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For Thousands of ‘Dreamers,’ It Has Been a Wild Ride. And It’s Not Over Yet.

For many of the young undocumented immigrants whose futures have seemed to be hitched to a roller-coaster in recent months, Wednesday was a day of unusual hopefulness: The night before, a federal judge had signaled his readiness to open applications once again for a program that protects some young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, from deportation and allows them to work. Continue reading

Trump’s Plan to Dismantle DACA Just Hit a Major Setback
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Trump’s Plan to Dismantle DACA Just Hit a Major Setback

In a decision issued Tuesday evening, US District Judge John D. Bates called the decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, “arbitrary and capricious,” and ordered the Trump administration to continue the program and accept new applications. The judge gave the administration 90 days to defend its decision before the ruling would take effect.  Continue reading

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Another Federal Judge Rules Against Trump’s Order To Cancel DACA

In September, President Donald Trump canceled the Obama-era DACA program, which shields undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as youths from deportation. But in a stinging rebuke of the Trump administration’s legal logic, U.S. District Judge John Bates described the program’s cancellation as “arbitrary and capricious because the Department [of Homeland Security] failed adequately to explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful.” Continue reading

Amid DACA Uncertainty, States Open Professions To ‘Dreamers’
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Amid DACA Uncertainty, States Open Professions To ‘Dreamers’

Dania Cervantes Ayala is the kind of nurse you want when you receive a life-changing diagnosis. It’s not a task for her, it feels personal. She cares for patients at her part-time job at the Nebraska Medicine’s Buffett Cancer Center with both sharp knowledge and deep compassion — traits of a skilled third-year nursing student at the College of Saint Mary who will soon take the state’s nursing license exams and move on to a doctorate of nursing program. Continue reading

“Queen of the hill”: the obscure House rule that could force the House to take up immigration bills
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“Queen of the hill”: the obscure House rule that could force the House to take up immigration bills

There are still a few Republicans in Congress who are interested in addressing the status of the 690,000 or so young unauthorized immigrants facing the loss of their temporary deportation protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. And they’re beginning to turn up the pressure on House Republican leadership to bring a bill to the floor. Continue reading