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.
“Join him by signing the petition to stop Obama’s amnesty today!”
More than 50 faith leaders gathered in Texas to pray for undocumented migrants. Hours before, Congress went into recess with nothing to show for weeks of talk about the issue.
“My frustration as an immigrant entrepreneur in the U.S. No work visa without funding, no funding without full-time work visa.”
“You may be wondering, ‘If they didn’t fill out the forms, can’t we just deport these kids?’ Well, first of all. What the fuck is wrong with you?”
“I’ve never taken a position more deadly to my career than this — and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this.”
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.
The livetweets were part of a showing of Vargas film Documented, which tells the story of his journey as an undocumented immigrant in America.
The PSA, airing first on BuzzFeed, is a journey that keeps you guessing about what unites the diverse group of people in New York City.
Diaz talks to BuzzFeed about the PSA focusing on the sacrifices mothers make for their families and the fear of deportation.
New York legislators are proposing something bold: using states’ rights to change immigration law.
“The kids need their father this Father’s Day,” DREAMer Erika Andiola said.
“65,000 voters in a Republican primary should not decide the future of the country,” Sen. Dick Durbin says.
“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.
They claim officials are trying to deny the public access to important information regarding U.S. immigration practices.
“If the Republicans don’t do it, they shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016. I mean, think about that. Think about who the voters are,” Tom Donohue said.
A long-awaited memo on deportations isn’t supported by a key member of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s staff.
Be more like those other Republicans, basically.
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.
The socially conscious frontman of Calle 13, one of the most popular groups in Latin America, says Latino artists have to come together to support and defend their community.
“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.
La Santa Cecilia is traveling to Mexico for one of the biggest music festivals in Mexico and Latin America and for the first time band member Jose “Pepe” Carlos is able to join them. He also spoke about their involvement with the Cesar Chavez movie.
“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.