“USA!!! USA!!!” they chanted at us to drown out our own chants of “DREAM ACT AND FULL EQUALITY!” The gay priest was at the front of our little group, and a balding man with a red face and sunglasses got within a few inches of his face to scream. Balding Guy, a member of Gay Priest’s former congregation, grabbed the priest and pushed him back violently. The next thing I knew, a man in a cowboy hat and large, crooked, cigarette-stained teeth that he was baring bulled his way into our priest. Erika was behind him, and took a misfired punch in the face as Cigarette Teeth barreled forward, cursing, swinging and pushing. A few people were sent back into me, and for a minute there he stood in front of me in the open. I wasn’t sure if I should take a swing or not to slow the guy down for my friends.
|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: Michelle Chen Saturday August 18, 2012 7:00 pm|
This week the White House rolled out its “Deferred Action” policy, cracking open the door to legal status for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants without papers. Many see the promise of temporary protection from deportation as a first step toward genuine immigration reform. But the future is unclear: What exactly in it for these these youth, when all they’re being offered is temporary protection?
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 16, 2012 10:43 am|
In campaigns much of the policy debate ends up being theoretical and feels detached from real people’s lives. One side puts forward a plan to change something and the other side puts forward their counter proposal. After the election the number of veto points in our legislature often means regardless who won, nothing is passed, leaving the status quo in place. When a law is actually passed it is so ruined by compromise and corruption that it barely resembles what was promised. This is a source of much of Americans’ political cynicism.
|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 Saturday August 4, 2012 12:00 pm|
Despite all the fanfare over the Obama Administration’s announcement of deferred action status for DREAM-eligible youth, it hasn’t actually begun. Eligible applicants must fill out a form to get the deferred action status for themselves, and that process will commence on August 15. And US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced yesterday that the immigrants will have to pay the US government $465 for the privilege.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 1, 2012 12:00 pm|
Yesterday I noted that the vaunted deportation reviews promised by the Department of Homeland Security haven’t actually taken place. Some incredible youth activists in Florida set out to prove this. They intentionally got themselves placed in immigrant detention centers to uncover the others held in the facilities, and they found many who should not be there.