Legislative Updates

October 7, 2019 Blocking asylum and building walls Twenty-five years ago this month, the Clinton administration launched Operation Gatekeeper which began to militarize the U.S.-Mexico border. Since then, more than 8,000 migrants have perished after being driven to cross in more remote areas. Last month, the Trump administration transferred $3.6 billion to build more border walls and, though the…

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August 29, 2019 Read in Spanish Stories of hate, stories of hope El Paso A cruel mix of gun violence and anti-immigrant vitriol resulted in the deaths of 22 people in El Paso, Texas, on August 3 at the hands of a shooter clearly targeting Hispanics. In addition to the tragic loss of lives, the shooting…

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August 5, 2019 Announcing essay and video contest Calling all high school students! Our annual essay contest is now open, and we have an exciting change to announce. In addition to essays, we are now accepting short (2-3 minute) videos as well. Prizes of $750 will be awarded for the top essay and the top video. Students are…

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July 2, 2019 Restoring Pell Grants to incarcerated students In 1994, Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, also known as the crime bill, in an attempt to be tough on crime. The bill included an amendment to ban Pell Grants for incarcerated students. As a result the number of education programs within…

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June 19, 2019 Read in Spanish Please enjoy this abbreviated version of the MCC Immigration Update. The full update will return in July. Dreamer and TPS bill passes House On June 4, The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) was approved by the House (see how your representative voted). The bill would provide a path to…

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March 26, 2019 Read in Spanish Dream and Promise Act introduced The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) was introduced in the House on March 12. The bill would provide a path to citizenship for an estimated 2.3 million Dreamers and more than 400,000 immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred…

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Toward an end to the Korean War The second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim of the Democratic People‚Äôs Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) took place in Hanoi last week. Many were hoping for more concrete action steps and details on the initial agreement that was signed at the Singapore summit in…

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