• For Immigrants, IDs Prove to Be a Barrier To a Dose of Protection

    April 11, 2021 16:01:pm

    -- by Akilah Johnson, The Washington Post:

    The line started outside, on a street usually teeming with people waiting to enter college bars, and snaked up the stairs of an old firehouse to the Brazilian Worker Center, where shots of the coronavirus vaccine were being administered on this cold New England spring morning.

    Finally, it was Maria Sousa’s turn. She had been waiting for more than an hour with her husband and daughter when a center volunteer greeted them in Portuguese and guided them to the registration desk, where they presented their identification — Brazilian passports.

    Getting vaccinated here was the only option they considered.

    Immigrants have been turned away from pharmacies and other places after being asked for driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers or health insurance cards — specific documentation not mandated by states or the federal government but often requested at vaccination sites across the country, including right down the road from here. Often the request comes in English, a language many of the vaccine-seekers don’t fully understand.

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  • ‘It’s Time’: As Congress Debates Citizenship Legislation Yet Again, a DACA Recipient Grows Frustrated

    April 11, 2021 15:58:pm

    -- by Maria Sachetti, The Washington Post:

    Patients sometimes look up at Javier Quiroz, an acute-care nurse in one of Houston’s busiest hospitals, and ask if he is in the United States legally.

    “No,” he says.

    Then he tells them about the journey that has never ended. He crossed the U.S.-Mexico border at age 3 and, nearly three decades later, is among 11 million undocumented immigrants rooted inside the United States without a permanent legal claim to this country.

    Quiroz is a foreigner with a Tennessee accent, a registered nurse who paid his way through college and then fought to save lives in a pandemic that has killed more than 560,000 people in the United States. The deadly pathogen nearly took his father and infected him, his wife and their baby girl.

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  • The Bogus Claim That Democrats Seek to Register ‘Illegal Aliens’ to Vote

    March 31, 2021 19:44:pm

    -- by Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post:

    “Democrats also want to register illegal aliens [to vote].”

    — Voice-over in an ad placed by Heritage Action for America, March 23

    Heritage Action for America, a conservative group affiliated with the Heritage Foundation, is spending $750,000 on television ads in Arizona targeted at convincing two Democratic senators — Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly — to vote against an elections bill called S.B. 1.

    A virtually similar bill, H.R. 1, has already passed the House of Representatives on a party-line vote. The bill, among its provisions, would create uniform national voting standards, overhaul campaign finance laws and outlaw partisan redistricting.

    Both senators are co-sponsors of the companion Senate legislation, so the odds are slim that the ad will have an effect. (The ad also looks like it was produced with a minimal budget.) But perhaps it might convince voters that the Democrats are supporting what the ad calls a “partisan power grab.”

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  • Biden, Treasury Secretary Yellen: Latinos Will Help Drive Covid Recovery

    March 31, 2021 19:41:pm

    -- by Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News:

    President Joe Biden and U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen acknowledged the toll the pandemic has taken on Latino businesses and workers and reassured them Tuesday that they are getting help to bounce back and would be key in leading the latest economic recovery.

    "I know how hard it's been the last two years. It isn't easy to hang a closed sign on a dream or a family legacy that you poured your heart into building," Biden said to the virtual U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's legislative summit.

    Biden and Yellen said Latinos would be helped by the first pandemic relief package passed under the administration, the American Rescue Plan.

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  • House Passes immigration Bill, Citizenship Bill for Farmworkers

    March 19, 2021 15:13:pm

    -- by Rebecca Shabad and Alex Moe, NBC News:

    The House on Thursday passed an immigration bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of "Dreamers" and passed another bill to allow green cards and overhaul protections for farmworkers.

    The first bill, dubbed the American Dream and Promise Act, would provide a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, and those granted temporary protection from deportation. The measure passed 228 to 197, with nine Republicans voting in favor of the measure.

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  • Biden Will Send Mexico Surplus Vaccine, as U.S. Seeks Help On Immigration Enforcement

    March 19, 2021 15:08:pm

    -- by Nick Miroff, Karen DeYoung and Kevin Sieff, The Washington Post:

    The Biden administration has agreed to supply Mexico with excess doses of coronavirus vaccine, and Mexico is moving to help the United States contain a migration surge along its southern border, according to senior officials from both countries involved in the conversations.

    The decision to send Astra­Zeneca vaccine to Mexico as well as to Canada is expected to be announced Friday. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had asked President Biden to help them fill vaccine shortfalls in recent talks.

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  • More Migrant Families Make it Into United States, But Thousands Are Still Being Expelled

    March 17, 2021 17:21:pm

    -- Maria Sacchetti, The Washington Post:

    The Biden administration allowed the majority of migrant families surrendering at the U.S.-Mexico border to enter the United States in February instead of expelling them under a public-health order imposed early in the pandemic, a move officials signaled is due to Mexico’s inability to care for them and not a major U.S. policy shift on the border.

    While much attention has been focused on the rush of children and teens arriving at the border without their parents, the administration is also struggling to shelter and quickly process a rapidly increasing number of families.

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  • Latinos Grapple with Opioid Overdose Rise as Pandemic Triggers Surge in U.S. Use

    March 17, 2021 17:15:pm

    -- by Jorge Carrasco, Noticias Telemundo:

    Diego considers himself fortunate.

    The 49-year-old man, who is only being identified by his first name for privacy reasons, thinks back on some dark moments in his life —all associated with drugs.

    He said his brothers introduced him to narcotics when he was 12 and living in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts. By the time he was 17, said Diego, who is of Puerto Rican descent, he was not only using drugs, but also trafficking in them. He said the drugs plunged him into a spiral of addiction, fracturing his family relationships and landing him in jail numerous times.

    But at least the drugs didn't kill him, he said with relief during a phone interview.

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  • Biden Signs $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Into Law; Some Could See Stimulus Payments This Weekend

    March 11, 2021 23:36:pm

    -- by Tony Romm, The Washington Post:

    President Biden signed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package into law on Thursday, setting in motion a vast effort on the part of his administration to implement one of the largest stimulus measures in U.S. history, and some stimulus payments could be delivered this weekend.

    “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” the president said during the bill signing.

    The first round of stimulus payments of up to $1,400 could go out this weekend to Americans whose direct deposit bank account information is already on hand at the IRS, said White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday.

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  • What Can Fully Vaccinated People Do? Dr. Leana Wen Says Some CDC Advice Too Cautious

    March 11, 2021 17:20:pm

    -- by Katia Hetter, CNN:

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued long-awaited guidance on what fully vaccinated people can safely do, and with it, an opening: There's more opportunity to see our loved ones again.

    White House Senior Adviser for Covid Response Andy Slavitt told CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta we should expect to see more guidance on how to return to normal as we see the rate of vaccination increase.

    "The rate at which new guidance will develop is directly related to how quickly we vaccinate the country," Slavitt told Gupta. "This is the key point. At 10% vaccinations we have this guidance. At 20-30%, we will have new guidance."

    So what can we really do? We discuss the major takeaways with CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Here's her advice.

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