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The Cruel Anti-DACA Challenge from Texas Has No Legs to Stand On

Nearly one year ago, the Trump administration announced the end of the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. With the Republican Congress unable and unwilling to resolve the future of Dreamers through legislation, it has been left to the courts to intervene. To date, three federal courts have ruled that DACA … Continue reading »

On Sixth Anniversary of DACA, Undocumented Youth Are Living in Uncertainty

Six years ago today, the life of thousands of undocumented youth changed for the better in an instant. On August 15, 2012, the federal government started accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was created by President Barack Obama earlier that summer. Tens of thousands of Dreamers lined up in … Continue reading »

Facing Judge Hanen, Dreamers Stand Strong

Following yesterday’s hearing on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in a hearing held by notorious anti-immigrant zealot Texas Judge Andrew Hanen, Dreamers (and their loved ones) raised their voices to express themselves and be heard as others debated their futures.   Ciriac Alvarez, a Dreamer and local organizer from Utah, captured the … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Texas Attorney General Paxton Again Tries to Justify His Continued Attacks Against Young Immigrants

In an opinion piece in USA Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton again strained to justify his attacks on young immigrants and his relentless drive to strip them of their protections provided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Paxton and six other Republican attorneys general have sued the Trump administration to end the … Continue reading »

Dara Lind for Vox, “DACA is in a state of legal limbo. Now a Texas judge might rule to kill it.”

Lind Explains DACA Legal Battles, Including Today’s Hanen Hearing Dara Lind at Vox breaks down the complex chain of events regarding DACA and its legal fate. Today, Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas, known as the Joe Arpaio of the federal judiciary, hears a case brought to him by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Lind’s article … Continue reading »

Juan Escalante Responds to Sessions’ Comments on Judge Bates’ Friday Ruling on DACA

The following is a response from Juan Escalante, Communications Director of America’s Voice and DACA recipient, on Sessions’ statement regarding Judge Bates’ ruling from Friday on DACA: As an ardent opponent of DACA, it is unsurprising that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would use his anti-immigrant perch at the Department of Justice to lambaste a court … Continue reading »

Judge Orders DACA to Continue, Juan Escalante Reacts

Today, a federal judge ordered DACA to be fully re-started in 20 days. This is a response from Juan Escalante, AV Communications Manager: Once again, the courts reaffirm what immigrants and their allies have always known: the DACA program is good for our country and the administration can’t just end it for no clear reason … Continue reading »

The Class of 2018 is Graduating, and they Still Don’t Have the Dream Act

Cue the pomp and circumstance; the class of 2018 is graduating. While many graduates will take time off this summer and prepare for the next chapter of their lives, undocumented graduates must prepare for an uncertain future. Undocumented graduates are just some of the Dreamers across the country whom Donald Trump wants to deport and … Continue reading »

Houston Chronicle Editorial Takes Down AG Paxton: “pursuing a lawsuit that is clearly bad for Texas, and wasteful to boot”

Today, Houston Chronicle’s editorial board scorches Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for his latest attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a lawsuit that targets 800,000 Dreamers, including 100,000 Texans. According to Mario Carrillo, America’s Voice Texas Director, “Ken Paxton’s latest attacks on Dreamers prove just how far he’s willing to go to make … Continue reading »

Republican AGs Attack Dreamers, Go Forum-Shopping for Anti-Immigrant Judge, and Other Republicans Remain Silent

So much for that concern over the fate of 800,000 young Americans Observers are weighing in to condemn the outrageous lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seeking to end DACA. Paxton has corralled the Attorneys General of six other Republican states – Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia – to go along … Continue reading »

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