Marco Rubio just can’t seem to give a straight answer on whether he would deport undocumented immigrants. During a recent appearance on CBS This Morning, Rubio was asked if he would deport the 4 million immigrants who would be saved by DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans). Here’s what went down.
CBS This Morning anchor Norah O’Donnell asked Rubio a direct question about immigration.
Voting in every single election is a crucial part of voicing your concerns about how your country is run. It’s also the perfect time to dictate change, especially with presidential elections.
There’s so much corruption in Latin American — and in the U.S. — that the only way we can make a difference is by voting corruption out. That’s exactly what is taking place in Central America.
Elections are taking place in Guatemala and for the first time ever, 60,000 Guatemalans living in the U.S. will be able to cast their vote.
“At least 60,000 were eligible to vote in Los Angeles, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C., all home to large numbers of Guatemalan emigres,” the Associated Press is reporting.
Aside from voting for a new president, Guatemalans will be able to vote for a new vice-president, 158 congress members, and 340 mayors. Guatemalans living in the U.S. will only be able to vote for the president and vice president.
These elections are extremely important as the three previous presidents have been charged with corruption.
“There is a belief that instead of advancing in these four years of government, we’ve gone backward,” Marco René Cuellar, 39, told the New York Times. “We’ve lost our way as a country, but we should not lose faith in the democratic process we have.”
Furthermore, the next president can help bring peace to the country and end the mass exodus that is going on in Guatemala.
Since 2016, more than 90,000 Guatemalans have been deported from the U.S, NPR reports, and thousands more make the trek back due to lack of work, violence, and poverty.
While voting is taking place now, the second round of voting will happen in August.
Out of 19 presidential candidates including a former First Lady and an indigenous woman, it looks like Guatemala will have a female leader.
According to the Times, “Sandra Torres had captured more than 22 percent of the vote, followed by four-time presidential candidate Alejandro Giammattei with 16 percent.” They also report none of the candidates will secure 50 percent of the votes or more so that 22 percent is looking really good for Torres.
Undocumented immigrants. Children of undocumented immigrants. People in the US with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) fleeing violence or war in their countries. Everyone is celebrating the huge milestone made in the House of Representatives yesterday, as the chamber passed the DREAM Act.
The House of Representatives passed a bill that prevents immigrants who came to the U.S. as young children from being deported and gives them permanent residency along with a path to citizenship.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 237-187.
With a handful of Republican votes, House Democrats passed the latest version of the DREAM Act, an ambitious expansion of a nearly two-decades-long legislative effort that would place millions of young undocumented immigrants and immigrants with temporary status on a pathway to U.S. citizenship.
The Democratic-led chamber approved the sweeping immigration bill, dubbed the DREAM and Promise Act of 2019, by a vote of 237 to 187.
Seven Republicans in the House joined 230 Democrats in voting for the bill. No Democrats voted against the measure.
Although it’s unlikely to be brought to a vote in the Senate, and Trump has already issued a veto threat, people couldn’t help but celebrate the achievement.
With the changes to this bill, entire communities would face new, more certain futures.
The proposal would grant young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, including those shielded from deportation by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an opportunity to acquire permanent lawful status if they meet certain requirements. The bill would also allow hundreds of thousands of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients — as well as Liberian immigrants covered by Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) — to gain permanent residency.
Many Latino and Latina politicians took to Twitter to share their excitement and pride.
AOC herself reminded everyone that moments like these make all the drama, fighting, and campaigning worth it.
Rep. Ilhan Omar shared her own story and how much this bill means to her.
Rep. Omar, who has been a vocal critic of the Trump administrations approach to immigration, said the fight wasn’t over yet.
The reactions on the Latino Twitter-sphere were everything.
Some woke up to the news and couldn’t believe what it could mean for their lives.
Many wanted to address their undocumented hermanos right away.
Even if this bill doesn’t become law, the community is a familia and will keep fighting until it does.
Many saw this as proof that their parents were right and that they hoped to do their parents proud.
If this bill were to become law, tens of thousands of students would be eligible for tuition assistance and would be able to attend college. They’d be able to help work towards that better life their parents so badly want them to have.
Some were just flat out emotional over the breaking news.
To be placed on a pathway to citizenship under the bill, these young immigrants must earn a college degree or complete two years of a degree program in an institution of higher education or technical school. They would also qualify if they served honorably in the military or have been employed in the U.S. for more than three years.
The proposal would also grant this group of young undocumented immigrant access to federal financial aid for college.
DED and TPS recipients, meanwhile, would be able to obtain permanent residency if they have resided in the U.S. for more than three years before the proposed legislation is enacted and if they do not have any felony convictions or more than one misdemeanor.
Despite the bill’s bleak prospects in the Senate, House Democrats believe the passage of one of their signature legislative issues will convey to the electorate that they continue using their majority to push through meaningful legislation.
“This is a day that glorifies what America is to the world. A place of refuge, a place of safety, a place of opportunity,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said at a press conference before the vote, citing a speech in which Republican President Ronald Reagan said the U.S. is a “better nation” because of immigrants.
“We will send it to the Senate and then we’ll keep on keeping on until it is the law of the land,” Hoyer added.
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