DREAM Act to Be Resurrected in Tennessee
by IMMIGRATION NEWS UPDATE
January 12, 2012
State & Local Update:
A federal bill that would open a path to citizenship for more than a million undocumented students failed more than a year ago, but the Metro Nashville School Board passed a resolution supporting it Tuesday.
A state senator who wants Missouri’s anti-immigration laws to mirror measures passed in Alabama and Arizona is stirring up a fight with advocates for refugees and other foreigners.
The White House named Cecilia Muñoz as director of the Domestic Policy Council, elevating the president's point person on immigration and outreach to the Hispanic community to his senior staff.
The Obama White House acted on Friday to ease the transition from illegal immigrant to legal U.S. resident, another assertion of executive power that sidesteps Congress and a move that some see as calculated to boost the president's standing among Latinos in an election year.
When it comes to fulfilling his immigration promises, President Barack Obama is no longer waiting for Congress to act. During his 2008 campaign, Obama helped to shore up his support from Latino voters by vowing to pursue comprehensive immigration reform and to establish a path to citizenship for some immigrants who were in the country illegally.