SCOTUS delays Census citizenship question, Kildee says Trump admin. should quit ‘politicizing’ count

BY: and - June 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued another highly anticipated ruling of this term, delaying the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.  In a complicated decision regarding the President Trump administration’s plans to ask about citizenship status on the Census form, the High Court agreed with a lower court to […]

U.S. Senate passes border aid bill, priming battle with House

BY: - June 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved its own $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package for the southern U.S. border, setting up a clash with Democratic U.S. House lawmakers who passed a dramatically different version the night before.  The Senate version passed on a vote of 84-8 with broad bipartisan support after the chamber […]

Tlaib joins progressives in voting against $4.5B border aid package

BY: - June 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a $4.5 billion package late Tuesday to spend on humanitarian aid at the U.S.-Mexico border.  The bill passed by a vote of 230-195, largely along party lines. The measure lays out new health and safety conditions for children kept in federal custody and additional mechanisms for Congress to oversee […]

Michigan immigrants on alert after Trump raid tweets

BY: - June 25, 2019

Michigan immigrant rights activists and lawyers say President Donald Trump’s recent raid announcement has spurred a new wave of panic in a community that has lived in fear for years. Trump on Saturday announced via Twitter that his planned immigration sweep in 10 major U.S. cities — none in Michigan — would be placed on […]

Levin, Moolenaar ask Pompeo to stop Iraqi national deportations

BY: - June 24, 2019

U.S. Reps. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and John Moolenaar (R-Midland) are again teaming up over Iraqi nationals living in the United States, this time appealing to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Their letter comes as deportations have begun, which have included Chaldean Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities. In May, the pair introduced […]

Tlaib, AOC, others want to kill ICE funding after Trump’s proposed raids

BY: - June 24, 2019

President Donald Trump announced last week on Twitter that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would begin rounding up undocumented immigrants for deportation, sparking panic and concern from immigrant rights advocates. CNN reported that raids were slated in 10 large cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San […]

Whitmer establishes census committee to ensure accurate count

BY: - June 11, 2019

With questions looming about the 2020 Census, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at making sure Michigan has a “complete count.” Whitmer’s order established the Census Complete Count Committee, a 63-member committee that will ensure the constitutionally mandated, once-a-decade count of people living in the U.S. is accurate. “This Committee is essential […]

Michigan could suffer most from Trump’s Mexico tariff plan

BY: - June 7, 2019

Michigan — whose voters broke the blue wall to turn out for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016 — could end up being the hardest-hit state in the nation by the president’s plan to impose stiff tariffs on imported goods from Mexico. The Trump administration has proposed tacking on a 5-percent tariff starting Monday unless Mexico […]


Julie Cassidy: We must stand against Trump’s anti-family, pro-homelessness agenda

BY: - June 5, 2019

President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to make America great. But more than halfway through his first term, his preferred policies have done little but demonstrate the disdain he holds for large swaths of our country’s population. A recent proposal by his Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to change the rules for […]

Upton joins Dems to offer ‘dreamers’ path to citizenship

BY: - June 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) was one of seven Republicans who joined with Democrats in the U.S. House on Tuesday to pass a bill that aims to give up to 2.5 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship. The legislation — a top priority for House Democrats — would offer protections […]

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Peters grills acting DHS secretary over child deaths at border

BY: - May 23, 2019

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) pointedly questioned acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Thursday morning over the state of medical care for minors apprehended at the southern U.S. border. The senator’s cross-examination transformed a routine committee hearing into a referendum over the Trump administration’s controversial border policies. When asked by Peters […]


Karen Holcomb-Merrill: We must support our immigrant neighbors

BY: - May 10, 2019

As a United Church of Christ minister and advocate with the Michigan League for Public Policy, I am given a daily opportunity to practice what I preach. And my two worlds have been particularly aligned lately, as I’ve had a few opportunities to represent my faith and my profession in standing up for and alongside […]