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It’s impossible to change anything if we’re unaware of what’s going on -- in our community and across the nation. Being well-informed increases our ability to influence events. UWS is the ONLY dedicated daily source of immigration news. But it’s not enough to be informed. We must take action. Our stories have the power to rewrite the news, to rewrite the history of this country.

Justice Department was unprepared for family separations but Jeff Sessions pushed it anyway, watchdog says

Originally Published in CNN Priscilla Alvarez - January 14, 2021 (CNN) Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions knew early on migrant families would be separated when the Trump administration implemented its controversial "zero tolerance" policy and still proceeded to push for the policy, according to a scathing report from the Justice Department inspector general released Thursday. At ...

Latinx Files: When the circus came to Alamo, Texas, no one noticed

Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times Fidel Martinez - January 14, 2021 In last week’s edition of the newsletter, I mentioned that we’d be focusing on the future and what that might look like for Latinxs. Unfortunately, in light of last Wednesday’s insurrection by Trump supporters trying to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s ...

Justice Department failed ‘zero tolerance’ border policy management, report says

Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times The Associated Press - January 14, 2021 WASHINGTON —   Justice Department leaders under President Trump knew their 2018 “zero tolerance” border policy would result in family separations but pressed on with prosecutions even as other agencies became overwhelmed with migrants, a government watchdog report released Thursday has found. The ...

Kamala Harris Previewed Joe Biden’s Next Moves on Immigration—and Advocates Paid Close Attention

Originally Published in Mother Jones Fernanda Echavarri - January 13, 2021 Immigrant rights activists are eager to see what Democrats will do now that they control Congress. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images In an interview with Univision on Tuesday night, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris teased a few details of the Biden administration’s immigration plans, which, with Democrats ...

Trump’s partially built ‘big, beautiful wall’

Originally Published in Politico Sabrina Rodriguez - January 12, 2021 In the end, President Donald Trump built a mere fraction of what he promised. Donald Trump is approaching the end of his presidency the same way he started his candidacy: talking about a border wall. It has been more than five years since Trump announced ...

Joaquin Castro: Impeachment Manager Has Fought Trump on Immigration

Originally Published in The New York Times Emily Cochrane - January 13, 2021 Representative Joaquin Castro will be a part of the prosecution against President Trump as an impeachment manager in the Senate trial.Credit...Erin Schaff/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Representative Joaquin Castro, Democrat of Texas, has made no secret of his desire to see ...

Acting ICE director is resigning, DHS official says

Originally Published in CNN Priscilla Alvarez - January 14, 2021 (CNN) Jonathan Fahey is resigning as acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a Department of Homeland Security official, only weeks after assuming the post. Fahey's departure is the latest in a string of leadership changes at the Department of Homeland Security, and he ...

How family separation inspired a children’s book about a fearless girl

Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times Dorany Pineda - January 13, 2021 Suletu, left, reads “Rebeldita” with her mother and the book’s author, Oriel María Siu. (Oriel María Siu) Eight years ago, when Oriel María Siu found out she was pregnant with her first child, she immediately began hunting for children’s books. She riffled through ...

Census Bureau Stops Work On Trump’s Request For Unauthorized Immigrant Count

Originally Published in NPR Hansi Lo Wang - January 13, 2021 The U.S. Census Bureau has halted all work on President Trump's directive to produce a state-by-state count of unauthorized immigrants that would have been used to alter a key set of census numbers, NPR has learned. Senior career officials at the bureau instructed the ...
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