"No commercial, mass-produced, industrial-strength standardized factory test should ever be used as the determining factor for any student or adult."
The AFL-CIO has demanded that President Obama take administrative action to remove the threat of deportation hanging over some 11 million immigrants.
Up to 2,000 immigrant children will be cared for in Dallas under a plan announced by County Judge Clay Jenkins at the Texas Democratic Party Convention June 28.
The mass migration of children from Central America has been at the center of a political firestorm over the past few weeks.
A large and enthusiastic Newark crowd celebrated the inauguration of its 40th mayor, Ras Baraka, last week at the city's New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Each year, the government initiates immigration court proceedings against thousands of children, some of whom have lived in the U.S. for years.
"My forefathers didn't have the opportunity to register or vote," said Rosanell Eaton. "It is my intention to help people reach that point when they could do something."
"The hearing in North Carolina is one with national implications," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP.
"Make it bigger, make it bolder, make it more challenging, because literally the whole world will be watching."
The arrival in South Texas alone of over 50,000 child refugees without immigration papers has been seized on by Republicans to block immigration reform.