Eight congressional Democrats have returned from visiting two immigrant detention centers in Texas, and they agreed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to improve the detainees’ living conditions.
Immigration reforms advocates encountered another setback from the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Lawmakers voted to not include an amendment that would allow recipients of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to enlist in the military.
Ahead of the court hearing about President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said not voting on comprehensive immigration reform will be the "biggest and most consequential political mistakes" for the Republican Party.
Although President Barack Obama's latest deferred action programs have been temporarily blocked, House Democrats are still calling for eligible undocumented immigrants to prepare their paperwork ahead of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) application launch.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, has climbed higher in the Democratic Party ranks as the second-generation Mexican-American lawmaker was named Thursday as the new chief deputy whip of the Democratic Party for the 114th Congress.