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¡Americano! Musical con debut fuera de Broadway inspirado por un 'dreamer' de Phoenix

La historia de Tony Valdovinos se cuenta en el musical “¡Americano!”, creado para Phoenix Theatre Company en 2020 para inspirar a otros jóvenes Dreamers y ahora es el primer musical original de Arizona que debuta fuera de Broadway.... Read more»

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Arizona Dreamer’s journey depicted in ‘¡Americano!’, a musical debuting off-Broadway

The story of Tony Valdovinos is told in the musical “¡Americano!”, created for the Phoenix Theater Company in 2020 to inspire other young Dreamers and now is the first original Arizona musical to debut off-Broadway. ... Read more»

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I came here legally when I was 2. Immigration backlogs are keeping me from the American dream

About five million people are stuck in a decades-long line to become permanent residents, and more than 100,000 of their children, known as “Documented Dreamers,” are estimated to lose their status here over the next two decades.... Read more»

Neither side thrilled with immigration reforms in Build Back Better bill

Buried in the $1.9 trillion Build Back Better Plan is $100 billion for immigration reform, money that critics say has no business being in the bill and that migration advocates say does not go nearly far enough. ... Read more»

Immigration protections in Biden’s social policy bill face a new test in the Senate

Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. ... Read more»

Arizona senator wants to cancel vote on in-state Dreamer tuition because GOP senators were in minority

Republican Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita says voters shouldn’t get to weigh in on a ballot measure next year that would repeal a state law prohibiting undocumented students from accessing in-state tuition because not enough Republicans supported the proposal.... Read more»

Democrats’ slimmer $1.75 trillion Build Back Better still has skeptics

Democratic leaders announced Thursday that they reached agreement on a $1.75 trillion “framework” for the Build Back Better plan, but few were rushing to embrace it, with many progressives pointing instead to what was left out and conservatives complaining about costs.... Read more»

Citizenship applications backlog doubles from 2015 to 2020

The backlog of applications for eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens more than doubled between 2015 and 2020, according to a report from a Government Accountability Office that portrays U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as a strained and inefficient agency.... Read more»

Undocumented students graduating from college are forming alumni support groups

To help pad the landing for graduates without citizenship, Yadira Hernandez founded the Undocumented Student Association of UCLA so that graduates could support each other, share tips for survival and develop clear pathways for those students who come next. ... Read more»

Immigration advocates shave heads to protest failure to pass citizenship for dreamers

60 immigrant leaders and advocates shaved their heads in line with a historical tradition of Korean people to show their commitment to pushing for a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants as attempt, as plans that would do that stall in the Senate. ... Read more»

Protesters confront Arizona Sen. Sinema directly, she calls the move 'unacceptable'

Progressives upset with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema took their protests directly to the Arizona Democrat this weekend, ambushing her in public spaces three times to get answers on immigration reform and spending on social programs. ... Read more»

Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues

The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges. ... Read more»

Poll finds broad support in Arizona for a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants

Arizona voters overwhelmingly support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who meet the conditions for “earned citizenship” - undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, farmworkers, essential workers and those with Temporary Protected Status.... Read more»

Arizona groups demand Mark Kelly 'not hide' behind parliamentarian opinion on citizenship

Members of the We Are Home coalition gathered near U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly’s office in central Phoenix Monday to urge the senator to find “whatever means” to pass a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants following a Sunday parliamentarian setback.... Read more»

Dreamers fear deportation while being essential workers

About 1 million Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients are considered essential workers, and losing DACA status has become a big concern for those working jobs on the front line - from doctors to maintenance workers - during the pandemic.... Read more»

A Texas judge blocked DACA protections, ramping up pressure for congressional action

A Texas judge on Friday blocked the federal government from granting temporary work permits and deferral from deportation to first-time applicants to the Deferred Action from Childhood Arrivals program. ... Read more»

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