Tuesday, July 27, 2021

DACA Ruling Puts Weight of Immigration Reform on Democrats

Last week, a federal judge in Texas blocked new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The decision puts in limbo status of hundreds of thousands of DREAMers, including 50,000 new DACA applicants who had not yet been enrolled in the program. The court decision has put new urgency behind an effort […]

Texas is Now Jailing Migrants on Trespassing Charges

Texas is beginning to arrest migrants on trespassing charges along the U.S. – Mexico border as part of Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s actions that he claims are needed to decrease the number of border crossings. So far at least 10 people have been jailed with more on the way. The arrests put in motion plans […]

DACA Ruling Causes Frustration and Devastation for DREAMers Once Again

After living undocumented in the U.S. for 17 years, Yazmin Bruno- Valdez was accepted in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program less than a month ago, granting her long-awaited protection from deportation and opening potentially new doors for her future. Bruno-Valdez’ sense of security vanished last week when U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen […]

Biden Announces Government Strategy to Encourage U.S. Citizenship

According to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services official, the Biden administration is introducing an effort to encourage eligible immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship. The effort comes from one of President Biden’s early executive orders that called on federal agencies to develop “welcoming strategies that promote integration, inclusion, and citizenship.” An official further stated, […]

Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants with Temporary Status

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that thousands of people living in the U.S. for humanitarian reasons are not eligible to apply for a green card. Justice Elena Kagan wrote that federal immigration law prohibits people who entered the country undocumented and have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from becoming permanent residents. The designation […]

Biden’s Internal Polls Shows Public Support for Immigration Reform

A wide range of advocacy groups in Biden’s support are optimistic about the political prospects of immigration reform, as polls show consistent public support for action on the issue. Earlier this week pollster Matt Barreto, a veteran of the Biden presidential campaign, who is an adviser for Building Back Together (BBT) a political action group […]

Alex Padilla Replaced Kamala Harris in the Senate, Now He’s Pushing for an Immigration Reform

When Kamala Harris resigned from the Senate to become the first woman Vice President, California Governor Gavin Newsom’s voted for Alex Padilla, the California Secretary of State, to replace Harris. When he was sworn in, Padilla became the first Latino senator from the Golden State. His appointment was met with both excitement and criticism because […]

Bush Calls on Congress to Tone Down ‘Harsh Rhetoric” on Immigration

Earlier this week, former President George W. Bush called on Congress to tone down the “harsh rhetoric” on immigration, adding that he hopes that doing so will “set a tone that’s more respectful” of immigration and lead to immigration reform. In an interview Bush stated, “I do want to say to Congress, please put aside […]

Federal Judge Deals Biden Another Blow on 100- Day Deportation Ban

A Texas federal judge, Drew Tipton, blocked President Biden’s 100- day suspension on most deportations. Judge Tipton granted a preliminary injunction that blocks the moratorium the Biden Administration announced on its first day. It’s a victory for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the 100- day pause, […]

The Biden Administration Relies on a Trump Policy to Turn Migrants Away

The Biden Administration has moved efficiently to distance itself from Trump-era immigration policies but at the U.S. – Mexico border, a pandemic-related order put in place by former President Trump remains in effect allowing officials to continue turning away thousands of migrants. Biden officials state that the order criticized by immigrant advocates gives the administration […]