Civil Rights & Immigration

The repatriation team that helped recover historic Ojibwe scrolls gathers at the Bay Mills Cultural Center on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, after a ceremony welcoming the scrolls back to their homeland. Behind them is a mural depicting symbols from ancient birch bark scrolls describing the Ojibwe migration story. Pictured are, left to right, Jerry Jondreau, Kate Aamoo, Josephine Jondreau, Howard Kimewon, Wanda Perron, Micah Assignee, Kayla Perron-Assinewe and Robber Assiinewe. (Photo courtesy of Whitney Gravelle)

Emotional ceremony welcomes birch bark scrolls back to Ojibwe people

BY: - February 19, 2024

This article originally appeared in Indian Country Today “Mission accomplished,” wrote Jerry Jondreau on his Facebook page. In a photo accompanying the post, Jondreau, of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Michigan, looks tired. He looks like the man who drove four days in a car with youngsters still recovering from COVID. Despite his fatigue, […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

U.S. House Republicans impeach Homeland Security chief Mayorkas on second try

BY: - February 13, 2024

WASHINGTON — In their second attempt in as many weeks, U.S. House Republicans impeached Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday, marking an inflection point in the growing rift between the GOP and the White House over immigration policy decisions at the southern border. In a 214-213 vote, the House approved two articles […]

Bad River Band and Enbridge offer oral arguments in Line 5 shutdown appeal

BY: - February 13, 2024

Representatives of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. gave their oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago on the case appealing the shutdown of Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 pipeline. The suit began in 2019, when the Bad River Band took […]

Immigrant farm workers harvest broccoli on March 16, 2006, near the border town of near San Luis, south of Yuma, Arizona. The U.S. Senate rejected an immigration bill Wednesday after months of bipartisan negotiations. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Immigration advocates seek restart after Senate deal flops

BY: - February 8, 2024

WASHINGTON — Immigrant advocacy groups that opposed the bipartisan Senate deal to overhaul U.S. immigration law called for restarting policy discussions as the bill failed Wednesday in the U.S. Senate. Several advocacy organizations opposed the deal, which was defeated in a 49-50 procedural Senate vote Wednesday after all but four Republicans declined to support it. […]

Demonstrators and immigrants protesting with We Are Human sign

Border crisis hypocrisy and what’s missing from the immigration debate

BY: - February 8, 2024

The collapse of the bipartisan immigration deal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate laid bare the hypocrisy of Republicans who claim border security is their No. 1 concern, yet refused to support the very border security measures they demanded — and Democrats gave them.  Former President Donald Trump warned Republican members of Congress not to give […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, speaks with reporters in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

U.S. Senate kills immigration overhaul, hits stalemate on Israel, Ukraine aid

BY: - February 7, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate was stuck over whether to begin debate on an emergency spending bill Wednesday night that would provide $95.3 billion in assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan — after senators blocked a sweeping larger package that would have overhauled immigration law for the first time in decades. Republicans said last year […]

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford speaks with reporters in the Russell office building in the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Bleak future for immigration action after U.S. Senate GOP abandons border security deal

BY: and - February 7, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday walked away from the bipartisan border security and immigration deal clinched after months of painstaking negotiations, siding with their House colleagues and presidential front-runner Donald Trump. The decision to block the bill released just two days ago not only leaves laws in place that GOP lawmakers say have […]

defeat for the Republican-led push to impeach a Biden administration Cabinet secretary.

Impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas fails on floor of U.S. House

BY: - February 7, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House failed to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday night, a stunning defeat for the Republican-led push to impeach a Biden administration Cabinet secretary. All Democrats present and four Republicans voted against the two articles of impeachment. The vote was 214-216. The GOP lawmakers to vote against impeachment were […]

Razor wire is seen on the banks of the Rio Grande at Shelby Park on Jan. 12, 2024 in Eagle Pass, Texas. The bipartisan deal to overhaul U.S. immigration policy announced Sunday was met with fierce opposition in the U.S. Senate Monday. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Intense opposition to U.S. Senate immigration deal quickly emerges

BY: - February 5, 2024

WASHINGTON — The proposed global security funding legislation that includes major bipartisan updates to immigration policy encountered opposition from members of both parties Monday, especially Republicans upset by the Biden administration’s handling of border security, charting a tumultuous path for passage in the Senate this week. The deal on immigration policy, negotiated for months by […]

U.S. senators announced a bipartisan agreement Sunday on changes to federal immigration law as part of a supplemental funding bill. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Details of proposed major overhaul of U.S. immigration law, global aid package unveiled 

BY: - February 5, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday night released a $118.28 billion global security package that includes a long-anticipated overhaul of immigration law negotiated by a bipartisan trio of senators. “The United States and our allies are facing multiple, complex and, in places, coordinated challenges from adversaries who seek to disrupt democracy […]

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford speaks with reporters outside the U.S. Capitol about border policy negotiations on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Votes on major bipartisan immigration deal in Congress said to be nearing

BY: - February 1, 2024

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate vote is expected next week on a bipartisan deal that would overhaul U.S. immigration law and provide more than $100 billion for a global security package. The long-awaited bill text on the supplemental package to aid Ukraine, Israel, the Indo-Pacific region and U.S. border security could be made public as […]

U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, gives his first floor speech since being elected to the leadership role. (Screenshot from U.S. House livestream)

Biden, not Congress, responsible for action on immigration, U.S. House speaker asserts

BY: - January 31, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson on Wednesday used his first floor speech since taking hold of the gavel more than three months ago to call for immediate action to address undocumented immigration and border security, saying it’s a “moral” responsibility. The Louisiana Republican, however, argued the task should fall to the White House, […]