We’re Answering Your DACA Questions Tonight!

DACA-Tweet-Chat-LatismLast June, the president announced a new policy for the millions of undocumented young people brought here as children, more commonly known as DREAMers. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), inspired by the DREAM Act, allows the estimated 1.7 million eligible to apply for DACA.

You might be wondering whether you’re eligible to apply, too. If you know you’re eligible, you might also be wondering what you need to do to get the process started. We want to help you find the answers to these questions.

Tonight, we’re joining the folks over at Our Tiempo and News Taco for a live tweet chat on DACA to answer these questions and more. We’ll also be joining our friends at Latinos In Social Media (LATISM) for their weekly Thursday night twitter party. LATISM has been kind of enough to dedicate this week’s party to DACA. The folks at VISANOW will also be on and they will have two immigration lawyers answering your legal questions in real time. Finally, we’ll be joined by special guest and DREAMer, Gaby Pacheco. LATISM’s Elianne Ramos, @ergeekgoddess, will moderate the chat.

Here’s what you need to know to join the chat:  
What: DACA Twitter Chat
When: 9 p.m. ET
Who/Handles to Follow: @NCLR, @OurTiempo, @TheNewsTaco,@GabyPacheco1 @VISANOW, @LATISM, @ergeekgoddess
How: Use #LATISM to follow and join the conversation. Send us your questions now!

We’ll see you on Twitter tonight!

American Voters Want Comprehensive Immigration Reform

All in for CitizenshipDespite a general consensus at Monday’s fifth Senate Judiciary Committee immigration hearing this year, a voice of opposition came from minority-side witness Kris Kobach, the current Secretary of State of Kansas.  Aside from Kobach, a diverse set of witnesses expressed their support for the recently introduced bipartisan immigration bill and urged the Senate to move forward with reform.

Kobach, however, stands out among his fellow panelists.  He is best known for being the brains behind the slew of devastating anti-immigrant laws adopted in several states over the past few years, including Arizona’s SB 1070 in 2010 and similar laws in Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri.  More recently, he served as immigration policy advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and is largely credited for the “self-deportation” policy embraced by the Romney campaign.

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