DACA recipients hold out hope immigration reform will be revived in Congress
Much like many of the estimated 600,000 DACA recipients, Andrea Ramos Fernandez and Monsi Contreras were disappointed with Sunday’s decision to remove immigration reform from the pending $3.5 trillion budget proposal in Congress.
Rhodes Scholar heading to Oxford after DACA uncertainty
The first “Dreamer” to be awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship is finally poised to attend the University of Oxford after years of uncertainty about whether the U.S. would allow him to return home as a DACA recipient. Federal immigration officials last week approved Jin Park’s application to travel to England in the coming weeks, according to his law firm WilmerHale in Boston. Park, whose family immigrated from South Korea when he was 7 years old, will be joined at Oxford by Santiago Potes, a Miami resident and 2020 graduate of Columbia University in New York who became the second American on DACA status to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship last November, according to the Rhodes Trust.news.yahoo.com
DACA teacher voices support for Dream Act; Senate vote expected soon
Now that it has passed the U.S. House, the Senate is expected to vote soon on the latest version of the Dream Act, that would provide an eight-year path to permanent residency or citizenship, with certain conditions, to nearly 700,000 DACA recipients. AdDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has been for children who were brought illegally into the U.S. by their parents. Although polling has shown the majority of Americans support Dreamers like Carrillo, DACA has been likened to political football that’s been tossed back and forth ever since President Obama signed the executive order creating the program. AdCarrillo said she wants bipartisan support for the new legislation, although the emergency on the Southwest border may serve as a “red flag” to opponents. But unlike asylum seekers arriving at the border, she said, “This is our home and we’re not escaping anything because this is our home.”More on KSAT:Local teacher represents DACA recipients at State of the UnionDACA recipients now have powerful ally in new bipartisan coalition
Lawmakers are seeking common ground on DACA, but comprehensive immigration reform will be a challenge for Democrats
Ad“For the past four years, the DACA program has been under attack, so it’s been a lot of stress and trauma for me. Despite Democrats controlling Congress and the White House, the U.S. Senate filibuster stands in the way of comprehensive immigration reform. President Biden’s policies are not the immigration reform Americans desperately need,” he said in a press release in late February. Thats why we haven’t had success.”Gonzales said he thinks the best approach to immigration reform is not comprehensive, but rather piece by piece and targeted. “I do think there’s an appetite for immigration reform if we do it in the proper manner.
DACA recipients now have powerful ally in new bipartisan coalition
SAN ANTONIO – The details, such as a pathway to citizenship still to be determined, but the new Texas Opportunity Coalition launched last week has come out in support of what could be a stand-alone Dream Act giving DACA recipients permanent legal status. The varied and bipartisan coalition includes leaders in business, manufacturing, education and communities statewide, among others. “What we do endorse at this point is that a bipartisan bill is better and more likely to pass,” Aldrete said. Andrea Ramos Fernandez, the business outreach manager for Texas Business Immigration Coalition, is a UTSA graduate and a DACA recipient herself. In Texas alone, we have 20,000 DACA recipient teachers.”Both she and Aldrete said the public is largely behind giving Dreamers permanent legal status, as well as growing bipartisan support.
College to offer scholarship help for Dreamers, DACA recipients
By Sergio Medinasmedina104@student.alamo.eduThis college will host a free workshop to help undocumented students apply for scholarships 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 15 on Zoom. Staff from the empowerment center at this college will instruct students how to apply for scholarships granted by TheDream.US, a nonprofit organization that financially assists undocumented students going to college. To be eligible, students must be high school students, first-time college students or current college students. She said that this college is the only Alamo College to be partnered with the nonprofit organization. For more Dreamer resources at this college, including DACA renewal and other scholarships, go here.theranger.org
Some undocumented immigrants should again be allowed to apply for DACA protections, federal judge rules
As of March, about 106,000 DACA recipients lived in Texas, and another 86,000 were potentially eligible to apply, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Friday's order follows last month's ruling that acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf wasn’t appointed to the position according to DHS guidelines, rendering a July memo issued on the DACA program invalid. In that memo, DACA protections, which also include a renewable two-year work permit, were slashed to one year. But in his November ruling Garaufis said Wolf’s succession didn't follow proper procedure after former secretary Kevin McAleenan left the post in October. “DHS failed to follow the order of succession as it was lawfully designated," Garaufis wrote.
Judge: DHS head didn’t have authority to suspend DACA
“DHS failed to follow the order of succession as it was lawfully designated,” U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis wrote. In August, the Government Accountability Office, a bipartisan congressional watchdog, said Wolf and his acting deputy, Ken Cuccinelli, were improperly serving and ineligible to run the agency under the Vacancies Reform Act. The two have been at the forefront of administration initiatives on immigration and law enforcement. In Garaufis' ruling Saturday, the judge wrote that DHS didn’t follow an order of succession established when then-Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned in April 2019. DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling.
DACA recipients hopeful President-elect Biden will fully restore program
“As much as I expect (Biden) to fortify DACA again, at the end of the day, right now, it’s not going to be enough,” she said. The UTSA student and other DACA recipients around the country have felt the freedom that came after President Barack Obama signed the DACA executive order in 2012. “I was angry,” the UTSA student said, referring to the time when President Donald Trump tried to end the program. She said she and other DACA recipients are hopeful the president-elect will fully restore the program. Yet, she said, employers hesitate or refuse to hire DACA recipients because of their temporary status without permanent residency.
Immigration policies hang in the balance as U.S. Senate prepares for fight over Ginsburg’s successor
If civil and immigrant rights groups need a reminder of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s impact on immigration law, they don’t need to think back further than a few months ago. It would be his third successful appointment of a conservative justice and could tilt the balance of the court for decades. The administration refused to allow new applicants despite a subsequent lower court decision in July that mandated it do so. The plaintiffs in that case will petition the full appellate court to hear the case, which could extend into next year. That case, Leocal v. Ashcroft, eliminated driving while intoxicated from the list of crimes that blocked deported immigrants from naturalization.
Immigration policies hang in the balance as U.S. Senate prepares for fight over Ginsburg's successor
click to enlarge Wikimedia Commons / Stuart SeegerPeople leave memorials on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court following the the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If civil and immigrant rights groups need a reminder of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's impact on immigration law, they don’t need to think back further than a few months ago. It would be his third successful appointment of a conservative justice and could tilt the balance of the court for decades. Saenz said those decisions are challengeable and could head to the U.S. Supreme Court because Wolf was not qualified to hold his position, according to the Government Accountability Office. That case, Leocal v. Ashcroft, eliminated driving while intoxicated from the list of crimes that blocked deported immigrants from naturalization.sacurrent.com
Trump administration says it will reject new DACA applications while weighing future of the program
DACA recipients and supporters rally in celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the program outside of the Immgration and Customs Enforcement offices in Phoenix in June. Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic via REUTERSThe Trump administration announced on Tuesday it will reject new applications for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program despite a federal judges order earlier this month that new applicants should be given consideration. The judge's order came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the Department of Homeland Security didnt follow proper procedure when it ended the program in 2017 and allowed DACA to stand. The Supreme Court asked us to resubmit on DACA, nothing was lost or won, Trump tweeted at the time. But he made statements arguing he had the power implement action on DACA that would protect young immigrants, though he was unclear on details.
U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of DACA recipients, says Trump administration’s move to overturn it was arbitrary
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, declaring in a 5-to-4 opinion that the 2012 initiative was inappropriately terminated by the Trump administration. The court's decision comes nearly three years after Trump announced he was terminating the policy, known as DACA, that has protected more than 130,000 Texans from deportation, the second-highest total after California. Trump's reason for ending the program echoed what many Republicans, including some in Texas, said when it was enacted: immigration law is under the purview of the U.S. Congress and not the executive branch alone. The program gave them a renewable, two-year work permit and a reprieve from deportation. This is a developing story and will be updated
Democratic U.S. presidential hopefuls seek contrast with Trump on immigration
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Candidates running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have been uniformly critical of the immigration policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was elected after promising to crack down on illegal immigration and bolster enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border. REUTERS/Leah MillisHere is a look at the immigration positions of Trump and the leading Democratic candidates looking to take him on in the November election. Biden would end workplace immigration raids and stop enforcement actions at schools, medical facilities and houses of worship. Warren would eliminate privately owned immigration detention facilities and only detain those who pose a flight or safety risk. Steyer backs a pathway to citizenship for people in the United States illegally and says he would reform ICE and CBP.feeds.reuters.com
Supreme Court weighs fate of 'Dreamers,' and Trump's promises, in fiery DACA arguments
Chief Justice John Roberts, though, who has at times split with his fellow conservatives in cases involving the Trump administration's executive actions, could be unpredictable. Later in the argument, Kavanaugh chided California's solicitor general, Michael Mongan, for suggesting that the administration did not carefully consider its rationale for ending DACA. The justices also pressed Francisco on the shifting explanations for ending DACA. If the reason for ending DACA was policy and not law, she said, then the administration would have to own the consequences of ending it. Francisco said that the Trump administration did.cnbc.com
'Living Undocumented' puts faces on families
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - "Living Undocumented" is a passionate piece of advocacy filmmaking, one that -- for all the tears and heart-wrenching moments -- will likely end up preaching to the choir. The Netflix presentation nevertheless puts faces on the toll of US immigration policy, while making a point of noting the role of past administrations as well as the current one. Although most of the families come from Mexico and Central America, others have roots in Israel, Africa and Laos. While it would be nice to think that the personal tales chronicled in "Living Undocumented" might contribute to a thoughtful discussion of immigration policy, that doesn't seem to be the world in which any of us are living. "Living Undocumented" premieres Oct. 2 on Netflix.