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Dream Act: What Do We Want and When Do We Want It? (Immigration 101)

At America’s Voice and within the immigration reform movement, one of the main things we’ve been focused on this fall is passing the Dream Act. Advocates across the country have mobilized and won support from members of Congress, 800 college and university presidents have signed a letter to support action, 60 companies have joined an … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What Are Donald Trump’s Plans for DACA and Dreamers?

800,000 young people may have work permits and protection from deportation stripped away by Donald Trump Today marks the fifth anniversary of the implementation of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Dreamers are once again making headlines all over the country. DACA allows nearly a million young people to come out of … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is SB 4, Texas’ Immigration Law?

In May, Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed the nation’s newest, and harshest, anti-immigrant bill — Texas’ SB 4 — into law. It’s been described as a bill that curtails sanctuary cities, but it’s a lot more than that. SB 4 is comparable to Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56, two famously anti-immigrant and … Continue reading »

Who Are the Regional ICE Office Directors and What Power Do They Have Over Deportations?

We’ve seen it happen over and over again during the long months of the Trump Administration: an immigrant mother or father with US-citizen children, who has lived in the US for decades and committed no crimes, who has been checking in with ICE for years, who remains undocumented because there are no legal routes for … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Why Can’t Immigrants Just “Get Legal”, “Get in Line” and Get Their Papers?

Here’s a basic question we often come across: why can’t undocumented immigrants just “get in line”, “get legal”, “get right with the law” — i.e. obtain the legalization and citizenship that would allow them to become full-fledged Americans and protect them from deportation? The short answer is: they can’t. One misconception about undocumented immigration is … Continue reading »

No, Your Ancestors Probably Didn’t Come Here Legally

Here’s a common (and lazy) argument against undocumented immigration: “why can’t they just come here legally, like everyone else did”? As we’ve explained before, it’s almost impossible for many immigrants to come to the US with papers. And as a new article from Philly.com explains, the first part of that premise is false too. Here’s an excerpt from the … Continue reading »

Do Immigrants Enjoy Due Process in Deportation Cases? Not Exactly

John Kelly Thinks Immigration Judges’ Orders Should Be Final, Thomas Homan Thinks Immigrants Get Due Process; Here’s Why Neither is True Donald Trump is enacting his mass deportation agenda, and many of the people being deported fit a specific profile: they are mothers and fathers who have committed no major crimes, they’ve often been checking … Continue reading »

Immigration Reform Legislation – What’s Been Introduced, Marked Up, or Passed

Check back with us as we keep track of House and Senate immigration legislation and immigration reform legislation, as bills are introduced, move through committee, and onto the floor. Status: Passed House House H.R. 2213: The Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act (introduced April 2017 by Reps. McSally, McCaul, Hurd, Carter, Cuellar, Roe, Vela) [ANTI-IMMIGRANT] Passed 06/07/2017 by … Continue reading »

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