Immigration

New attempt in Congress to help Dreamers runs into familiar obstacles

(Missouri Independent) – Legislation creating a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children face a new border crisis and old partisan objections, diminishing the chances it will become law despite full Democratic control of Congress and the White House. On Thursday, the U.S. House is poised to pass the American […]

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Audio: Honduran facing deportation under Trump, leaves sanctuary church in St. Louis without fear under Biden

A man who has lived near St. Louis in a Maplewood church to avoid deportation has been able to finally leave the church.     Alex Garcia returned home on Wednesday after being protected by the church for more than 3 years. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports the Honduran immigrant and father of five […]

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Biden administration urged to remove unlawful immigrants convicted of sex crimes

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has led a coalition of 18 states in urging President Biden, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Johnson, to reverse the Biden Administration’s last-minute cancellation of Operation Talon. Operation Talon is a nationwide ICE operation that focuses on removing illegally present convicted sex […]

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Hawley and colleagues demand answers on Biden’s Department of Homeland Security deportation moratorium

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and eleven Senate colleagues pushed back on a deportation moratorium proposed by President Biden’s Department of Homeland Security, which will prevent the removal of the vast majority of illegal immigrants with final orders of removal–including dangerous criminals–from the United States. The moratorium was proposed in a January 21 memorandum issued […]

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Biden immigration overhaul would open a door to citizenship for 11 million people

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden is poised to send a sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress Thursday that would lay out a path for nearly 11 million undocumented people to obtain citizenship within eight years. Immigration has been one of the toughest issues for Congress to tackle, and the legislation’s fate is unclear in […]

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North Central Missouri College student Jacquelyn Perez honored as Newman Civic Fellow

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 290 students who will make up the organization’s 2020-2021 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The 2020 cohort—the largest group of Newman Civic Fellows to date—includes Jacquelyn Perez (Milan, MO), a student at North Central Missouri College. The […]

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Audio: Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says U.S.- Mexico border crossings have declined by 56% since May

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says there’s been a dramatic decline in the number of people coming to the U.S. through the Mexico border. During a Senate Republican press conference in Washington, Blunt says he traveled this month to the border to see for himself how things are going.     “Border crossings are way […]

Immigration

Immigrants’ rights groups slam asylum rules taking effect today

Immigration rights groups, including the ACLU, are vowing to sue to stop the administration’s new asylum rules, which take effect today. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that blocks non-Mexican migrants from applying for asylum if they arrive on the southern border without proof they were refused asylum in the first country they […]

Border Wall between United States and Mexico

Audio: Missouri Congress members back or oppose President Trump’s border wall demand to end shutdown on party lines

Missouri Congress members are sharply divided along party lines over support for President Trump’s demand for a border wall to end a government shutdown. Republican Representative Vicky Hartzler says she was against a bill passed by a voice vote in the GOP controlled Senate in December to temporarily fund the government without wall funding.   […]

Immigration

Audio: Missouri Congressman says legal immigration process is too lengthy and difficult

President Trump and many Congressional Democrats continue to clash about border security funding with no end in sight to the government shutdown. East-central Missouri Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer says the legal immigration system is too lengthy and difficult.     Trump will address the nation tonight on television to discuss what he calls a crisis […]

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Audio: President Trump rallies base in southeast Missouri

President Trump put fourth familiar themes at his Appearance in southeast Missouri’s Cape Girardeau last night. Among other things, he continued to accuse Democrats of being soft on immigration policy while portraying many migrants as criminals.  Trump said Democrats want to give undocumented migrants special privileges.     President Trump was surrounded by a number […]