Over 100 tech companies join legal action against Trump for ending DACA

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Over one hundred companies from the tech industry—including Facebook, IBM, Google, Lyft, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Twitter—have filed a legal brief supporting a lawsuit filed by California, Minnesota, Maryland, and Maine over Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and put 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth at risk of deportation.

“Just as DACA sent a powerful message of inclusion, its rescission tells the immigrants who have been integral to the growth and development of our society and economy for decades that they are no longer welcome here,” the brief notes. “As a result, DACA’s rescission will reduce the future ability of U.S. companies to attract individuals from around the world to support America’s continued economic growth and prosperity.”

In its own brief, Apple wrote the company “and its customers have benefitted greatly from their intelligence, ambition, creativity, resilience, and hard work. These

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Kamala Harris: ‘I will not vote for an end-of-year spending bill’ unless Dreamers are protected

During a press conference in support of the bipartisan DREAM Act, California Sen. Kamala Harris said she’s prepared to not back a key spending bill if it doesn’t include a congressional fix protecting undocumented immigrant youth stripped of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections by the Trump administration:

“I will not vote for an end-of-year spending bill until we are clear about what we are going to do to protect and take care of our DACA young people in this country,” Harris said. “Each day in the life of these young people is a very long time, and we’ve got to stop playing politics with their lives.”

No other state stands to feel DACA’s rescission like California, where one-quarter of the nation’s 800,000 DACA recipients live, work, and go to school. And they’re afraid. Sen. Harris said she’s heard first-hand from these young immigrants, who approach her in public “to talk

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Border Patrol agents may be stalking a special needs child’s hospital to detain her

For the second time since May, Border Patrol agents have reportedly skirted their own “sensitive locations” policy—which says that hospitals are generally off-limits, excluding “exigent circumstances”—to target yet another immigrant family seeking urgent medical care. This inhumanity will lead to even more devastating consequences, with families becoming too afraid to access medical care because of the deportation force:

A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who had gall bladder surgery at Driscoll Children’s Hospital is under threat of deportation after crossing a Customs and Border Protection checkpoint to get to Corpus Christi for the surgery.

The girl’s mother, Felipa Delacruz, told the Caller-Times on Tuesday she received a call from the Mexican Consulate about her daughter, Rosamaria Hernandez. She was told her child faces deportation or could be sent to a detention center after she is released from Driscoll Children’s Hospital.  

Delacruz, who also lacks legal immigration status,

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After fighting for her right to an abortion, immigrant teen finally gets one this morning

Yesterday, the federal appeals court in Washington, DC, ruled that Jane Doe, a 17-year-old immigrant woman in federal custody, had the right to obtain an abortion. This ended a month-long battle with the Trump administration, who repeatedly attempted to block her from terminating her pregnancy. While in a detention center for unaccompanied minors, Doe sought and received a judge’s permission to have an abortion without parental consent. Because the administration felt it perfectly acceptable to make this decision for her, they filed appeal after appeal to delay the abortion. Yet, a state judge, a federal judge, a panel of appeal judges and the full appeals court all said the same thing—Jane Doe is entitled to have the abortion she seeks and it’s absolutely none of the government’s business.

While many of us were worried that the administration would appeal the most recent decision and try to take an appeal to

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Immigrant youth don’t need more false hopes from John Cornyn, they need the DREAM Act

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Politico reports that Texas Sen. John Cornyn is part of a Republican group “privately discussing the contours” of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal, but color me skeptical. Now, advocates would be glad to be proven wrong, but there’s a reason why Cornyn has been awarded the “Biggest Hypocrite on Immigration” trophy by immigrant rights group America’s Voice.

For example, Cornyn’ll offer up optimistic words—or say he’s working on a DACA deal—but when humane immigration proposals have come up, he’s helped derail them. When the DREAM Act passed the House and went to the Senate in 2010, Cornyn opposed it. Then at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference a month later, he “had the audacity to portray himself as a dedicated supporter of immigration reform.” So, take this report with a grain of salt:

“There’s a solution to be had there,” Cornyn said. “But we just need to get on

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Appeals court rules against Trump administration, says immigrant teen has right to an abortion

After several weeks of attempted delays by the Trump administration, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. ruled on Tuesday that a 17-year-old immigrant woman in custody must be allowed to have the abortion she requested last month. 

A U.S. appeals court has cleared the way for a 17-year-old immigrant held in federal custody to obtain an abortion.

The ruling Tuesday by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overruled a decision by a three-judge panel of the court that at least temporarily blocked the teen from having the procedure.

Jane Doe, whose name is not being released in the press, is currently in a detention facility for unaccompanied minors in Texas. She has requested that she be permitted to have an abortion without parental consent since she is in the country without guardians. Though she made the request on September 11, the

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Students worry about a future without DACA: ‘Can I even afford to finish medical school?’

There are currently around 100 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients enrolled in medical school. They’ve had none of daddy’s connections or money to help them get ahead. Facing a wall of obstacles due to their immigration status, it was hard work, determination, and grit that got them to where they are now. But because Donald Trump has rescinded the program and Congress has yet to pass a clean DREAM Act to put them on a path to citizenship, these students are in limbo:

Zarna Patel, 24, is a third-year student at Loyola who was brought to the U.S. from India as a 3-year-old without any legal documents. Her DACA permit expires in January, and she’s trying to renew it so she can continue medical school rotations that require clinical work. If she’s able to work in U.S., Patel will work in disadvantaged areas of Illinois for four years,

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