The "On the Road to Justice" bus tour from the advocacy group National TPS Alliance took off from Los Angeles last Monday and will travel across the country until Nov. 13 to call for permanent residency for TPS holders, highlight the work of immigrants during the pandemic and encourage eligible voters to go to the polls on Nov. 3.
Eduardo Moreno and his partner are also among the mixed immigration status families who have been excluded from federal and state aid packages meant to lessen the economic blow caused by COVID-19. Moreno is undocumented and his partner and their children are American citizens.
More than 400,000 TPS beneficiaries live in the U.S., including more than 4,000 in Nevada. About 450,000 U.S. citizens live in a household with a TPS recipient, including about 280,000 U.S.-born children who are under the age of 18 and could be forced to move to a country they never knew or be separated from their parents if they lose TPS and are deported.
A panel of three judges for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York unaminously ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump's memorandum to withhold the number of undocumented immigrants from the 2020 census count was an overreach of power. Nevada has the highest proportion of undocumented immigrants of any state, making up 7 percent of the population in 2016.
The Nevada Democrat toured Nevada Southern Detention Center, which holds Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees as well as inmates in U.S. Marshal custody, as part of an official congressional oversight visit. She said the trip reinforced her position that there need to be major changes in the country’s immigration enforcement practices.
The Esperanza Fund will provide financial relief for Nevada’s struggling immigrant communities after they were left out of earlier federal economic stimulus aid packages because of their immigration status.
A letter dated June 2020 from the Office of the Inspector General addressed to the senator’s office explains an investigation had already been underway and determined that a postal office employee in Salt Lake City had intentionally discarded the missing federal immigration documents.
Within the hike is an 83 percent increase for naturalization, a 34 percent increase for work permits, additional fees for green cards and a $50 fee for asylum seekers, making the U.S. only one of four countries — along with Iran, Australia and Fiji — to charge for an asylum application.
The memorandum comes in response to a Supreme Court decision in June in which justices upheld the program — ruling that President Donald Trump rescinded it in an arbitrary and capricious manner in 2017 — and kicked the issue back to the administration to do things differently. The decision gave DACA recipients across the country hope for a long-term and secure future in the U.S.
Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford says he has joined a coalition of states including New York and Colorado, in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s memorandum to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in this year’s census.
The report found that Las Vegas provides limited infrastructure to serve immigrant families, despite the large population of immigrants in the city, and limited coordination among immigrant-serving organizations to disperse information and communication regarding the public charge rule.
Frustrated community members and immigrant rights organizations that warned about the spread of the virus among inmates say the outbreak was preventable and want to see more changes made to mitigate the situation.
As DACA recipients savor the moment, the Supreme Court’s decision belies a tougher reality — that the program remains a temporary fix to a problem that has remained a political football for nearly two decades.
The 5-4 ruling — somewhat unexpected for immigrants rights advocates who had been bracing for the end of the program that defers deportation and allows participants to work legally in the U.S. — means the program will survive for now.
Latino essential workers continued to work as COVID-19 spread through their communities, an attributing factor to the current disproportionate rates of infection of COVID-19 and deaths caused by the virus among the population across the state.
In Las Vegas, Velasquez found work cleaning peoples’ homes — until the coronavirus outbreak. She stopped working in mid-March out of concerns for her own health and those of the families whose homes she cleans. Her husband, a construction worker, hasn’t been able to work since mid-February because of a work-related injury.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule within the next few weeks and as early as Monday on the legality of the Obama-era program, and hosts of the town hall were pessimistic that the conservative-majority high court would rule favorably for beneficiaries.