Legislative Updates

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’s 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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February 27, 2019 Read in Spanish   More funding for walls and detention On February 14, Congress passed a package of spending bills that prevented another harmful government shutdown but included $1.375 billion for 55 miles of new border fences and walls and also an expansion of immigrant detention. While border wall construction will be restricted in…

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