Benefits & Relief

How Many Dreamers May See a Promising New Reality?

How Many Dreamers May See a Promising New Reality?

With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program now at risk of being terminated by the courts or the administration, pressure is building on Congress to pass legislation which permanently addresses the plight of undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as children. Bills already have been introduced this year that […]

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Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate

Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate

The bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 was just introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) in the U.S. Senate. The bill provides legal status, as well as a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who entered the United States before the age of 18. The Dream Act, if passed into law, […]

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Pentagon May Deport Immigrants Who Have Served in the Military

Pentagon May Deport Immigrants Who Have Served in the Military

The Pentagon is considering halting a program that allows immigrants with urgently needed skills to serve in the military, putting the thousands of soldiers promised expedited citizenship in exchange for their service at risk for deportation. According to an undated Defense Department memo, the Pentagon may terminate the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program […]

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Refugees Contribute More In Taxes Than They Ever Receive in Benefits

Refugees Contribute More In Taxes Than They Ever Receive in Benefits

Refugee resettlement has long been a cornerstone of United States foreign policy, but in the first weeks of the Trump administration, the president attempted to suspend the decades-long program in favor of a more isolationist approach. One reason the president gave for wanting to temporarily bar the world’s refugees was their supposed financial burden—but a […]

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America Benefits from Growing Economic Clout of DACA Recipients

Written by on June 15, 2017 in Benefits & Relief, DACA/DAPA with 1 Comment
America Benefits from Growing Economic Clout of DACA Recipients

Now marking its fifth year, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative has been a much-needed lifeline for more than one million young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. DACA was announced by the Obama administration on June 15, 2012. DACA granted a temporary reprieve from deportation, as well […]

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Circuit Judge Says “Even the Good Hombres Are Not Safe”

Circuit Judge Says “Even the Good Hombres Are Not Safe”

A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an important immigration opinion last month, blasting the administration’s immigration policy and the unfettered discretion it is exercising in deportation decisions. Judge Stephen Reinhardt, in a concurrence, concluded that instead of focusing on the “bad hombres,” the administration’s immigration policies allow immigration […]

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Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

President Trump’s pick for the next director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Lee Francis Cissna, recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This was the first congressional body to publicly vet Cissna after his nomination. The content of this hearing, coupled with his work advising the Trump campaign, and cozy relationship with a […]

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Some Veterans Observe Memorial Day Under Threat of Deportation

Written by on May 29, 2017 in Benefits & Relief, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Some Veterans Observe Memorial Day Under Threat of Deportation

This Memorial Day, Americans honor U.S. service members who have died while serving their country. Enlisting in the military, and risking one’s life, is considered a powerful demonstration of gratitude and loyalty to one’s nation. And for many, the decision to serve the United States is also a decision to serve their adopted country. Immigrants […]

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DACA Beneficiaries Pay Billions in Taxes

Written by on April 28, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Economics, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments
DACA Beneficiaries Pay Billions in Taxes

The fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative has left 1.3 million undocumented immigrant youth in limbo. President Trump has assured DACA recipients that they can “rest easy,” but his administration has simultaneously detained and/or deported a handful of them. In addition to the moral conundrum this nation and the Trump administration […]

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Fear Is Causing Immigrants to Withdraw From Federal Food Benefit Programs

Written by on March 24, 2017 in Benefits & Relief with 0 Comments
Fear Is Causing Immigrants to Withdraw From Federal Food Benefit Programs

A culture of fear fostered by the Trump administration’s immigration plan has begun to affect whether immigrants utilize their federal food benefits, leaving many families hungry and with limited alternatives for nutrition. Though the Department of Agriculture’s formal guidance on noncitizens and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has not changed, fear and confusion surrounding […]

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