“I know there is deep frustration in communities and I understand that frustration because I share it.”
The much-criticized decision was made because of lessons learned during a bruising 1994 gun-legislation fight that damaged Democrats, Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said at a BuzzFeed Breakfast.
Another disturbance is planned Friday at the DNC Women’s
Leadership Forum where Clinton will speak, making it the third time in
a week that DREAMers will make their presence felt at one of her events.
BuzzFeed News has learned the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is working to iron out language Tuesday that would demand Obama move sooner on deportations than the White House has said it is willing to do.
The announcement comes after Obama disappointed groups by delaying immigration action. Close to 50 organizations and individuals will make a coordinated call to Latinos ahead of the midterm elections.
An Iowa DREAMer confronted Hillary Clinton a day after a similar moment with Joaquin Castro. Disgust at her answer — and a sign that “no Democrat is safe.”
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus asked the Obama administration to make its delayed announcement to slow deportations before Thanksgiving, but was told it will be before the holidays at the end of the year.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus will make demands of the president on timing and substance of coming executive actions on deportations, a source tells BuzzFeed News.
Immigration advocates were working with community members on how the coming executive actions would affect them. Now, stunned activists are scrambling to figure out next steps in the coming weeks.
The suit alleges the women and children were victims of violence, death threats, rape, and persecution in Central America and should not have been subject to expedited deportation.
The first lady spoke at the LULAC convention in New York City about the importance of education and immigration reform for the Latino community.
The jockeying to influence President Obama’s administrative actions on deportations has already begun.
The president plans administrative action by the end of the summer. Speaker John Boehner told Obama the House will not take a vote on immigration reform this year.
“It is a betrayal to the community to try to give the White House cover.” Anger and disappointment after the Obama administration decides to delay a review of enforcement policies that lead to deportations.
The video, first given to BuzzFeed, tells the story of prominent national activist Erika Andiola and her fight to keep her mother from being deported. But many others aren’t as lucky.
A long-awaited memo on deportations isn’t supported by a key member of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s staff.
The White House has been targeted by immigration activists who are demanding relief and House Republicans daring the president to prove that he can’t be trusted to enforce the law. A two-part strategy on deportations is the response.
Month-long protests set to end with symbolic vigil. “So from Obama’s home, we are now going to Jeh Johnson’s house to ask him to expand deferred action and release those set to be deported ASAP,” Erika Andiola first told BuzzFeed.
Juanes spoke to BuzzFeed about the Colombian literary giant, the Latino community standing up for immigrants, and the conflict in Venezuela.
Nova Bajamonti, 19, came out for the first time as undocumented in a question to Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton Foundation said it will try to help her. “Truthfully, there’s nothing to hide. That’s my status, it’s not who I am.”
Advocates applaud reported movement on enforcement practices and priorities from Homeland Security head, but caution any memo outlining changes needs to be strictly enforced, unlike others that have failed to change practices by agents in the field.
“We want to be at the doorstep of the president of the United States, so he doesn’t just hear from his advisors, but from families who are affected directly by his policies,” activist Cesar Vargas told BuzzFeed.
But it wasn’t related to the child’s visit with the pope. A 10-year-old from Los Angeles, Jersey Vargas, went to Rome and spoke with Pope Francis about her detained father — who could have been deported — a day before the Pope spoke with Obama about immigration reform. The family’s lawyer tells BuzzFeed Mario Vargas is being released today.
“I knew that he had heard stories from undocumented people before, but I told him we’re not just good for storytelling, a bunch of us are getting together to come up with recommendations on deportations.”
Both leaders believe deportations are breaking up families, that a review will bear fruit, and that the House GOP needs to vote. But they continue to call for the use of prosecutorial discretion by the administration.
A public debate to find the right language to send to the president demanding deportations be slowed leads the Obama administration to request a meeting. UPDATE: The President told members he has directed the office of Homeland Security to “see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely.”
Travis County, which shares a jail with Austin, averaged 19 deportations a week from 2009 to 2013, of people it sent to ICE. Activists are pushing back on the sheriff saying he doesn’t have to comply with immigration detainers as other cities have done.
The CHC plans to vote on a draft of a resolution to ask the president to slow deportations and expand use of prosecutorial discretion, sources tell BuzzFeed. Activists say it falls short. “We need the CHC to be leaders, not followers.”
Phoenix police arrested three DREAMers who were with hunger strikers protesting deportations and the detention of family members.
A rare heckle from the crowd behind the president at a carefully staged event in San Francisco. A speech turns into a conversation.