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DREAMers Continue To Score Victories and Build Support Across the Country

Immigrant youth from across the country are stepping up their advocacy efforts even with less than two weeks until Donald Trump is inaugurated as our nation’s 45th President. On January 14th, DREAMers and their allies are planning a mass mobilization to demonstrate the strength and might of the immigrant rights movement. Organized by United We … Continue reading »

ICYMI: David Leopold: “Keeping NSEERS out of Trump’s hands was the right thing to do”

Washington, DC – According to the New York Times, the Obama Administration has finally ended the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program, a national registry of visitors from predominantly Muslim countries. This registry, established following the attacks on September 11, has been derided by advocacy and civil rights groups as a discriminatory tool used … Continue reading »

President Obama: “In November, Americans Are Going To Have To Make A Decision About Who We Are” As A Country

In extended remarks earlier today, President Obama addressed the Supreme Court’s indecisive tie in United States v. Texas, the case challenging the immigration actions he announced in November 2014. Calling the Court’s indecision “frustrating,” President Obama said that it is especially “heartbreaking for the millions of immigrants who’ve made their lives here, who’ve raised families here, who hoped for … Continue reading »

Will New Round of Immigration Raids Dampen Latino Political Enthusiasm in 2016?

After news broke last week that the Obama Administration was planning a new round of immigration raids targeting young mothers and unaccompanied children from Central America, leading Democratic voices and policy experts and advocates condemned the planned enforcement actions as morally wrong and misguided on policy. Additionally, as leading observers are beginning to highlight, the planned … Continue reading »

UPDATED: The Obama Administration Shamelessly Plans to Deport the Two Central Americans Teens Detained on Their Way to School

UPDATE: Yefri Sorto was issued a last minute stay of deportation, but remains in detention. Pedro Salmeron’s deportation to El Salvador remains imminent. We need to keep calling ICE to keep pressure on immigration officials to stop Pedro’s deportation and release both young men from detention right away. – Two North Carolina teens are in … Continue reading »

David Leopold: Two Key Takeaways from Yesterday’s Announcement by Supreme Court

David Leopold, an immigration attorney and former president of The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA),  provided this assessment of the news that the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case on Immigration Executive Action. Crossposted from Leopold’s blog: There are two big takeaways from yesterday’s announcement by the Supreme Court that it will review the … Continue reading »

Obama Administration “Strongly Opposes” Vitter’s Anti-immigrant bill

This afternoon, the Senate will vote on S. 2146, which is David Vitter’s anti-immigrant bill. Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, in a blistering floor statement, vowed the “vile” legislation would not pass: Today, the Obama administration indicated that even if this ugly legislation somehow did pass, the President would veto it. Here’s the Statement … Continue reading »

DREAMer Astrid Silva Discussing Deportation Policy and the Politics of Immigration

Astrid Silva of DREAM Big Vegas appeared on MSNBC with Jose Diaz-Balart today to discuss the Obama administration’s deportation policy, in light of Hillary Clinton’s vow to change it. She also talked about the politics of the immigration issue in the 2016 campaign, noting we still don’t know the current position of one-time advocate Marco … 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 »

President Obama to Appear on Telemundo Town Hall to Talk Executive Action

This week, Judge Andrew Hanen of the Brownsville district court in Texas dealt executive action a setback when he temporarily blocked it from proceeding.  But the Obama Administration, and advocates, are pressing full steam ahead to overcome Hanen’s ruling in higher courts and to prepare those who would benefit to apply.  Next Wednesday, Obama will … Continue reading »