DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Lengthy timeline for DACA legal fight puts lives on hold for years

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — Karen Judith Briseno Ortiz mailed in her application for a program meant to protect undocumented children from deportation, one day after her twin sister’s application. Her sister was accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but Briseno Ortiz, who grew up in Dallas, was not. Now her application is in limbo […]

Advocates gather to support former University of Kansas professor following his sentencing

BY: - January 18, 2023

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Supporters of former University of Kansas professor Franklin Tao gathered in the cold wind and rain Wednesday outside the Robert J. Dole Federal Courthouse. The group assembled to show support for Tao, who was the first person arrested under former President Donald Trump’s discontinued “China Initiative” in 2019, and to voice […]

Vice President Kamala Harris looks on as President Joe Biden delivers remarks about border security

Biden administration to rapidly expel more migrants at the border, add legal pathways

BY: and - January 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced dual immigration strategies that would increase expulsions of migrants who attempt to cross the Southern border, while also expanding opportunities for migrants from several countries to legally enter the United States. But the sweeping new immigration plan brought condemnation from advocates who said he should not broaden […]

Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, speaking here last year after U.S. forces left Afghanistan, says he will back a bipartisan bill aiding Afghan military allies in the United States and abroad. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of U.S. Senate YouTube channel)

Moran backs legislation broadening support to Afghans who aided U.S. servicemembers

BY: - December 15, 2022

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, backs bipartisan bill to deepen support for Afghans who worked with U.S. service members during the 20-year war.

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Talks over protecting Dreamers pick up in Congress, but agreement still elusive

BY: - December 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — In a last-minute push, U.S. senators are working on a bipartisan agreement to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children. But the success of any major immigration deal appears unlikely, as a lame-duck session of Congress dwindles into its last days. Democrats are […]

Supporters of the DACA program rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2019. (Robin Bravender/States Newsroom)

U.S. Senate Democrats make a last-ditch push for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic U.S. senators have set a December deadline for passing bipartisan legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for more than 600,000 undocumented people who were brought into the country as children — but they don’t yet have enough Senate Republican votes to make it a reality. During a Wednesday press conference […]

A headshot image of Gleb Gluhovsky

Kansas National Guard veteran values service in country that welcomed him as refugee

BY: - November 11, 2022

TOPEKA — Gleb Gluhovsky enlisted for military service as a way of repaying the country that saved his life as a teenage refugee from war-torn Eastern Europe. Gluhovsky, a physician assistant and colonel in the Kansas Army National Guard, has been deployed to Kosovo, Egypt, Kuwait and Liberal, Kansas, where he helped keep meatpacking plants open […]

Democrat Patrick Schmidt, left, and Republican U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner appear on stage during a TV debate

Democrat launches biting critique during TV debate for Kansas congressional seat

BY: - November 4, 2022

TOPEKA — Democrat Patrick Schmidt harshly criticized Republican U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner during a televised debate Thursday for hiding on Jan. 6, 2021, while Capitol Police “were getting the s*** beat out of them,” then voted against accepting the results of the 2020 presidential election. Schmidt, a U.S. Navy intelligence officer who is considered an […]

New plan for Venezuelan migrants will accept some into the U.S., send others to Mexico

BY: - October 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday night announced new guidelines for Venezuelan migrants, under which some will have a pathway to temporary residence in the United States and others who crossed the border without authorization will be sent back to Mexico. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced an agreement between Mexico and the […]

Kansas GOP congressional candidate Amanda Adkins raised an alarm about federal funding for more IRS agents, while opponent U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids challenged Adkins' opposition to a potential ban on abortion in the United States. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Adkins taps into anxiety of IRS audit surge, criticizes Kansas Democrats’ focus on abortion

BY: - September 27, 2022

GOP congressional candidate Amanda Adkins stokes fear of IRS audits, while U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids questions Adkins' position on abortion rights.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis endorsed Attorney General Derek Schmidt's campaign for Kansas governor Sunday during an Olathe rally. Schmidt is campaigning against Gov. Laura Kelly and two other candidates. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

DeSantis endorses Schmidt’s campaign for Kansas governor, pokes at Kelly’s ties to Biden

BY: - September 18, 2022

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis worked to broaden his 2024 presidential foundation by traveling to Kansas to endorse GOP gubernatorial nominee Derek Schmidt.

Diana Martinez Quintana sits with other undocumented youths during a demonstration to demand Congress pass the DREAM Act during summer 2010. (Erin Lea Lowenthal)

Ten years after DACA, undocumented youths in Kansas and across the nation need further change

BY: - September 6, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Diana Martinez Quintana is a policy entrepreneur at Next100, a startup think tank, and is from Kansas City. Last week, President Joe Biden moved to codify […]