Tag Archives: DREAMers

IDNYC: The Route to Identity and Inclusion

As the federal government of the United States continues to stall on reforming the existing immigration system, individual states are taking it upon themselves to create new programs and services that meet the needs of their population. Significant media attention has focused on states such as Maryland or California that have issued driver’s licenses to residents without […]

Federal Judge Orders Temporary Halt to Obama’s Executive Immigration Actions

Late on February 16, 2015, a federal judge in southern Texas issued a temporary injunction ordering the Obama administration to immediately halt implementation of its executive actions on immigration. While not entirely unexpected, the injunction does present a roadblock, albeit hopefully short-lived, to the many undocumented individuals expected to benefit from the President’s deferred action […]

DACA recipients: still hoping and dreaming

By Alaide Vilchis Ibarra Recently, there have been a number of efforts in Congress to strip funding for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program announced by President Obama in 2012 granting relief from deportation and a work permit to eligible young undocumented migrants known as DREAMers. From House Republicans passing the No More […]

Paperless Ghosts

by Manuel Montenegro There was no single moment of clarity. No shocking revelation. No screaming matches with my mother berating her for keeping it a secret. For as long as I can remember, I always knew I was an undocumented immigrant. My status was as much a part of my life as my family’s daily balancing […]

Migrationist Monthly: US Edition

“Migrationist Monthly” is a new series on The Migrationist. Once a month, we’ll be offering you a rundown of that month’s immigration news for selected countries in 500 words or less. At the end of last month, the Republican principles on immigration reform were released to a lot of fanfare and hope that immigration reform […]

The Road to Comprehensive Immigration Reform: 2013 in Review

Comprehensive immigration reform is one of the most polemic issues facing the U.S. government and the U.S. population at large. Activists have called for a substantial overhaul of the current immigration system and to replace it with a more equitable and progressive system. Most importantly, advocates are demanding a pathway to legal status and eventually […]

Reform Rundown: the American Congress and Immigration

Back in May, I wrote “The Quick and Dirty of the American Immigration Bill,” which summarized  the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S.744).  Since then, S.744 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with about a third of the 301 proposed amendments attached to it.  These amendments made positive changes to S.744 […]

The Quick and Dirty of the American Immigration Bill (S.744)

The momentum of the post 2012 election season has brought us to this point: an actual bipartisan bill coming out of the American Congressional system. If that wasn’t shocking enough in the context of the past decade of filibusters and stubborn partisanship resulting in letting things like the sequester happen, this bipartisan bill is an […]

Of Human Triage: Immigrant Categories and Economic Rationales

Immigration reform is all the rage in Washington these days, but if broad consensus exists for generally overhauling the system, it unfortunately falls apart in the details. The President and the Senate may have fairly similar plans, but the early House discussions have reflected an entirely different perception of the problem. So much of the […]