October 2nd, 2017 - Curated over the past week.
Please note that these are not ordered by date.
On September 4, immigration judge Denise Slavin followed orders from the Department of Justice to drop everything and travel to the U. S. -Mexico border. She would be leaving behind an overwhelming docket in Baltimore, but she was needed at “ground zero,” as Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it—the “sliver of land” where Americans take a stand against machete-wielding, poison-smuggling criminal gangs and drug cartels.
Yesterday, at a hearing in a Brooklyn federal court, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis expressed his frustration with the Trump Administration’s continued support for its arbitraryOctober 5th DACA renewal deadline, which affects more than a quarter of DACA recipients. The October 5th date is a new and arbitrary deadline that affects more than 150,000 DACA recipients with DACA expirations between September 2017 and March 2018. Additionally, nearly 160,000 DACA recipients live in the states of Florida and Texas, both recently ravaged by hurricanes.
And because of the way social media works, anyone who is connected with an immigrant online will now be open to digital surveillance under this rule.
Ever since she organized farm workers in the 1960s as they fought for better working conditions and fair wages, Dolores Huerta has been committed to fighting for civil rights. The 87-year-old is the focus of a documentary that gives audience members an intimate look at what it takes to devote your life to activism and fighting for those less fortunate. Huerta and the director of the documentary, Peter Bratt, sat down with mitú to talk about activism then and now and what people can do to fight a system they might not agree with today.
A federal appeals court’s ruling Monday allowing parts of the controversial Texas’ sanctuary cities ban to go into effect has resulted in mixed reactions from lawyers, immigration advocates and law enforcement.
According to a new study by American Families United, a national grass roots organization, at least 350,000 American citizens are married to foreign-born spouses with significant problems with US immigration law. But the number could easily exceed half a million. "US citizens are the most neglected constituency in the immigration debate," said Kim Anderson, AFU president. "Yet recognizing that we are also the highest priority for legal immigration -- part of the only numerically unlimited category -- is the key to unlocking the debate. "
The pressure from some immigrant activists to reject any compromise that would tighten border security has frustrated Democratic leaders, who recognize the political risks of being labeled the party of open borders — a potentially lethal tag as they seek to regain support from working-class voters across the Midwest. Fearful of concessions to Mr. Trump that could increase immigration enforcement aimed at their families and friends, the activists are targeting Democratic congressional leaders with loud political protests. And Democratic politicians may be vulnerable. They have already shifted to the left on a number of issues, such as health care, as they try to take advantage of liberal fervor stoked by the Trump era.
President Donald Trump’s administration ramped up its crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities this week when U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out nationwide detention raids, arresting 498 people from 42 different counties for alleged violations of federal immigration laws. The operation, dubbed “Safe City,” targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, gang affiliations or those who have fled and re-entered the country following a previous deportation, the agency said on Thursday.
Despite a dramatic drop-off in new Immigration Court cases involving unaccompanied children this year, the backlog of pending children's cases has continued to rise. The latest case-by-case court data show that the court backlog of these children's cases reached an all-time high of 88,069 at the end of August 2017. These detailed case-by-case Immigration Court records trace court proceedings on removal orders sought by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for unaccompanied children (UAC) who have been apprehended by the agency. The data, current through August 31, 2017, was obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) under the Freedom of Information Act.
Statistics provided to The Washington Post show that U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is on track to deport fewer people during the 2017 federal fiscal year ending September 30 than were deported during the same period last year when former President Barack Obama was in office. As of September 9, ICE had deported 211,068 immigrants this year, versus 240,255 last year.
On a press call and webinar held today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Vice Chair Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) joined with Latino Victory Project President Cristóbal J. Alex, Sylvia Manzano, Principal at Latino Decisions, and Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, to discuss the findings and implications of new polling exploring Latinos’ views on DACA and the ongoing debate over Dreamers.
Pregnant women held in U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody are required to be released, as detention frequently leads to extreme stress, depression, and in some cases, miscarriage. But over recent months, service providers have witnessed an increase in the number of pregnant women detained by ICE and the length of time they spend in detention.
For 154,000 DACA beneficiaries, who have DACA expiration dates between September 5, 2017 and March 5th, 2018, the new arbitrary renewal application deadline of October 5th is of the utmost consequence. In responding to a manufactured deadline set by Texas and ending DACA, DHS created a whole new series of artificial deadlines of massive significance for more than 150,000 DACA recipients throughout America. They have to pull together $495 to pay the fee and fill out paperwork perfectly in order to gain renewal. If they don’t know about the new deadline, or can’t raise the funds, or get anything in the application wrong, they will be out of luck.
They joined more than 100 people voluntarily returning since January to Mexico with the help of consulates in Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago.
Behind closed doors, Bertha Martinez and her husband, Victor Soriano, often discussed how they would tell their oldest daughter that she was in the country illegally.
We speak with one of the six plaintiffs, Dulce Garcia, an immigration lawyer who regularly defends other immigrants in court in California. She’s been living in the United States since her family immigrated from Mexico when she was four years old.
Washington state's attorney general is going after what he calls illegal payment practices at this ICE detention facility in Tacoma.
Teamsters Joint Council 16 has said it will not assist federal immigration authorities in deporting its members.
Approximately 400,000 people are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement every year. Some of them are U. S. citizens.
On a recent, perfect morning at Johnson Farms in northern Michigan, workers climb wooden ladders high up into the trees, picking bags strapped across their bodies. The branches are heavy with fruit that glows in the morning sun. Their fingers are a blur, nimbly plucking fruit and filling bushel bags: about 50 pounds per load. It’s hard, sweaty work. Apple season was just getting underway on Old Mission Peninsula, a finger of land poking into Lake Michigan, dotted with lush farms.
The U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has denied a stay of deportation to allow an immigrant dad in Ohio who is asking the government to let him stay in the United States. Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez, who entered the country 15 years ago and serves as the primary caretaker of a severely disabled stepson, will be deported Thursday.
But the lack of response to Trump’s DACA cancellation from T-Mobile and Sprint is likely all about preparing for a long-rumored merger at the expense of standing up for the value of Dreamers. It might indicate a willingness on the part of their leaders to put diversity to the side in favor of rebuilding shaky relationships with a President and an Administration who would ultimately decide the fate of the very lucrative merger should the two telecom giants move forward.
Before Erick Lugo, 25, was admitted to the program that shields undocumented immigrants from deportation, his life had been confined to the border.
President Donald Trump and top aides have urged conservative Republicans in Congress to craft legislation protecting “Dreamers” brought illegally to the United States as children, a move that could jeopardize efforts to work with Democrats on the issue. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other officials have reached out to more than a dozen Republicans, including some of the loudest anti-immigration voices in Congress.
On Sept. 11, 2017, nine people were processed at the checkpoint in Falfurrias. They were held for hours. An internal memo states U. S. Border Patrol has the right and responsibility to do that. A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient and eight others were detained and processed. They were delayed for eight hours. One recipient spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS in response over her current feeling of being a DACA recipient.
The new Quinnipiac University poll is the latest in a string of recent national polls to find overwhelming support from Americans, including Republicans, for Dreamers and for all undocumented immigrants. A range of other national polling finds consistent and overwhelming support for Dreamers, including among Republicans.
It’s been 15 years since I first placed foot in this country. My name is Adriana Velázquez, and I am an undocumented young adult in the South Side of Chicago. I came to the United States when I was 11 years old in 2002 with my mom and my two sisters to finally live as a family with my dad and to build a better future together.
This week, three Republican senators introduced a bill that is emerging as the Republican-led solution to their DACA problem: a proposal that would create a 15-year path to citizenship for DACA recipients, would have a “merit-based” residency program for children who arrived in the United States before the age of 16, and wouldn’t allow recipients to sponsor family members to the United States on a green card — a direct nod to Trump’s recent calls against “chain migration. ”
Pushing reform of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program through Congress will depend on Dreamers’ ability to organize, state Sen. Yvanna Cancela, D-Las Vegas, said this week. Cancela, who served as the Culinary Workers Union political director, said she hopes that Congress can pass legislation to allow an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients to legally remain in the U. S.
Federal contractors are working on eight versions of a proposed border wall to divide the U. S. and Mexico. Although the wall, one of President Trump's chief campaign promises, has yet to be funded the contractors are essentially auditioning for the full government contract.
New CNN polling finds overwhelming support for protecting Dreamers, and sharp opposition to a range of Trump immigration policy priorities. By an 82-14% margin overall, and a 74-21% margin among Republicans, Americans back an approach allowing Dreamers to stay in the U. S. and ensure that they are not exposed to deportation
A Texas member of the conservative Freedom Caucus on Tuesday became the 200th House member to endorse the DREAM Act, a bipartisan measure to protect from deportation people brought to the country illegally as children. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)
Sen. Thom Tillis introduced his “conservative Dream Act” on Monday to provide a pathway to citizenship for as many as 2. 5 million young undocumented immigrants. Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, and co-sponsors James Lankford, R-Okla. , and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, pitched their plan — the Succeed Act — as “merit-based” relief that must be earned and, critically, not “amnesty. ”
Paulk and other farmers have been following the immigration debate in Washington as President Donald Trump has moved forward with cracking down on immigration. He said he’s concerned about how it’s caused fear in immigrant communities, where there are people or those with family members who work in agriculture. Paulk said he’s advertised farm worker jobs — which pay about $10. 65 an hour — before hiring guest workers, but said Americans generally don’t apply.
Two Republican senators have introduced a new bill that addresses the status of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, potentially offering them a 15-year path to citizenship. The bill, known as the SUCCEED Act, would also prevent recipients from sponsoring family members, an attempt to address concerns from immigration hawks and President Trump.
The Trump administration is stepping up its pursuit of parents who paid to have their children illegally brought into the United States, according to people familiar with the matter. The effort, part of a widening crackdown on illegal immigration, is aimed at discouraging families from paying human smuggling organizations.
It’s called the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, Education, and Defending our Nation Act, SUCCEED, for short and the congressional members who drafted this latest version of the 2010 DREAM Act, hope it does exactly that in Congress. The bill is constructed around four pillars: Compassion, Prevention, Merit and Fairness — with a conservative twist.
Federal officials are planning to collect social media information on all immigrants, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens, a move that has alarmed lawyers and privacy groups worried about how the information will be used.
In short, the Magic Valley’s dairy boom is a contemporary rural American success story—the kind that President Donald Trump railed as a candidate is too often missing across the country. Unemployment here was less than 3 percent this summer, about as good as it gets, and optimism should be high. Yet on dairy farms, among both owners and workers, a sense of dread hangs in the dry southern Idaho air.
The Department of Homeland Security is “actively considering” delaying a looming deadline for so called-Dreamers to renew their status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a Justice Department attorney said at a court hearing Thursday, according to attendees and a government official.
Over the course of a week in North Carolina alone, rallies and peaceful demonstrations have taken place in Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh and Greensboro. Andrew Willis Garcés, organizing coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee, assisted DACA recipients in coordinating a march in downtown Greensboro that united over 300 members and allies of the Latinx community on Monday, Sept. 5.
Today, Pablo Stanley, designer and co-founder at Carbon Health, launched the “We are all dreamers” website, which showcases stories and portraits of young Americans who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The safety of our communities is of the utmost importance and Motel 6’s actions have shown that they cannot be trusted. We must boycott Motel 6 and stand against all those who seek to harm our loved ones.
Mission Asset Fund (MAF) today announced it will provide $1,000,000 in scholarships to 2,000+ Dreamers to pay for DACA renewals by the October 5 deadline.
Their futures in the balance, DACA recipients react to the back and forth in Washington over a possible deal between President Trump and Democrats to extend protections for DREAMers.
One of the concerns expressed by White House aides, on background and in whispers, is that the president has a tendency to agree with whoever has spoken to him most recently.
Since the story was picked up nationally, Motel 6 faced a storm of criticism, and the company released an official statement about the practice of giving information about guests to ICE on Thursday
While the ultimate fate of DACA recipients remains unclear, thousands of young people are now rushing to renew their applications before the deadline in early October. However, the cost is $495, which may be reach for many people working low-wage jobs. One answer: crowdfunding.
Mary Louise Kelly talks to Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez about a deal between President Trump and Democrats that would combine legislation protecting DREAMers with increased border security.
Sixteen years ago, Downey Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard helped file legislation that would have allowed people brought to the country illegally as children to stay in the United States.
Donald Trump’s tough talk on illegal immigration was a big part of the reason Dave Hagstrom and many others in this booming Phoenix suburb supported him for president. “Walls make good neighbors,” Hagstrom said.
A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that the Trump administration may not withhold public-safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities. The decision issued Friday is a setback to the administration's efforts to force local jurisdictions to help federal authorities crack down on illegal immigration.
U. S. Army recruiters have abruptly canceled enlistment contracts for hundreds of foreign-born military recruits since last week, upending their lives and potentially exposing many to deportation, according to several affected recruits and former military officials familiar with their situation.
They repeatedly called the minority leader a “liar. ”
Democratic leaders in Congress have agreed to support border security measures in exchange for protections for young undocumented immigrants.
They are the latest group using the courts to fight the administration's plan to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The first thing she did was get a driver's permit and eventually a part-time job. Having just been approved for the federal program that protected her from deportation, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the aim for this recipient, who we’ll call Kimberly, was to become a productive member of society.
Dreamers may feel unwanted in the U. S. , but Mexico is welcoming them to come back “with open arms. ” Some in Washington and elsewhere are cautiously exploring that possibility and wonder: “What would that look like?”
“They’re [Politicians] are talking bout us, but they’re not talking with us,” Ceja said early in the clip, which is below. By the way, if you can get past Carlson’s pompous questions and insulting tone, you should listen to what Ceja said here.
The potential cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program raises questions about the future of undocumented students in higher education.
In a short essay, Ana Rocha explains how the DACA program changed her life and allowed her to pursue her dreams
We speak with Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez, Democrat of Illinois. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee and the co-chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Immigration officials allegedly profiled and detained a Latinx U. S. citizen and longtime government employee in Oregon in what the man claims was a racist case of mistaken identity.
The recent controversy over the President’s proclamation to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has instigated a conversation about the lives of those who would be affected, particularly young adults and teenagers who arrived in the U. S. as children. Two short films, playing as part of a series known as DREAMer Docs, seek to cast awareness on the topic through the voices of two young women currently living with DACA.
A suburban Philadelphia tree-trimming company whose orange trucks are a familiar sight in communities throughout the United States will pay a record fine after pleading guilty in a scheme to employ thousands of people in the country illegally. Asplundh Tree Expert Co. of Willow Grove, a utility contractor best known for pruning and removing trees around power lines, pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal criminal charge and was ordered to pay a total of $95 million. Prosecutors called it the largest monetary penalty ever levied in an immigration case.
Developers assure users that all information shared on the app is confidential. The United Nations has finished a new application, “Migrant App,” that will help provide migrants traveling from Central America and Mexico to the U. S. and Canada with information about food, shelter and legal rights.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy indicated Thursday that Republicans won't set up a vote to help immigrants brought to the U. S. illegally as children without language that significantly boosts border security. "The one thing I would hate to happen here is that we only do the job halfway, and then we have this problem come back to us," McCarthy, R-Calif,. , said on the House floor when asked about the chances of bringing up a "Dream Act" bill soon.
This past week, University student groups participated in multiple protests and demonstrations off campus as part of their fall agendas. On Monday morning, a cohort of student activists from various groups on campus drove to Hartford as part of an action organized by Unidad Latina en Acción to defend Franklin and Giocando Ramos, a couple that has been living in the United States for 25 years and is now facing imminent deportation. As an act of civil disobedience, students from various colleges around the state sat in front of the Federal ICE building and blocked the doors, resulting in nine University student arrests and 35 in total.
A smartphone app designed to help migrants safely move through countries is being tested in Central America and Mexico starting this week ahead of a wider roll-out elsewhere in the world, the UN Migration Agency said Friday. “MigrantApp” offers information in English, Spanish and French on safety, health, accommodation and organizations offering assistance.
This week’s Beat Latino is dedicated to tunes about dreams. Whether it’s the American dream, dreams of a better life, dreams of a new world, a new romance or just plain dreaming, we’ve written music about it, from the stylized techno-merengue of Dominican Republic’s Rita Indiana to the salsa with a conscience of New York’s La Excelencia. Enjoy! And never stop dreaming!
On Monday, Sept. 25, ABC13 and Univision 45 will host a non-partisan community town hall event at the University of Houston-Downtown about the program and what the president's decision means for the city and its residents.
As Republicans propose conservative changes to the DACA bill that aims to retain a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, we reached out to Latinx rappers old and new—Immortal Technique (Peruvian), Snow tha Product (Mexican), Raven Felix (Mexican/Puerto Rican), Nitty Scott (Puerto Rican/African American) and Hi-Tone (Mexican)—for their reactions to Trump's initial proposal, their experiences with racism and xenophobia in hip-hop, and how they find hope while fighting against hate.
The Eugene City Council voted Monday night to provide up to $10,000 in financial assistance to young, unauthorized immigrants shielded from deportation by a federal program that the Trump administration has ended.
Valle manages several Bay Artists — including rapper Jay Stone and indie rock band Abbot Kinney — at his company, Counter Culture Group, and works in marketing for the concert promoter Live Nation. (Full disclosure: he’s also on the board of directors of The Bay Bridged, a KQED Arts affiliate. ) His call for musicians to donate their time for a DACA fundraiser circulated quickly on Twitter, and within a week he put together a two-part party series, Dance for DACA, which takes place on Sept. 28 at Starline Social Club in Oakland and Sept. 29 at Standard Deviant Brewing in San Francisco.
But it took less than 10 days for Trump to once again undercut Sessions. The president on Thursday signaled his embrace of granting permanent legal status to these “dreamers” as part of a deal with Democrats that he said is close to being finalized.
But Mexico has not given up hope that relations can improve, said its foreign secretary, Luis Videgaray. “For us this is the most important relationship in the world,” he said in an interview with The Times’ editorial board and reporters. “We believe also for America, Mexico is a very important relationship as well, and it's in the best interest of both sides to work it out in a constructive way. ”Here is the interview, edited for length and clarity.
The House GOP's staunchest opponent of illegal immigration said President Trump is now at risk of losing his base of supporters after supposedly cutting a deal to legalize more than 800,000 young people who arrived in the United States illegally as children. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said he stands by a Wednesday night tweet that proclaimed Trump's base "is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair," after he dined with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. , and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N. Y.
The latest example came Thursday as a federal judge in New York heard arguments concerning the administration's planned termination of DACA, the Obama-era program meant to bring relief to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children.
Democrats aren’t willing to give Trump the wall in exchange for DACA, but they will give him high-tech border security.
This week on Latino Rebels Radio we ask: where does the debate on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) go next? César Vargas, director of Dream Action Coalition, discusses the politics of Trump’s decision and what DACA recipients can do. We close the show with Luis E. Mora, who shares the latest about a controversial “Evita” casting in Massachusetts.
Karla and Ana describe overcoming shame and risking it all for a chance at their American dream.
Two activists from Mijente Louisville, a grassroots Latinx organization, join us on this week’s show. We talk about the sanctuary movement, and what it would look like if Louisville were declared a sanctuary city.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Saturday that he will continue to work with President Trump on his agenda, despite disagreeing with Trump's dealings with Democrats to put the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program into law.
Republican elected officials should embrace a clean legislative solution for Dreamers, rather than loading up a legislative package with “poison pill” provisions that are designed to scuttle the package and set up another Washington blame game.
Nearly 800 American Business Leaders Call for Congress to Pass Dreamer Legislation: An updated letter released today and calling on Congress to “immediately pass the bipartisan DREAM Act – or similar legislation – that gives Dreamers the permanent legislative solution they deserve,” features the signatures of nearly 800 leaders of American business.
The recent attacks on immigrants make it difficult not to feel the profound devastation of community members and their families who are fearful of deportation. The recent rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the postponed mass raid “Operation Mega” have made it crystal clear that the president and his complicit administration will go to great lengths to appeal to a particular base: white supremacists, racists and xenophobes.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Wednesday that immigration is the "biggest issue of our time," and that his company is pushing extremely hard on immigration reform.
Wife had warned a federal judge that her husband would be killed if the U. S. government deported him. Family members say four men broke into a home in the middle of the night and kidnapped Coronilla-Guerrero. Immigration experts say Mexican gangs often target deportees and hold them for ransom money.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp and PepsiCo Inc on Wednesday joined an expanded group of nearly 800 companies calling in a letter for U. S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation, according to organizer FWD. us.
This policy, called the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), would permit foreign entrepreneurs to grow startup companies in the United States. There are stringent requirements to qualify under the rule. Foreign entrepreneurs would need to demonstrate a “significant public benefit to the United States” and “substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation. ” Entrepreneurs who benefited from the rule would only be permitted to stay and work temporarily in the United States.