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UPDATED: Local Leaders Across 30 States Speak Out On Protecting Undocumented Immigrant Communities

UPDATED 2/1/2017. Local leaders from 30 states and Washington, DC have now affirmed or are reaffirming commitments to help protect immigrant residents of their communities from Donald Trump’s destructive deportation proposals. Among the leaders from the states are mayors, police chiefs, faith leaders, the heads of large universities and private institutions, and include some of the … Continue reading »

How Immigrants Won Big in NC and What it Means for the 2016 Election

July 4 was a day the United States celebrated its independence from British rule, but also, in the case of North Carolina, from a toxic anti-immigrant bill called HB 100. The legislation, which steamrolled through the State Senate, ultimately died in the House Rules Committee  on Saturday after meeting intense resistance from the immigrant community … Continue reading »

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 »

Cincinnati City Council Approves Photo IDs For Vulnerable Populations, Including Undocumented Immigrants

By a 5 to 1 vote Wednesday, Cincinnati’s City Council approved a resolution authorizing photo IDs for undocumented immigrants, homeless persons, and other vulnerable populations. Local groups say the cards — which would not take the place of driver’s licenses and would serve for ID purposes only — are the first of their kind in … Continue reading »

Celebrating Immigrant Mothers

Immigrant mothers are worthy of admiration. This is how I concluded a short essay about my undocumented mother, Vilma, who has overcome her fear of deportation. In the essay, I wrote about my mother’s unwavering spirit, her sacrifices, and her ability to always have a positive outlook during difficult times for our family. I owe … Continue reading »

Immigration Local and State Report: Arizona, Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee, Wisconsin

Latinos and immigrants are mobilizing to defeat anti-immigrant legislation in key battleground states. Florida turned out hundreds of advocates to the Florida Capitol, where they were joined by Democrats and Republicans who pledged to oppose attacks on immigrant communities. In Wisconsin, thousands of people gathered at the state legislature to oppose legislation that would criminalize … Continue reading »

Immigration Local and State Report: California, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Connecticut

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have emerged as the winners of the New Hampshire primaries. Despite Donald Trump pulling the entire Republican field to the right on immigration, only 1 in 7 Republican voters rated it as their top issue. And as the attention of presidential candidates shifts to South Carolina, there are plenty of … Continue reading »

Immigration Local and State Report: Florida, Georgia, New York, New Mexico

Earlier this week we witnessed how immigration unfolded as a key issue throughout the Iowa Caucus. As immigration remains as one of the most prominent topics at the national level, particularly within the 2016 election cycle, states are also trying to enact legislation that will undoubtedly impact immigrant communities. Here s a breakdown of what … Continue reading »

Trump Inspired Legislation Threatens Florida Ahead Of The Election

Two years ago, Florida Republicans found themselves hand in hand with Latinos and immigrants across the state. Republicans in the state legislature, led by then House Speaker Will Weatherford, passed a bill that would grant undocumented immigrants in-state tuition at Florida’s public colleges and universities. But incredibly, the state legislature is now pushing anti-immigrant legislation … Continue reading »

Immigration Law Experts Join Community Organizers to Discuss The Supreme Court’s Consideration of DAPA and DACA+ and the Obama Administration’s Immigration Raids Targeting Central Americans

For immigration advocates, there are two major developments unfolding this month that will define our work in 2016: the upcoming Supreme Court Decision on DAPA and DACA+ and the Obama Administration’s new strategy to raid homes and businesses in order to deport Central Americans who recently came to the United States. In order to provide … Continue reading »