Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Landmark Case that Ensured Education for Undocumented Children Reaches its 40th Anniversary

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Plyler v. Doe, the Supreme Court ruling that ensured that undocumented children living in the U.S. could access public education. The historic case has paved the way for other legal pathways, such as the DREAM ACT and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA. In […]

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Makes it Harder for Migrants to Challenge Immigration Policies

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cases must be brought individually as opposed to on a class-wide basis, making it harder for migrants to challenge immigration policies in court. In a 6-3 decision, the Court cited a 1996 statute, claiming that lower federal courts lack the power to grant relief to an entire […]

Salvadorian Women Have Suffered from Decades of Being Jailed for Stillbirths and Miscarriages, Now They Warn the U.S.

In El Salvador, where abortion is banned under all circumstances, nurses and doctors are forced to report suspected abortions, or they could face prosecution. Women who seek medical care because of a miscarriage or botched abortion are often turned over for investigation. The burden of prosecution and punishment overwhelmingly falls on poor, young women who […]

Hispanic Caucus Endorses Patrick Branco, Who Could Become Hawaii’s First Latino Representative

On Tuesday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ campaign, known as Bold PAC, endorsed Patrick Branco, a Hawaii state lawmaker, who could become the first Latino from the state elected to Congress. Bold PAC’s endorsement is timely since Branco is running in a two-way Democratic primary against former state Sen. Jill Tokuda. The endorsement could potentially mean […]

19 Children, 2 Teachers Killed at Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

This Tuesday, at least 19 children and two teachers were killed when a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.  Multiple survivors are being treated at regional hospitals; many are still missing. It was the state’s deadliest school shooting in modern history and the nation’s third mass shooting within weeks. Uvalde is […]

Members of Congress Reach Compromise on Puerto Rico Status Bill

Members of the House of Representatives who authored competing bills on how to fix Puerto Rico’s territorial status in relationship to the U.S. have introduced a new piece of legislation combining both. House Majority Leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-MD., has led a months-long effort to get lawmakers on both sides of the debate to compromise […]

Title 42 Highlights the U.S. Broken Immigration System

Title 42 is a public-health emergency rule invoked in March 2020 by President Trump’s administration to combat the spread of COVID-19. Although it was meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at the border, it allowed the immediate expulsion of migrants, including asylum-seekers, without any justification. The policy has been used on nearly 1.9 million occasions […]

Andrea Salinas to Make History in November After House Primary Win in Oregon

This week, Oregon Representative Andrea Salinas won a Democratic congressional primary. She defeated a better represented opponent supported by the House of Representative leadership’s campaign arm. Salinas would be the first Latina from Oregon to be elected to Congress if she were to win the election in November of 2022. If Salinas were to win, […]

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants, Claims Judiciary Has a Limited Role to Play

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling against a Georgia man who has lived in the U.S. for decades and faces deportation after he checked the wrong box in the driver’s license application. The ruling makes it more difficult for non-citizens facing deportation to get a federal court to review factual determinations made […]

ICE Has Been Stealing Data from Thousands of People, Reports Shows

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been using a surveillance system designed to spy on most people residing in the U.S., according to a two-year investigation by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology. The report found that ICE had been operating the surveillance system with minimal public oversight, often violating state privacy laws. […]