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Florida bill would give citizenship to undocumented youth – so long as they enter the military

“If somebody is willing to die for America, then certainly they deserve a chance at life in America.”

No joke, this is what Rep. David Rivera (R-Miami) said when he proposed a bill last week that takes the “DREAM” out of the DREAM Act and replace it as the ARMS (Adjusted Residency for Military Service) Act. The bill would essentially grant legal status to undocumented youth, though not for pursuing their dreams through higher education, but solely under the condition that they enter the military. What’s worse is where Rivera got the idea to push the bill — from the GOP candidates:

“With the presidential debate…and with Romney’s support, that means the two front-running candidates are supportive ...

“If somebody is willing to die for America, then certainly they deserve a chance at life in America.”

No joke, this is what Rep. David Rivera (R-Miami) said when he proposed a bill last week that takes ...

Obama administration will halt deportation of DREAMers and other undocumented immigrants

Hallelujah:

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety.

The new policy is expected to help thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as young children, graduated from high school and want to go on to college or serve in the armed forces.

White House and immigration officials said they would exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to focus enforcement efforts on cases involving criminals and people who have flagrantly violated immigration laws.

Under the new policy, the secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano, can provide relief, on a case-by-case basis, to young people who are in ...

Hallelujah:

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety.

The new policy is expected to help thousands of ...

BREAKING: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Imminent; DREAM Act dies in the Senate

After the last two years of promises and let-downs, high hopes and massive hold-ups, finally ending the discriminatory military policy Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been decided by the Senate with a vote of 63 to 33  to close the debate and allow the repeal to move forward. This means just 51 Senators can now vote on the repeal, which is expected to happen by the end of the weekend — and then signed by President Obama., Defense Secretary Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen.

But the military ban will not literally end immediately thereafter; Pam’s House Blend has the statement from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network on what needs to happen before the ban is completely over ...

After the last two years of promises and let-downs, high hopes and massive hold-ups, finally ending the discriminatory military policy Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been decided by the Senate with a vote of 63 ...

What We Missed

Courtney spoke at TEDWomen on Tuesday in DC, and her talk was picked as one of the top three in her session. You can read an overview of the talk at BoingBoing. Congrats Courtney!

Today is Rally for Girls’ Sports Day.

Big time anti-choicer Joe Pitts (R-PA), co-author of the shitty Stupak-Pitts Amendment which banned abortion funding in health care reform (to ridiculous degrees), has been named the chair of the Health Subcommittee in the within the Energy and Commerce Committee. Serious boo on that one.

Aretha Franklin has been diagnosed with untreatable pancreatic cancer. Let’s hope the Queen of Soul can beat it.

The DREAM Act is getting a vote tonight (in the House and Senate), ...

Courtney spoke at TEDWomen on Tuesday in DC, and her talk was picked as one of the top three in her session. You can read an overview of the talk at BoingBoing. Congrats Courtney!

Today ...

For Proof the DREAM Act’s a Good Idea, Look at Cuban Americans

I’ve got my first piece up at Colorlines today, about Cuban-Americans in the US and why our community should be an argument for immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

It’s timed with the DREAM vote which is happening today. It felt like a big deal for me to acknowledge publicly the privilege afforded to my family, and others in the Cuban-American community, through our special immigration status. But also important to point out what that has meant for our community, and why it should be offered to other immigrant groups as well.

An excerpt:

Ever since the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, Cubans who have made it the United States have been put on an automatic path to citizenship. Cubans ...

I’ve got my first piece up at Colorlines today, about Cuban-Americans in the US and why our community should be an argument for immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

It’s timed with the DREAM vote which is ...

DREAM Act vigils held for next two days

As the end of the lame duck session looms, folks are fearing there may not be enough votes to pass the DREAM Act; a final vote is expected to be made tomorrow. (Take a closer look at the whip count here.) In the meantime, vigils are being held across the country in solidarity with the youth activists who have worked so hard to get this bill passed, and the 12 million undocumented youth who will be affected by the decision.

Find information about vigils in or around your area at Pam’s House Blend, or check out Reform Immigration for America’s Facebook page for updates.

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As the end of the lame duck session looms, folks are fearing there may not be enough votes to pass the DREAM Act; a final vote is expected to be made tomorrow. (Take ...

DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama

Check out this awesome new social media campaign, “DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama”, in an effort to get the DREAM Act passed. This is their most recent letter by Lizbeth Mateo.

Transcript after the jump.

Check out more info at Pam’s House Blend.

Check out this awesome new social media campaign, “DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama”, in an effort to get the DREAM Act passed. This is their most recent letter by Lizbeth Mateo.

Transcript after the ...

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