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The DREAM Act Has Been Reintroduced And It May Have A Winning Chance This Time

Mitu -Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez Sierra • Great chances of becoming real!!

In a year marked by increased raids, travel bans, and repeated threats to DACA, the bipartisan reintroduction of the DREAM Act stands as a small victory for immigrant rights groups. While its passage is not certain, its chances are far from hopeless if immigrant communities continue to engage allies. Senator Dick Durbin first introduced the DREAM Act in 2001 to create a multi-step path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who, like me, arrived as minors. It would allow long-term residents who entered the country as minors to apply for conditional permanent residency and eventually citizenship if they first meet certain educational, military, or employment requirements. Opponents of the DREAM Act argue that it would inspire a wave of illegal border crossings. This is a myth. Only those who can prove that they entered before the age 18 and had been continuously present in the United States for at least four years prior to the date of enactment would be eligible for conditional residency. The DREAM Act is also not amnesty. The path to citizenship would take at least thirteen years. I would be 40 years old when I could naturalize. In 2010, the DREAM Act passed the House of Representatives but failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate. This time we can get it through. Assuming full Democratic support, we need at least nine additional Republican votes to avoid a filibuster. That number is not out of reach if we consider that seven current Republican Senators voted for comprehensive immigration reform in 2013, and two others support legislation protecting DACA recipients from deportation. Its prospects in the House of Representatives are dire than in the Senate, but not hopeless. A major obstacle in the House is that many congressional districts lack sufficient immigrant presence, making it easier for representatives to vote against the bill. Although Latino and Asian Americans tend to have a more recent connection to immigration, a poll conducted by Global Strategy Group shows that a majority of Americans support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Dreamers alone cannot push Congress to act. We also need allies to do so, especially in states like Pennsylvania where immigrants do not comprise a significant electorate. Allies add financial resources and electoral power to our movement. I have been encouraged by the support I have encountered across the state from people not directly impacted by the failures of our immigration system. It is our responsibility to educate and mobilize them. Failing to do so is tantamount to malpractice. What about President Trump, the man who built his political career on promises of merciless enforcement? Despite opposition from his base, Trump has softened his stance on DREAMers and has yet to end DACA, a discretionary policy allowing DREAM Act eligible youth to temporarily live and work in the United States. DACA made it possible for me to complete two graduate degrees, to pursue opportunities abroad, and find employment that I am passionate about. Its full impact, however, is more subtle. I feel it every time I drive past a police car knowing I am licensed to drive, or when I don’t stress about what to put on under Social Security in an application, or when I confidently advocate for the rights of my community. Now DACA is once again under threat. Passing the DREAM Act would provide us a path to citizenship and with it a level of security that DACA cannot. Our futures will no longer be at the mercy of the courts or whoever occupies the White House. Our community won DACA because we organized and fearlessly shared our stories with America. As we continue to build our power, let us reject language that denigrates our parents for doing their best for us. They have in many cases sacrificed their dreams and well being so that we may realize ours. Accepting a rhetoric that absolves us while convicting our parents for bringing us to this country makes us accomplices in their continued marginalization. Let us move forward without exploiting their struggle for our benefit. Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez Sierra is a graduate of Amherst and Cambridge Universities and currently works for the Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition (PICC).

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GoFundMe launches campaign to help with renewal fee


Dreamers are young, patriotic people who are American in every sense but on paper. They strengthen our workforce, study in our schools, serve in our armed forces, and enrich our communities. Despite living nearly their entire lives in the United States, they are under threat of losing their protected status and could face deportation to countries they barely remember. As undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, Dreamers are able to apply for temporary protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. After passing a rigorous background check, roughly 800,000 promising young people have received renewable two-year permits to live in the United States while they work, study, and support their families. These Dreamers’ applications must be renewed every two years to retain the important protections against deportation. Unfortunately, Dreamers’ lives are hanging in the balance. DACA is currently being challenged in the courts, jeopardizing the futures of 800,000 Americans who live with the constant threat of losing their deportation protections. However, Dreamers are -- for the moment -- able to renew their DACA protections. We have launched this page to help Dreamers pay for their $495 DACA renewal application, allowing them to continue serving our communities for another two years. Below you will find a list of verified GoFundMe campaigns to support Dreamers renewing their DACA applications. Tens of thousands of people from all across the country have already donated an incredible $200,000 to help Dreamers renew their applications. Find a campaign below, take action, and help protect America’s Dreamers. **GoFundMe has partnered with FWD.us on this important cause to help Dreamers keep their protections against the threat of deportation. Numerous organizations are doing important work to protect Dreamers. If you are a Dreamer and would like additional information on the renewal process, please visit https://www.informedimmigrant.com/.

Estudio revela que jóvenes DACA realizan grandes aportes económicos a EU

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Los beneficiarios de DACA tienen mejores trabajos, ganan salarios más altos, inician negocios y se buscan mejores oportunidades educativas, gracias a esto los dreamers realizan grandes aportes a la economía, reveló una encuesta. Este 15 de agosto se cumplen se años de la entrada en vigor de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA), es por eso que estas organizaciones presentaron el estudio. Obama proclamó DACA plan ante la imposibilidad de aprobar una reforma migratoria en el Congreso, donde los demócratas tuvieron mayoría hasta 2010, cuando perdieron el dominio de la Cámara Baja. Hoy día, los cientos de miles de jóvenes beneficiados por el programa viven en incertidumbre ya que en cualquier momento la Corte podría emitir un fallo que acabe con el programa de una vez por todas. Es por eso que Tom K. Wong, el Centro para el Progreso Estadounidense, el Centro Nacional de Leyes de Inmigración y United We Dream presentaron una encuesta para reflejar las contribuciones y logros de los dreamers en la Unión Americana. El 96 por ciento de los destinatarios de DACA están actualmente en la escuela o están trabajando. El salario promedio por hora de los encuestados aumentó en un 78% desde la recepción de DACA, de $10.32 por hora a $18.42 por hora. Entre los encuestados de 25 años de edad, los salarios aumentaron en un 97%. El 89% de los encuestados y el 92% de los mayores de 25 años están actualmente empleados. Después de recibir DACA, el 54% informó que se mudó a un trabajo con mejor salario; 46% se mudó a un trabajo con mejores condiciones de trabajo; El 45% se mudó a un trabajo que se ajusta mejor a su educación y capacitación; y el 45% se mudó a un trabajo que se ajusta mejor a sus objetivos profesionales a largo plazo. El 6% de los encuestados y el 8% de los mayores de 25 años iniciaron su propio negocio después de recibir DACA, superando a la población general en términos de creación de negocios. A destacar El poder adquisitivo de los beneficiarios de DACA continúa aumentando: el 62% de los encuestados informaron que compraron su primer automóvil, lo cual es importante no solo en términos de ingresos estatales sino también en cuanto a los beneficios de seguridad de tener más conductores con licencia y asegurados en las carreteras. Además, el 14% de los encuestados compró su primera casa después de recibir DACA. Sin embargo, la incertidumbre creada por la decisión de la administración Trump de acabar con DACA afecta el bienestar de los destinatarios de DACA. Pues alrededor de la mitad de los jóvenes encuestados temen que alguna vez estarán en un centro de detención, que serán deportados o separados de su familia. A pesar de la incertidumbre, los destinatarios de DACA están comprometidos cívicamente: desde que recibieron DACA, el 49% de los encuestados informaron que se han vuelto más activos políticamente; El 52% informó que se han involucrado más en sus comunidades. Después de que se aprobaron sus aplicaciones DACA, el 64% informó que ya no tenía miedo de su estado migratorio y que se sentía más como si perteneciera a los Estados Unidos. Dreamers en riesgo “En primer lugar, la pérdida de DACA expone a los destinatarios a la detención y la deportación en una era sin paralelo de aplicación de la ley de inmigración”, dijo Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, analista de políticas senior de Política de Inmigración en el Center for American Progress. “También obligaría a cientos de miles de Dreamers a dejar su trabajo y podría terminar su oportunidad de solicitar licencias de conducir y limitar el acceso a la educación superior”. “La decisión de Trump de matar a DACA el año pasado fue incorrecta. Siempre hemos sabido del gran impacto que DACA ha tenido en la vida de los jóvenes inmigrantes y nuestras comunidades. Como este gobierno continúa atacándonos y alimentando a más inmigrantes a la fuerza de deportación, el Congreso debe votar para cancelar las agencias de deportación y aprobar legislación para proteger a los inmigrantes de una manera permanente y limpia “, dijo Sanaa Abrar, directora de defensa en United We Dream. “Este estudio muestra, una vez más, el enorme impacto que DACA ha tenido no solo en las vidas de los jóvenes inmigrantes y sus familias, sino también en sus comunidades”, dijo Ignacia Rodríguez Kmec, defensora de políticas de inmigración en el Centro Nacional de Derecho de Inmigración. Con información de Center of Americano Progress.


Today in Texas, federal judge Hanen heard verbal arguments on weather the program known as DACA is constitutional or not. Texas argued that DACA recipients are draining resources from the states and also taking jobs that belong to Texans. MALDEF attorneys who are defending the DACA program argued that there is not evidence that DACA recipients are draining the system but on the contrary are contributing millions of dollars to every single state including Texas. Judge Hanen decided to not make a ruling today, but wants both parties to write a 5 page summary of weather or not DACA is constitutional before making a ruling. If Judge Hanen decides that DACA is unconstitutional it will go against previous rulings made by California and New York, therefor the case will be moved to The Supreme Court for a final decision most likely this fall. We will keep you updated, but in the mean time we advice you RENEW YOUR DACA AS SOON AS YOU CAN.