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Protesting U.S. Immigration Policies, Artists Aim for the Sky

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Protesting U.S. Immigration Policies, Artists Aim for the Sky

The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels that President Trump plans to send flying over the National Mall this Fourth of July will have some stiff competition from a group of 70 artists looking to spread their own messages across the nation’s skies. Two fleets of five skytyping planes each are set for takeoff across the country this Independence Day weekend armed with calls for the abolition of the immigrant detention in the United States as part of the project “In Plain Sight.” (Developed from older skywriting technology, skytyping planes inject oil into their exhaust systems to produce a white smoke that is released into the sky...


Supreme Court blocks Trump’s bid to end DACA, a win for undocumented ‘dreamers’

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Supreme Court blocks Trump’s bid to end DACA, a win for undocumented ‘dreamers’

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, a reprieve for nearly 650,000 recipients known as “dreamers.” The 5-to-4 decision, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., stunned President Trump, who said in a tweet that it and a ruling earlier this week that federal law protects LGBTQ workers were “shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives.” Read the Supreme Court’s DACA decision Roberts was in the majority in both cases, and Thursday’s ruling showed...


One Brother Got DACA, One Didn’t. It Made All the Difference.

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One Brother Got DACA, One Didn’t. It Made All the Difference.

The Supreme Court ruled that DACA was improperly terminated, but will new applicants be allowed to enroll in the life-changing immigration program? Jack Miralrio and his younger brother, Owen, were born in Mexico and brought to the United States illegally by their mother when they were little. Growing up, both enjoyed video games, soccer and building toy cars. Both excelled at school. Now, Jack, 20, is on his way to becoming a mechanical engineer. Owen, 17, is resigned to becoming a mechanic. Their paths have diverged because Jack is a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA,...


Supreme Court says Trump administration can begin denying asylum to migrants while legal fight continues

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Supreme Court says Trump administration can begin denying asylum to migrants while legal fight continues

The Trump administration can begin denying asylum requests from migrants at the southern border who have traveled through Mexico or another country without seeking protection there, after the Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted a lower court’s block on the new restriction. The justices put on hold an injunction from lower courts in California that halted the new rule pending additional legal action; there, a district judge had said it probably ran afoul of a federal statute and administrative law requirements. President Trump’s policy is a dramatic change in the way the federal government treats those seeking safe haven in the...


Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule

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Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule

The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that limited how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and mandated the level of care they must receive. The White House has for more than a year pressed the Department of Homeland Security to find a way to eliminate the agreement, known as the Flores settlement, a shift that immigration hard-liners inside the administration say is crucial to halt the flow of migrants across the southwestern border. The new regulation would codify...