Health and Human Services Issues Inclusive Bulletin on Immigrants and Public Charge

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked state Medicaid and CHIP directors to take an active role in thawing the public charge chilling effect. The Informational Bulletin, sent to states by HHS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, underscores that the DHS 2019 Public Charge Final Rule is no longer in effect. This … Continue reading Health and Human Services Issues Inclusive Bulletin on Immigrants and Public Charge

Florida Needs Congressional Action As DACA Hits Nine-Year Mark; FWD.us Launches New Report

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program turns nine today. While the program has been overwhelmingly successful and provided young immigrants and those that rely on them with immense opportunity, congressional inaction to provide Dreamers with an earned pathway to citizenship threatens their lives and contributions in the U.S. A solution is as urgent … Continue reading Florida Needs Congressional Action As DACA Hits Nine-Year Mark; FWD.us Launches New Report

American Families Plan is an investment in children and families

The American Families Plan (AFP) proposed by the Biden-Harris Administration reflects, after many decades, the full range of bold proposals needed to transform the economy so it truly works for children, young people, women, and families. Coupled with the American Jobs Plan announced earlier this month, the AFP would at last provide public investment in … Continue reading American Families Plan is an investment in children and families

We Stand With the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community (AAPI)

We stand with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community (AAPI). We abhor the violence against the Asian community. Violence against AAPI has grown by 150% since the start of the pandemic. Many of us are searching for ways we can respond to the recent violence in Atlanta and throughout the U.S. Take a look … Continue reading We Stand With the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community (AAPI)

House passes pathway to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’

The American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for young undocumented migrants known as “Dreamers” and other people living in the country with temporary protected status, passed in a 228-197 vote. The House also passed The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which could create a system for more than 1 million … Continue reading House passes pathway to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’

DHS Withdraws Affidavit of Support Proposed Rule

On March 19, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced withdrawal of a proposed rule, Affidavit of Support on Behalf of Immigrants. By taking these steps, DHS aims to reduce barriers and alleviate burdens on American families who wish to sponsor individuals immigrating to the U.S. within the legal immigration system. On Feb. 2, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14012, Restoring Faith … Continue reading DHS Withdraws Affidavit of Support Proposed Rule

U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Secretary Mayorkas Designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas is designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022. This new designation of TPS for Venezuela enables Venezuelan nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Venezuela) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as … Continue reading U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Secretary Mayorkas Designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

DHS Secretary Statement on the 2019 Public Charge Rule

The Department of Homeland Security announced that government will no longer defend the 2019 public charge rule. The 1999 “field guidance” is effective immediately, making it safe for immigrant families to use health, food, and housing programs they qualify for. https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/03/09/dhs-secretary-statement-2019-public-charge-rule

American Rescue Plan Act Will Help Millions and Bolster the Economy

The American Rescue Plan Act, which Congress has passed and has been signed by President Biden, will provide needed help to tens of millions of people, reduce high levels of hardship, help school districts address student learning loss, and bolster the economy. The economy remains weak, the jobs recovery has lost momentum, and there are … Continue reading American Rescue Plan Act Will Help Millions and Bolster the Economy

USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

USCIS announces plans to revert to the 2008 version of the Naturalization Civics test. -- USCIS anuncia planes para volver a la versión del 2008 del examen de Educación Cívica para Naturalización. https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-reverts-to-the-2008-version-of-the-naturalization-civics-test#:~:text=The%202020%20test%20will%20be,Center%20on%20the%20USCIS%20website