Category Archives: API DACA

Newly Formed Coalition for Undocu K-12 Student Protection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

12/19/2016

SEATTLE (Dec. 19, 2016) – In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential elections and wave of hate speech and fear for safety that then followed, concerned community members and community based organizations from the greater King County area came together to form the K-12 Protection For Undocumented Students Coalition.

The works of the coalition is to ensure the physical safety and emotional well-being of King County K-12 children, youth and their families who are undocumented or mixed status. Coalition members work in collaboration to ensure our schools are a safe and inviting for all students and their families because we know this is paramount to students being able to achieve.

The core work of the K-12 Undocu Coalition includes the following:

  • Share accurate and key information
  • Keep undocumented students and families safe: Sign our Statement of Protection
  • Create an Educator’s Toolkit to be distributed on January 20, 2017.
  • Provide community members with training led by coalition partners

To support K-12 Undocumented Students in Washington State, Sign Our Petition HERE.

Coalition partners include: 21 Progress, Colectiva Legal del PuebloLEAPOneAmericaRoadmap ProjectStorytellers For Change, and Washington Dream Coalition.

The coalition does not exclude other marginalized identities such as Muslim students, LGBTQIA+ students, Indigenous students, young womxn and girl students, and students of color or immigrant backgrounds.

Contact

409 Maynard Ave S Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98104

P: 206-829-8382 | E: info@21progress.org

www.21progress.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/21Progress

Twitter: 21PROGRESS_

The Fight Isn’t Over. We’re Going To The Supreme Court.

On November 9, 2015, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled that President Obama’s expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs cannot be implemented. The 2-to-1 ruling upholds a February 16th injunction by a federal judge in Texas who blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Expanded DACA and DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, are two proposed federal programs that was scheduled to launch in February 2015. However, an anti-immigrant judge from Texas who claims that DACA and DAPA are unconstitutional and a burden to their state filed a lawsuit, stopping the two programs.

Expanded DACA and DAPA would allow approximately 4.9 million eligible undocumented immigrants temporary protection from deportation along with other similar benefits as the DACA program such as a work permit, and social security number.

Click HERE for previous post about the injunction.

What does this mean?

  • The court decision has indefinitely delayed the expanded DACA program. Until a court overturns the existing decision, expanded DACA will not happen. The Obama Administration continues to look for ways to overturn the decision.
  • The courts decision DOES NOT affect the DACA program. If you have been granted
  • DACA, it is still in effect. If you need to renew DACA, you may still do so.

What now?

  • The 4.9 million eligible undocumented immigrants will have to wait longer. Until this ruling is reversed, the federal government isn’t allowed to do anything to implement either of the new programs.
  • It is highly likely the Obama Administration will appeal the 5th Circuit Court decision. If the case goes to the Supreme Court, it is likely that there will be no final decision until approximately June 2016.

What you can do:

  1. Get screened for DACA, DAPA or Expanded DACA. Call 206 578-1255 to receive a free screening over the phone. Translators available in all languages.
  2. Continue to save money. The application fee will cost $465 per person. Even if the DAPA program is not implemented it is likely that there will be other options or programs created for undocumented parents.
  3. Collect evidence. Continue to keep bills, and paperwork that prove your residents in the US.
  4. Volunteer or join the movement. It is critical that we band together and fight for our right to live respectfully in the US. Contact FAIR! by calling 206 578-1255 or email info@itshouldbefair.com to see how you can help.

 

Chinese – Translation

抗争还没结束。 我们正准备迈向最高法院!

在2015年11月9 日,新奥尔良地方法院裁定,奥巴马总统就扩大儿童入境定居和父母问责制延迟计划将无法实施。

在2:1的结果下,联邦法官就奥巴马总统于2月16日提出的移民行政提议宣布禁令。

原定于本年二月推行的DACA&DAPA的扩展计划和父母问责制计划,现由于一名反移民法官的裁定而终止。

DACA&DAPA的扩展计划将允许大约490万非法移民人士得到临时保护,如:工作证,社会安全号码

Click HERE for previous post about the injunction.

这意味着:

  •  法院决定无限延迟 DACA的扩展计划。直到推翻这一裁定之前,这一计划都无法实施,奥巴马政府将寻求新的方式来推翻这判决。
  • 法院的这一裁定将不会影响 DACA计划,如您已被授予DACA, 它将仍然有效,如您需要更新它,也依然可以实行。那么现状是:
  • 490万符合条件的非法移民者将不得不延长他们的等待,直到这一裁决被推翻之前,联邦政府不允许实施任何新项目。
  • 奥巴马政府极有可能将对这一裁决提出上诉,如果案件转移到最高法院,直到2016年6月前都不可能得到最终裁决。

那么你现在能做的是:

  • 通过拨打(206)578-1255 免费查询电话 ,争取获得DACA, DAPA的筛选资格 (提供多种语言翻译版本)。
  • 继续存款。 因为申请费为$465/人,即使DACA计划未能实行,但很有可能为无证父母推行其他方案。
  • 收集证据。继续保留票据,或文件从而证明您在美国居住。
  • 做志愿者或参加活动。我们并肩一起为我们在美国的权利而奋斗,这是很关键的
  • 您可以通过拨打206 578-1255 或发邮件到info@itshouldbefair.com 来联系我们

抗爭還沒結束。我們正準備邁向最高法院!

在2015年11月9日,新奧爾良地方法院裁定,奧巴馬總統就擴大兒童入境定居和父母問責制延遲計劃將無法實施。

在2:1的結果下, 聯邦法官就奧巴馬總統於2月16日提出的移民行政提議宣布禁令。

原定於本年二月推行的DACA&DAPA的擴展計劃和父母問責制計劃, 現由一名反移民法官的裁定而終止。

DACA&DAPA的擴展計劃將允許大約490萬非法移民人士得到臨時保護,如:工作證,社會安全號

Click HERE for previous post about the injunction.

這意味著:

  • 法院決定無限延遲 DACA的擴展計劃。 直到推翻這一裁定之前,這一計劃都無法實施,奧巴馬政府將尋求新的方式來推翻這判決。
  • 法院的這一裁定將不會影響DACA計劃, 如您已被授與DACA, 它依然有效,如您需要更新它,也依然可以實行。

那麼現狀是:

  • 490萬符合條件的非法移民者將不得不延長他們的等待,直到這一裁決被推翻之前,聯邦政府不允許實施任何新項目。
  • 奧巴馬政府極有可能將對這一裁決提出上訴,如果案件轉移到最高法院,那麼直到2016年6月之前都不可能得到最終裁決。

那麼你現在能做的是:

  • 通過撥打(206)578-1255 免費咨詢電話,爭取獲得DACA, DAPA的篩選資格(提供多種語言翻譯版本)。
  • 繼續存款。 因為申請費為$465/人,即使DACA計劃未能實行,但很有可能為無證父母推行其他方案。
  • 收集證據。 繼續保留票據或文件從而證明您在美國居住。
  • 做志願者或參加活動。 我們並肩一起為我們在美國的權利而奮鬥,這是很關鍵的
  • 您可以通過撥打206 578-1255 或發郵件到info@itshouldbefair.com 來聯繫我們

 

한국어 번역

아직 끝나지 않았습니다. 대법원으로 갑니다

2015년 11월 9일, 뉴올리언즈에 위치한 연방항소법원이 오바마 대통령의 확장형 DACA 프로그램과 DAPA프로그램의 이행불가 발표를 했습니다. 이 2대1 판결은 15년 2월 16일 텍사스 연방판사가 오바마 대통령 이민법에 관한 행정명령을 금지시킨 판결을 지지했습니다.

확장형 DACA와 DAPA는 연방 프로그램으로서 2015년 2월에 시작될 계획이였습니다. 하지만 텍사스  반(反)이민 판사가 위헌성과 주에 부가되는 부담의 이유로 신청한 소송이 프로그램을 정지시켰습니다.

DAPA와 확장형 DACA는 4백90만명의 (프로그램 적격의) 서류미비 이민자의 일시적 강제추방 보호 및 취업허가증, 사회보장번호의 이익을 제공합니다.

프로그램에 관련한 포스트를 보려면 여기를 클릭하세요.

이 판결이 의미하는것은?

  • 법원의 판결은 확장형 DACA 프로그램의 무기한 정지를 의미합니다. 현 판결이 바뀌어 질 때까지 확장형 DACA 프로그램은 시행되지 않을것입니다. 오바마 정부는 판결을 바꿀 방법을 모색하고 있습니다.
  • 법원의 판결은 허가된 현(現)DACA 프로그램에 영향을 미치지 않습니다.
  • 현 DACA 프로그램의 기한갱신은 할 수 있습니다.

앞으로 일어날 일은?

  • 위의 판결이 바뀔때까지 연방정부는 새로운 이민 프로그램을 집행할 수 없습니다. 4백90만명의 서류미비 이민자는 더 기다려야 합니다.
  • 오바마 정부가 제 5 연방항소법원의 판결에 항소할 가능성은 매우 낮습니다. 연방 대법원의 판결은 2016년 6월에 날 예정입니다.

우리가 할 수 있는 것:

  • DACA, DAPA 그리고 확장형 DACA 프로그램의 적격여부 확인을 하세요. 206-578-1255 에 전화하여 무료로 확인하세요. 번역 및 통역이 가능합니다.
  • 계속 저축하세요. 프로그램 싱청비는 1인당 $465입니다. DAPA 프로그램이 집행되지 않더라고 서류미비 부모들을 위한 프로그램이 만들어질 것으로 예상되기 때문입니다.
  • 자료를 계속 모으세요. 영수증, 청구서 및 미국 거주를 증명할 수 있는 문서를 수집하세요.
  • 이민 운동에 봉사 및 참여하세요. 함께 모여서 미국에 거주할 수 있는 권리를 위해 싸우세요. FAIR! 프로그램에 연락하세요. 206-578-1255 또는 info@itshouldbefair.com에 문의하세요.

Undocumented Student Shares Her Story

Yuki is an undocumented student living in Seattle, Washington. For 21 Progress staff and their supporters, Yuki shares what it’s like being an undocumented student living in America.

Click below to hear Yuki speak about her experience.

With the support of 21 Progress, Fearless Asians for Immigration Reform (FAIR!), undocumented Asians and Pacific Islander and their allies work together to bring visibility and increased resources to the undocumented API community.

If you or someone you know is undocumented, get screened for DACA today by calling (206) 578-1255. All communication of private, safe, and confidential.

To learn more about FAIR! go to www.ItShouldBeFAIR.com

Special Thanks: This video was made possible by the amazing work of 21 Progress Volunteer, Kai Bates, and of course, our old friend, Yuki Suren.

21 Progress Collaborates with Leadership Tomorrow

{BYD Graduates}

21 Progress recently completed a leadership development program with Leadership Tomorrow, a Seattle-based organization that works with emerging leaders to strengthen local communities. Leadership Tomorrow’s support enabled us to develop a comprehensive career planning workshop aimed at immigrant youth who are often first generation college graduates engaging in new systems that provide career readiness programs to young people.

{Community Panel}

Together, we developed a three-part career toolkit to help people get a sense of the kind of work they want to do. The workshop components are designed to promote self-reflection: an analysis of one’s strengths and weaknesses, determining personal values, career anchors, and tips for getting started. Additionally, the toolkit provides advice from people in a variety of careers on each of these areas. Taken together, immigrant youth who attend our workshops learn what they want from a career and how to navigate to their desired goals.

{Build Your Dream graduates}

At this point, the Build Your Dream program at 21 Progress has integrated many of the elements of our work with Leadership Tomorrow, and it continues to be a useful tool to help people figure out what careers they’d like to pursue.

The Need Does Exist! Undocumented Asians and Pacific Islanders want DACA

A few weeks ago, I called attention to the need for family and friends of undocumented Asians and Pacific Islanders (API) to bravely address and problem solve issues related to legal status. The article was essentially a call for those who are not affected to step up and take action. After writing the piece, I kept thinking about the complacency I continued to experience and noticed a common assumption being made: the undocumented API community is deeply disinterested in applying to government programs regardless of benefits, and therefore efforts to outreach are not worth the investment.

As I think about this I can’t help but wonder if we are too quickly buying into the common stereotype that APIs are reluctant to enroll into or receive help from government programs. Furthermore, has this stereotype provided us with an easy excuse and allowed us to be complacent?

After all, when faced with a challenging task, such as addressing a deeply tabooed issue, it’s easier to label it impossible and disengage. By excusing ourselves from the call to action, we remain oblivious to the real needs of the API community.

However, as I pointed out in a pervious post, the undocumented API community, like other vulnerable populations, will utilize services when either the needs or the incentive becomes great enough. After our latest efforts, I’m even more certain that this is true.

From the start, the Fearless Asians for Immigration Reform’s campaign efforts were focused on conducting trainings, increasing public awareness, and bridging services and support for undocumented APIs. This generated modest interest from undocumented APIs seeking immigration assistance. Then about a month ago, Fearless Asian’s work dove deeply into ethnic media advertising, and launched the It Should Be Fair Scholarship, coincidentally articles about the work were published in the International Examiner and the Seattle Chinese Post. Shortly afterward, we started to see an influx of inquiries from the API community. In the last 6 weeks, the campaign has received over 80 inquiries about issues and concerns related to immigration, has screened over 50 undocumented APIs for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Deferred Action for Parent Accountability (DAPA), two federal programs that would provide certain undocumented individuals with a social security number, protection from deportation, a work permit, and other benefits.

Currently, Fearless Asians is assisting 15 API youth and young adults with their DACA applications, has helped 27 DAPA eligible APIs prepare for the proposed program, and referred about 12 non DACA or DAPA eligible APIs to partnering organizations (such as NWIRP and API Chaya) to see if they qualify for other programs or benefits. 97% of the APIs we encountered had no idea the DACA or DAPA program even existed, furthermore they were shocked to learn that the DACA program had been around for 3 years. Many expressed disbelief, many asked about risk, and all were overwhelmingly grateful for not only the program but also the support. To this day, not one of the undocumented APIs we have encountered chose not to apply to the DACA program due to it’s connection to the federal government.

The outpour from the API community made it clear: a great need exists, and people wanted to apply to the program regardless of potential risk involved. Additionally, the lack of information and awareness about DACA is great, preventing thousands of undocumented APIs from applying to the program.

Today, I’m increasingly certain that the problem isn’t that undocumented APIs are disinterest in the DACA program. Rather, as service providers, friends, family, or allies to the undocumented community, we need to stop assuming what the community wants or is willing to do. Instead, we need to provide them with options and let them decide what’s best. Anything short of this, is an injustice to the community.

To connect someone you know with resources for undocumented APIs, contact Fearless Asians today, or visit www.itshouldbefair.com to learn more. Allies, take action now and submit a pledge!

Changing the Way Asian and Pacific Islanders Ask For Help

Brothers and sisters in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community, we have a problem. I realize I’m about to make a sweeping generalization, but let’s be honest- we don’t like to address some of the most problematic issues within our families. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that APIs are not sharp tongued, critical, aggressive or direct- because we most definitely are. But I am saying that even with the best intentions, we sometimes fail to really help our loved ones in an effort to avoid bringing up taboo subjects.

This isn’t the first time that issues related to stigma has been brought to light. I’m not writing about a new phenomenon. We have seen this before, with mental health, domestic and sexual abuse, addictions, infidelity, and the list goes on. The issue I’m presently speaking to is something that hasn’t been widely discussed or studied. I’m speaking about the legal status of APIs.

In Washington State, 26% of the undocumented community is made up of people who are API (that’s over a quarter!). Furthermore, over 22,000 of undocumented APIs qualify for some type of immigration relief (i.e., protection from deportation). Given these statistics, it’s not surprising that in my work as the Campaign Director of Fearless Asians for Immigration Reform, a project that addresses the lack of services and support for undocumented APIs, that I commonly come across people who know someone who is undocumented either within their family or within their social network.

Unfortunately, I came to find, after much trial and error, that being within 1 degree of separation did not increase my chances of successfully connecting with the person.

Why? Why was this so hard? The API community is a helpful one, it’s not uncommon practice to share our resources or our talents. Within my own network, my cousin-doctor was praised for his career decision because our family knew it would reduce their medical costs, my dad essentially runs his own version of NPR’s Car Talk, taking phone calls from sometimes strangers looking for free advice, while my sister and I were hired on full-time to interpret, spell check, and define unfamiliar English words for my parents. We do this sometimes with complaint, but not very much resistance because we know that without the power of our social network, we would not be as strong.

In my family, we don’t hesitate to utilize our own resources and talents; additionally members are expected to comply. But, when it comes to asking for help from outsiders, we freeze.

Why then was it so hard for APIs who are closely connected with an undocumented person to bridge the gap and connect them to resources that seem affiliated with the government? In case you missed it, I blogged about this exact topic last week.

I can’t help but analyze the culture I and other APIs live in and how that culture contributes to our ability to fully help ourselves and others. The following are some conclusions I’ve drawn based on my own experiences:

In my family and my API networks, I’ve come to find that we don’t create a culture that allows touchy subjects to be brought up and worked out. It feels unsafe to bring these types of issues into attention. Our desire to keep things within our family, settle matters on our own, behind closed doors and with only the help of a few can be a source of strength- us against the world. We have each other, and that’s all it takes. But, we forget that by not allowing others to help, we are doing our family and our friends a disservice- we are failing to adequately address problems.

My dad can spend a great deal of time listening to someone’s engine over the phone or hearing them try to recreate a “weird” sound, but even with all his expertise, he can never fully assess the issues with a car or provide any preventative service. I’m left wondering, wouldn’t it be better if my aunt in NY started developing a relationship and trust with her local mechanic? Eventually, she’ll have to take her car in and it’s better if that relationship doesn’t start when her car is in crisis.

Additionally, I’ve realized that when there isn’t a professional or pseudo-professional in my family and friends network, we dare not allow or even suggest others (such as an outside source or professional) to assist us. Furthermore, the younger you are, the more out of line it is to bring-up solutions for a problem. And in some cases, these are problems that members in the family were not suppose to know about to begin with.

To bring in a professional, I would be committing to the following crimes:

(1) Exposing the family secret

(2) Inviting an outsider into a private matter

(3) Stirring the pot

(4) Implicating others around me who have been gossiping about the problem

With these things stacked, what does it take to bring interventions into my family? Well, I think it takes bravery. It takes a family or network that is at its end, too tired and too low on resources to be worried about saving face. When we are desperate and hungry for change, we can finally open our minds and allow others to help us. But why should our families wait until they are at or approaching bottom until they ask for help? I think we are capable of doing better and capable to changing the culture to allow for better.

Have others struggled with this issue? What are your experiences?