DACA

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a federal program that allows immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as minors before 2012 to earn conditional renewable legal status if they meet a number of requirements. DACA has faced legal battles in the federal courts over the constitutionality of how it created in 2012 through executive order. In 2017 President Trump rescinded DACA, but said that DACA had been beneficial and called on Congress to re-enact it through legislation. In 2020 the Supreme Court ruled that Trump's rescinding of DACA was illegal and allowed the program to stand, however the program's future is uncertain as it continues to face legal battles in federal courts. DACA recipients are also referred to as Dreamers, a term originating from the DREAM Act. Dreamer may also refer to unauthorized immigrants who do not qualify for DACA because they were brought to the US illegally after 2012.

On Tuesday, June 18, the Biden Administration issued an executive order to create a method for long-term unauthorized immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens and can pass background checks to obtain work permits through...
Business, political, and faith community leaders met recently at the Center For Houston’s Future for an event titled Securing the Texas of Tomorrow: Building through Practical Immigration Reforms to examine how the broken U....
As long as this practice, and the lack of a required ID, prevails, we will find it almost impossible to stop the surge at the border. The magnetic pull of jobs is so strong, people will keep coming illegally until we change...
As the 2024 presidential campaign heats up, divisive, misleading rhetoric on immigration is spreading — in contrast to the solutions Americans want.
courtroom decision
WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte and DACA recipients on FWD.us staff issued the following statements Wednesday after U.S. Southern District of Texas Judge Hanen ruled against Deferred Action for Childhood...
border security
Part of the problem is that the conversation tends to be divided into “either-or” categories: either border security or immigration reform. The business community maintains that the solution is not an “either-or” scenario....
In this 17-minute episode of Rational Middle podcasts, host Omar Gallaga interviews Douglas Holtz-Eakin to take a look at immigration through the lens of its economic benefits. Holtz-Eakin is an American economist and is the...
Bipartisan legislation that would protect people brought to the U.S. as children is back, and the urgency is greater.
2022 concludes another year of little to no meaningful immigration reforms while the urgency and need for them increased.
Texan Business and faith leaders and immigration policy experts met recently in Dallas to urge lawmakers and the Biden administration to enact policy changes that would allow long-term undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to...
A coalition of evangelical denominations and organizations recently submitted a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of a hearing about undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children...
Business leaders, immigration experts, and elected officials gathered at a recent event hosted by Amegy Bank and the Texas Association of Business in Houston, Texas, to discuss data that proves the significant po
The Dignity Act is the most viable legislation in Congress that secures our border and fixes our broken immigration system.
In a letter to Members of Congress, prominent evangelical denominations, ministries and organizations explain that the eventual termination of DACA presents “a foreseeable crisis on the near horizon,” when an estimated 600,...
As I reflect on my recent graduation from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the opportunities that have been made available to me as a Dreamer through the Texas Dream...
Thursday, El Paso Mayor Ivy Avalos, Dreamers, Business, Civic, Faith, and Law Enforcement leaders joined a discussion on workforce and border security solutions.
A recent town hall discussion in Houston highlighted how a lack of needed immigration reforms is resulting in a humanitarian
Join a town hall discussion around immigration reform and its impact on children co-hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico, Center for Houston’s Future, Children...
A recent episode of the Rational Middle of Immigration podcast examined common misconceptions about immigration in the US. Show host Melissa Brannan and author and Cornell Professor Glenn Altschuler discuss facts and points...

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