Immigration

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

Immigrant driver license hearing gets canceled at last minute

BY: - September 14, 2021

Updated, 4:31 p.m. 9/14/21 with a list of groups that planned to testify Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) asked to nix a long-awaited hearing Tuesday on legislation expanding access to driver licenses and state IDs for a wide range of Michiganders, including both documented and undocumented immigrants.  The Michigan House Rules and Competitiveness Committee, […]

House reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship

BY: - September 8, 2021

A provision tucked in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package would direct Congress to chart a path for citizenship for millions of undocumented people. If passed, the House provision would provide a pathway to citizenship for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often referred to as Dreamers; farmworker workers; those who hold a Temporary […]

Whitmer: State ‘embraces the opportunity’ to take in Afghan refugees

BY: - August 21, 2021

As the Taliban continues to gain control of Afghanistan after the U.S.-supported Afghanistan government and military crumbled, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that the state is prepared to welcome Afghan citizens fleeing their home.  Whitmer said in a press release that state departments and agencies are “gearing up to ensure Afghans who may come […]

Afghan evacuees to arrive in the U.S. through military bases

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The first U.S. stop for the nearly 2,000 Afghan interpreters and other refugees evacuated so far amid the collapse of the Afghan government has been central Virginia’s Fort Lee military base. Tapped for its East Coast location and its ability to quickly ramp up to serve as a temporary host installation, the Army base […]

No, undocumented immigrants don’t commit more crime. Research shows they commit a lot less.

BY: - August 6, 2021

It’s an article of faith in some corners of politics and the media: All those undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border are making crime much worse in the United States. But new research gives the lie to that assertion. And, some border officials say, continuing to promote it will only lead to another racist massacre […]

Senator says reconciliation bill ‘is our opportunity’ for immigration reform

BY: - August 2, 2021

Immigration reforms, including a path to citizenship, should be included in the sweeping agenda Democrats are about to consider in a reconciliation bill that will circumvent a Republican filibuster, U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) and several other Senate Democrats told President Joe Biden last week. Cortez Masto was among a group of Congressional Hispanic […]

DACA ruling scrambles Dreamers’ plans — yet again

BY: - July 23, 2021

Following a favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year, undocumented immigrants rushed to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, which protects from deportation people who arrived in the United States as minors. They were met with months-long agency delays and backlogs, all happening amid a pandemic. And now their applications are […]

COMMENTARY

Francisco Ramirez: We can’t wait for the DREAM Act any longer

BY: - June 30, 2021

June is Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on our history as a nation founded upon immigration and appreciate how immigrants enrich the state of Michigan and the rest of the country. This year’s Immigrant Heritage Month includes an important anniversary that reminds us of the significant […]

Settled into new homes, refugees in U.S. say they are working for a better life for all

BY: - June 21, 2021

Updated, 9:14 a.m., 6/23/21 Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year. The United Nations reports that 11.2 million people were displaced from their homelands in 2020, bringing the total number of displaced persons in the world to 82.4 million. Of those […]

Bills you may have missed, from licenses for undocumented individuals to requiring the governor report travel

BY: - May 24, 2021

Michigan’s governor would be required to report when they travel out of state to legislative leaders and undocumented individuals would be able to receive a driver license under bills introduced recently in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced in mid May on topics ranging […]

Poor People’s Campaign pushes for ‘3rd Reconstruction’ in America

BY: - May 21, 2021

The Rev. William Barber and Democratic members of Congress unveiled a resolution Wednesday calling for a “Third Reconstruction” to tackle poverty and the effects of low wages across the country. “This is the real question — what is the cost of inequality,” Barber said at a Washington news conference. The resolution aims to achieve a variety […]