Here’s Where We’re At On US vs. Texas

Last Friday, the eight justices of the Supreme Court held a private conference, where they each cast their respective votes on United States vs. Texas.

While we will very likely not hear a decision on the case until the end of June, we could hear from the Court much sooner, perhaps within weeks, under one possibility — a 4-4 ruling.

Zarate: The shared fears of a teacher and students

By Areli Zarate

As a high school Spanish teacher in Austin, I see fear in the eyes of some of my students.

It is the kind of fear that is based not on “if,” but “when,” their lives will change for the worse. Powerless to stop it, these students wait with worry, unable to focus on classwork, to eat or sleep well, or even to stay healthy.

ThinkProgress: Being An Undocumented Black Immigrant In America Is A ‘Lonely Experience’

By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

The pendulum swing of the campaign debate on immigration issues has largely centered on either denouncing undocumented Latino immigrants or getting their eligible family members to take to the polls on Election Day. It seems unsurprising that the conversation heavily focuses on Latinos — after all, 59 percent of the 11.3 million undocumented population are from Mexico.

But there are also 400,000 undocumented black immigrants living in the United States who have largely been left out of the debate over immigration reform. These immigrants make up just a small fraction of the more than three million black immigrants who come mostly from the Caribbean or Northern and sub-Saharan Africa.

U.S. House to Oppose Immigration Executive Action in Supreme Court


WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. House Republicans, arguing the president overstepped his powers in creating deportation relief programs for millions of immigrants here illegally, voted to formally oppose his action in a case to be heard next month by the Supreme Court.

In a rare move, the House voted 234-186 to allow House Speaker Paul Ryan to file an amicus brief in the case. The brief, essentially is the written reasoning of opponents, filed as the view of the U.S. House.

Huffington Post: What the Supreme Court Can Learn From California on Immigration

California Sign- Ken Lund / Flickr

California Sign- Ken Lund / Flickr

Daniel Zingale

President Barack Obama’s executive actions in November 2014 to provide relief from deportation for hundreds of thousands of Californians was welcome news, not just for those directly impacted, but for our state as a whole.

The President’s actions expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and created a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. These measures would allow families to remain united, contribute to our state’s economy and public safety, and provide a path to health coverage for these undocumented Californians through Medi-Cal. Since our state is stronger when more people have access to health coverage, DAPA and an expanded DACA are important steps towards achieving health and justice for all.

NBC Latino: Immigrants Qualifying for Executive Actions Deeply ‘Embedded’ in U.S.

By Brian Latimer

Amid the political backdrop and the looming Supreme Court hearings on Pres. Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions, a new report shows undocumented immigrants who qualify for these programs are deeply “embedded” in the U.S.

The study by the Center on Migration Studies of New York found that most immigrants who can apply to these programs have been here for decades, have steady employment and have long family ties. In fact, a percentage of them may qualify for family-based immigration visas through marriage or adult citizen children.