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Today’s Biggest DACA News is from Nashville

State AG Sees the Light, Quits Team Paxton; Calls On Tennessee Senators to Enact the DREAM Act After a day of fevered speculation about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the White House today delayed any decision about the future of this popular and successful program until next Tuesday, September 5. … Continue reading »

Tennessee Dreamers Rally for DACA Outside Mike Pence Dinner

In Tennessee this week, 200 Dreamers and advocates rallied outside a Mike Pence fundraiser with state Republicans, calling on the officials to protect Dreamers from deportation and save DACA. Tennessee, via its Attorney General Herbert Slatery, is one of the ten states threatening to sue the Trump Administration unless it ends DACA within the next … Continue reading »

DACA Works – Why Protections and Opportunities for Dreamers are Good for Tennessee and America

Nashville, TN – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America, including more than 8,300 in Tennessee. Each DACA recipient has come forward, passed a background check and been granted permission to live and work legally in … 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 »

GOP Autopsy on Immigration: Still Very Dead

As 2016 Campaign Gets Underway, Republicans Abandon Issue to Anti-immigrant Wing This week, the Republican National Committee met to evaluate how much progress the Party has made since issuing its post-2012 election autopsy. The recommendation to act on immigration was not only ignored, but stomped on.  As the Associated Press reports: Yet for all their … Continue reading »

Lamar Alexander Prevails in Tennessee Senate Primary Despite Challenger Running Hard Against Immigration

The big political news story today is Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)‘s triumph over challenger Joe Carr in the Tennessee GOP primary last night, proving that a Republican can vote for immigration reform and live to serve another day.  Three Senate Republicans –Alexander, Lindsey Graham (SC), and Susan Collins (ME) — voted for S. 744, the upper chamber’s … Continue reading »

Knox County, Tennessee Sheriff Wants to Stack Jailed Immigrants “Like Cordwood”

Tennessee hasn’t particularly been known for being an anti-immigrant state, but this week it is making news in the immigration world for all the wrong reasons. Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R-TN), a former physician who was fined for having extramarital affairs with female patients and pressuring one to have an abortion, is in addition now famous … Continue reading »