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Latino Commission on AIDS Praises Bipartisan Senate Working Group on Immigration Reform

Today, a bipartisan group of Senators released a comprehensive package to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, which includes a pathway to citizenship for the almost 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. continue reading »

Tell Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk: Support Real Immigration Reform, Including Citizenship

Our current immigration laws are a disaster. Today, over 11 million immigrants live in the United States without the full protection of our legal system or a framework that would provide them with a path to participate in our democracy. The time is now for real immigration reform that keeps families together, protects immigrants from violence and discrimination, and provides immigrants who are living in America and contributing to our society a pathway to citizenship. continue reading »

HELP - 11-Year-Old American Kid Explains What ICE Has Done to His Dad

Meet Edi's American born son, who has two American siblings. I really don't like watching him cry. You can't meet Edi, as immigration agents ripped him from his house as he was on his way out to take his kids to school. Obama recently changed policy to reconsider and lower priorities around undocumented immigrants who aren't breaking any laws, trying to find them a path to citizenship continue reading »

Why Immigrants Should Have Access to Legal Counsel

U. S. immigration laws are incredibly complex, yet they provide only minimal due process protections for even the most vulnerable noncitizens. In criminal courts, defendants who cannot afford an attorney are provided one for free, but in immigration court, noncitizens do not receive the same protections continue reading »

Immigrants Gather in DC to Call for End to Deportations

Thirteen immigrants including a number of farm workers, who had traveled 1,600 kilometers (995 miles) in a caravan from Florida, called Tuesday in the U.S. capital for President Barack Obama to stop deportations and for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. continue reading »

Congressman Luis Gutierrez to Speak on Immigration at Inauguration Event

Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez will speak at an event on Saturday, January 19 at the Organization of American States in Washington as part of the Latino Inaugural 2013 activities. The Congressman will deliver an address about the prospects for immigration reform in 2013 continue reading »

Rep. Gutierrez Hires “Deferred Action” Recipient for Chicago Office

Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) announced the hiring of José M. Quintero as an employee in his District Office on North Avenue in Chicago. Quintero was the first young immigrant in Illinois to receive work authorization via Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the deportation-relief offered by President Obama to immigrants eligible for the DREAM Act continue reading »

Removals Remain the Starkest Measure of Immigration Enforcement

For more than a decade, the general thrust of U.S. immigration policy has been aimed at expanding the grounds of removal and the tools for facilitating deportations from the country. Not surprisingly, this has come at an enormous cost. Although the figure has been disputed by restrictionists, a report from the Migration Policy Institute continue reading »

GAME On: Rep. Gutierrez Joins House Judiciary Committee To Fight For Immigration Reform

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) announced that he will join the House Judiciary Committee, stepping away from a plum post as the third ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, so that he can fight for immigration reform. As Rep. continue reading »

Reasons for Cautious Optimism on Immigration Reform

There is considerable debate at the moment over the prospects for immigration reform this year. On the one hand, an electorally chastened Republican Party seems to be reevaluating its long-standing support for deportation-only immigration policies. continue reading »

AP Memo Clarifies How to Use the Phrase ‘Illegal Immigrant’

In a memo to staffers today, the Associated Press clarified its stance on the term “illegal immigrant.” Tom Kent, deputy managing editor for standards and production, stressed that the AP doesn’t insist on using the term and said, in some cases, it’s not accurate. continue reading »

Maryland DREAM Act is a Smart Economic Investment

Education is an investment that yields sizeable dividends over time. Well-educated students go on to become well-educated workers who earn more, pay more in taxes, and are less likely to rely upon public benefits. continue reading »

New Report Reveals the Economic Benefits Of Passing the DREAM Act

What would happen if the United States were to grant a pathway to legal status to an estimated 2.1 million eligible youth in our country by pass­ing the DREAM Act? That’s the focus of a new report released by the Center for American Progress and Partnership for a New American Economy. continue reading »

California Governor Vetoes TRUST Act

In a disheartening development for immigrants’ rights advocates, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the TRUST Act on Sunday just hours before it was scheduled to take effect. The measure, continue reading »

USCIS Guidelines For Dreamers Eligible To Request Relief From Deportation

On Friday, the Obama Administration released guidelines for the President’s decision to provide qualifying DREAMers with a two year work permit and temporary relief from deportation. This relief is without a doubt the most significant victory our movement has seen in decades. Now, with less than two weeks to go until August 15th – the day DREAMers can begin the application process continue reading »

Attn DREAMers: Web Site to Assist Undocumented Youth in Application Process- Applications Begin 8/15

Congressman Luis Gutierrez joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to announce DREAM Relief Day on August 15 at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom from 9 am to 2 pm and to unveil the website DreamRelief.org, where undocumented youth will be able to apply for their work permits starting August 15. continue reading »

LULAC Advises Individuals NOT to Submit a Deferred Action Request Now- Wait to Apply

LULAC advises eligible individuals NOT to submit a deferred action request under the Deferred Action Process for Young People memorandum issued by Secretary Napolitano on June 15. If you submit now, your application will be rejected. The Secretary’s directive gives USCIS 60 days to create a process to accept these requests and USCIS is unable to accept requests at this time. Please continue to check their website for updates. continue reading »

Secretary Napolitano Clarifies President’s Deferred Action Plan…Again

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the House Judiciary Committee and, as expected, defended the administration’s use of prosecutorial discretion and recently announced deferred action policies for qualified DREAMers—fielding questions and accusations from those who would rather take Napolitano to task than focus on creating smart, humane, and effective immigration policies. continue reading »

Secretary Napolitano Clarifies President’s Deferred Action Plan…Again

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the House Judiciary Committee and, as expected, defended the administration’s use of prosecutorial discretion and recently announced deferred action policies for qualified DREAMers—fielding questions and accusations from those who would rather take Napolitano to task than focus on creating smart, humane, and effective immigration policies. continue reading »

Across the Country, Opposition to “Secure Communities”  Continues to Grow

The drumbeat of criticism about the Obama Administration’s so-called “Secure Communities” program continues, as more cities and states push back against its dragnet approach and insist on local control over police priorities. As we’ve noted before, the ramifications of S-Comm are often eerily similar to the ramifications of Arizona’s SB 1070 continue reading »