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Trump’s Relentless Attack on ACA Health Law Is Another Attack on Disenfranchised People

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October 13, 2017

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Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess, 202-384-1279

Trump’s Relentless Attack on ACA Health Law Is Another Attack on Disenfranchised People

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration over the past week announced several federal health policy changes that will undercut access to vital health services for millions of people, especially women, people with serious or long-term health conditions, and low- and middle-income families. The new policies will destabilize insurance markets and drive up premiums, making coverage less affordable for those with the greatest health needs.

The changes are the latest in a relentless, hyperpartisan effort by President Trump and conservative Republicans to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the 2010 health law that expanded access to affordable health coverage to 20 million previously uninsured Americans, including lawfully present immigrants. They come after several failed attempts by Republicans in Congress to garner enough support to repeal the law.

The Trump administration also suggested it would reject bipartisan efforts to stabilize the insurance markets unless Congress funds more of Trump’s anti-immigrant, white supremacist agenda, threating to hold hostage millions of people’s health care.

Matthew Lopas, health policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“President Trump’s actions over this past week fall in line with a disgraceful pattern of reckless decision-making that willfully disenfranchises already vulnerable communities. These new policies threaten to throw our entire health system into chaos, and they will hurt women, people who are sick, and families with modest means the most. We should all be outraged by Trump’s uninhibited tendency to put political gain above the health and wellbeing of our country. Congress must do its job to stabilize the health system and prevent millions of people from losing their coverage, without caving to Trump’s ludicrous demands.”

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal Joins DACA Mom, Experts, and Allies to Discuss the Imminent Risks to Parents with DACA and their U.S. Citizen Children and Call for a Clean Dream Act

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October 12, 2017

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal Joins DACA Mom, Experts, and Allies to Discuss the Imminent Risks to Parents with DACA and their U.S. Citizen Children and Call for a Clean Dream Act

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today joined Martha Ruiz, a mother of three and DACA recipient from Colorado; Roberto Suro, director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California; Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma, Washington; Arizona State Rep. Isela Blanc (LD26); and Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, to discuss the potential economic and wellness impacts to parents with DACA and their kids unless Congress moves swiftly to pass a clean Dream Act.

More than 25 percent of DACA recipients are parents, according to a recent survey conducted by UC San Diego professor Tom Wong, the National Immigration Law Center, United We Dream, and the Center for American Progress.

An audio recording of today’s call is available at www.nilc.org/daca-parents-call-2017-10-12/.

Martha Ruiz, Colorado mother of three and DACA recipient
“After DACA ended, we had an emergency meeting with the kids. It was to explain what could happen if either my husband or I were taken away. Children shouldn’t have to worry about being separated from their parents. I know no other home. This is my kids’ home. Our family home. We need protection. We need a clean Dream Act, and we need it quickly.”

Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center
“Many young people with DACA are parents, the majority to U.S. citizen kids. These children should be entitled to the same rights and opportunities as any other child. Unfortunately, unless Congress acts now, their futures may be put in jeopardy. Each day, these children are pushed further and further into limbo. We need a clean Dream Act now.”

Roberto Suro, Professor and Director of the Tomás River Policy Institute at University of Southern California
“A growing body of research on the children of unauthorized immigrants shows the negative effects of growing up with the anxiety and insecurity associated with their parents’ immigration status. That same research shows that measures like DACA can reverse these negative effects. It’s time we start looking at these young people as the parents of U.S. citizens who are doing essential work for society as a whole.”

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Co-Chair of Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform
“President Trump’s immigration wish list is a white supremacist’s dream. At a time when the future of 800,000 DACA recipients hangs in the balance, it is unacceptable for the president to bring forth restrictionist rhetoric that sets us back decades. Many women are stuck in the visa backlogs, waiting years and even decades to be reunited with their families. No one would suffer more under Trump’s immigration principles than women and families.”

Arizona State Rep. Isela Blanc (LD26)
“In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed an immigration bill improving the lives of 3 million immigrants. It brought us out of the shadows to fully participate in the American Dream. Republicans must put partisan politics aside to address the future of 11 million undocumented immigrants.”

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, City of Tacoma, Washington
“We local leaders must implore Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act. Not doing so puts families in jeopardy, particularly women and children. Dreamers are faith leaders, business owners, and serve as other vital members of our community. We rely on them and they deserve our protection.”

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Statement on Trump’s White Nationalist Immigration Wish List

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October 9, 2017

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Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess, 202-384-1279

Statement on Trump’s White Nationalist Immigration Wish List

WASHINGTON — The White House on Sunday put out a list of extreme policies it is proposing in exchange for broadly supported legislation that would provide a permanent fix for immigrant youth. The list is predictably in line with the anti-immigrant vision President Trump and his advisers have espoused since before he took office.

It includes proposals long sought by anti-immigrant extremists, including a radical ramp-up in border and interior enforcement, the elimination of protections for children fleeing extreme circumstances, a refugee cap, a severe cut to the annual number of visas, a departure from sensible policies intended to allow people from underrepresented countries to immigrate to the U.S. and to keep families together, and withholding of federal funds from jurisdictions that limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents.

The release comes just over a month after Trump cruelly thrust nearly 800,000 young people into uncertainty when he decided to abruptly end the hugely successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Kamal Essaheb, policy and advocacy director at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“There is overwhelming agreement across all sectors of American society, including among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, that a permanent solution for immigrant youth is necessary and the right thing to do. Signing the bipartisan Dream Act should be simple and straightforward.

“Yet, instead of engaging with members of Congress in earnest, President Trump again is bending to extremists in his cabinet and his base. This so-called ‘principles’ list is nothing more than a white nationalist wish list. It has no place in a conversation about finding a solution for immigrant youth.

“We need Congress and the president to do the right thing for young immigrants who simply want to be recognized as the Americans they are. We need a clean Dream Act now.”

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With the Window for DACA Renewals Closing, Congress Must Pass a Clean Dream Act Now

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October 5, 2017

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Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess, 202-384-1279

With the Window for DACA Renewals Closing, Congress Must Pass a Clean Dream Act Now

WASHINGTON — Today marks the last day that the federal government has said it will accept renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, except on a case-by-case basis for a limited number of applicants in hurricane-impacted areas.

The government has refused to extend the Oct. 5 deadline for DACA renewals, set arbitrarily just a month ago, despite repeated requests and warnings of the potential for harm from a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, overseeing a case challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end the program.

When the administration announced it was ending DACA, it gave DACA recipients whose work authorization would expire between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, one month to submit renewal applications. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), approximately 154,200 DACA recipients were eligible to renew. On Tuesday, Oct. 3, DHS said it had received just over 106,000 applications.

Kamal Essaheb, policy and advocacy director at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“Ending DACA was cruel. Imposing this arbitrary deadline that gave eligible DACA recipients just a few weeks to renew only compounded the cruelty. By the federal government’s own records, tens of thousands of immigrant youth will start losing protections over the next few months—some as early as tomorrow. Overnight, these young people who are contributing to communities across the country will start losing access to their jobs, will have a harder time providing for their families, and will be stripped of their sense of security and belonging in the country they call home.

“The time for talking has passed. The urgency to act to finally provide a permanent solution for immigrant youth has never been clearer. Congress must pass a clean Dream Act now.”

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SUCCEED Act Not a Serious Proposal for Immigrant Youth

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September 25, 2017

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Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess, 202-384-1279

Republican SUCCEED Act Not a Serious Proposal for Immigrant Youth

WASHINGTON — Republican senators today announced a new legislative proposal to provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth. The SUCCEED Act, cosponsored by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and James Lankford (R-OK), would make eligible immigrant youth wait 15 years to become U.S. citizens. It would also force them to forgo due process rights, place conditions on their ability to stay and live in the U.S., and lock them into a prolonged process that would bar them from seeking other forms of immigration relief for which they could become eligible.

Kamal Essaheb, policy and advocacy director at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“We’re glad to see continued growth in bipartisan support for a legislative solution for immigrant youth, but the SUCCEED Act clearly falls short. This bill is not a serious alternative to a clean Dream Act.

“Leaders in Congress should be focused on moving swiftly to provide certainty to immigrant young people whose lives have been upended by President Trump’s cruel decision to end DACA. Placing unnecessary barriers to their full inclusion is a step backward. It’s simply cruel to make immigrant youth choose between a secure future for themselves and being able to remain in the U.S. with their families.”

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NILC Responds to Supreme Court Calendar Change in Trump v. IRAP

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September 25, 2017

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NILC Responds to Supreme Court Calendar Change in Trump v. IRAP

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has removed both major legal challenges to President Trump’s Muslim ban from its oral argument calendar, NILC learned today. Oral argument in the cases had been scheduled to take place on October 10.

The Court has ordered all parties in the cases to submit additional briefing in light of yesterday’s announcement from the Trump administration that it has issued yet another ban against several countries, including predominantly Muslim-majority countries. The National Immigration Law Center is co-counsel in Trump v. IRAP and has committed to fighting the Muslim ban in all its permutations every step of the way. Below is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

“This new Muslim ban, just like each prior version of it, is morally reprehensible and legally indefensible. Our communities have always known this, and the federal circuit courts of appeal have consistently agreed. Although any delay in justice served is disappointing and will result in tremendous harm to our communities, this latest news is just one step in the larger, multi-faceted fight against the Muslim ban and the Islamophobia that is at the root of these bans. Our goal from the start has been clear: we will work—inside and outside the courtroom—to make sure there is no Muslim ban ever. We will collaborate with our Muslim community leaders and all the affected communities to make sure our country rejects this hateful and divisive policy.

“All those who joined us at the airports, in town halls, and in courtrooms over the last several months should stay engaged. Visit www.nomuslimbanever.com to learn how you can make your voice heard.”

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Civil Rights Groups Condemn Trump’s Latest Muslim Ban

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September 24, 2017

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Civil Rights Groups Condemn Trump’s Latest Muslim Ban

Administration expands Muslim ban, making entry into U.S. even more restrictive

SAN FRANCISCO — This evening, the Trump administration announced its new discriminatory Muslim and refugee ban, to include North Korea, Venezuela, and Muslim-majority Chad, and continues to include Iran, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. The degree of immigration restriction varies by individual country, including complete ban. This move by the administration represents an attempt to sanitize a discriminatory and illegal policy before it is reviewed by the Supreme Court on October 10.

In response to the news, Elica Vafaie from Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), Zahra Billoo from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Avideh Moussavian from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) released the following statements:

Elica Vafaie, staff attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice
“This new nonsensical ban continues to discriminate against immigrants, refugees, and visitors from a group of majority Muslim countries. We will continue to stand up for our communities and fight against any attempt at a Muslim ban.”

Zahra Billoo, CAIR representative
“Adding two non–majority Muslim countries doesn’t change the math or the intent of Trump’s new Muslim ban when six out of eight targeted countries are Muslim majority. This policy continues to be xenophobic and unconstitutional.

“We encourage travelers to know their rights and to reach out to our organizations if they have questions or experience any harassment or delays at airports.”

Avideh Moussavian, senior policy attorney, National Immigration Law Center
“Just like a new coat of paint won’t repair a house with dangerous structural problems, this new variation on the ban does nothing to cover up its discriminatory intent against Muslims, nor does it remove the xenophobic core of this executive order. All our communities must stand together more forcefully now than ever before to reject each permutation of this pernicious order.”

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Statement by CAIR, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and NILC Expressing Disappointment with SCOTUS Muslim Ban Stay

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September 12, 2017

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Statement by CAIR, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and NILC Expressing Disappointment with SCOTUS Muslim Ban Stay

SAN FRANCISCO — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would grant a stay of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to allow refugees with formal ties to resettlement agencies to come to the U.S.

Zahra Billoo, a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) representative, Elica Vafaie, a staff attorney at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, and Justin Cox, a staff attorney to the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), issued the following statement:

“We are disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the latest ruling against the Trump administration’s ban on most refugees, including the 24,000 people who have been working with American refugee resettlement agencies and whose lives hang in the balance. It is our hope that this is a mere procedural step.”

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NILC Applauds Ninth Circuit’s Decision Upholding Injunction on Muslim Ban

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September 7, 2017

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Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess, 202-384-1279

NILC Applauds Ninth Circuit’s Decision Upholding Injunction on Muslim Ban

LOS ANGELES — Following the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision to uphold the Muslim ban injunction, Justin Cox, a staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), issued the following statement:

“This decision by the Ninth Circuit is a step in the right direction and will hopefully help to ensure that discrimination does not become the law of the land in our country. The decision appropriately rejects the Trump administration’s nonsensical contention that even though a mother-in-law is considered ‘close family,’ a grandmother isn’t. And it correctly affirms that the that the Muslim ban cannot be used to bar the entry of refugees who have been formally assured to refugee resettlement agencies.

“The Trump administration has been slow-walking refugee admissions in defiance of federal court injunctions for months. We call on the federal government to honor our historical commitment to refugees and to the rule of law, and to ramp up refugee admissions immediately.”

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Statement on States Lawsuit Challenging Trump Decision to End DACA

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September 6, 2017

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Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess, 202-384-1279

Statement on States Lawsuit Challenging Trump Decision to End DACA

WASHINGTON — Fifteen states and the District of Columbia today sued the Trump administration, challenging the president’s termination of the DACA program. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) and the plaintiffs include Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the lawsuit today in New York City, where on Tuesday New York Dreamer Martin Batalla Vidal and Make the Road New York (MRNY) filed a new legal action challenging Trump’s termination of DACA. Make the Road New York, the National Immigration Law Center, and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at the Yale Law School represent Batalla and MRNY.

In response to today’s announcement, Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“The American people from coast to coast have made their opposition to Trump’s actions clear. Red states and blue states have come together to stand in support of the hundreds of thousands of courageous young immigrants who have DACA and whose futures have now been thrown into terrifying chaos.

“We salute the leaders of these states for taking a stand and fighting back against the administration’s relentless and shameless xenophobia and attacks on our communities, and we count on their leadership as we work together to live up to this country’s ideals of liberty and justice for all.”

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