About 50 immigrant students who live illegally in New York state have started a hunger strike after a proposal that would allow them to apply for state financial aid for college was not included in the state’s budget, some of the students said Wednesday.
The House on Tuesday voted 257-167 for the measure that Obama is expected to sign. Without action, funding for the department would have expired Friday at midnight.
The battle surrounding long term funding is actually over immigration reform.
The U.S. House of Representatives late Friday passed a bill extending funding for the Department of Homeland Security by one week — just two hours before a midnight deadline.
Inclusive immigration policy was the topic of a summit at Long Island’s Hofstra University Friday.
Immigrant students must be enrolled in the Hempstead School District, according to an order by the attorney general.
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House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is “damaging the presidency itself” with his unilateral action on immigration and says the House will not stand idle and let it happen.
President Barack Obama told the American people Thursday night that the time to change the nation’s immigration system is now, and he’s taking action to make that happen.
The measure, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would prohibit correction officials and police from handing over detainees to immigration officials.
About 1,200 new students enrolled in the system this year, and nearly three dozen others were allegedly turned away.
Claire Thomas, the staff attorney for the Safe Passage Project, said many of the children don’t have legal representation, and that’s why her group is training volunteer lawyers as fast as it can.
Lawmakers say New York City’s police and correction departments should not honor immigration detainers unless a federal judge has issued a warrant.
The Council announced Tuesday that it is earmarking $1 million for legal representation and other services for the minors.
Metropolitan New York cases are being handled by the federal Immigration Court in New York City, which is struggling to allocate resources, including pro bono lawyers.