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BREAKING: US Congress passes Bill to give certain immigrants a pathway to citizenship

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The US House of Representatives on Tuesday evening passed a Bill that would give permanent citizenship to 2.5 million undocumented  immigrants, including “dreamers” who were brought to the United States as children.

The final vote was 237-187.

The Dreamers’ Act,  introduced in March, seeks to give a pathway to citizenship to two major groups of immigrants whose legal status President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened: unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the US as children (known as DREAMers) and immigrants with temporary humanitarians protections.

Cheers erupted in the chamber when the bill got the necessary votes along with chants of “yes we can.” Only seven Republicans broke ranks to join all 230 Democrats present in backing the bill.

It would grant dreamers 10 years of legal residence status if they meet certain requirements. They would then receive permanent green cards after completing at least two years of higher education or military service, or after working for three years.

“Dreamers and those with TPS (Temporary Protected Status) and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) status are contributing to our country and to our economy, and deserve to have certainty that they will be able to stay with their families in the place they call home,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wrote in a Dear Colleague letter to the Democratic caucus this week.

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The measure would provide long-awaited clarity to the millions of dreamers who have been caught in legal limbo amid years of partisan maneuvering on the issue.

The Obama administration granted work permits to many of them through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but President Trump ended the program in late 2017. Its fate rests with the Supreme Court, which may take up the issue in the coming months.

Freshman Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), the son of Eritrean refugees, got a standing ovation from Democrats as he quoted former president Ronald Reagan to defend immigration as integral to the fabric of America, describing dreamers as “young people all across our country who know no other home but the United States.”

“We can’t allow these young people to continue to live in fear, to be at risk,” Neguse said.

Different versions of the bill have been introduced in Congress over the years but never passed.

“This is legislation that is consistent with who we are as Americans, as an aspirational people, as a nation of immigrants and as a place where people can come to pursue the American Dream,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s vote.

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Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), the lead sponsor of the current bill, noted that Tuesday will mark “the first time the Dream Act will be passed by a chamber of Congress as a top Democratic priority.”

Following the passage, House Democratic voiced optimism that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would bring up the legislation in the Senate.

“There should be nothing partisan or political about this legislation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a news conference where she was flanked by other Democrats and supporters of the measure. “We are proud to pass it, we hope, in a bipartisan way.”

However, analysts say it is unlikely that the Senate – which has more Republicans than Democrats -will consider the bill.

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US-based Kenyan DJ Ivy makes it into Forbes 30 Under 30 list

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A US-based Kenyan-born DJ has been listed in this year’s edition of the annual Forbes 30 Under 30.

Ivy Awino, aka DJ Poizon Ivy, who was the first woman ever to DJ a National Basketball Association (NBA) all-star game, was named among the 2020 class of sports world’s brightest and youngest stars.

“I’m just here to make my mama and Kenya proud,” Ivy captioned a photo of herself in celebration of her latest achievement.

Ivy, who is the official NBA’s Dallas Mavericks team entertainment manager, was listed by Forbes alongside Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, Ryan Bishara (Los Angeles football club VP of business and data strategy), Julie Blanc (Director of Corporate Development Drone Racing League) and Team USA figure skater Nathan Chen among others.

Ivy, 28, was born in Kenya before she moved to the US with her family when she was just five years old. She started deejaying at the age of 19 while in college.

“After I relocated to Dallas after college, I started working with the WNBA team and a friend advised that I ‘shoot my shot’ with the Mavs, who at the time had the position filled. A few months after my inquiry, the position became available and I got the call,” Ivy told Daily Nation in a past interview.

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She bagged the Best DJ in East Africa Award at the Afrika Muzik Magazine Awards held in Texas in October this year.

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Man charged with murder of Kenyan during London party

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A 26-year-old man was on Thursday charged with last month’s murder of a Kenyan man in east London.

Randy Skuse, 27, was stabbed to death after a fight broke out during a birthday party at a friend’s house on Buckle Street, Whitechapel. A post-mortem report revealed Skuse, who worked at Britvic’s factory in Beckton, died from a single stab wound.

Three other men were stabbed during the chaos but their injuries were not life-threatening, according to Metropolitan Police.

Sahal Abi was arrested in Ipswich on Tuesday after an investigation by homicide detectives from Specialist Crime.

He was charged with the murder of Skuse and three other counts of wounding with intent.

Seven suspects were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and attempted murder but four were released.

The other three men, aged 23, 24 and 29, were released on bail pending further investigations.

According to family and friends, Skuse had been laughing and joking minutes before he was stabbed.

His family has since described him as an “innocent soul” who had been acting as a “peacemaker” when he was killed in the flat.

Skuse’s mother Rahab Mugo told reporters that her son was attending the birthday party of a childhood friend on the fateful night.

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“It wasn’t even a big party, the girl was turning 25 and she only invited 25 people,” Ms Mugo said.

Speaking to Barking and Dagenham Post, she said Skuse had just finished work at the factory where he worked as a supervisor at 10pm and left at around midnight.

She said her son got a lift to the party in a friend’s car to the party. Skuse was stabbed when a fight broke out in the morning. Ms Mugo said she was informed of her son’s death by a friend of Skuse’s.

“There were boys injured, a boy dead, boys in the police station and others still in the flat. The police told us to give our details and names of our children,” she said.

Ms Mugo said friends, family and neighbours and members of the Kenyan community have supported her following her son’s death.

“I keep hoping he’s going to come home. It’s hard. I still think I’m in a dream,” she said.

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Likoni tragedy: ‘Man received phone call from dead father’

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A bare chested John Mutinda stormed out of his house in Vanga Estate in Likoni, Mombasa County, at around 4am on Saturday, got into his vehicle and sped off.

Clad in a pair of shorts only, Mr Mutinda knocked down a motorcycle as he sped off towards the Likoni crossing channel before plunging into the ocean.

Mr Mbithi Matheka, a night guard who Mr Mutinda usually hired to watch over his car, a Toyota Allion, said the 46-year-old clearing and forwarding agent looked disturbed.

“He did not utter a word, he stared at us for some minutes before he got into the car and drove off at high speed,” said Mr Matheka.

Soon after leaving, his wife Ruth Mueni came out to inquire where her husband had gone.

A neighbour said that at around midnight, Ms Mueni had complained that her husband was behaving strangely.

“The wife was here complaining, but it was not clear what she was bitter about. She went back to the house, only for the incident to happen later,” said a neighbour.

According to Mr Mutinda’s relative, Benard Kieti, the victim told his wife that he had received a call from his late father before leaving the house in a huff.

“He was saying things that his wife could not comprehend when he left. The wife tried to stop him in vain,” said Mr Kieti who spoke on behalf of the family during an interview at the Likoni channel.

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According to Kenya Ferry Services (KFS), Mr Mutinda drove straight into the sea at around 4.20am without paying for the ticket.

As he drove into the sea at high speed, he almost ran over a KFS official. At the time of the incident, the only ferry which was operational was on the Island side of the channel. The incident happened on the mainland side.

Soon after the incident, officers from the Kenya Navy and the Kenya Police Marine swung into action.

But it was not until 8am when Kenya Navy divers retrieved the body which was later taken to Jocham Hospital mortuary.

The vehicle was later pulled out of the ocean at around midday by technicians from the Southern Engineering Ltd.

The vehicle was lifted by a crane and put on Mv Kilindini before being towed to the Likoni Ferry Police Station.

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