Category Archives: Immigration

Sen. Casey stands with the DREAMers

Here, in the light of yesterday’s pro-DACA rally in West Chester, are Senator Casey’s strong words of support for DACA earlier this fall, from Bob Casey U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania, September 5, 2017

Casey Statement On Trump’s Decision To End DACA

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement following the President’s decision to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“The ‘Dreamers’ are young people who have lived in our country since they were children. They have been law-abiding residents who have learned English, paid taxes and secured jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families. Our government promised them that they would be protected if they came forward and now President Trump is breaking that promise.

President Trump’s action today is an insult to America and our values. This action is profoundly unjust, immoral and without regard for basic fairness. Tearing apart the lives of these young people will make our nation less safe, and harm our economy. According to the CATO Institute, deporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients would cost more than $60 billion and would result in a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates that the 1.3 million young people enrolled in or eligible for DACA pay $2 billion each year in state and local taxes.

It’s clear that Republicans in Washington and the Trump Administration are not serious about fixing the problem of illegal immigration, securing our border and reforming our immigration system. Instead, their only plan is to deport 11 million individuals, including 790,000 Dreamers. Congress should move immediately to pass the bipartisan Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would allow the Dreamers to become permanent residents if they meet the very stringent qualifications outlined in the bill.”

WCU students stage pro-DACA rally

By Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 12/6/17

WEST CHESTER >> Each day that Congress delays acting on the Dream Act, approximately 122 people will lose their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection. On Tuesday, scores of students at West Chester University staged a rally to remind local lawmakers of the severity of the situation.

“We are here to put pressure on our elected officials to advocate for this,” said Norma Montesino organizer of the rally, one of dozens that were put on around the country by Organizing for Action volunteers and other grassroots activists in support of the Dream Act.

Montesino, a student at West Chester University, said 900 young people in U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello’s 6th Congressional District are eligible for DACA. Some estimates put the cost of DACA recipients being pushed from the workforce in Costello’s district at $23 million.

DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children to live, work, and study without fear of detention and deportation. When President Donald Trump terminated the program on Sept. 5, 2017, he gave the 154,000 DACA recipients whose protections were set to expire between then and March 5, 2018, just 30 days to submit costly and arduous renewal applications.

“This is a human issue,” Montesino said. “This is about human rights….”

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What’s Worth Fighting For: Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Speaks at Harvard Law School

by Nell Porter Brown, Harvard magazine, 5/24/17

“It was supposed to be an uneventful time,” former acting U.S. attorney general Sally Q. Yates told Harvard Law School (HLS) degree candidates during her Class Day speech—even, as her former chief of staff joked, a time for “long, boozy lunches.”

Yates had agreed with President Donald Trump’s incoming team, as per tradition, that she would stay at the Department of Justice and “things would stay as they are” until Trump’s pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, was confirmed. No changes.

No executive orders that would, for example, ban travelers from seven (later six) predominantly Muslim countries. No ugly, finger-pointing fallout from an arguably illegal conversation between an American national security adviser and a Russian diplomat. No FBI questions. No public termination 10 days into Trump’s tenure for refusing to defend that order—and no ensuing congressional testimony. Yet for months Yates has had a reserved seat at the volcanic maelstrom of American culture and politics.

The experience, so far, does constitute a valuable lesson—for her, and for the 500 future lawyers sitting with loved ones in Holmes Field: “You never know when a situation will present itself in which you will have to decide who you are and what you stand for.” And quickly.

Yates said she had no time for self-reflection, or to examine the “weighty constitutional-law concepts at issue.” She had to act. Defending the order would have required Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers to argue that it “was not intended to disfavor Muslims, despite the numerous prior statements by the president and his surrogates regarding his intent to effectuate a Muslim ban” that would have required “us to advance a pretext—a defense not grounded in truth.”…

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