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In NY, DACA Recipients Win Teaching Licenses; In CA, 170,000 Undocumented Kids Win Health Care Coverage

Two huge victories this week are poised to dramatically change the lives of thousands of undocumented immigrants in New York and California. In New York, the state Board of Regents rejected opposition from Republicans and approved plans to allow DACA recipients to apply for teaching certification, medical-related licenses, and over 50 other professional licenses. “These … Continue reading »

Nebraska Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto: DREAMers Win Professional Licenses

More than 100 Nebraska DREAMers broke into cheers yesterday as the state legislature overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts veto of a bill that would allow DACA recipients to apply for professional licenses. 30 votes were needed to override Ricketts — undocumented youth won 31 in the end. Though the legislation had the support of business, religious … Continue reading »

Nebraska DACA Recipients A Step Closer To Winning Professional Licenses

DACA recipients in the red state of Nebraska are a step closer to being able to work as teachers, nurses, and doctors. Yesterday, the unicameral legislature passed a measure 33-11 allowing DREAMers to apply for professional licenses that would let them work in more than 170 professions, “from electricians and pharmacists to tattoo artists and … Continue reading »

Ahead of US v Texas Hearing, Two Dreamers’ Stories Remind Us Why Executive Action Policies Matter

Gaby Pacheco and Carlos Roa Explain How their Lives Have Changed with DACA With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments in the U.S. v Texas immigration executive action case next Monday, two newly-published columns from prominent Dreamer activists and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients Gaby Pacheco and Carlos Roa offer important reminders about why … Continue reading »

DACA Recipient To Donald Trump: Your Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Is Mobilizing Our Community To Register And Vote

Here’s a “Trump Effect” we bet he didn’t see coming. It’s true that Donald Trump inspired (for lack of a better word) the entire Republican field to the extreme right on just about every topic, particularly immigration. But it’s also true that Trump’s hate is inspiring Latinos and immigrants to naturalize and register to vote … Continue reading »

Austin Teacher: “We Face Uncertain Futures. In My Own Family’s Case, DACA And DAPA Give Us Hope”

It’s no exaggeration to say that millions of lives are hanging in the balance as the Supreme Court is set to take up United States v Texas, the lawsuit blocking implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA. If the court rules in favor of the actions — and the legal basis is there, according to legal … Continue reading »

Victory For DREAMers: Court Rules Arizona Must Keep Issuing Driver’s Licenses To DACA Recipients

DREAMers scored a huge victory yesterday after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2015 decision from District Court Judge David Campbell and ruled that Arizona must keep issuing driver’s licenses to young immigrants protected by DACA. From NBC News: The decision came in the appeal of a lawsuit in 2012 filed by a … Continue reading »

Speaker Ryan’s DAPA Lawsuit Vote Latest Addition to GOP House’s Anti-Immigrant Hall of Shame

It’s Donald Trump’s party now as House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, are set to vote on filing an amicus brief against President Obama’s immigration action as soon as Thursday. Speaker Ryan has himself called his move “a very extraordinary step,” and it’s confirmation that this lawsuit is nothing but pure politics from Republicans. … Continue reading »

New Study Finds Potential DAPA, Expanded DACA Recipients Are “Deeply Embedded” In The US

As the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on DAPA and expanded DACA, a new study finds that undocumented immigrants eligible for the two programs — as well as young immigrants currently enrolled in DACA — are “deeply embedded” in American society, with familial ties and work histories that extend back for decades. The … Continue reading »

“Deport Me No Way!”: Immigrant Youth Protest Tonight’s GOP Debate In Houston

Immigrant youth in Texas are protesting tonight’s Republican Presidential debate, set to take place at the University of Houston, which will feature anti-immigrant candidates including Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. The demonstrators — including leaders from Youth Empowerment Alliance and United We Dream — unfurled a banner reading “Deport Me No Way! Dacamented Here To Stay!” … Continue reading »