Nonprofits help fund immigrants' legal fights on deportation
As the number of immigrants seeking court permission to avoid deportation grows, foundations in Los Angeles have joined with local governments to direct millions of dollars to pay for lawyers to represent the immigrants, an effort they hope will be copied across the country.
Community leader hopes to bring relief to immigrants waiting outside Orlando ICE office
Marytza Sanz, president of Latino Leadership, a nonprofit organization, recently found out about the conditions immigrants from Haiti, Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela and Honduras, among others, are facing outside an Orlando Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.
SUV in California crash came through hole in border fence with Mexico: AP
This photo provided by the US Customs and Border Protection shows a hole cut into Southern California's border fence with Mexico on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Thirteen people killed in one of the deadliest border crashes on record were among more than 40 migrants who entered the U.S. through the hole cut into Southern California's border fence with Mexico, the Border Patrol said Wednesday. The Suburban carried 19 people, and it caught fire for unknown reasons on a nearby interstate after entering the U.S. All escaped the vehicle and were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents. The Border Patrol said its agents were not pursuing the vehicle before the wreck. AdA pandemic-related measure that allows the Border Patrol to expel people without an opportunity to seek asylum potentially leads some to try to evade authorities instead of surrendering, sometimes with fatal consequences.
Democrats consider piecemeal approach to immigration reform
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – After decades of failed attempts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation, congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden are signaling openness to a piece-by-piece approach. They unveiled a broad bill Thursday that would provide an eight-year pathway to citizenship for 11 million people living in the country without legal status. “Even though I support full, comprehensive immigration reform, I’m ready to move on piecemeal, because I don’t want to end up with good intentions on my hands and not have anything,” said Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin has said that any final Senate bill likely “will not reach the same levels” as Biden’s proposal. But multiple immigration organizations said administration officials had signaled in recent conversations that they were open to a multilevel approach in which lawmakers would press forward on the comprehensive bill while also pursuing individual pieces.
President Biden expands quick bid to undo Trump’s immigration policies
President Joe Biden signs an executive order on immigration, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)SAN DIEGO – President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a second spate of orders to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies, demonstrating the powers of the White House and its limitations without support from Congress. His orders on family separation, border security and legal immigration bring to nine the number of executive actions on immigration during his first two weeks in office. AdMany changes will have to come from agencies like Homeland Security, not the White House, such as rescinding the public-charge rule, Chen said. The announcements come as Biden aides warn that Trump’s border policies that put asylum increasingly out of reach may take months to unwind — a position that has caused grumbling among some pro-immigration advocates.
How President Biden’s executive orders are working to undo Trump’s immigration policies
During his first day in office President Joe Biden made some significant changes to orders issued by his predecessor, President Trump; a move that dismantled major parts of the Trump administration’s immigration legacy. On his last day in office, Trump authorized the Deferred Enforcement Departure program offering Venezuelan in exile protection from deportation. They could be in a different status; they could have no status at all, and they may be able to apply for the DED,” Milena Portillo, an immigration attorney in Orlando said about the DED program. And aside from having to execute the new DED program, President Biden signed an executive order to reverse policies for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, that Trump had imposed. Other executive orders signed on Biden’s first day include:-Revoked the travel bans, also referred to as the Muslim Ban and African Bans, previously ordered by the Trump administration and abolished the so-called “extreme vetting” practices that were hard on immigrants and led to rejected visa applications.
Biden immigration plan opposed by GOP, conservative groups
President-elect Joe Biden stands with his wife Jill Biden after speaking at the Major Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in New Castle, Del. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers and conservative groups opposed President-elect Joe Biden's forthcoming immigration plan Tuesday as massive amnesty for people in the U.S. illegally, underscoring that the measure faces an uphill fight in a Congress that Democrats control just narrowly. The measure was described by an official from Biden's transition team who described the plan on condition of anonymity. That view was shared by Mark Krikorian, executive director of the conservative Center for Immigration Studies, which favors curbing immigration. Biden is also expected to take swift executive actions, which require no congressional action, to reverse other Trump immigration actions.
President Trump leaves mark on immigration policy, some of it lasting
Many of the administration's immigration actions can be quickly undone by Joe Biden when he becomes president on Jan. 20. Trump's signature border wall went up in environmentally sensitive areas. The Trump administration imposed a freeze in June on new green cards for high-tech workers, seasonal workers and managers of multinational corporations. The administration's many changes to immigration policy make it hard for anyone to plan for the future. “For the most part, the legal immigration system, which is written by Congress, withstood the assaults by the Trump administration,” he said.
The new naturalization test makes it harder to become a US citizen
As of Dec. 1, the U.S. naturalization test got more challenging for legal residents looking to become citizens. Spanish is her native tongue and with the new citizenship test, she’ll need to study a little harder. The new naturalization test has 128 civics questions--compared to the prior version, the new test has fewer questions about geography and focuses more on questions about the constitution and rights U.S. citizens are entitled to. The only approved answer by USCIS is “citizens of their state”--rather than all the people which was an acceptable answer before. For a look at the new citizenship questions and answers provided by USCIS, go to https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship-resource-center/the-2020-version-of-the-civics-test/128-civics-questions-and-answers-2020-version
Marco Rubio responds to immigration protesters
Immigration activists took aim at the Republican presidential candidate during a GOP policy summit in South Carolina on Saturday, interrupting the Florida senator with shouts of "Rubio does not represent our community" and "undocumented and unafraid."cbsnews.com