Whether Kenneth Marcus knows it or not, the position he would take on must enforce all civil rights protections and advocate for kids and families no matter their immigration status.
By Rebeca Shackleford, Education Policy Analyst, UnidosUS
Next week, the Senate will vote to confirm the next assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education. The high-level position focuses on protecting each child’s civil rights in our nation’s public schools.
But during his nomination hearing on Tuesday, nominee Kenneth Marcus wouldn’t commit to protecting undocumented children.
“If they won’t let us dream, we won’t let them sleep!” activists chanted yesterday on the steps of the Supreme Court as they demanded Congress pass a DREAM Act now to help the nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children.
The Trump administration’s arbitrary and cruel decision to “wind down” the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program has put the lives of thousands of young people in jeopardy.
And now as Congress has failed to act to provide relief for DREAMers, every day 122 people are losing their chance to pursue their education, have a shot at their dream job, or just provide for their families.
Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice President in the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, joined UnidosUS staff and partners at the rally in Washington along with thousands of other activists from around the country.
We need your help to put a stop to the Trump administration and congressional Republican leadership’s current anti-child agenda. Watch the videos below and stand with us to protect our children by joining the UnidosUS Action Network: protectourfuture.us.
Latino Memphis Joins Call for Congress to Act Before the Holidays
Last week, Latino Memphis, one of UnidosUS’s Tennessee Affiliates, hosted a panel discussion titled “The Future of DACA.” At the event, six Memphis-area college presidents signed on to a letter to Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, as well as Congressman David Kustoff, who represents the city, urging them to support a legislative solution for DREAMers by the end of the year.
Nearly 300 people attended to hear about how Trump administration’s September decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will impact their community and all communities across the United States in the months to come.
DACA provided young immigrants with temporary deferral of removal for two years, as well as a renewable work permit, enabling many to attend college or support their families.
Imagine having worked hard to go to school, followed your passion, and reached a place in your career where you can help others, only to have it potentially stripped away. That is what is already happening to some of the 325,000 immigrants in this country who are recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
This week UnidosUS joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other sister civil rights organizations to condemn President Trump’s response to the terrorist attack in New York City.
Before the end of the year the Trump administration will be making decisions on the future of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations. This means that the lives of more than 325,000 people—including 250,000 Central American immigrants—now hang in the balance.
As fans across the country watch the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s hard to miss that America’s pastime is one of the most diverse sports leagues in the nation.
And it is fitting that the two teams vying for the championship represent cities whose vibrancy is equally powered by the strength of that diversity and the contributions of immigrants.
Among the teams’ fans and in the cities they call home, there are thousands of immigrants who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS), as well as young immigrants who have grown up here and are eligible for the recently rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
In Los Angeles, there are more than 34,000 TPS holders from El Salvador and Honduras, and 123,000 young people eligible for DACA.
In Houston, there are more than 23,000 Temporary Protected Status holders from Honduras and El Salvador and 44,000 young people immediately eligible for DACA.
Like baseball, these individuals are as American as apple pie. But recent and potential decisions by the Trump administration and Congress could put their futures at risk.
In the third installment of the TPSeano Series, we look at how ending TPS protections for more than 325,000 people could impact the construction industry, as well as public safety. Our earlier posts in the series set the stage about what temporary protected status is and what is at stake.
At our 2017 Annual Conference in Phoenix last month, commentator, author, and immigrant rights advocate, Julissa Arce, shared the story of her journey from being an undocumented immigrant to becoming a vice president at one of the world’s most prestigious financial firms in the world, Goldman Sachs. She spoke about the importance of owning our narrative and being unafraid of who we are.