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Churches, Community Groups Help States Vaccinate Immigrants – PEW

“As vaccination progresses to include more people, including immigrants in other jobs, some advocates fear the disparities will only grow. ‘This is going to be a bigger problem as it opens up to more people,’ said Adonia Simpson, an attorney who works with immigrants at the Americans for Immigrant Justice legal clinic in Miami. ‘Just the fact that they’re asking …

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‘Into the shadows’: New federal rules could push asylum seekers further into poverty

By Monique O. Madan, The Miami Herald “Jennifer Anzardo Valdez, the program director for the Children’s Law Program at Americans for Immigrant Justice, a Florida non-profit immigration organization representing Miami’s most at-risk communities, is on the staff’s legal team charged with analyzing the administration’s new work-permit rules. She says the ‘rules are designed to keep asylum seekers not just from …

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‘Dreamers’ face a new twist in their college studies: Justify status every year

By Juan Carlos Chavez, Tampa Bay Times “Adonia Simpson, a lawyer for the Miami-based immigrant rights group Americans for Immigrant Justice, said dreamers are worried at how many years have passed with the deferred-action program still on shaky ground. ‘The difficulty about DACA is that it was never a permanent solution,’ said Simpson. ‘It was a response to deliver a …

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The next federal relief package must include help for immigrants | Opinion

BY KRYSTINA FRANÇOIS, CHERYL LITTLE AND ALISON YAGER, The Miami Herald The health and prosperity of each of us depends on the health and prosperity of all of us. That’s the reality that the COVID-19 crisis has made plain. Sen. Marco Rubio has shown leadership by sponsoring the American Citizen Coronavirus Relief Act in support of relief for some immigrant families. But …

Miramar ICE Facility Still Open Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Manuel Madrid | March 16, 2020 The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has fundamentally changed daily life in South Florida, where large gatherings have been canceled. Public health experts recommend working from home and avoiding public transportation, if possible, to stem the spread of COVID-19. All of those precautions, however, appear to go out the window when it comes to …

Forsaken by Trump, immigrant ‘Dreamers’ seek U.S. Supreme Court reprieve

Lawrence Hurley BALTIMORE (Reuters) – When Maricruz Abarca learned three years ago that she had been given the legal right under a U.S. government program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to work in the United States and avoid deportation, she started to cry. After years of living illegally in the shadows after moving to the United States from Mexico …