Monthly Archives: February 2018

From DACA to Melania: the good news, bad news, and just plain weirdness

UPDATE/CORRECTION re DACA applications: Good news from the courts: Monday afternoon, a second U.S. judge blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA. While there might be a legitimate way to end DACA, the New York federal court said, the way … Continue reading

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Toddler trials and family values

One-year-old Mateo is back with his mother, after 85 days in ICE custody. His parents fled violence in El Salvador, crossing the border and asking for asylum in the United States. Mateo and his father, Jose Demar Fuentes, 30, crossed … Continue reading

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In DC, the same old story as the DACA time clock keeps ticking

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Times headlined White House floats an offer to keep legal immigration at 1 million per year instead of cutting it   By Sunday, the headline was obsolete, just one more false promise. Instead, Republicans in … Continue reading

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Standing up and fighting back

From court action to coalition building, people across the country are standing up and fighting back against the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant actions. We need these stories, as an antidote to despair and as an inspiration to follow their examples, to … Continue reading

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“There just isn’t room in people’s hearts right now” and other immigration news—February 8, 2017

Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida wants an extension of TPS for Haitians, but she doesn’t have much hope for it. “There just isn’t room in people’s hearts right now,” she told McClatchy news. That’s true for more than TPS. … Continue reading

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A nine-year-old’s deportation story

Alma David:   1/ The day of my 9 year old client’s immigration court hearing, as we were riding the elevator down from my office, a man got in and smiled and asked my client if he was going to school. “No, … Continue reading

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What happened today in DC and where that leaves DACA and Dreamers now—February 7, 2018

In a nutshell: the Senate leadership agreed to a spending deal for the next two years, without any provision for DACA and Dreamers. They say the Senate will begin debate on DACA on Friday. Timeline: February 6: House passed a … Continue reading

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All Drama, No Dream and other immigration news—February 6, 2018

Congress has already thrown Dreamers under the bus. No one can see a path to passing legislation to protect Dreamers by March 5. Senate Democrats already settled for a meaningless promise from McConnell to debate some unspecified DACA bill—not to … Continue reading

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Dreamers and Dollars and other immigration news—February 6, 2018

Congressional wrangling over Dreamers and some kind of budget resolution continued throughout Monday, with a House vote on something expected on Tuesday. The latest attempt to legislate a solution for Dreamers, the McCain-Coons bill, appeared to gain traction in the … Continue reading

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New Dreamer deadline this week and other immigration news—February 5, 2018

Sunday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported that Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Christopher Coons (D-DE) will introduce new legislation for Dreamers on Monday. The Hill repeated the WSJ report (which is behind a paywall), saying that the legislation includes … Continue reading

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