Follow these steps to properly fill out a DACA renewal
Now entering its fourth year, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has changed the lives of the 728,285 people who have received temporary protected status and work permits. And when it’s time to renew, it’s best to start the process early before your work permit expires.
Follow these steps from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to ensure that your DACA renewal process goes smoothly: Continue reading →
This week in immigration: Congressman Grijalva introduces resolution condemning 1996 immigration law; 177 organizations call on DOJ to provide counsel for children in immigration proceedings; op-ed describes how Texas benefits if DAPA is implemented.
CONGRESSMAN GRIJALVA INTRODUCES RESOLUTION CONDEMNING 1996 IMMIGRATION LAW: This week, Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3) along with 30 Representatives introduced a congressional resolution calling for immigration policies that reduce automatic deportation and detention, restore due process for immigrants, and repeal unnecessary barriers to legal immigration. The “Fix96 Resolution” marks 20 years since the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act were signed into law in 1996, dramatically broadening and easing deportation and detainment requirements, removing legal defenses and involving local law enforcement. Vox writes an excellent description of the impact of the 1996 laws on today’s immigration system and its impact on families.
This week in immigration: NCLR rallies with immigration advocates on steps of Supreme Court and what could happen next in U.S. v Texas
NCLR rallies on Supreme Court steps for administrative relief: NCLR staff members joined thousands of advocates and NCLR Affiliates for a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court in support of the President’s executive actions on immigration on Monday as the justices heard arguments in the U.S. v Texas case. Attendees heard from families and Congressional representatives, as well as NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía, about the need for administrative relief and the effects on American communities. “The presence of thousands of people at the Supreme Court today demonstrates both how many families are impacted by this needless delay and how important it is to let these programs go forward, not only to our community, but also to our economy and our country,” said Ms. Murguía in a statement. “Presidents on both sides of the aisle, on many occasions, have set a clear precedentfor the use of executive action to shield people from deportations. We hope and expect that reason and precedent win the day.” Media and highlights from the rally can be found in our blog post and on our website.
This week in immigration: NCLR Latino Voter Summit prepares Affiliates for November elections; NCLR joins amicus brief in support of administrative relief; and NCLR Capital Awards honor individuals for their work promoting policies that benefit Latinos and the country.
NCLR Affiliates push for administrative relief during annual Latino voter summit: 250 Latino leaders from 25 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico spent time in town this week collaborating on voter engagement strategies for the upcoming elections at NCLR’s Latino Voter Summit. At the event, administrative relief received recognition as a top priority for Latino voters this November. “It was inspiring to come together with our community leaders in committing to do everything in our power to raise our community’s voice. This is no ordinary election, and an extraordinary effort is required to ensure that changes happen,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía, in a statement. “Our nation needs to focus on initiatives vital to our future and our prosperity, including the economy and jobs, education, immigration reform, health care, criminal justice reform, and housing.”
NCLR also released the results of a poll of key Latino influencers during a Capitol Hill forum titled “Voices from Latino Community Influencers: Taking the Pulse of the Latino Vote.” The poll’s results solidified the importance of immigration reform, with respondents rating reform as the single most important issue facing the Latino community. The poll also found that 72% think Washington lawmakers do a bad job of taking the Latino community perspective into account when they pass laws and debate issues. Check out our blog post for highlights of the Latino Voter Summit.
NCLR joins amicus brief in support of administrative relief: NCLR joined 325 immigrants’ rights, civil rights, labor, and service-provider organizations in submitting an amicus brief supporting the president’s executive actions on immigration. The brief calls on the Supreme Court to affirm the President’s executive action, which would provide administrative relief to an estimated five million individuals currently residing in the United States. “The court should affirm that Republican and Democratic presidents alike have used their authority throughout the last half century to shield groups from unnecessary deportations,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR, in a press release. “Allowing DAPA and expanded DACA to move forward will strengthen our country by protecting families and increasing their contributions to the economy by tens of billions of dollars.” Current and former members of Congress, business leaders, child advocacy groups, DACA recipients, LGBTQ groups, and over 100 cities and counties also were among those who filed briefs, showing clearly that there is widespread, bipartisan support for the administration’s immigration initiatives.
NCLR Capital Awards honor individuals for education and humanitarian work: The 29th Annual NCLR Capital Awards gala this week recognized elected officials who played a key part in promoting legislation and public policies that benefit Hispanic Americans. Among those honored were Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) for their leadership in passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This legislation has a major impact on Latino and immigrant communities, as it provides accountability provisions for schools with students learning English. “NCLR, our Affiliates and countless other advocates worked with these two senators who led bipartisan cooperation on this bill, which could fundamentally improve the way children all across the nation—including for the first time English learners—are performing academically,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía, in a statement. “We are grateful for Senators Alexander and Murray’s tireless efforts to enact ESSA into law.” During this year’s ceremony, Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D–N.Y.) also received special recognition for her leadership in advancing a solution to Puerto Rico’s financial and humanitarian crisis. Velázquez has authored numerous bills designed to help ease the island’s debt woes and has been outspoken in calling on Washington to address the crisis.
Additionally, Sister Norma Pimentel, Executive Director of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, received the 2016 Capital Award for Public Service for her work with Central American refugees. Following the arrival of thousands of unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in Central America in 2014, Sister Pimentel worked to provide relief for these individuals by opening a center for families in need of shelter, food, clothing, and medical care. Since the summer of 2014, the relief center has helped care for over 20,000 individuals.
NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguía, used her address at the gala to denounce Donald Trump’s nativism and demagoguery that “fly in the face of American values.” She addressed our community saying, “We must not stand idly by while others define us. We must define ourselves. We will not be demonized. We will not be a punching bag. And we must use the power of our voice and vote to punch back.” You can read the full text of her remarks here, and you can watch it below.
This week in immigration: New poll shows support for administrative relief; our colleagues at America’s Voice provide a primer on judicial standing; and NCLR Affiliate TODEC reflects on passage of AB 60 in California.
Reuters polls shows support president’s administrative relief measures: A new poll released this week by Reuters and Ipsos finds yet again that a majority of Americans support the actions taken by President Obama to provide administrative relief. 61 percent of Americans support the plan to provide a reprieve from deportation for some of the 11.3 undocumented immigrants currently in the country, including 42 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of Democrats. This poll comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that the Supreme Court will hear the case surrounding President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which would provide relief for an estimated 4 million undocumented immigrants.
Editorials questions validity of administrative relief lawsuit: With oral arguments expected in the spring in the United States v. Texas case, numerous media outlets have voiced support for President Obama’s administrative relief plans. America’s Voice provided an analysis of the state of Texas’s legal standing to sue the United States over the President’s executive action. The analysis argues that the legal standing is questionable at best, given the Supreme Court’s precedent of allowing the President broad authority when it comes to immigration enforcement.
Additionally, an op-ed in the New York Timescalls the claims made by the 26 states taking part in the lawsuit “groundless” and says states should never have been allowed to sue in the first place. “Texas claims that it has that right [to sue] simply because it thinks the president’s orders would harm its economy,” writes the Times. “If the court were to accept this kind of claim, it would mean that any time a state or city opposed a federal action, it could drag that political dispute into the courts.”
NCLR Affiliate, TODEC, on the implementation of California law AB 60: California celebrated the one-year anniversary of the passage of AB 60 in California, which authorizes driver licenses for undocumented immigrants. In a blog post, Luz Gallegos, Community Programs Director for the Training Occupational Development Educating Communities Legal Center (TODEC), reflected on the fight to pass the measure, saying, “Once AB 60 passed, one of the sheriffs in an area we serve said that his department wouldn’t respect the law, but through building relationships and sitting down and discussing our constituents’ side, he finally agreed that he would uphold the law and allow his officers to do so as well.” Founded 31 years ago, TODEC is an NCLR Affiliate that advocates for immigrants’ rights in California’s Inland Empire.