Has it really been a whole year since our last What We Missed?
We’ve experienced an exciting week, between the regular CASA meetings and planning Dreamfest -a celebration of deferred action and all of the hard work we (the immigration community and allies) have put into this debate! Sign up for DreamFest if you haven’t yet! But enough plugging our own content – here are the top stories we haven’t discussed for the week of 12/30/12 – 1/5/13!
Historically anti-immigrant Rep. Gowdy’s speech on the human side of the immigration issue. “Peoples’ desire to improve their lives resonates with me, no matter where they’re from.” Gowdy is the new chairman the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
Perhaps the most disgusting news of the week: House lets VAWA die without a vote. VAWA, or the Violence Against Women Act, protects victims of domestic violence; the Senate moved to add undocumented, LGBT, and native American victims to the bill earlier last year.
John McCain is leading the way for immigration reform in the GOP, including talks about a pathway to legal status (yes, we’re pleasantly surprised too).
President Obama signed a “one-man DreamAct” for a Nigerian student/overachiever/future-M.D. last Saturday. Technically this didn’t actually occur this week, but it was too good not to share!
USCIS and ICE announced rule changes that will attempt to decrease the amount of waiting time for relatives of US citizens waiting for green card and at the same time reverse a previous policy that allowed local police to act as an arm of immigration enforcement.
Hope everyone had a wonderful, safe New Year! And seriously, if you are in the New York City area, sign up for DreamFest!!