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The Urgent Reasons that Rep. Will Hurd Should Step Up and Support the Dream Act

Austin, TX – President Trump’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, plunged 800,000 Dreamers into crisis, including more than 124,000 DACA recipients in Texas. The solution is the bipartisan Dream Act. It’s urgent that Congress act, without undue delay and without unnecessary complications. This includes recognizing that the recently issued White … Continue reading »

Rep. Beto O’Rourke and El Cenizo Mayor Raul Reyes Join Local Leaders and Dreamers in Call for a Clean Dream Act

For a recording of today’s call, click here. El Paso, TX – On a press call today, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) and El Cenizo Mayor Raul Reyes joined local pediatrician Dr. Dolly Seiver; Mario Carrillo, Director of America’s Voice: Texas; and Clint, TX Dreamer Melissa Martinez to discuss why a legislative solution for Dreamers is so … Continue reading »

Thousands of Texas Dreamers Set to Lose DACA as Renewal Deadline Passes

Austin, TX – At midnight last night, the Trump Administration’s arbitrary deadline to accept DACA renewals passed, and now Dreamers are no longer able to reapply for another two-year extension of the successful program. According to HuffPost, 28% of DACA recipients in Texas who were eligible for renewal did not renew, meaning that thousands of Texas Dreamers stand … Continue reading »

Rep. O’Rourke and Rep. Gallego Introduce Legislation To Protect Landowners from Trump’s Wall

For a recording of today’s call, click here. WASHINGTON – Representatives Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) and Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) held a press call this afternoon to discuss the details of their new legislation that would prevent the Trump-Pence Administration from poaching private land in order to build their irrational and illogical wall. The Protecting the Property Rights … Continue reading »

New Poll: 89% of Texas Latinos Want Dream Act Passed; Oppose Anti-Immigrant SB4 Law

Austin, TX – On a press call held today, Texas State Representative Cesar Blanco joined with Latino Decisions Principal Sylvia Manzano, Latino Victory Project President Cristóbal J. Alex, and America’s Voice: Texas State Director Mario Carrillo to discuss the findings and implications of new polling exploring Texas Latinos’ views on SB4, DACA, and the ongoing debate over … Continue reading »

ICYMI: ICE issues plan to detain 1,000 more migrants in Texas

Austin, TX – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a notice on Wednesday soliciting private sector interest for a new detention center in South Texas that could hold up to 1,100 immigrants, continuing its relentless discrimination and crackdown on immigrants across the state. From a piece in Reveal by Patrick Michaels: The post is a preliminary request … Continue reading »

Federal appeals court allows parts of SB4 to temporarily take effect

Today, a federal appeals court allowed some parts of Texas’ controversial and discriminatory law, SB4 to temporarily take effect. Most importantly, the court ruled that the state of Texas can require local police across Texas to hold people without a warrant if they are suspected of having previous immigration violations. The appeals court is scheduled … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Austin American Statesman Editorial: “Texas Needs Its Young People to Show up at the Polls”

Registering to vote is one step Austin, TX – Today, the Austin American Statesman published an editorial encouraging the Texas’ Secretary of State Rolando Pablos and Texas high schools to follow the law and provide voter registration opportunities to eligible students. A recent study published by the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights … Continue reading »

ICYMI: PolitiFact Texas Grades Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Claim on DACA: “Pants on Fire”

PolitiFact deems Paxton’s claim that DACA confers citizenship status as “ridiculous” Austin, TX – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been at the forefront against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and has continually made the false claim that by enacting DACA, President Obama was conferring citizenship for Dreamers unilaterally. But as PolitiFact notes, “It’s … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Texas High Schools Failing to Register Voters Goes Against State Law

In a state with some of the lowest registration and turnout numbers, enforcing law could encourage civic participation from young Texans of color Austin, TX – For 30 years, Texas law has maintained that all state high schools must hand out voter registration applications to eligible students at least twice per year. But according to … Continue reading »

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