In the last
days of a Democrat-controlled Congress, passage of the DREAM Act still glimmers
as a possibility, offering a pathway to legal immigration status for hundreds
of thousands of undocumented children and young adults who have known the United States
as their only home. The beneficiaries of the...
The DREAM Act, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010, passed the House on Wednesday afternoon with a vote of 216 to 198 mostly along party lines. The Act was subsequently removed from consideration by the Senate Democrats on Thursday citing insufficient votes and making...
"It would make sense if the Administration withdrew its opposition to a broader interpretation of §203(h)(3) and followed Khaled v. Holder across the country."
Cyrus D. Mehta on Sept. 16, 2011.
"Krikorian and others of like mind did not repeat that "all amnesties
reward lawbreaking," when the Internal Revenue Service decided this
month to waive interest, penalties and audit exposure, and accept only
one-tenth of the employment taxes otherwise owed by employers who
"Students who benefit from the in-state tuition, though grateful for the
law, say it does not really allow them to work in many professional
settings. Since Perry does not support the federal DREAM Act, his
arguments for the in-state tuition law don't match reality, they say.
" Rodrigo Cruz , a 16-year-old high school student preparing for deportation, walked into an immigration office in Charlotte on Tuesday with a $155 bus ticket to Mexico and walked out with permission to stay temporarily in the United States .
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials granted...
"Taking action to expand educational opportunity to all qualified
students, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Saturday signed the California
Dream Act. AB 131, authored by Assemblymember Gil Cedillo (D-Los
Angeles) allows top students who are on the path to citizenship to apply
USCIS Update: Centralized Receipting for Various N-Forms
The receipting of Forms N-300, N-336, N-600 and N-600K has been centralized in the Dallas and Phoenix Lockbox facilities and away from local field offices, effective October 30, 2011. This effort is intended to streamline form processing, accelerate...
"In a nondescript room on the University of Texas campus, about 20
students chattered and laughed before Daniel Olvera called the meeting
to order. One by one, they introduced themselves: the mechanical
engineering major who's building a computer program that analyzes MRI
images of the...
"One evening this week on the sprawling University of Texas campus, a
small group of DREAMers — the moniker for undocumented college students
lobbying for passage of the DREAM Act — solemnly painted posters for an
upcoming campaign. The statement on each was simple: “I am...
"Kemi Bello, an American-educated,
undocumented immigrant from Nigeria, Michael A. Olivas, a law
professor at the University of Houston and "No Undocumented
Child Left Behind" author, and Brooke Hauser, "The New Kids"
author, discuss the DREAM Act, "coming out,"...
"Romney, apparently seeking to burnish his anti-immigration
credentials before conservative voters, made a comment that one of
President Obama’s top political advisers suggested could hurt him in a
general election contest. For the first time, Romney said outright that he would veto...
"Earlier this year, the Obama Administration terminated NSEERS ,
a post-911 program that targeted and placed non-citizen Muslim men
from over 24 countries in deportation proceedings. But the termination
provides no relief for thousands of immigrants who face deportation as
a result of the...
"Calling the nation’s immigration laws “sorely outdated and in need of
revision,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano pressed Monday
for passage of the DREAM Act, saying it is the most-urgently needed
change to immigration policy." - Cronkite News, Jan. 30,...
"Problems with a military-only DREAM Act range from the practical to
the philosophical. For example, Representative Rivera’s bill would
require people to enlist within nine months; otherwise they would lose
their eligibility under the bill. The bill fails to realize, however,
[Angelo Paparelli's posts just get better and better. This is one of his most informative, hopeful, exciting and important posts yet.]
"The DREAMers, after all, are the innocents .
They landed here without asking for a life full of challenge and
hardship. They deserve a chance to be...
"Last week I ventured into an alternate reality. Like the child, Alice, descending through the rabbit hole, I engaged on immigration with Executive-Branch officials, immigration lawyers , members of Congress, including the indefatigable champion of immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutierrez , their...
"Thousands of University of Texas students are graduating and looking
forward to pursuing their careers. Among them are graduates who see
nothing but obstacles ahead. On Thursday, more than 40 UT Dream Act
students and their supporters held a protest on the UT campus to implore
"Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from
American high schools. While many hope to pursue higher education, join
the military, or enter the workforce, their lack of legal status places
those dreams in jeopardy and exposes them to deportation. Over the last
"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...
By Carrie Rosenbaum
On June 15 President Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport certain undocumented youth who would otherwise be eligible for the DREAM Act. The administration instituted a policy change, but not an Executive Order. However, because Congress...
"In June 2011, with the release of what came to be known as the “Morton Memo,” there were developments in the issue of Deferred Action (DA) and the extent to which President Obama’s Administration would extend a form of prosecutorial discretion to DREAM Act students and others...
By Dan Berger and Stephen Yale-Loehr
The Obama administration's program for young people who came to the United States as children and lack a valid immigration status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has sparked extensive debate, advice, and analysis. In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Dan...
"Terrence Park has done plenty of work - in laundries, in restaurants and tutoring in private homes - to realize his dream of getting a college education. But the 24-year-old UC Berkeley math club leader and biostatistics major from South Korea said Wednesday that he never dreamed he would reveal...
By Nolan Rappaport In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Former House Judiciary Committee counsel Nolan Rappaport goes through the recent bipartisan Senate proposal for immigration reform and discusses its pluses, minuses, and prospects in the House of Representatives. Excerpt: The Time is Right for Comprehensive...