New lawsuit to challenge Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy
SAN DIEGO — As one legal challenge to the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program heads to the Supreme Court, a new one is being launched in California.The program, known officially as Migrant Protection Protocols, requires most asylum-seekers from Latin American countries to wait in Mexico while their immigration court cases progress in the United States. The lawsuit, which aims to become a class action, was filed Wednesday morning in the Central District of California.It is brought by several asylum-seekers who were returned along the California border along with organizations that...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Geek city: 1 in 5 Seattle residents work in STEM fields, top in US
Seattle didn’t just grow a lot bigger in the previous decade. It also grew a lot geekier.The number of city residents who work in science, technology, engineering and math professions — better known as STEM — grew at a remarkably fast rate over the course of the 2010s.To be sure, even at the beginning of the past decade, Seattle was already pretty geeky. In 2010, there were roughly 37,800 city residents working in STEM occupations, according to census data. At the time, they made up nearly 11% of the employed population of Seattle.The new census data shows that the number of Seattleites employ...
The Seattle Times
Election holds future of young, undocumented immigrants in the balance
SAN DIEGO — Among the many policies that will be on the ballot Nov. 3 is what will happen to the lives of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.The Trump administration has tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, which began under the Obama administration. For the past four years, Trump officials have argued that the program is illegal and should be stopped.DACA has so far survived only through court intervention. Even after the Supreme Court issued a decision in June that it should be fully restored because it wa...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Texas congressional delegation doesn't reflect the state's diversity. Will the election change that?
WASHINGTON — The Texas congressional delegation long hasn’t reflected the demographic diversity of the state. Currently, Anglos occupy roughly two-thirds of the Texas seats in the U.S. House, while Anglos make up 41% of the Texas population. Latinos, on the other hand are severely underrepresented, with 19% of seats and comprising 40% of the population.This year, amid a national reckoning of systemic racism in all aspects of American life, candidates of color are running in 24 of the state’s 36 congressional districts, including 10 districts where both Democrat and Republican are nonwhite.Yet ...
36,000 immigrants in Florida won't get their citizenship in time to vote, data show
MIAMI — Up to 300,000 lawful permanent residents nationwide — about 36,000 of them in Florida — will be prevented from completing their naturalization process in time to vote in the upcoming November election, data show.The staggering government data — analyzed by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Boundless Immigration, a non-partisan tech company that helps immigrants obtain green cards and citizenship — shows that immigration policies implemented by the Trump administration since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis slowed down naturalization applications, creating a record backlog in a ti...
Editorial: Counting us out? A bad Supreme Court census ruling
After Tuesday’s daylong Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court came a one-paragraph, unsigned opinion from her potential future colleagues: They granted the Trump administration’s effort to stop the counting for the decennial census, proving once again that the top bench — and who sits on it — matters immensely.Only Justice Sonia Sotomayor objected, noting correctly that after months of political conniving by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, the normal July 31 end date of the national tally had been extended to Oct. 31 due to COVI...
New York Daily News
San Diego judge upholds state ban on private immigration detention centers
SAN DIEGO — A San Diego federal judge largely upheld California’s law banning private prisons in a ruling late Thursday, acknowledging that the state has the authority to ensure the health and welfare of federal detainees within its borders.Under the ruling, at least four immigration detention centers with the capacity to house approximately 5,000 people would be phased out over the coming years.However, the ruling carved out an exception when it comes to privately-operated facilities that house pretrial inmates charged with federal crimes who are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. U...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
'I can't wait to vote.' Immigrants become US citizens in time to pick a president
MIAMI — As Carlos Aybar stood inside the Miami immigration office last Friday, holding up his right hand and reciting the words of the citizenship oath through a face mask, the Dominican native felt a big wave of relief.That day Aybar was taking part in one of the last naturalization ceremonies to be held before Florida’s voter registration deadline on Monday. That meant that Aybar, a Miami-area resident since 2010, will be able to cast a ballot in November’s presidential election.“The first thing I’m going to do when I get out of here is register to vote,” Aybar told the Herald as he walked o...
At ICE detention center, red flag raised about gynecologist
OCILLA, Ga. — The drive from the immigrant detention center took just five minutes. Passing the courthouse and the sheriff’s office, the Chicken Delite and the Piggly Wiggly, jail vans quickly delivered their shackled passengers to Irwin County Hospital.Dr. Mahendra Amin was waiting for them.Women in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at the Irwin County Detention Center dreaded this journey. Dozens have told lawyers and members of Congress that Amin, an obstetrician and gynecologist, examined them so roughly they returned to jail bruised or bleeding. Some allege Amin performed unnece...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ICE puts up billboards denouncing sanctuary policies for immigrants in cities like Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — ICE officials have launched a billboard campaign in Pennsylvania that they say will educate the public about the dangers of sanctuary policies in places like Philadelphia.It comes about three weeks after Amnesty International USA erected billboards in American cities, including one near the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Center City, to demand freedom for immigrants being held in family detention centers.The Trump administration and Mayor Jim Kenney have warred over sanctuary policies, in particular the validity of agency-issued requests, known as detainers, to ho...
The Philadelphia Inquirer