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DREAMers Go Public In Fight For Immigration Overhaul

"Dulce Guerrero had lived with a stressful secret for years and was finally ready to share it with the world. She opened up in front of dozens of friends, strangers and camera-wielding journalists who had gathered for an immigrant rights demonstration two years ago in downtown Atlanta. The Cobb...

Boehner: Citizenship for DREAMers OK

"Legislation offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children is "about basic fairness," House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday, pointing to an emerging consensus among House Republicans as they struggle for a way forward on immigration." - Erica Werner...

30 'Dreamers' to Attempt U.S. Re-Entry

"Lorena Vargas grew up in Tucson. Her mother is a naturalized U.S. citizen. But the 19-year-old undocumented immigrant has been stuck in Mexico since she traveled out of the U.S. in February 2012 to apply for a legal visa at the U.S. consulate in Juarez and was denied. Since then, she has been unable...

Eight Border Activists Released by CBP

"Eight of the more than 30 immigrant activists who tried Monday to enter the U.S. at an international bridge in Laredo have been released pending their immigration cases. Federal authorities released four teenagers and three adults — parents of young activists who at the last minute chose...

Judge Orders Brewer to Release Documents in AZ DREAMer License Lawsuit (link added)

"Rejecting claims of privilege, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered Gov. Jan Brewer to turn over internal documents and memos leading up to her decision to deny driver's licenses to “dreamers.” Judge David Campbell ruled that the documents are “highly relevant” to the...

Path to Citizenship: Deal-Breaker for Reform?

"As rumblings begin again about Congress taking up overhauling U.S. immigration laws, tension has developed between key advocates in the reform community over what exactly should be pursued in terms of citizenship. In a letter obtained by BuzzFeed , a group of more than 80 so-called DREAMers, undocumented...

Washington State Joins Tuition Equity Movement

"Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Wednesday that expands state college financial aid to students who don't have legal status in the United States. The law is a key victory for immigrant advocates, and Washington joins California, Texas and New Mexico in approving similar legislation. The Senate...

Yes He Can, on Immigration

"Those who would qualify for legalization under a Senate bill passed last summer — people who do not pose criminal threats, who have strong ties to this country and, in many cases, have children who are American citizens — should not be in danger of deportation. The one recent bright...

Va. DACA Students May Establish Residence for In-State Tuition

" In a letter sent this morning to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), the presidents of Virginia's colleges and universities, and the chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, Attorney General Mark R. Herring advised that, under current Virginia law, Virginia...

$25K Scholarships for DREAMers Now Available

"Applications for scholarships up to $25,000 are being accepted from undocumented youth who will be first-time college students or who will transfer to a four-year university to finish a bachelor’s degree, TheDream.US, a national organization with $32 million to help young people, announced...

Why Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Excluded Parents of ‘DREAMers’

"As senior Obama administration officials worked behind the scenes for months this year to develop the legal rationale for deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, there was one group they wanted to include that presented particular problems: the parents of “dreamers...

Judge: Arizona's 'DREAMers' Can Keep Driver Licenses

"A federal judge has decided to make permanent an injunction overturning Arizona’s ban on issuing driver’s licenses to young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and spared from deportation by President Obama in 2012. Judge David G. Campbell of Federal...

Arizona Judge: Dreamers Entitled to In-State Tuition

"Saying that federal law determines who is here legally, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled today that "dreamers'' are entitled to the same tuition rates as other Arizona residents. Judge Arthur Anderson rejected arguments by the Attorney General's Office that students...

A Lost Generation: DREAMers Deported to Mexico

"At least 500,000 young people, whose Mexican parents illegally crossed into the United States, have been forced back across the border, often knowing nothing of their new home. Nina Lakhani meets some of those they call the ‘dreamers’. - Guardian, May 17, 2015 . ‘I felt...

USA to CA9: Let DREAMers Drive - (links updated)

Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, Aug. 28, 2015 - "The Obama administration late Friday urged federal judges to spurn efforts by Arizona to once again deny licenses to drive to “Dreamers.” Assistant Attorney General Lindsey Powell said federal law allows the Department of...

House Members Call on Obama to Pardon Dreamers

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), Nov. 17, 2016 - "Today, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) joined Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) in releasing a letter they wrote to President Obama asking him to use his pardon authority to protect DREAMers with DACA (Deferred Action...

American Dreamers

New York Times - "The Times Editorial Board has called on the Trump administration to preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that temporarily shields some young immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally. We’re featuring stories from young immigrants who...

White House Insiders Float Plan to Trade Tougher Border Rules for Keeping DACA

Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau, Aug. 22, 2017 - "Donald Trump’s top aides are pushing him to protect young people brought into the country illegally as children — and then use the issue as a bargaining chip for a larger immigration deal — despite the president’s...

Will Trump Break His Promise to Dreamers?

Eric Columbus, Aug. 31, 2017 - "President Trump may soon end Barack Obama’s signature immigration initiative, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which protects immigrants without legal status who came to the United States as children. Although DACA supporters are mobilizing to...

The Dreamers Won't Go Quietly

Julia Preston, The Marshall Project, Sept. 1, 2017 - "If President Trump was aggravated by the legal challenges to his travel ban, wait until he takes on the young immigrants who call themselves Dreamers. He is likely to face a far bigger storm of opposition in the courts and also in the streets...

States Sue Trump to Protect Dreamers and Preserve DACA

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Sept. 6, 2017 A.G. Schneiderman Files Lawsuit To Protect Dreamers And Preserve DACA NY, MA, WA Lead Coalition Of 16 Attorneys General In Eastern District Of NY Lawsuit Nearly 42,000 DACA Grantees In NY – And 800,000 Across...

$1M Fund Announced to Help Dreamers Renew DACA by Oct. 5th

Mission Asset Fund, Sept. 13, 2017 - "Mission Asset Fund (MAF) today announced it will provide $1,000,000 in scholarships to 2,000+ Dreamers to pay for DACA renewals by the October 5 deadline. Last week, the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA...

Tilting at Windmills and the Rule of Law - Prof. Michael A. Olivas on DACA

Prof. Michael A. Olivas, Sept. 21, 2017 - "For over 35 years, I have taught Immigration Law and Higher Education Law as a professor at the UH Law Center. I have spent most of my professional life and personal commitment to improving life for immigrants and to representing clients with legitimate...

176 Bipartisan Mayors Support DACA, Urge Swift Passage of Dreamer Legislation

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Oct. 10, 2017 - "Today, as many in Congress and around the nation express concern with the White House’s Sunday night proposal that would trade hard-line immigration policies for legislation to protect 800,000 young people who live in fear of being separated from...

GOP Senators Quietly Craft Dreamers Deal

Seung Min Kim, Politico, Oct. 24, 2017 - "Key Senate Republicans have begun privately discussing the contours of an immigration plan to shield the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who will lose work permits and deportation protections starting early next year."