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Failure To Repeal TX Dream Act Exposes GOP’s Immigration Problem

The Texas legislative sessions adjourned on June 1, and the immigrant community got the news they had been waiting for. The push to repeal the Texas Dream Act was defeated, securing in-state tuition as a benefit that undocumented students across Texas can continue to take advantage of. This is significant victory, especially for the state … Continue reading »

Must-Read: “Undocumented Immigrant Among Fellows Working For DNC”

DREAMers have long been driving forces within the immigrant rights movement, sparking the fires that led to the biggest immigration victories in a generation: DACA in 2012, and DAPA in 2014. Now DREAMers are set to help influence who will become the next President of the United States, too. Arelis Hernández of The Washington Post … Continue reading »

Immigration Leaders From Around Nation Join AV For First-Ever “Dignity Days” Conversation

Yesterday, America’s Voice launched the first-ever “Dignity Days,” a virtual discussion to highlight the efforts from immigration leaders who are spearheading local and state immigration victories around the country. As Republicans have both failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and then blocked President Obama’s 2014 immigration actions shielding millions of immigrant families from deportation, activists … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Big Victory for DREAMers And Their Allies In Nebraska

DACA Recipient and Immigration Activist Juan Escalante Says DACA 2012 Now “100% Operational” This week, by an overwhelming majority, the Nebraska unicameral legislature voted 34-10 to override the Governor’s veto of LB 623—a bill that will allow DACA recipients to obtain driver’s licenses.  Nebraska is the last state to allow DACAmented youth to obtain these crucial documents. … Continue reading »

Big Victory For DREAMers And Their Allies In Nebraska

Earlier this week, the unicameral legislature in Nebraska passed a bill that lifted the ban on driver’s licenses for the beneficiaries of President Obama’s original DACA program. This made Nebraska the last state to take that action. This was a significant victory for the immigrant community and its allies. Not only did the bill, known … Continue reading »

Effort To Repeal The Texas Dream Act On Life Support

With the Texas legislative session coming to a close on Monday, June 1st, the repeal of the Texas Dream Act seems grows less likely by the hour. Local media from across the Lone Star State are declaring the measure, also known as SB1819, “dead” for the legislative session. From The Dallas Morning News: Barring some … Continue reading »

ICYMI: DREAMer Asks: What Happened to the Party of Lincoln?

Iowa DREAMer Challenges GOP on Immigration As the New York Times reported last week, the Republican Party has increasingly lurched to the right on immigration, following the lead of anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and the most hardline faction of Congress. Monica Reyes, a DACA recipient and co-founder of Dream Iowa, lives in Steve King’s district.  Over … Continue reading »

CT DREAMers Rally In Support Of Financial Aid For Undocumented Youth

Last Saturday, Connecticut DREAMers from CT Students for a DREAM (C4D) rallied at the State Capitol in Hartford in support of equal access to financial aid for the state’s undocumented youth. Connecticut DREAMers won in-state tuition in 2011, but only five states in the nation (California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington) allow undocumented students … Continue reading »

Nevada Lets DACA Recipients Get Teaching Licenses, As Nevada Remains On Lawsuit Attacking DAPA and Expanded DACA

DACA recipients scored a huge victory in Nevada this week, after Republican Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill that would allow them to finally be able to pursue their teaching dreams. From Esther Lee of ThinkProgress: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed a state bill this week allowing some undocumented immigrants with temporary work authorization to receive … Continue reading »

Anti-DREAMer Nebraska Republican Uses Racial Slur In Front Of Fourth Graders

Looks like the Republican Party still has some more tweaking to do when it comes to that whole Latino outreach thing. Yesterday, Nebraska State Senator Bill Kintner used the racial slur “wetback” during ongoing debate over a bill that would finally grant driver’s licenses to Nebraska’s DREAMers. Considering a good number of those DREAMers are probably Latino, … Continue reading »