NEW YORK – Politicians seizing on immigrants as an election issue. Newspaper headlines calling for action. Talk of legislation to institute a ban. If viewers of "The Chinese Exclusion Act" documentary end up with a sense of deja vu between the film's subject, a law from 1882 that barred Chinese people from coming to the United States, and current events, that's pretty much the point, according to its filmmakers. "The 'A-Ha!' for anybody coming to it ... is oh, there's a history to how we have decided who can come and when they can come, who's a citizen and who's not a citizen," said documentarian Ric Burns, who made the film with Li-Shin Yu. It airs on the PBS television series "American Experience" on Tuesday. The Chinese Exclusion Act was America's first and only immigration act that barred people from a specific country from coming to the United States. After its initial enactment for a 10-year period in 1882, it was regularly renewed and then made permanent in 1904. It was … [Read more...] about Film explores Chinese Exclusion Act as U.S. immigration ‘DNA’
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TIJUANA, Mexico - Central American migrants traveling in the caravan that has prompted angry tweets from President Trump arrived at a border crossing near San Diego on Sunday afternoon, depleted in number but defiant about their right to request asylum. Wearing white armbands to identify themselves, the first few dozen people, mostly women and children, tried to come through the San Ysidro port of entry in the late afternoon, at the end of an expedition that started more than a month ago and 2,500 miles south of here. But as the sun set in Tijuana, none from the group had been allowed on the U.S. side or processed by border officials, according to organizers accompanying the migrants. If they eventually succeed in entering U.S. custody, the migrants will be at the beginning of a perhaps longer and more complicated journey through the immigration court system, where the odds will be stacked against them. Trump has made this caravan a symbol of a porous border and lax immigration laws. … [Read more...] about At end of migrant caravan on U.S. border, families fear what comes next
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March 26, 2018, 10:14 PM EDT Updated on March 27, 2018, 7:58 AM EDT Washington (AP) -- The Commerce Department says the 2020 U.S. Census will include a question about citizenship status, a move that brought a swift response by the California attorney general to oppose it.Commerce says in a press release issued Monday night that the citizenship data will help the Justice Department enforce the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voting rights.But opponents say the question will discourage immigrants from responding to the census. A coalition of state attorneys general urged the Commerce Department last month to not add such a question, saying it could lower participation among immigrants and cause a population undercount.The decennial census helps determine political representation in Congress, federal funding of programs and other matters.Commerce says that between 1820 and 1950, almost every decennial census asked a question on citizenship in … [Read more...] about 2020 U.S. Census to Add Question on Citizenship Status
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration's plans to end temporary protected status for Haitians, the group said Wednesday. The NAACP said that the planned endof the "temporary protected status" for Haitians who were allowed entry to the U.S. following a devastating earthquake in 2010 "discriminates against immigrants of color"and violates protections of due process and equal protection under the Fifth Amendment. "The decision by the Department of Homeland Security to rescind TPS status for Haitian immigrants was infected by racial discrimination," Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., said in a statement. Then Department of Homeland Security acting director Elaine Duke announced in November that the protections will come to an end on July 22, 2019. The department said at the time that conditions in Haiti now allow for the safe return of … [Read more...] about NAACP sues over plan to end protections for Haitians in U.S.
A federal judge on Tuesday night ordered the Trump administration to revive part of the program that protected children illegally brought to the United States by their parents from being deported, calling the administration's abrupt decision to end the program last year "arbitrary" and "capricious." The ruling came just hours after a bipartisan meeting between President Donald Trump and members of Congress appeared to have moved negotiations forward, however slightly, on how to address the fate of undocumented immigrants under the DACA program. The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, rescinded the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in September and said it would stop accepting applications from people already covered under the act to renew their two-year DACA permits. The administration said the repeal would take effect in March. Partly granting a request from the University of California, U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued a preliminary injunction … [Read more...] about Judge orders U.S. to revive part of DACA immigration program