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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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I’m still around! Maraga speaks on early retirement

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Chief Justice David Maraga made his first public appearance on Wednesday, July 1 barely a day after a woman caused a stir at the Milimani Law Courts claiming to be the CJ’s baby mama.

The woman identified as Mary Kwamboka Onyancha alleged that Maraga sired a child with her.

CJ Maraga made the public appearance while presiding over the launch of the Digital Court filing syste at the Supreme Court grounds.

Speaking on the baby mama drama, the CJ reiterated a message by his lawyers in the matter stating that he would not retire before the end of his term in January 2021.

He maintained that his retirement follows a strict procedure and includes being sent on terminal leave a few months before his effective retirement.

“Listening to speakers here, it’s almost like they are biding me farewell. I’m still around for a while and I still got a number of things to do.

“The Judiciary has a strict procedure which involves a retiring judge going on terminal leave. When my time comes, I will receive a letter from the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary and that will be sometimes in November so I;m still around. Don’t worry,” Maraga said.

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‘Only two MPs contracted Covid-19’

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National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has confirmed that two legislators contracted Covid-19.

In a communication to the House, the Speaker told the House that one of the Members of Parliament (MP) left hospital and is currently self- isolating at his home contrary to claims by a section of the media that six lawmakers have been infected.

“One of the affected members has been attended to, and has since been discharged from hospital after testing negative,” Muturi told the MPs.

He added: “Over the last few days, there have been media reports of alleged cases of Covid-19 in Parliament. As you all know, MPs, just like any other citizen are susceptible to the disease.

He said stringent measures have been put in place to cushion members against the pandemic.

The Speaker also directed that no physical meetings would be held in Parliament without complying with the Ministry of Health guidelines and his direct authority.

MPs or staff who come into contact with a Covid-19 case or a suspected case have been advised to undergo voluntary testing as responsible citizens. Depending on the results, one is advised to self-isolate and notify the Speaker’s office immediately.

The Ministry of Health, he said, is currently carrying out voluntary testing in Parliament and members and staff have been encouraged to undertake the voluntary tests.

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VIDEO: Former Women Rep Joyce Lay turns to gospel music with new single

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Former Taita Taveta Women Representative Joyce Lay seems to have found a new career as a musician.

Lay also vied for the Taita Taveta county senate seat in the last general election but lost to Jones Mwaruma.

FIRST SONG

On Monday she released her first song titled Najua, which also coincided with her birthday.

In a series of posts shared on her social media platforms, Lay revealed that she has now found a new calling after her political career came to an end.

She revealed that it had taken her 47 years to find her true calling.

“It took 47 years to know what God Has assigned me to do. This is because I wasn’t keen to allow Him to guide me,” she said.

“In 2018 I started on a deep spiritual journey. To know God more than what a preacher said. I wanted to have a deeper relationship and a wider understanding of who God is and why He created me. I started reading His word more and spending time in prayer. God is faithful,” she further wrote.

Lay also said she relocated to the United States after losing a bid for the senatorial seat in 2017 and it is there that she got the song idea.

“I went to the US for about four months. I had made up my mind that I was going to relocate there and venture into business. I had done my research and a business plan,” she narrated.

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MANY SONGS

The one day as she was outside her porch reflecting on her journey and trying to figure out what lay ahead of her, a song came into her mind and she sang it for about 10 minutes. She said she found it not normal.

“I would wake up in the middle of the night with a new song and just start singing. At some point I couldn’t get much sleep because of the fire burning inside my belly,” she recounted.

“God. Sometimes I would sing the whole night. I spent time to seek God’s direction on this and I know that this is truly for His glory and not for entertainment. He will pour out His Spirit in a way that we have never experienced before. He is God. He doesn’t not lie!”

The former Women Representative said she then decided to record it on the phone and then the studio.

“I took the decision to record music in April this year. This is after getting a clear message that the songs are not for me to keep but for God’s glory to be revealed in the world,” said.

Lay says she now has many other songs.

“It’s amazing because it wasn’t only one song but a second song and a third, fourth, fifth upto 32 songs were dropped into my heart through the Spirit of God,” she said.

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