Category: Congress & Federal Laws

Immigration Plans Stuck in Congressional Limbo as Deadlines Loom

The anticlimactic failure of U.S. immigration legislation last week sent senators scrambling for fallback options to avoid the deportation of young people who arrived in the country as children. But amid upcoming fiscal deadlines, congressional election campaigns and a stubborn…
Senators, Dreamers Have Been Watching You

Every vote to protect Dreamers like me failed on Thursday in the Senate, and I am relieved. Why am I glad that senators voted against legislation that would have given me a path to citizenship? Because those bills would also…
Congress Drops the Ball on Immigration

Regarding the Feb. 16 front-page article “Relief for ‘dreamers’ no nearer as bills fail”: I worry that Congress will not pass legislation to protect the “dreamers.” When President Trump originally declined to endorse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients,…
Lawmakers Are Blaming Undocumented Immigrants for the Opioid Epidemic

The scapegoating of immigrants for crime in the United States was on full display at a February 15 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing was devoted to exploring the ways in which “sanctuary” jurisdictions allegedly impede law-enforcement efforts…
Senate Immigration Debate Ends in Failure

A bipartisan plan and Trump’s proposal were both defeated — leaving Dreamers in the lurch. The Senate’s drive to clinch an immigration deal sputtered to an end on Thursday, with a bipartisan and White House-blessed proposal both defeated and the…
Republican Senators Slam Trump Admin For Killing DACA Compromise

After three consecutive plans to address the DACA program went down in flames Thursday afternoon, Republicans who signed onto the bipartisan compromise bill that came closest to passage tore into the Trump administration for lobbying against it. “I don’t think…
Immigration Effort to Protect Dreamers Collapses in US Senate

The US Senate has failed to pass any of four proposals on immigration, including protections for young immigrants brought to the US illegally. Support for the most promising bipartisan bill failed after President Donald Trump called it a “total catastrophe”…
US Immigration Compromise Unveiled in Senate

Bipartisan proposal likely to meet opposition from the White House and both parties in Congress A bipartisan group of senators has unveiled a proposal that would provide amnesty for 1.8m young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, and allocate funding for…
Group of Senators Reaches Immigration Deal on Dreamers, Wall

A group of senators reached a bipartisan agreement Wednesday aimed at balancing Democrats’ fight to offer citizenship to young “Dreamer” immigrants with President Donald Trump’s demands for billions to build his coveted border wall with Mexico. Though the compromise was…