Border Region

Is Long-Term Immigration Detention Illegal?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether detained immigrants facing deportation must be allowed a bail hearing if they are held for at least six months, a decision...

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Immigration Reform

Immigrant Heritage Month

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and today the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign launches to encourage all of us to explore our individual heritage & recognize our distinct and shared...

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Citizenship

Union-Tribune: Military service leads to U.S. citizenship

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016

By Tatiana Sanchez Daniel Torres, an unauthorized immigrant who enlisted in the Marine Corps using a false birth certificate, became an American citizen on Thursday. He is likely...

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Deferred Action

LA Times Op-Ed: Take the immigration fight to the states

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016

By Karthick Ramakrishnan and Pratheepan Gulasekaram Undocumented immigrants were dealt a major setback last week. After a coalition of conservative states sued the Obama...

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LA Times Op-Ed: Take the immigration fight to the states

DACA-DAPA

By Karthick Ramakrishnan and Pratheepan Gulasekaram

Undocumented immigrants were dealt a major setback last week. After a coalition of conservative states sued the Obama administration over its plans to grant deportation relief to the parents of American citizens, the Supreme Court deadlocked on whether or not to lift a lower court’s injunction on the program. The case of United States v. Texas will now go back to the lower court, where the fate of Obama’s executive action looks unfavorable.

The ‘Dreamers’ Obama spared from deportation: What are they dreaming about?

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske

They were born in another country but raised in this one, and that has made them culturally, linguistically – but not legally American.

When President Obama used executive action to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program four years ago, this was the group he was seeking to protect. They were, for the most part, children whose parents came to this country illegally, and either brought them along or sent for them later. Many had no recollection of their home country, spoke English, and argued that they should be given the rights and privileges of the only country they really knew, including temporary two-year work permits.

Conservatives argued that Obama had overstepped the bounds of executive power and had infringed on states’ rights. They objected to the idea of rewarding families who were, no matter how talented or well-meaning, in blatant violation of immigration law.

Read the full story here. 

 

Anxiety as Families Await Court Ruling on Obama’s Immigration Action

By Suzanne Gamboa

There is a communal breath holding going on among immigrants and their allies as they wait for a Supreme Court ruling that could profoundly alter their lives.

There is a communal breath holding going on among immigrants and their allies as they wait for a Supreme Court ruling that could profoundly alter their lives.

The Supreme Court is nearing the end of this year’s term and still must rule on the more than two dozen states’ challenge of President’s Barack Obama’s use of executive action to suspended deportations and grant permits to work to millions of immigrants not legally in the U.S.

The decision on the expanded DACA and DAPA programs could come this week or next, most likely this Thursday, next Monday or June 30.

Read the full story here.