Thursday, January 28th, 2016

2016 is forcing immigration activists to tear up their old playbook

*I get the premise of this story – that DREAMers have been scooped-up by the presidential campaigns because . . . Trump. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The move is  giving these young Latin@ activists an opportunity to widen the scope of their activism to include other issues besides immigration. I’m working on

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

The ‘Dreamers’: They anger the GOP and power Democratic campaigns

*A big part of the energy of recent Latino political activism is coming from the DREAMers. Their initial focus was immigration and little else, but now they’re branching into electoral politics and the issues and work that...

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Attorney General Appeals In-State Tuition For DREAMers

*Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says he’s preotecting the will of the voters, who decided against spending public money for services for undocumented people. A lower court said the students are here legally under DACA. VL By...

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Who is gaining the most from Obama’s deferred action program for undocumented adults?

*Contrary to what critics have been saying, it’s not as if opening the doors to legalization through DACA was going to let in a flood of immigrants. The choice to go through the deferred action process has...

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Rep. Brat under fire for remarks on undocumented immigrants

*Not only did Rep. Brat compare DREAMers to ISIS terrorists, he said allowing DREAMers into the military would lead to the fall of Western civilization.  VL By Markus Schmidt, Richmond Times-Dispatch Rep. Dave Brat’s comments this week, comparing...

Friday, May 15th, 2015

House votes against undocumented migrants’ serving in U.S. military

*Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) defeated a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that would have opened a door for DREAMers to enlist in the armed forces. The provision was proposed by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and...

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

House Panel Tees Up Another Immigration Fight On Defense Bill

*This is looking to be a big fight on the floor of the House, and it should be coming soon.  It’s a defense appropriations bill, but the fight will be about DREAMers, and Obama’s executive actions on...

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

New York Dreamers Begin Hunger Strike As State Budget Deadline Looms

*The important sentence in this article, after you cut through Gov. Cuomo’s desire for a compromise that won’t happen, is this one, by NY councilwoman Ydanis Rodriguez: “Who’s making the decision not to give the extra few...

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Obama Promises Dreamers He Won’t Back Down

*Somehow, a promise made to DREAMers in the Oval Office feels like it carries more weight than a promise made among politicians. VL By Elsie Foley, Huffington Post WASHINGTON — As lawsuits and congressional Republicans aim to...

Monday, November 24th, 2014

For immigrant advocates, both thanks and disappointment flow

*Arguably, it was DREAMer activism and pressure that forced President Obama’s hand on immigration. So it’s not surprising that a prevalent sentiment among DREAMer ranks is that Mr. Obama took too long and didn’t go far enough....

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Obama at CHCI: A Promise of a Next Big Moment, If It Comes

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Thursday night was the latest big moment in U.S. immigration politics. There have been several, so when President Obama took the podium at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) black-tie gala, all ears...

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Military to allow undocumented immigrants to serve

*This initiative is seen as a path to citizenship for DREAMers. The ideas is that these young men and women, given a wide set of options, will chose the one that’s best for them. VL By Andrew Tilghman,...

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

DREAMers No More – What is Happening to Young, Undocumented Immigrant Activists?

By Von Diaz, Feet in 2 Worlds The DREAMer movement is in flux. Once monolithic, political activism by young, undocumented immigrants has become fragmented, with some activists abandoning the fight for comprehensive immigration reform, and others focused on local...

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Mass deportations are alienating young Latino voters from the Democratic Party

*This is not good, because the alienation doesn’t move young Latinos toward the Republican party, it alienates them from the political process altogether. While that might fit into some political calculations,it’s not what we need. VL By Michael...

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