A Representative from Southern Florida has introduced an alternative to the DREAM Act in the U.S. House. Representative David Rivera introduced the "Studying Towards Adjusted Residency Status Act" In the U.S. House last Wednesday. Many people in South Florida know that the DREAM Act generally proposes to create a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants who intend to pursue an education in the U.S. or serve in the military.
Murky details of Marco Rubio's maternal grandfather's experience with U.S. immigration officials are making news this week, as the Associated Press unearthed federal records under a Freedom of Information Act request. The details, however, are as incomplete as the immigration records appear to be sketchy. The AP says that the maternal grandfather of a Florida U.S. Senators was ordered deported back to Cuba in 1962.
A Miami family sits in the middle of an immigration issue that has led more than 2,500 students and others to hit the streets in protest. Last week, a federal immigration judge ordered two sisters to leave the country by March 28. One of the sisters is an 18-year-old woman who has lived in the United States since she was 4-years-old. The young woman is the valedictorian at North Miami High School, with dreams of someday being a surgeon.
Federal lawmakers have discussed the DREAM Act for years, but no measure has made it through Congress. The idea would provide a pathway for certain undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status in the United States. The proposal would allow undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children with their parents with the opportunity to gain permanent residency through attending college or joining the military.
The Obama administration announced Thursday it will review roughly 300,000 pending deportation cases on a case-by-case basis and allow a number of immigrants to remain in the country. The change in policy will shift the focus of removal hearings heard in immigration courts to those cases that the Department of Homeland Security believes are of the highest priority.
A ten-term Democratic U.S. Congressman was arrested in front of the White House Tuesday. It is the second arrest in roughly 14 months for the U.S. Representative. Both arrests came while the Congressman was protesting near the White House regarding U.S. immigration issues.
A United States Army veteran and Reservist in the Navy is facing charges and potential deportation after a mishap while applying for a passport. The veteran is currently studying to be a nurse. The veteran thought he was born in the United States. He reportedly has a Florida birth certificate and a Social Security card.
An immigration reform bill was introduced Wednesday in the United States Senate. The proposed measure seeks comprehensive immigration reform with provisions allowing for pathways to permanent residency for undocumented immigrants, a provision implicating businesses and a provision re-introducing the DREAM Act.
Speaking Tuesday, President Obama presented his plan for immigration reform. The President called on Congress to pass the DREAM Act. President Obama says "we should stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents." Wednesday, Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen along with two other Representatives introduced a measure in the U.S. House. A similar measure was introduced in the Senate Wednesday.
President Obama reportedly has held a second meeting in Washington to discuss immigration reform. Thursday the president met with a number of celebrities and members of Hispanic media programs. A dozen people were invited to the meeting in the White House Roosevelt Room.