Human Needs Report: Appropriations, Immigration Reform and Family Detention Practices


June 15, 2015

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, our regular newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. This edition includes articles on the ongoing appropriations process, immigration reform and family detention practices. See below for the full analysis and links to each section of the report.
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Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations Process Continues
The House and Senate are going through the motions of marking up FY 2016 appropriations bills. The House has passed six of the 12 bills on the floor; the Senate has passed three bills out of the full Appropriations Committee but none has yet to reach the floor. Looming over the process are the Administration’s statements that the President will veto any appropriations bills that come to his desk with sequestration cuts still in place. READ MORE »

Immigration Programs Remain Blocked, For Now
On May 26, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Department of Justice’s request for an emergency stay of a lower court’s decision temporarily blocking two of the biggest initiatives under President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The circuit court’s decision will keep the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program from being implemented for the time being. READ MORE »

Organizations Urge President Obama to End Family Detention  
Last week, more than 80 national advocacy organizations signed a letter to President Obama urging him to end the practice of detaining mothers and children who come to the U.S. fleeing violence in Central America. Since June 2014, the number of family detention beds operated by the Obama Administration has skyrocketed by 4,300 percent. READ MORE »

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