Thursday, September 23, 2021

House Committee approves immigration language for reconciliation bill

This week, the House Judiciary Committee approved the immigration language for the reconciliation bill being used for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending plan, which the party hopes to approve without any Republican support. The proposal gives shape to what had previously been an abstract push to grant a pathway to citizenship to millions of undocumented […]

Biden administration appeals DACA’s unlawful ruling

Last week, the Biden administration appealed a Texas court ruling that found the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful, causing uncertainty for thousands of DREAMers. The Justice Department filed a notice to appeal US District Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling, starting the appeals process in the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, a conservative […]

Hundreds of local officials call for immigration to be included in new reconciliation bill

Many local officials from all over the country called on Democratic leadership and President Biden to include immigration in the upcoming federal budget. In a letter, the coalition of mayors, council members, local legislators, school board members and commissioners called for a path to citizenship for essential workers, DREAMers (DACA recipients), as well as Temporary […]

New budget packages include pathway to citizenship for millions of people

Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget resolution package directs lawmakers to chart a pathway to citizenship for millions of people while investing in border security. The bill includes about $107 billion for the Senate Judiciary Committee to spend, giving lawmaker a soft deadline of September 15th. The package doesn’t specify how many people or which groups would […]

Senate rejects GOP effort to add Trump border wall to infrastructure deal

Earlier this week, the Senate rejected an attempt from GOP Senator Ron Johnson (Wis.) to tie border wall funding to the bipartisan infrastructure deal. Senators voted 48-49 on the GOP proposal to prohibit the cancellation of border wall contracts. It needed 60 votes to be added into roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which senators expect […]

Democrats and advocates dig in ahead of Supreme Court’s decision on DACA

Democrats and pro-immigrant activists are digging in on their negotiating positions ahead of the upcoming Supreme Court decision on President Trump’s order to revoke the “DREAMers” program. The Supreme Court is due to hold a hearing Nov. 12 to decide on the legality of Trump’s order on the program formally known as the Deferred Action […]

“Run Joaquin, Run” campaign trying to get Joaquin Castro on the ballot

Texas Democrats are waiting for the news from U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro on whether they’ll have another competitive Senate race this year. There is anticipation that he’ll soon announce if he’ll take on longtime Republican incumbent John Cornyn, the state’s senior senator and with that anticipation is the question of whether changed demographics and a […]

Democrats and advocates don’t see Trump’s proposal as a compromise

President Trump has described his proposal for ending the government shutdown as a trade, but details in the bill that the Senate will vote on today have immigration advocates and Democrats calling the offer partisan, malevolent and “feigned” attempt at compromise. “It’s a sham,” Ur Jaddou, director of America’s Voice DHS Watch program, told NBC […]

Deal to fix family separations hits a dead end in the Senate

Hopes of reaching a deal to help migrant parents and children separated along the U.S.-Mexico border appear to be fading in the Senate. Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and Dick Durbin (Ill.) and GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Thom Tillis (N.C.) were tasked with trying to draft a compromise on legislation dealing with immigrant families detained at the […]

Measure Banning Funding for Sanctuary Cities is Blocked by Senate Votes

A measure that pursued to disallow federal funds from sanctuary cities – jurisdictions designed to not prosecute people solely for being an illegal alien and resist turning over undocumented immigrants to federal authorities – has been blocked by a 53-44 vote in the Senate on Wednesday. The measure, which stemmed from last year’s deadly San […]