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Texas Republicans Rev Up Attempt to Repeal State Dream Act

With 2016 Presidential Wannabes in the Hot Seat on Immigration, How Will the 2016 GOP Field Respond? Republicans in the Texas State Legislature seem intent on repealing the Texas Dream Act, legislation that enables eligible high school students from Texas who are undocumented to pay in-state tuition rates to attend the state’s public universities.  Texas was … Continue reading »

Repeal of Texas DREAM Act Becomes Issue for GOP 2016 Candidates

As we noted Friday, Republicans in Texas are considering repealing the state DREAM Act. The first hearing on repeal legislation takes place today. That should have national implications and there’s a very good chance the Texas DREAM Act will be debated during the GOP presidential contest, as it was in 2012.  Today, the New York … Continue reading »

Texas Republicans Set on Repealing the TX Dream Act

Republicans in Texas are leading an effort to repeal the Texas Dream Act, which was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry in 2001. SB 1819, a bill that promises to terminate in-state tuition rates and state financial assistance to all undocumented students across the Lone Star State, is currently sailing through the State Senate. … Continue reading »

DREAMers End Hunger Strike For NY DREAM Act On César Chávez Day

Dozens of DREAMers ended their week-long hunger strike late yesterday evening after Governor Andrew Cuomo finalized the New York state budget without the inclusion of the DREAM Act. The New York Immigration Coalition, one of the groups that had been fighting to have DREAM reinserted into the budget, released this statement: “It is shameful that … Continue reading »

New Report From CAP: For Many Undocumented Students, Access To A College Education Is Simply Not A Reality

The Center For American Progress released a report today on the need for further access to affordable, higher education for undocumented students. In January, President Obama announced his “America’s College Promise” plan to assist youth and adults in accessing a community college education. But when it comes to a four-year and post-secondary education, a combination … Continue reading »

50+ DREAMers Rally, Go On Hunger Strike For NY DREAM Act

Yesterday afternoon, over 50 New York DREAMers and their allies pledged a hunger strike after Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would be dropping the NY DREAM Act from the annual budget. Gov. Cuomo — who had campaigned on making the DREAM Act a reality, and up until last week was still promoting the bill to … Continue reading »

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Promised To Make The DREAM Act A Reality — Is He Walking It Back Now?

When the Republican-led NY State Senate failed to pass the DREAM Act by a razor-thin margin last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo made the legislation a pivotal part of his re-election campaign and promised to include the bill in his next budget. Cuomo won, and when he again touted the DREAM Act in January’s State of … Continue reading »

DREAMer Juan Escalante on Attending Obama Town Hall Last Night

Yesterday, I was able to attend President Obama’s town hall on immigration. The event was hosted by MSNBC and Telemundo at Florida International University’s Graham Center — an intimate venue that allowed a small crowd to witness the President champion his executive actions on immigration. The event, which was televised across the United States, lent itself as … Continue reading »

Senator Durbin Lifts Up Aspiring Doctor’s DREAMer Story on Senate Floor

For weeks now, Congressional Republicans have been embroiled in fight with each other over a DHS funding bill that would end DACA and DAPA for millions of DREAMers and immigrant parents. The House and Senate could pass a clean funding bill — as Democrats have been insisting — but apparently for Republicans, attacking immigrant families … Continue reading »