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ACT NOW: Call NY Gov Cuomo to Pass the DREAM Act

Last Friday, President Obama announced a new policy of deferred action for eligible DREAMers (undocumented youth), which includes the ability to apply for work authorization. However, these DREAMers will still be denied equal access to higher education in New York because they are not able to access the state-funded Tuition Assistance Program. The New York DREAM Act (A6829D/S4179D) would allow undocumented youth to access state financial assistance, and the DREAM Fund (A8689B/S6883) would provide private support for undocumented youth to attend higher education. continue reading »

50,000 Students in North Carolina Stand to Benefit from New Deportation Policy

More than 50,000 students in North Carolina will benefit from the Obama administration's suspension of deportations of qualified undocumented youths, Mexico's consul-general for the Carolinas said Wednesday. continue reading »

Rep. Gutierrez Applauds President Obama’s DREAM Announcement

Yesterday, the President and Secretary of Homeland Security are announcing a major initiative to protect young undocumented immigrants raised in the United States from being deported. The policy, contained in a memo by Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, will give "deferred action," a form of deportation relief and work authorization, to those who are already in deportation proceedings and to those who go through a process to apply affirmatively for relief. They will be granted a two-year deferred action if they meet certain criteria. continue reading »

Undocumented Youth Celebrate Obama’s Announcement To Stop Deporting DREAMers

Today undocumented youth commend President Obama for the courage to announce that he will sign an executive order to provide relief for DREAMers. DREAMers will stand by the President’s action and leadership to fully implement the order. continue reading »

DREAM Act Alive – Obama to Stop Deporting Undocumented Youth

A major immigration policy announcement has come out of the Department of Homeland Security and will shortly be confirmed by the White House – deportation of DREAM-Act eligible youth will cease. continue reading »

BREAKING NEWS: Obama to Stop Deportation of Undocumented Youth

Ahead of a press conference this afternoon, Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano has released a statement announcing that President Obama will stop the deportation of undocumented youth. Here is her statement: continue reading »

Virginia Teen, Heydi Mehia, Granted Last-Minute Reprieve from Deportation

Monday afternoon, 18-year-old Heydi Mejia received the news she and her family had been praying for. Just a few days after her high school graduation, Mejia was granted a reprieve from deportation. continue reading »

Filling Quotas or Setting Priorities? ICE Announcement to Increase Deportations Raises Concerns

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently announced that it would pull 150 agents from desk jobs and add them to Fugitive Operations Teams—teams created to locate and detain “fugitive immigrants” who pose a threat to the nation or the community or who have a violent criminal history—in order to find and deport additional “criminal aliens.” continue reading »

RUBIO WATCH- STARS Act Highlights Potential Pitfalls of Rubio DREAM Proposal

When news broke yesterday that a Florida congressman introduced an alternative version of the DREAM Act, many assumed it was Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been promising for months to introduce such legislation. In fact, the bill in question—dubbed the STARS Act—was introduced by Rep. continue reading »

Florida Congressman Introduces His Complicated, Onerous Alternative To The DREAM Act

Immigration remains a divisive issue for Republicans, with a faction of the party backing anti-immigrant laws while others are more moderate. On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney tried to straddle the divide. He first promised to veto the DREAM Act to win over hard right primary voters, before saying in April that he would be OK with the legislation for people who serve in the military. continue reading »

Law Professors Agree: Obama Has Executive Power To Provide Relief To Dreamers

Since the DREAM Act was narrowly defeated in Congress in December 2010, DREAMers around the country have been calling on President Obama to provide executive relief to immigrant youth and their families. However, the Obama Administration has repeatedly stalled, saying that they lack the legal authority to grant this type of relief. continue reading »

Elizabeth Olivas Back in U.S. for Graduation After Being Stuck in Immigration Web in Mexico

Elizabeth Olivas was looking forward to graduated high school and going on to college and until Friday morning see saw the experience slipping away. When she was just 4 years old, Elizabeth was brought to the U.S. (India continue reading »

Activists Push Gov’t to Implement Proposal Allowing Spouses, Children of Citizens to Stay in U.S.

Several pro-immigrant organizations demanded on Thursday that the Obama administration implement the proposal for a new procedure that would allow the spouses and children of U.S. citizens to remain in the country while their immigration situation is regularized. continue reading »

ICE Increases Number of Agents to Focus on Deportation of Criminal Undocumented

Without public notice, on May 14, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased the number of agents tasked with finding and deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records. continue reading »

Remembering Jose Gutierrez on Memorial Day

Jose Gutierrez gave his life for this country like the many others that we honor today on Memorial Day except that he did not have the title of citizen when he enlisted nor when he died. continue reading »

Lawsuit Filed Against US Senate Over Fillibuster Rule Preventing DREAM Act Vote, Other Legislation

Common Cause filed a 52-page lawsuit last week asking the U.S. District Court in Washington to declare that the Senate’s filibuster rule is unconstitutional and violates the core American principle of majority rule. continue reading »

Rubio Watch: Sen. Rubio Sympathizes with, then Attacks, Blameless Children

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has talked ... and talked ... and talked about introducing a bill that would provide legal status to, as he says, blameless undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States as children. We have welcomed the Florida senator’s entry into this important discussion and have been anxious to see his bill and the strong Republican support that he has promised. continue reading »

Colleges Starting to Welcome Undocumented Immigrant Students

Although an extremely small Catholic college in suburban Chicago, Dominican University continues to demonstrate its passion towards social justice by admitting and many times financing undocumented immigrants’ college education. continue reading »

Rubio Watch: Rubio Proposal Overlooks Obstacles Ahead For DREAMers

Though it has yet to be introduced in Congress, Senator Marco Rubio’s alternative to the DREAM Act received an appraisal from the Washington Post this week, which noted that it represents an effort to shake the hard-line anti-immigrant sentiment voiced by many leading conservative politicians. The editorial also noted, however, that the outlines of his proposal promote what’s tantamount to “permanent second-class status.” continue reading »

Faces of the DREAM Act: Jose Luis Zelaya Denied Admittance to Texas A&M Student Gov’t

An undocumented student at Texas A&M has been denied a student government position once again due to his citizenship status. Earlier this year, HS-News shared the story of Jose Luis Zelaya, continue reading »