Immigration Measures Fail in Senate

02/15/2018 Wall Street Journal

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 200WASHINGTON—The Senate failed to break its impasse over immigration Thursday after a week of debate, as a flurry of unsuccessful votes left the chamber no closer to resolving the fate of hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants.

Both an immigration measure backed by President Donald Trump and a bipartisan proposal opposed by the president came up short in the Senate on Thursday afternoon. Two other amendments also failed.

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Border Patrol restricts access to park where divided families meet, sparking dismay among immigrants

02/15/2018 San Diego Union Tribune

United States / Mexico Ocean Border Fence
Border Field State Park / Imperial Beach, San Diego, California

Family members have gathered for years at Friendship Park to share quiet conversations and “pinky kisses” through metal mesh fencing that separates San Diego and Tijuana. A new Border Patrol policy now limits those visits to 30 minutes.

Under the new policy, a spokesman for the agency’s San Diego sector confirmed, no more than 10 people can be in the area, which sits between two border enforcement fences, at the same time.

Photos and videos in the space are prohibited, and the public is no longer allowed in the binational garden.

The park, at the edge of Border Field State Park, in the southwestern corner of San Diego, is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. That has not changed under the new policy.

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UPCOMING EVENT | The Impact of Immigration Enforcement Policies on Teaching and Learning in America’s Public Schools

education2WHEN: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 11:30am-1:30pm

WHERE: 5th Floor, Wilson Center

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There has been considerable discussion in news outlets about the impact of immigration enforcement policies on children and families. Recent incidents across the country and reported in the press have raised alarm throughout immigrant communities. Clearly there is great fear in this hyper-sensitized environment. To what extent is this ramped up immigration enforcement impacting our nation’s public schools? How does it vary by region and what is the “collateral” fallout for non-immigrant students? How are educators reacting and to what extent is this affecting them? What rights do students have and what happens to U.S.-citizen children when they are sent to a country and school system they do not know? To address these questions, four new research papers will be presented with brief highlights. There will be ample time for Q&A and discussion. The studies include:

•         A new national survey of the impact of immigration enforcement on teaching and learning in the nation’s schools
•         The impact of immigration enforcement on educators
•         Federal and state policy affecting the children of immigrants and their schooling
•         What happens to U.S. citizen students caught up in deportation of family members


A light lunch will be served at 11:30am. The program will begin at 12:00pm.

Co-sponsored by:


Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Patricia Gándara, Co-Director, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, UCLA

Bryant Jensen, Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

Shena Sanchez, Research Associate, University of California, Los Angeles

Julie Sugarman, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President, National Education Association

Claudio Sanchez, Education Correspondent, National Public Radio

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Immigration fight down to the wire

02/14/2018 The Hill

immigrationSenators are struggling to break through a legislative stalemate on immigration, with centrists making a frantic push to find a deal that can win enough support to pass by the end of the week.

The centrist senators on Wednesday said that they had finished the contours of an agreement that would protect “Dreamers” in exchange for more spending on border security.

But in a sign of just how harried the push has become, the official language of the agreement wasn’t revealed until late Wednesday night after hours of what Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) called “tidying up the language.”

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Trump calls immigration debate ‘last chance’ for action as Senate weighs competing plans

02/13/2018 The Washington Post

Image result for capitol hillPresident Trump cast the debate to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws as the “last chance” for action as the Senate weighed competing proposals to legalize millions of young undocumented immigrants and fulfill his goal of bolstering U.S.-Mexico border security.

But another federal court ruling Tuesday regarding the legality of an Obama-era program shielding young foreign-born “dreamers” from deportation served as a reminder that Trump’s March 5 deadline for congressional action is mostly moot.

After months of anticipation sparked by Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Senate debate on immigration sputtered at the start, with the chamber mostly dormant Tuesday as top party leaders negotiated which proposals might earn a vote.

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Durbin: ‘Not going to solve’ GOP’s border security this week

02/12/2018 The Washington Times

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Sen. Richard Durbin said Monday that senators can’t even agree on the definition of border security, making it tougher to reach an agreement on an immigration bill as the Senate begins its debate.

Mr. Durbin, who was one of the four senior lawmakers working on a bipartisan deal, said the negotiations broke down over whether border security was infrastructure, manpower and technology to stop people at the line, or whether it was also policy changes to change the incentives that entice people to make the attempts.

“We never agreed on that,” the Illinois Democrat said of his negotiations with Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, and Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Steny H. Hoyer, the second-ranking Republican and Democrat in the House.

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Senate begins debate on immigration and the fate of “Dreamers”

02/13/2018 CBS News

immigrationThe Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the “Dreamer” immigrants on Monday, and Republican senators say they’ll introduce President Donald Trump’s plan. Though his proposal has no chance of passage, Trump may be the most influential voice in the conversation.

If the aim is to pass a legislative solution, Trump will be a crucial and, at times, complicating player. His day-to-day turnabouts on the issues have confounded Democrats and Republicans and led some to urge the White House to minimize his role in the debate for fear he’ll say something that undermines the effort.

Yet his ultimate support will be vital if Congress is to overcome election-year pressures against compromise. No Senate deal is likely to see the light of day in the more conservative House without the president’s blessing and promise to sell compromise to his hard-line base.

Trump, thus far, has balked on that front.

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