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Biden rule to shield ‘Dreamers’ seeks to bypass Congress

Photo: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas The Biden administration on Monday renewed efforts to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as young children from deportation, the latest maneuver in a long-running drama over the policy’s legality. The administration proposed a rule that attempts to satisfy concerns of a federal

Immigration

DACA recipients’ future uncertain – again – after latest court ruling

A federal judge’s ruling that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful should have no practical impact on more than 600,000 covered immigrants for now – but it is sure to have an emotional impact, advocates say. “I think it’s the mental toll,” said José Patiño, a DACA recipient and director of education

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‘A blaring siren’ for Democrats after ruling halts DACA

Immigrants and advocates are urging Democrats and President Joe Biden to quickly act on legislation to protect young immigrants after a federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled illegal an Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of thousands of them brought into the U.S. as children. Plaintiffs have vowed to appeal the decision by U.S.

Immigration

Another Hill to climb: Obscure law denies Dreamers congressional jobs

Gilbert resident Jose Patiño remembers the moment he knew he wanted to work in Congress: It was 2018 and he had just spent months in Washington lobbying to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “That’s where I saw how impactful it was to have people there,” Patiño said. “While I was not directly

Immigration

House OKs bills easing path to citizenship for undocumented residents

The House passed a pair of bills Thursday that would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers and legal status to undocumented farmworkers, potentially affecting millions in the U.S. and tens of thousands in Arizona. Republican critics derided the measures as little more than amnesty for people who came to this country illegally, and said

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Dreamers in Arizona have mixed feelings about Biden’s immigration plan

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden sent to Congress his plan to reform the U.S. immigration system. The bill includes preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and outlines a path to permanent residence and citizenship for its recipients. That includes Reyna Montoya, an activist in Phoenix who came

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