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HUMANE Act Fails to Address Humanitarian Challenges

HUMANE Act Fails to Address Humanitarian Challenges

Texans Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) and Sen. John Cornyn (R) will soon introduce a bill that expedites the removal of unaccompanied children from Central America. Their measure, the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National continue reading »

Immigration Activist & Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Detained in Texas

Immigration Activist & Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Detained in Texas

Journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas has been detained in McAllen, Texas, Lara Drasin with Define American told Poynter in an email. Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is an undocumented immigrant and the founder of Define American. continue reading »

The Facts About the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border

The Facts About the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border

What is our obligation as a country to the unaccompanied child migrants at our border? This seemingly straightforward question is frequently lost among the political debate surrounding the humanitarian challenge at our southern border. continue reading »

“I Want the President to be as Bold and Generous as Republicans have Been Petty and Mean-Spirited”

“I Want the President to be as Bold and Generous as Republicans have Been Petty and Mean-Spirited”

Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) joined at least 14 of his colleagues from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to say that July will be a month of action for the CHC to defend children fleeing violence and to push for prosecutorial continue reading »

NELSON BALIDO: Auto Industry in Pole Position in Mexico as U.S. Policies But Brakes on Growth

NELSON BALIDO: Auto Industry in Pole Position in Mexico as U.S. Policies But Brakes on Growth

Thanks to nearshoring, many are calling Mexico the new China. But maybe calling Mexico the new Detroit would be more accurate. continue reading »

From Gangs to Coffee Rust: Push factors for Central American Migrants

From Gangs to Coffee Rust: Push factors for Central American Migrants

Giovani Melendez, 31, fled this Central American capital with his family, setting out suddenly on a search for safety in the United States after gangs demanded growing extortion payments he was unable afford. The family -- Melen continue reading »

Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis

Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis

The Obama administration will ask Congress for more than $2 billion Tuesday to address the urgent humanitarian crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico. In the past nine months, more than 50,000 children and teenagers have crossed that border illegally on their own, continue reading »

Report Says Obama Should “Go Big” on Immigration Action

Report Says Obama Should “Go Big” on Immigration Action

This week, President Obama concluded that the House would not act on immigration reform this year, leading him to announce that he would use his executive authority to fix what he could of the immigration system on his own. This is a welcome decision, although details of his plans are unlikely to unfold until later in the summer, following consultation with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder. continue reading »

Fun Facts - Fourth of July

Fun Facts - Fourth of July

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked with red, white and blue flags, fireworks, parades and backyard barbecues across the country. continue reading »

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Reacts to President Obama’s Exective Order on Immigration

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Reacts to President Obama’s Exective Order on Immigration

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement in reaction to the President’s Rose Garden announcement regarding his intentions to address immigration and deportation through executive actions within existing law. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and is the Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. continue reading »

NALEO:  Readily Awaits President Obama’s Executive Actions

NALEO:  Readily Awaits President Obama’s Executive Actions

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s statement that comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives is dead and that he will take Executive Action: continue reading »

REPORT:  Five Ways Immigrants Help Drive Economy

REPORT:  Five Ways Immigrants Help Drive Economy

The essential economy—which encompasses the food services and hospitality industries, construction, agriculture, elder care, and manufacturing—is fundamental to the U.S. economy and society as a whole. Immigrants’ participation in these sectors creates new jobs for native-born workers, contributes to the growth of construction and agriculture, and provides essential care to the United States’ aging population. continue reading »

NYC First in Nation to Provide Legal Services for Immigrants Facing Deportation

NYC First in Nation to Provide Legal Services for Immigrants Facing Deportation

With $4.9 million dollars of funding from the New York City Council included in the FY 2015 budget for the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), New York City will become the first jurisdiction in the nation to provide universal representation to any indigent immigrant detained and facing deportation. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilmember Carlos Menchaca, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, and Councilmember Daniel Dromm led the charge in making a full-scale NYIFUP a reality. continue reading »

REPORT:  President Obama Urged to Take Stand Against Disciminatory Profiling

REPORT:  President Obama Urged to Take Stand Against Disciminatory Profiling

ColorOfChange.org, the nation's largest online civil rights organization, urges President Obama to take immediate action to close discriminatory profiling loopholes for Federal law enforcement, and urges Congress to pass the Eliminate Racial Profiling Act (ERPA). continue reading »

Dream Action Coalition:  Immigration Reform is Alive, but NOT in Congress

Dream Action Coalition:  Immigration Reform is Alive, but NOT in Congress

The Dream Action Coalition released the following statement on GOP's unwillingness to move on immigration reform: continue reading »