Awareness - May 9, 2024 - We Welcome

Awareness - May 9, 2024

DACA recipients will soon be eligible to receive federal health insurance 

Under a new rule established by the Biden administration, immigrants who are participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be eligible to receive federal health insurance under the Affordable Care Act beginning November 1. The DACA program was launched in 2012 and offers relief from deportation and work permits for immigrants who, as children, were brought illegally to the U.S. or overstayed a visa. Previously DACA recipients were ineligible for federal health insurance but were able to buy private insurance or receive employer-provided health benefits, and in some cases access health insurance programs funded by cities and states.

Leaders in the Western Hemisphere pledge to continue working together to respond to historic migration

Leaders from 22 countries in the Western Hemisphere met in Guatemala on Tuesday and renewed the commitment they made when they signed the “Los Angeles Declaration” 2 years ago. They promised to continue providing legal pathways to enter their countries, to provide aid to communities most impacted by migration, and to work together to manage the flow of migration. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in attendance and noted that progress has been made in each area, but the region continues to see record migration through the Darien Gap that separates Colombia and Panama and at the U.S. border.

“At the core of our efforts is the message that individuals should take advantage of lawful pathways rather than make the dangerous journey north,” Blinken said during a news conference with Guatemala President Bernardo Arévalo.

The 22 countries also agreed to create a committee to monitor their progress in meeting their commitments.

Texas AG is attempting to issue temporary injunction against Annunciation House

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has applied for a temporary injunction against Annunciation House, a network of migrant shelters in El Paso. "The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has reviewed and obtained sworn testimony indicating that Annunciation House’s operations are designed to facilitate illegal border crossings and to conceal illegally present aliens from law enforcement," the AG's office stated.

In February, Paxton had sued the Annunciation House, accusing them of "alien harboring, human smuggling, and operating a stash house.” This legal action came after shelter staff denied investigators from the AG’s office immediate access to records that they had requested be turned over within 24 hours. The Annunciation House then received a temporary restraining order while they discerned which records they were required by law to release. In March, a district judge ruled that Paxton must utilize the state’s court system if he wants to investigate Annunciation House, keeping the shelter network from having to release the records.