded more outrage than delight as they recognized their legislative ambitions are contending for now with a standoff over a border wall with Mexico that has partially shut down the government. “It’s because of Trump’s obsession with stirring up anti-immigrant […]

Julian Castro met with Latino leaders days before he makes presidency announcement

Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro met with Nevada Democrats and leaders of the Latino community in Las Vegas on Tuesday, days ahead of his planned announcement of a 2020 run for the presidency. Castro, the Democratic former mayor of San Antonio said that as a presidential candidate, he’s going to be talking about […]

With new primary schedule in California Latinos will have more say in 2020

Because of a slight calendar adjustment, Latinos will have a larger say in who Democrats elect to run for president in 2020. “One in five American Latinos lives in Texas and if you add California, you get substantial power of the Latino vote to really influence the Democratic Party and reshape especially the Democratic Party […]

22 immigrants died under ICE detention in the last 2 years

The 22 immigrants who died in the nation’s sprawling network of detention centers over the past two years came to the United States from countries as far-flung as Vietnam, and as close as Mexico. Some had been longtime legal residents, arriving as refugee or students. Many were young — half were not yet 45 years […]

Koch network preparing to push a DREAMer deal this year

The massive network of conservative donors spearheaded by Charles Koch is reportedly preparing a major effort in 2019 to support DREAMers. The powerful network intends to push for Dreamers to receive permanent legal status, TIME reported, citing an internal email that a Koch spokesman verified. “These are people who have already demonstrated their commitment and […]

ICE reportedly paid $807 million to private detention centers in 2018

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in fiscal 2018 paid an estimated $807 million to 19 private or privately-operated detention centers used to detain migrants, according to a new investigation by The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast found that the 19 for-profit prisons in their investigation are holding 18,000 people total in the U.S. this year and the […]

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy dies while in the custody of Border Patrol

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died late Christmas Eve in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection, the agency said, the second Guatemalan child to die in the agency’s custody this month. Rep. Joaquin Castro, chairman-elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, identified the child in a statement as Felipe Alonzo-Gomez. The boy, who was detained […]

Family of 7-year-old immigrant girl mourns her death

Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from this small indigenous community in Guatemala where she spent her days plodding through mud and surrounded by coconut trees. The 7-year-old was excited about […]

Over 30 cities speak out against Trump proposal on immigration benefits

A coalition of 32 cities led by New York and Chicago have come out in opposition to a Trump administration proposal that would link welfare and immigration benefits. In the multi-city comment, representatives argued that the proposed rule from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) violates the Administrative Procedure Act, among other federal laws. “We’re standing […]

Pelosi hopes to pass legislation to help DREAMers with a Democratic House Majority

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vowed to pass legislation that would put DREAMers on a pathway to citizenship when her party retakes control “Our House Democratic Majority will once again pass the Dream Act to end the uncertainty and fear inflicted on patriotic young men and women across the country.” Pelosi said in a […]