Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continues to face a backlash after she told Congress that schools should be able to decide whether to report undocumented students to immigration authorities, an assertion that critics say flies in the face of the law and could stir fear in immigrant communities.
We recently recognized the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled that separate meant unequal, ruling against segregation for the first time since reconstruction. After the Court’s ruling, future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall -- then head of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund – warned that “the fight has just begun.”
Immigration advocates are furious at Education Secretary Betsy DeVosafter she told a House panel Tuesday that school officials should determine whether to turn in undocumented students to federal authorities. “If a principal or a teacher finds out that a certain child is undocumented, or his or her family members are undocumented, we must do whatever it takes to ensure the student's safety and protection from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency," said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) "I am outraged and highly concerned following comments made by Secretary Betsy DeVos during yesterday’s Education and the Workforce Committee hearing.” At the hearing, Espaillat asked DeVos at the hearing whether schools should report undocumented students to federal authorities, to which she responded, “… that’s a school decision. It’s a local community decision.”
Civil rights groups slammed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for saying Tuesday that schools can decide whether to report undocumented students to immigration enforcement officials, saying her statements conflict with the law and could raise fears among immigrant students. DeVos’s answers came during testimony before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who was at one time undocumented, pressed the secretary for her positions on immigration enforcement. “Inside the school,” Espaillat asked, “if a principal or a teacher finds out that a certain child is undocumented, or his or her family members are undocumented, do you feel that the principal or teacher is responsible to call [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and to have that family reported?”
More than one million. That is the number of applications for financial assistance that have been submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) by residents of Puerto Rico needing home repairs. Congressman Adriano Espaillat has introduced the Housing Victims of Major Disasters Act, which is designed to ease requirements on what information homeowners must share with FEMA in order to receive money for home repairs. At a press conference in Manhattan on May 21, Espaillat noted that most of the rejections are due to residents being unable to prove that they own their homes. “These properties have been passed on from generation to generation, and many of them lack deeds or other legal documentation that will establish their ownership,” said Espaillat. The agency stated that it would be the final extension of the program, a deadline that Espaillat took issue with.
Representative Adriano Espaillat, a New York Democrat who was born in the Dominican Republic, said on Thursday that he had filed a grievance with the court system against a man, believed to be a lawyer, who spewed a racist rant at Spanish-speaking workers in a Manhattan lunch spot. The grievance named the man as Aaron Schlossberg, a lawyer in Midtown Manhattan, said Candace Person, a spokeswoman for Mr. Espaillat. Ms. Person said the name is based on social media and “credible reports.” Mr. Schlossberg, 42, did not return a phone call left at his office, she said. Ruben Diaz Jr., the Democratic Bronx borough president, joined Mr. Espaillat’s complaint.
In an effort to prevent future foreign meddling in elections, Facebook has begun rolling out a fix: Anyone who wants to buy a political or issue ad in the United States must have a Social Security number along with a U.S. passport or valid driver’s license. “This is excluding an important part of the nation who are being affected by its policies,” Rep. Adriano Espaillat, a New York Democrat who was undocumented in the U.S. in his youth, told VICE News.
La representante de Puerto Rico en el cámara estadounidense, Jenniffer González, y el congresista estadounidense de origen dominicano, Adriano Espaillat, abogaron por la exención de impuesto al acero proveniente de la República Dominicana
Los congresistas Jenniffer González Colón y Adriano Espaillat abogaron por una excención a la República Dominicana de los aranceles al aluminio y acero. Según indican, lo hacen con el objetivo de asegurar que Puerto Rico cuente con los recursos necesarios en la etapa de reconstrucción.
NYCHA residents are fighting back against a federal proposal that would dramatically raise their rent. Resident Karen Blondel said she wouldn't make it if she didn't get rent help from the federal government. "I pay $1,100 a month, but that doesn't leave me anything for groceries," Blondel said. Now paying that rent may get harder for Blondel and hundreds of thousands of others who get federal help through HUD in NYC.