by Elizabeth Turnbull
With the end of Donald Trump’s administration and quick action by the Biden administration to issue executive orders on immigration, city officials from across the U.S., including Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, are pushing for a path to citizenship status and greater rights for immigrants.
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Cities for Action, a coalition of roughly 200 mayors and county executives, including Durkan, released a letter urging the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to ensure a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants and to change detention practices to keep families together, among many other reforms.
Continue reading With Trump Out of White House, Seattle and other Cities Push for New Immigration Policies
by Elizabeth Turnbull
On Friday, Dec. 4, a federal judge ordered the government to fully reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to continue to live and work here.
Created by the Obama administration in 2012, the program has been under attack since then by both Republicans and the Trump administration. This past summer, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf issued a memorandum that prevented new applicants from enrolling in the program and reduced the length of work permits from two years to one. But on Dec. 4, that memo was reversed, restoring all of DACA’s original protections.
Continue reading A Federal Judge Ruled to Fully Reinstate DACA, but the Fight Continues
by Amina Ibrahim
This week the City of Seattle announced free legal clinics for undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients as well as highlighted its scholarship fund to help cover DACA renewals. Both of these efforts are in response to the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant and refugee rhetoric and policies. Continue reading City of Seattle Creates Resources for DACA Recipients and Undocumented Immigrants in Response to Trump’s Recent Anti-immigrant Actions
by Sharon H Chang
ALEJANDRA PÉREZ, 23 years old, is energetic, passionate, often fiery. On this day, and I suspect on most days, Alejandra’s eyes are bright; she is animated and lively. She has a story to tell that could leave her and her family vulnerable, but that is not going to stop her. She will do whatever it takes to fight for justice for undocumented people. Continue reading Emerald Voices: Alejandra Pérez
by Kelsey Hamlin
After a week of worry by activists and organizations who first caught wind of the nightmare last Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this morning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) will be rescinded. Continue reading DACA Officially Set for Removal