Thursday, April 9, 2020

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 […]

U.S. indicts Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro on narcoterrorism charges

The Trump administration unsealed sweeping indictments against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and members of his inner circle on narcoterrorism charges yesterday, a dramatic escalation in the U.S. campaign to force the authoritarian socialist from power. The administration also announced a $15 million reward for information leading to Maduro’s capture or conviction, an extraordinary bounty on […]

Trump says undocumented immigrants can get tested for coronavirus and not fear being deported

Yesterday President Trump said undocumented immigrants should be able to get tested for coronavirus without fear of arrest or deportation. “The answer is yes, we will do those tests,” Trump said during a White House briefing. “You could say illegal alien, you could say illegal immigrant, you could say whatever you want to use your definition of […]

ICE pausing most immigration enforcement amid coronavirus crisis

Immigration authorities will halt most enforcement across the U.S., shifting efforts to deport only foreign nationals who have committed crimes or pose a threat to public safety, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said yesterday. The agency said it will “temporarily adjust” its enforcements, specifically saying people should not avoid seeking “medical care because they fear civil […]

Univision rolls out new ads urging Latinos to participate in the census

The census officially starts April 1, but the Census Bureau will send out invitations to complete the survey online starting Thursday. Univision this week unveiled a bilingual effort that includes free kits composed of videos and printed materials with “Sesame Street” characters to underscore the importance of counting children in the census. It’s part of a multiplatform campaign […]

Court Blocks Trump’s ‘Remain In Mexico’ Policy Along Part Of The Border

A federal appeals court has decided to block the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” plan in two states along the U.S. border, following back-and-forth rulings over the program. In its order late Wednesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said that next week the administration will have to stop making asylum-seekers wait […]

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 […]

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 […]

As California prepares for next debate, the state still has millions of unregistered Latino voters

Millions of Latinos in California are still not registered to vote despite the state’s efforts to make voting easier. In the 2018 midterms, Californians experienced a surge in voter registrations, so that some 20.34 million are now registered, including 5.3 million Latinos, according to Political Data Inc. The latest report from California Secretary of State […]

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 […]