Interview: Presente Responds To Obama Administration Arrests Of Member’s Family

By: Sunday January 13, 2013 10:52 am

Last week U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the home of prominent immigrant rights activist Erika Andiola, and took away her mother, Maria, and her brother, Heriberto. Erika and her family had been working in Arizona organizing for immigrant reform in the days leading up to the raid. Erika previously had a leadership role [...]

Court Hears Arguments on Constitutionality of the Filibuster

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 11:37 am

While Senators work out a potential compromise on the filibuster, one which would in all likelihood keep the option of a supermajority requirement for legislation and confirmations intact while constraining it somewhat, a group of House Democrats have gone to federal court to challenge the filibuster as an unconstitutional procedure: A federal judge began hearing [...]

House Republicans Show Movement on Immigration

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 1:17 pm

Republican Senators introduced an alternative version of the DREAM Act today, and all you need to know about it is that the two sponsors, Jon Kyl and Kay Bailey Hutchison, are retiring. Marco Rubio hasn’t even signed on as a co-sponsor yet. The well-publicized GOP outreach on immigration hasn’t yet surpassed the need to placate [...]

Republican Version of DREAM Act Just Elongated, Hoop-Jumping Version of Original Bill

By: Friday November 16, 2012 7:00 am

My understanding is that Republicans oppose the DREAM Act because they oppose a path to citizenship for any undocumented immigrant, regardless of their circumstances. They don’t really care if the individual came into the country as a child, brought by their parents, with no recollection of their former country. So I’m puzzled by this attempt [...]

Senate Democrats Will Make Public Effort on Immigration in 2013

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 11:39 am

Given the changing demographics of the country and the prominence of what you could frankly call identity politics in this week’s election, it would be political malpractice for Democrats not to press their advantage and work to build their support among the Latino community. It’s not just that comprehensive immigration reform would foster goodwill among [...]

Romney: I Won’t Cancel Deferred Action Status for DREAM-Eligible Immigrants

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 7:15 am

In a move that could increase participation in the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Mitt Romney said in an interview with the Denver Post that he would not deport those young immigrants approved for the program. “The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, [...]

DREAMer Deferred Action Suffering From Low Application Submissions

By: Monday September 10, 2012 8:15 am

The first day of the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program saw thousands of DREAM-eligible youth line up for the chance to apply for two years of temporary legal status. This policy shift was touted heavily at the Democratic National Convention. After the initial flush, however, applications have slowed amidst a variety [...]

Anti-Immigrant Conservatives File Suit Against Administration’s Policy of Deferred Action for DREAM-Eligible Immigrants

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 12:58 pm

Fresh off reshaping the immigration plank of the GOP platform in the most extreme manner possible, Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, has sued Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano over the Obama Administration’s new deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) policy, which enables eligible undocumented immigration to apply for a two-year reprieve from deportation [...]

Federal Court Blocks Some of Alabama Immigration Law, but “Papers Please” Here to Stay (For Now)

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 7:35 am

Federal courts have consistently trimmed back attempts by states to write their own immigration laws. The Supreme Court overturned much of the Arizona immigration law in June, and federal judges have done the same to parts of laws in several Southern states. We saw another example of this yeterday, when the 11th Circuit Court of [...]

DREAM-Eligible Youth Line Up by the Thousands to Apply for Deferred Action Status

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 7:01 am

It’s only the first day, and we’ll have to wait for the numbers over a longer time horizon; but if these lines and these stories are any indication, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program inaugurated yesterday was a wild success. Thousands of young illegal immigrants packed government centers across the nation Wednesday and [...]

Deferred Action Program for DREAM-Eligible Immigrants Begins Today

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 6:15 am

Young immigrants brought to America as children can apply for deferred action status starting today. If they qualify for the program, they can obtain a two-year work permit, which would make them ineligible for deportation. This will not put these immigrants on a path to citizenship, but it will give them temporary relief so they [...]

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