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UnidosNow Speaks about Social Justice with Japanese Exchange Students

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A delegation of Japanese students are visiting St. Stephen’s Episcopal School as a part of a exchange program, and Mr. Patrick Whelan, Head of Social Studies, invited UnidosNow’s Executive Director Luz Corcuera to speak with the students.

The discussion was centered in social justice and peace. Issues of poverty, immigration, marginalization, education, and social determinants of health were explored. “This will be the generation crossing across the divides to create a just and peaceful world for our future generations”, Mrs. Corcuera explained.

Tuition Equity for DREAMers

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The Florida Immigrant Coaliton and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a few months ago a basic fact sheet to guide DREAMers in their understanding of House Bill (HB) 851 on Tuition Equity for DREAMers. This bill allows all Florida high school graduates regardless of status to pay in-state tuition rates at all Florida Public Universities and Colleges.

 

Last June, five DREAMers had the opportunity to meet with Governor Scott and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera. They expressed their gratitude to the Governor for signing the bill and also took the opportunity to remind him there is so much more at stake and there is much more our immigrant communities in Florida need. They had a conversation on driver’s licenses and its importance not only for the immigrant youth in this state, but also for their parents and our communities overall.

 

Please find below the fact sheets on HB 851 to help you understand the process:

Please, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

What the Temporary Suspension of DACA and DAPA Mean

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The week has started with sad news about DACA and DAPA, for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

Today, February 18th, the expansion of DACA was supposed to start, but now it is on a temporary suspension since “[a] South Texas judge in Texas [Hanen] has ordered an injunction on U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration that permitted millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country”, as TIME magazine informs.

This means that also the plans to accept applications for DAPA has been suspended temporarily.

However, not everything is lost. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh C. Johson, stated on a press release yesterday that he strongly disagrees with Judge Hanen’s decision: “The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts and even other courts have said that our actions are well within our legal authority”, he wrote on the note.

Now, according to the White House, the Department of Justice plans to appeal the judge’s decision, “and we believe the courts will ultimately reject this lawsuit because it has absolutely no legal merit”, writes Gabe Ortiz, from America’s Voice.

He sent an email blast Tuesday were she affirmed: “I know it sounds kind of scary, but many legal experts have said all along said that lawsuit is nothing more than a political stunt by anti-immigrant Attorneys General and Governors”.

“The best way our community can fight back against this attack is to stay on track. If you’re eligible, continue getting ready for expanded DACA and DAPA and immediately apply when the time comes. And, very importantly, this attack does not affect 2012’s DACA or its renewal process. So if you already have DACA and are set to renew, you should do so“, keeps explaining Ortiz.

So do not feel discouraged. Continue gathering your documents and getting ready for expanded DACA and DAPA, so when this decision is appealed, you are ready to apply right away. And remember: this decision DOES NOT affect 2012’s DACA, so if you can apply or are due to renew your permit, go ahead.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

 

DACA Expands to Include More Applicants

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November 20th marked an unforgettable date: President Obama announced new executive actions on immigration, presenting 5 initiatives that will give undocumented immigrants a path to a provisional lawful presence, as well as improving existing visa programs and promoting the naturalization process.

In this post we will focus on the expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which means that more young undocumented immigrants will be eligible to apply for this program without fear of deportation. Carlos Tolentino, a community leader and expert on immigration, says: “It will expand to help at least 100,000 more people”.

You can start applying for DACA -for the first time or to renew- on February 18th!

USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) gives us this basic information in their website:

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

  • Individuals with no lawful immigration status who are seeking initial or renewal DACA.

WHAT THE INITIATIVE WOULD DO

  • Extends the deferred action period and employment authorization to three years from two years, and allows you to be considered for DACA if you:
  • Entered the United States before the age of 16;
  • Have lived in the United States continuously since at least January 1, 2010, rather than the prior requirement of June 15, 2007;
  • Are of any age (removes the requirement to have been born since June 15, 1981); and
  • Meet all the other DACA guidelines.

WHEN YOU CAN START TO MAKE A REQUEST

  • February 18, 2015 (USCIS will not accept requests for expanded DACA before that date)

HOW TO MAKE A REQUEST

REMEMBER: You can apply for the expansion of DACA this Wednesday, February 18th. Start gathering all your documents and filling out the application. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact UnidosNow at 941-256-0625.

(Photography from USCIS flyer on DACA).

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