Monday, February 26, 2018

Justices Turn Down Trump's Appeal Against Dreamers- DACA

What happened:
  • By denying the Department of Justice’s request to hear the University of California case, the Supreme Court has rightly allowed the brave DACA recipients and many others who brought legal challenges to the termination of DACA to have their day in court. 
  • The Trump administration has the right to appeal the lower court rulings, but they tried to game the system by leapfrogging over the circuits. The Supreme Court reminded them that all of us -- even if we sit in the white house -- need to play by the same rules. 

What comes next:
  • The cases will go back the lower courts. While these cases make their way through the courts, the injunctions secured in the California and New York cases will remain in place.

What this means:
  • This means that immigrant youth who previously had DACA can continue, for now, to apply for renewals.
  • Even as DACA renewals continue, without congressional action, the rate of DACA recipients losing protections daily will increase dramatically after March 5.
  • There is immense urgency for Congress to do the right thing on the Dream Act, and nothing about today’s announcement diminished that. While the injunction helps ensure that immigrant youth can continue to reapply for DACA, immigrant youth need the certainty that can only come from legislation.
  • The Trump administration created this crisis when they terminated DACA on September 5, and they perpetuated it by rejecting multiple bipartisan deals that would have provided a permanent solution for undocumented youth. The Trump administration, along with Republican leadership in Congress, has thwarted every attempt at a solution -- they will be to blame if they fail here.
  • At the end of the day, an injunction is a temporary fix, and we need a permanent solution. If Trump is serious about his love for “Dreamers,” he will stop standing in the way of their futures and get behind a solution. 

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to clear the way for the Trump administration to end the Obama-era program that protects about 700,000 young immigrants from deportation, meaning that the so-called "Dreamers" could remain in legal limbo for months unless Congress acts to make their status permanent.
President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program last September, calling it an unconstitutional use of executive power by his predecessor and reviving the threat of deportation for immigrants who had been brought to the United States illegally as young children.
But two federal judges have ordered the administration to maintain major pieces of the program while legal challenges move forward, notably by requiring the administration to allow people enrolled in it to renew their protected status. The Supreme Court's decision on Monday not to hear the government's appeal will keep the program alive for months.
That will temporarily shield the young immigrants who already had signed up for the DACA program from immediate deportation, and allow them to keep working legally in the United States. Their status lasts for two years and is renewable.
The court's decision also could relieve the immediate political pressure on lawmakers to permanently address the status of those immigrants, or to deal with the additional one million Dreamers who had never signed up for the DACA program. They remain at risk of deportation if immigration agents find them.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Jorge Ramos On Being A 'Stranger' : and Voting

Jorge Ramos On Being A 'Stranger' : NPR

RAMOS: We made a mistake. I thought that more Latinos were going to go out and vote, and that didn't happen. Let me give you the numbers, which is really a tragedy. Twenty-seven million Latinos were eligible to vote, but only 13 million went to vote. So 14 million Latinos or 13 million Latinos decided to stay home. And that might have changed the election.


Non voting elected Trump !

Friday, February 23, 2018

14 Must-Read Works Of Chicano Literature

14 Must-Read Works Of Chicano Literature

Trump Threatens to Pull ICE out of California

Yo Donald,  Please do !
TRUMP FLOATS ICE PULLOUT IN CALIFORNIA: President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to pull federal immigration enforcement officers out of California, CNN's Kevin Liptak and Tal Kopan report. The comments came during a White House roundtable on gun violence that took an unexpected turn when Trump started talking about the MS-13 street gang. "We talk about child safety - kids walk home and they meet one of these gangs, and these are absolute animals," he said. "These aren't human beings, these are animals."
Trump accused California state officials of failing to pursue MS-13 hard enough. "We're getting no help from the state of California," Trump said. "Frankly, if I wanted to pull our people from California, you would have a crime nest like you've never seen in California. All I'd have to do is say, 'ICE and Border Patrol, let California alone'. ... You would see crime like nobody's ever seen crime in this country. And yet we get no help from the state of California. They are doing a lousy management job. They have the highest taxes in the nation. And they don't know what's happening out there. Frankly it's a disgrace."
Trump's comments appeared to be empty bluster. It's extremely unlikely that his administration, which views undocumented immigration as a grave threat, would stop policing immigration in a border state - even one that gave Trump only 33 percent of the popular vote in 2016. It wasn't entirely clear what set Trump off (or what high state taxes had to do with it), but he was probably referring to the so-called "sanctuary bill " that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in October limiting the state's sharing of arrest information with federal immigration authorities. Trump mentioned in his remarks that he found "the sanctuary city situation" to be "a disgrace." 
California Democrats disputed Trump's suggestion that the state was soft on crime. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called the comments "not only mean spirited but patently false." State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León (who is challenging Feinstein in a June primary) used a sharper tone. "If ICE and the President want to focus on dangerous criminals, we're here to help," he tweeted. "But if they just want to tear apart hard-working mothers and fathers from their children, then we say Adios." Read more from CNN here and the Los Angeles Times here.

Monday, February 19, 2018

No se deje engañar por el “plan” de inmigración de Trump

Stand Up for Immigrants

Let us be clear.  The shut down of the U.S. government in January was due to a dispute over spending because Donald Trump ordered the end of the DACA program ( Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  Trump created this crisis and the Republicans are using the crisis to promote their anti immigrant agenda.

A wise man once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” As the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. changed the hearts and minds of the American people and is rightfully lauded as one of the most important figures in modern history. Once again, we are confronted with a new Civil Rights Movement to resist a government that looks to rob people of opportunity and criminalize their existence. Once again, the stakes are extremely high.
We are confronted today with the tragic reality that undocumented young people who were once protected by the DACA program are now at risk of expulsion from the only home they have ever known.
These are people who came here as children and have been here for the last two decades. Some did not even know they were born in another country until they applied for a driver’s license as teenagers. They identify with American life just like any citizen. Their life experience is no less qualified, and no less deserving.
To prevent their expulsion and protect their place in our country, American citizens need to step forward and act boldly on the right side of history: the side of justice. The opposite has been the case far too often: supporters staying at home while opponents work aggressively to undermine and uproot young immigrants out of American life. Recently, I read a post where a young man bragged about calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on a fellow student at his university, a Dreamer. Crippled with a gut-wrenching sensation, my senses were inflamed by the similarities between this troubled young man and certain horrifying historical figures. Calling ICE to deport a fellow student, a neighbor, or even a stranger, is similar to a Northerner in 1855 calling the police to report a runaway slave. It is similar to Germans in 1939 calling the Nazi Gestapo on their child’s teacher. The term for this is ethnic oppression.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Senate Rejects Immigration Plans, Leaving Fate of Dreamers Uncertain - The New York Times

Senate Rejects Immigration Plans, Leaving Fate of Dreamers Uncertain - The New York Times

ICE Launches Mass Arrests in Los Angeles Area

Mass Arrests Of Immigrants In Los Angeles

ICE launches new immigration sweep in L.A. area; at least 100 detained so far. LA Times:"Federal officials are in the midst of an immigration enforcement operation in the Los Angeles area and have so far detained more than 100 people suspected of being in violation of immigration laws. The sweep, which began Sunday, is focusing on 'individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,' Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez said... 'uncooperative jurisdictions' such as Los Angeles, she said, have forced ICE agents to 'conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at greater risk, and increasing the incidence of collateral arrests. That is what ICE is now doing in Los Angeles, and what ICE will continue to do in uncooperative jurisdictions,' Rodriguez said. The Los Angeles Police Department and many other California law enforcement agencies have said they will not cooperate with ICE on sweeps. The LAPD has long had a policy that prevents officers from asking people about their immigration status, a rule designed to encourage those here illegally to cooperate with law enforcement in criminal investigations."

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

250 + Organizations call for Sensible Immigration Reform

Including DSA. 
February 13, 2018
Dear Members of Congress:

We, the undersigned immigration, refugee, faith, education, youth, health, labor and civil liberties organizations write to express our commitment to securing permanent protections for Dreamers and call on Congress to pass the Dream Act without further delay.
Securing permanent protections for all Dreamers, including but not limited to those eligible for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, must be the guiding light for senators in the week ahead; the American people overwhelmingly support a path to citizenship, not a kick-the-can-down-the-road temporary solution. Importantly, protecting Dreamers cannot come at the cost of harming other immigrants or immigrant communities, nor can it entail militarizing the border, keeping families apart, or undermining life-saving humanitarian protections.

President Trump ended DACA on September 5th, 2017. Since then more than 19,000 immigrant youth who put their full faith in the U.S. government have lost the ability to work, study, and live without fear of deportation; hundreds of thousands more will lose protections in the months ahead. Despite President Trump’s promise to support a “bill of love,” he has rejected multiple bipartisan efforts at compromise. And now, through the White House’s ‘Legislative Framework’ on immigration, he has instead doubled down on efforts to radically reshape the United States’ immigration policies and, in doing so, the face of America to the world.
Let’s be clear: The White House Framework would take the country backwards in an echo of restrictive policies not seen since the 1920s, while using the fate of Dreamers as bait. Congress must reject these nativist overtures. President Trump and Congressional Republicans created this moral crisis and it is up to them to work in good faith with Democrats to reach a narrow agreement that pairs a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers with smart and sensible border security measures.
Members of Congress must oppose efforts to hold Dreamers hostage in exchange for a nativist wish list. Anything that goes beyond the scope of the original agreement from last fall—namely, protecting Dreamers and making additional investments in reasonable border security—must be rejected.
Here are the issues which our organizations will not accept in any legislation:
Border Militarization: Trump’s Wall and Deportation Force
Congress must oppose efforts to expand President Trump’s mass deportation force and build his wall—a wasteful and unpopular policy that will only harm border communities—and must oppose ramping up enforcement actions against asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and immigrant communities across the country.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Demand a Clean Dream Act

Congress has once again ignored the crisis it has created for undocumented youth. That’s why we are walking from New York City to Washington, DCstarting February 15th until March 1st to demand a Clean Dream Act and answer the question: How far will you go to protect your home?
Immigrants are tired of false promises and of having their stories pushed to the side. These stories involve pain, suffering, happiness, and love. Yet, we are willing to walk 250 miles in the winter to show how we are willing to sustain the roots we have created in here in our home.
We believe in you, as our classmates, coworkers, friends, and neighbors and we need your support as full time or part-time walkers. Can you support us with ensuring the wellbeing, nourishments, and sustainability of our walkers in the NY/NJ/DC area? The fight for permanent protection is a nationwide effort. Are you willing to take part in solidarity actions that help highlight the journey home and narratives of members in your community? 
Juan Carlos Carabantes, Seed Project

Thursday, February 01, 2018

LULAC On Dreamers and the Trump Proposals

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For Immediate Release
January 31, 2018


Washington, D.C. – The League of United Latin American Citizens has long supported the passage of a clean DREAM Act that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants who were brought to this country as children by their parents and have graduated from high school.

The issue has taken on even more urgency with LULAC since the election of Donald Trump and his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March 5, 2018.

Our position on the DREAM Act has been clear: we believe that passing the DREAM Act is the right thing to do for the DREAMers and in the best interest of the United States who will benefit from their talent and work ethic. This position has been adopted by the National Assembly of LULAC on multiple occasions and remains in force today.

We do not believe that the DREAM Act should be coupled with any additional border enforcement measures or the elimination of family visa categories, since the bill by itself represents the best of American values, and gives blameless young people the chance to succeed and contribute to our country. Not surprisingly, eighty-six percent of the American public agrees with us and supports the passage of the DREAM Act.