On Monday July 22nd, nine DREAMers, six of whom had been previously deported or had been forced to leave the United States, presented themselves at the Nogales [AZ] port of entry demanding to re-enter the United States on humanitarian parole. Three of the participants had returned to Mexico just a week prior as an act of solidarity with the 1.7 million people deported by the Obama administration.
|By: David Dayen Friday October 5, 2012 6:00 am|
Unions have changed their strategy from a television-based model to more of an organizing model. They put a lot of money into elements like canvassing and membership in their Working America grassroots organization. That may have paid off, with the announcement of 450,000 new registered union household voters.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 2, 2012 9:45 am|
In a move that could increase participation in the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Mitt Romney said in an interview with the Denver Post that he would not deport those young immigrants approved for the program.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 28, 2012 5:36 pm|
The Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been operative since August 15. The conflicting but mostly positive reports show tens of thousands of applicants for the two-year reprieve for undocumented immigrants who meet the requirements of having come to this country as children, and completed some level of college or served in the military.
However, only 29 applicants have actually received the two-year deferred action status so far.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 21, 2012 8:45 am|
Federal courts have consistently trimmed back attempts by states to write their own immigration laws. The Supreme Court overturned much of the Arizona immigration law in June, and federal judges have done the same to parts of laws in several Southern states. We saw another example of this yeterday, when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the state of Alabama and its draconian immigration law. However, the precedent set by the Supreme Court on Arizona did hold, and the “papers please” parts of immigration laws in Alabama and Georgia were upheld for the time being.
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 16, 2012 7:50 am|
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 15, 2012 7:00 am|
Young immigrants brought to America as children can apply for deferred action status starting today. If they qualify for the program, they can obtain a two-year work permit, which would make them ineligible for deportation. This will not put these immigrants on a path to citizenship, but it will give them temporary relief so they can live their lives out of the shadows.
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 9, 2012 7:00 pm|
A new study from the Migration Policy Institute suggests that 1.76 million unauthorized immigrants could be eligible for deferred action status, under the Obama Administration’s new policy, which kicks off August 15. The DREAM-eligible immigrants who can be helped by this policy are those who were brought to America before the age of 16, have resided in the US for the past five years, have no criminal record (defined as a felony, “significant misdemeanor,” or three or more smaller misdemeanors), and are either currently in school, have graduated high school, or participated in the armed forces.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 7, 2012 11:00 am|
The application for DREAM-eligible immigrants for deferred action status, enabling them to avoid deportation and stay in the United States with a work permit for two years, will cost $465. I wondered why this signature program announced by the President would end up being so costly, and if it would damage the potential effectiveness of the program. So I asked the office of Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) about it. The agency’s reason: without the fees, there’s no funding to pay for this.
|By: David Dayen Thursday June 21, 2012 11:30 am|
Mitt Romney just addressed the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Orlando, and in tandem with the speech, his campaign released what they’re calling a “strategy for bipartisan immigration reform.” The campaign sought to erase lingering doubts about his response to the Obama Administration’s deferred action order for DREAM-eligible undocumented immigrants. And I’m not sure they’ve done that.