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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Advocates want citizenship for immigrants who are essential workers

BY: - April 16, 2021

A small group of immigration reform advocates and supporters gathered on the Michigan Capitol steps Friday morning to urge Democrats to do more for immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic, including adopting immigration reforms and granting citizenship to essential workers who are immigrants. According to estimates from the pro-immigrant group,, about 5.2 million undocumented immigrants […]

Up to 100 new immigration judges would be added under Biden budget request

BY: - April 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday released a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year that would increase the number of immigration judges and allocate millions in funding to clear backlogs of hearings and asylum requests. The administration is grappling with an influx of asylum seekers at the Southern border after inheriting a gutted […]

Upton joins Dems in passing Dreamers bill

BY: - March 19, 2021

Updated, 11:29 a.m., 3/19/21 WASHINGTON — The U.S. House took up two bills Thursday that would grant legal status to broad groups of immigrants living and working in the United States, including a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented people brought to the country as children. The measures mark the first step […]

New attempt in Congress to help Dreamers runs into familiar obstacles

BY: - March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Legislation creating a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children continue to face a border crisis and old partisan objections, diminishing the chances it will become law despite full Democratic control of Congress and the White House. On Thursday, the U.S. House is poised to pass the American […]

Nessel took more than 200 legal actions in the Trump era. Here’s a look at where they stand.

BY: - February 1, 2021

Since the first week Attorney General Dana Nessel took office in January 2019, the Democrat has been busy joining multi-state lawsuits and other legal actions against now-former President Donald Trump’s administration. With a new Democratic administration now in charge, and President Joe Biden already reversing a number of Trump-era policies, the Advance took a look […]

Biden immigration overhaul would open door to citizenship for 11M people

BY: - January 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is poised to send a sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress Thursday that would lay out a path for nearly 11 million undocumented people to obtain citizenship within eight years. Immigration has been one of the toughest issues for Congress to tackle, and the legislation’s fate is unclear in a […]


Susan J. Demas: A Biden presidency offers a return to normalcy. But first, there must be justice.

BY: - January 21, 2021

Two weeks after barbarians stormed the People’s House with Confederate and Trump flags, Nazi slogans and guns, on the hunt for the vice president, speaker of the House and other officials in a violent attempt to overthrow the incoming government, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took their oaths of office. After watching […]