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 »

As the Republican Governors and Attorneys General of 26 states play politically-motivated games, their lawsuit blocking the implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA is having real-life consequences for millions of immigrants across the nation. In a must-read piece, Esther Lee of ThinkProgress talks to immigrants whose families would be eligible for DAPA and expanded DACA. These… Continue »

Rumors of deportation raids have caused student attendance rates at one majority-Latino high school in Maryland to drop. The school, High Point High School in Prince George’s County, is about 70 percent Latino. “It’s a student population that’s prompted the school’s principal, Sandra Jimenez, to term it ‘Central American Ellis Island,’ according to an interview… Continue »

La contradicción entre proteger a quienes buscan asilo y deportarlos es profunda El New York Times informa que el gobierno de Obama está trabajando con el Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados a fin de establecer un programa de reasentamiento regional en América Central. Esto muestra el reconocimiento de que quienes huyen de la muerte,… Continue »

An overwhelming majority of the House’s Democratic Caucus has signed a letter asking President Obama to “halt the current enforcement actions towards Central American mothers and children” and present a “comprehensive refugee solution” to the families seeking refuge in the United States. “We strongly condemn the Department of Homeland Security’s recent enforcement operation targeting refugee… Continue »

The Contradiction Between Protecting Asylum-Seekers and Deporting Asylum-Seekers is Profound The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration is working with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to set up a regional refugee resettlement program in Central America.  It shows a recognition that those fleeing death, rape and extortion in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala deserve… Continue »

All three Democratic candidates for President condemned the ongoing ICE raids that continue to terrorize immigrant communities during last night’s “Iowa Brown & Black Forum” at Drake University in Des Moines. While the forum addressed numerous issues important to minority voters — particularly the “Black Lives Matter” movement — immigration took center stage, particularly the ICE raids targeting… Continue »

Please note the following column was translated from Spanish to English and is available for reprint as long as the author is given proper credit. This column is available online in Spanish here. This week President Barack Obama will give his last State of the Union address in the midst of two grand contradictions.  On the one… Continue »

In leading Spanish language media outlets, the Obama Administration’s home raids against Central American refugees are dominating coverage. In reporting and reflections, key Spanish language outlets and commentators are highlighting how the raids are causing panic and fear in the entire immigrant community, as well as the extraordinary steps the immigrant community is taking as a result.… Continue »

Please note the following column was translated from Spanish to English. This column is available online in Spanish here. As immigrants, we have all felt fear at some point. In most cases – fear propagates across the immigrant community with frequency. This fear manifests itself in several ways for immigrants residing in the United States: answering immigration related… Continue »