In Mexico, new groups offer aid to a young generation of deported DREAMers

5/26/2019 – NPR

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Peter Breslow

codeA new generation of migrants is arriving in Mexico: young adults who were born in Mexico, raised in the United States and are now returning — some voluntarily, some by force — to the country of their birth. They’ve been dubbed “Generation 1.5.”

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The return of the DACA fight in Congress, explained

05/24/2018 Vox

dacaCongress looks like it’s about to get into another contentious, high-stakes, nearly impossible-to-resolve fight over young unauthorized immigrants brought to the US as children, known as DREAMers.

More and more members of Congress are signing on to a discharge petition, which would force votes on several legislative fixes for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the House. The Trump administration decided to fully sunset DACA in March, though the fate of the program has been held up by court rulings.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) says he has enough support to force floor votes on immigration, but he continues to negotiate behind closed doors with leadership to find a compromise bill.

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Judge Permits Government to Appeal DACA Lawsuit

04/30/2018 The New York Times

dreamersA federal judge in Brooklyn gave permission to the government on Monday to appeal his recent decision that allowed two lawsuits seeking to preserve a program that shields some undocumented young adults from deportation to cite President Trump’s “racially charged language” against Latinos.

The decision by the judge, Nicholas G. Garaufis, presents an opportunity for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to weigh in on a central legal question in the case that has divided federal courts in the past several months: Can controversial statements that Mr. Trump made on the campaign trail be used in litigation against his actions as president?

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DACA ruling further complicates complex legal path forward

04/25/2018 CNN

daca.jpgDACA may have won a court victory Tuesday night, but the decision only makes the legal path forward murkier.

The complexity only adds to the likelihood DACA will remain intact for many months if not longer, despite President Donald Trump’s initial plan to begin its termination in early March.

A federal judge in Washington became the third judge to say the Trump administration has failed to adequately justify its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. Judge John Bates, however, went further than judges who have preliminary put the end of the program on hold and ordered the administration to renew DACA permits, by ordering the administration to begin accepting new applicants unless it can issue a new memo justifying its decision that satisfies him within 90 days, at which point the ruling will take effect.

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For Thousands of ‘Dreamers,’ It Has Been a Wild Ride. And It’s Not Over Yet.

04/25/2018 The New York Times

dreamFor many of the young undocumented immigrants whose futures have seemed to be hitched to a roller-coaster in recent months, Wednesday was a day of unusual hopefulness: The night before, a federal judge had signaled his readiness to open applications once again for a program that protects some young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, from deportation and allows them to work.

“First thing this morning, I opened up my email to find inquiries from potential applicants. We’re telling them to get all their paperwork together, let’s get ready,” said Fernanda Durand, communications manager at Casa, an immigrant advocacy organization. “This is the first ray of hope that these Dreamers have had in a very long time.”

Not so fast, she had to tell her clients. Judge John D. Bates of the Federal District Court in Washington wasn’t going to make his order effective for 90 days. Much could change in the meantime. It might not happen at all.

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Federal judge: Trump administration must accept new DACA applications

04/24/2018 The Washington Post

dreamersA D.C. federal judge has delivered the toughest blow yet to Trump administration efforts to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, ordering the government to continue the Obama-era program and — for the first time since announcing it would end — reopen it to new applicants.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates on Tuesday called the government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “virtually unexplained” and therefore “unlawful.” However, he stayed his ruling for 90 days to give the Department of Homeland Security a chance to provide more solid reasoning for ending the program.

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‘Dreamers’ in Arizona are no longer eligible for in-state tuition, court rules

04/10/2018 The Washington Post

dreamersThe Arizona Supreme Court on Monday ruled that young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama-era program will no longer be eligible for in-state tuition at the state’s public colleges.

The court unanimously agreed with the Arizona Court of Appeals, which ruled that federal and state laws do not allow Maricopa Community Colleges to grant in-state tuition to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, also known as “dreamers.”

Chief Justice Scott Bales said he issued the brief order to give the students affected “as much time as possible for planning,” as student enrollment at community colleges for summer and fall has already begun. The court will issue a full opinion by mid-May, the order said.

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Trump is open to short-term DACA deal, White House tells GOP leaders

03/14/2018 The Washington Post

child_immigrant_cbp_border_gettyWhite House officials have told key Republican leaders on Capitol Hill that President Trump is open to cutting a deal in an upcoming spending bill to protect young immigrants from deportation in exchange for border wall funding, according to four GOP officials briefed on the talks.

The offer could represent a significant shift for Trump, who in January insisted on much broader immigration restrictions in exchange for any protections for “dreamers” — the young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, some of whom have been protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump canceled in September.

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Supreme Court Turns Down Trump’s Appeal in ‘Dreamers’ Case

02/26/2018 The New York Times

child_immigrant_cbp_border_gettyThe Supreme Court on Monday declined an unusual White House request that it immediately decide whether the Trump administration can shut down a program that shields some 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The move meant that the immigrants, often called “Dreamers,” could remain in legal limbo for many months unless Congress acts to make their status permanent.

The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the administration’s appeal was expected, as no appeals court has yet ruled on the issue. The court’s order was brief, gave no reasons and noted no dissents. It said it expected the appeals court to “proceed expeditiously to decide this case.”

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Former Mexican President Fox endorses legalization of all drugs, defends Dreamers

02/19/2018 Dallas News

Vicente_Fox_2Former Mexican President Vicente Fox says he has solutions for two U.S.-Mexico challenges: legalize all drugs and legalize immigrants known as Dreamers.

Fox is a controversial and complicated figure whose positions on issues on both sides of the border raise eyebrows. He’s promoting his new book Let’s Move On. But he got his fame as the former Coca-Cola executive and rancher who knocked Mexico’s authoritarian Institutional Revolutionary Party out of power after seven decades of rule in 2000.

Noting that governments haven’t been able to find solutions to their people’s drug problems, on Monday the 75-year-old ex-president said once again that legalizing drugs would cut crime and violence.

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