2022 Civics Edition
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
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Reporting on politics, civics, government, participation, and civic engagement across the URL Media network to empower readers to improve democracy and society.
A group of masked protestors holding sign with words "All Black immigrants deserve protection and refuge."
Haitian community leaders, immigrant community members, and their supporters gather at the Newark Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office to demand that President Biden's administration stop deportations and restore the right to asylum on Oct. 22, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. Credit: Spencer Platt | Getty Images 
  • Biden administration proposal to send Haitian migrants to Guantánamo Bay alarms immigration advocates: Biden administration officials are in talks with the Department of Homeland Security about housing incoming Haitian migrants at the notorious Guantanamo Bay Migrant Operation Center as the U.S. anticipates a surge in migration from Haiti in the coming months, reports Prism.

    Considering the nation's history of mistreating Haitian immigrants, policy advocates say this proposal would repeat a racist and xenophobic past. “The history of Haitian migration to the U.S. is filled with racism, discrimination, mistreatment, and deceit,” said Tessa Petit, Executive Director of Florida Immigrant Coalition. “The history of Haitians in Guantánamo, an unforgettable example of it, is not yet forgotten."

     
  • US extends TPS for Haitians, expands program to newer arrivals: On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Haitians living in the United States as of Nov. 6 can now apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and protection for those who already have it is extended through 2024. According to immigration advocates and politicians, the updated policy announced by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas can benefit more than 100,000 Haitians, reports the Haitian Times.
     
  • It’s time for Congress to approve permanent healthcare for Indian Country: This op-ed from Native News Online reminds readers that Indian Country receives no permanent funding for healthcare from the federal government. “Every time the federal government shuts down — or Congress fails to pass an appropriations bill — our peoples’ health care suffers,” said National Indian Health Board President Stacy A. Bohlen outside a tribal leaders’ meeting last week. Native American organizations and tribal leaders are calling on Congress to mandate or advance funding for Indian Country healthcare.
  • Advocates call on next year’s legislature to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented Minnesotans: Advocates are hoping the Minnesota state legislature will pass a bill in the first 45 days of the 2023 session that will allow undocumented people to obtain driver's licenses, reports Sahan Journal. Over the past decade, the bill "Driver's Licenses For All" has fought its way through the legislature, only to be stalled by a split legislature and other agenda priorities. However, starting in the new year, DFL legislators will hold a majority in the state House and Senate, giving advocates renewed hope.
     
  • 🎧 On WURD's Reality Check, Charles Ellison interviewed Rakim H.D. Brooks, President of the Alliance for Justice, about the impact of the 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis Supreme Court case, which involves a Christian Evangelical business owner who refuses to serve same-sex couples
     
  • Refining how we view U.S. history, politics and community: 🎧 Our Body Politic host Farai Chideya interviews award-winning journalist Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry of WNYC's "The Takeaway," on how Black women in media and academia shape the progress of our nation. Farai then talks to Tiffany Dufu, the founder of The Cru, a peer coaching platform for women seeking professional advancement and community.
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