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Undocumented Resource Area Coordinator Committed to Supporting All Students

via SDSU Newscenter | April 30th, 2018
Cynthia Torres with graduating students

The Undocumented Resource Area, led by coordinator Cynthia A. Torres, celebrates a grand opening on May 2.

In many ways, the life story of Cynthia A. Torres connects seamlessly with the experiences of San Diego State University students who hold undocumented status.

The daughter of a mother who immigrated to the United States from a small town in northwestern Mexico, Torres said she closely observed her mother’s experiences with discrimination. Most often, she said, it was based on her mother’s socioeconomic and immigrant status.

..click here to read more

DACA Update: Judge orders reopening of DACA, after 90-day delay

via CNN Politics & Univision | April 25, 2018
Daca Protest image courtesy of Andrew Harnik at AP

The federal district court in DC has just found President Trump's termination of DACA unlawful. Here's what the decision means:

The court is ordering the Trump administration to accept — for the first time since the #DACA rescission was announced in September — new applications from DACA-eligible immigrant youth, BUT NOT IMMEDIATELY. The court is giving the Trump administration 90 days to explain why they ended DACA, something the administration has failed to do thus far.

Practically, this means that for now the DACA application process remains open only to people who previously had DACA and want to renew, as specified by previous orders from courts in California and New York. (Important: USCIS is NOT accepting any applications from first-time applicants at this time.)

What remains clear is the need for Congress to enact a permanent solution to #ProtectDreamers and end the uncertainty governing the lives of immigrant youth, their families and communities.

For more on this head over to the full CNN article.
Para información en Español haga click aqui.

What You Should Do if Border Patrol Asks for Your Papers

via VICE | Feb 6th, 2018
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On February 1, a video shared widely on Twitter showed Border Patrol agents asking people on an Amtrak train if they were American citizens. The 27-year-old who took the footage later explained to the Syracuse Post-Standard that the federal agent was questioning only certain people, raising in some people's minds the specter of racial profiling... ...read more by clicking here

Fraud Alert: How to Avoid Legal Fraud in Wake of Immigration Raid Warnings

via The State Bar of California | February 28, 2018
The State Bar of California Fraud Alert

In the wake of Immigration raids being conducted across the state and in San Diego specifically, The State Bar of California is warning the public, and immigrant communities in particular, to watch out for and report potential fraud. This is a scary time for our communities and certain amoral individuals may look to prey upon this vulnerable individuals seeking legal help.

Avoid Fraud when seeking legal services by:

  • Being wary of those who call themselves notarios – this is not authorized in California.
  • Making sure to get your contract in writing as well as receipts for payments you make.
  • Being wary if someone requires cash payments.
  • Keep a paper trail. If you don't have a bank account, use a cashier's check. If you’ve already made a payment, you are entitled to ask for an accounting of your bills.
  • Asking for the attorney’s State Bar number. Look them up on the State Bar website (www.calbar.ca.gov) to see if their license is active and whether they have any history of discipline. Consumers can also call the State Bar at 800-843-9053.

For the full release please click here (pdf)
Leer La Alerta de Fraude en Español (pdf)

San Diego Dream Act Rally

City Heights Performance Annex | January 19, 2018
San Diego Rally

"We need the Dream Act this January 19th. California is the state with the largest number of immigrant youth who would be protected by the passage of the Dream Act. As Congress votes on the Dream Act on the 19th, national efforts will continue to fight for a permanent solution. Regardless of the result, our communities are somebody and they deserve full equality."

Friday January 19th at 12 PM - 2 PM
City Heights Performance Annex
( 3795 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105)

Click here to view more event info and updates.

Every immigration proposal in one chart

via PBS:Newshour | January 12, 2018
PBS

President Trump’s reported comments on immigration are making headlines. Meanwhile, the real work over immigration continues, behind the scenes..... click here to continue.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to Fund 1,000 College Scholarships for Dreamers $33 million donation the largest ever for TheDream.US

External Link | January 12, 2018

TheDream.US, the nation’s largest scholarship program for Dreamers, announced today a $33 million dollar scholarship grant from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. The grant, the largest in the organization’s history, will give 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of US high schools with DACA status the opportunity to go to college.... click here.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to Grant $33 Million in College Scholarships for DACA Students

The Wall Street Journal | January 12th, 2018
scholarships

Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is granting $33 million in college scholarships for undocumented immigrant high-school graduates in the U.S., according to TheDream.US, a nonprofit education group... click here.

DACA Injunction

News | January 10th, 2018

On January 9th, a federal judge in California temporarily blocked aspects of the DACA repeal effectuated by the President on September 5th of last year. Takeaways:

  • DACA has NOT been fully reinstated. The judge's order is only to continue accepting DACA renewals for those who's protections have expired or will be expriring.
  • No new applications, no Advanced Parole.
  • This is a temporary measure. The judge's order is partially keeping DACA active only while the lawsuits by several states play out in court.
  • A permanent solution by Congress is still needed. We urge you to contact your representative to vocalize your support of a DREAM Act that will provide a humane path to citizenship for all people.

To read more about the injunction click here.
Distributable summary of the injunction by United We Dream.

About the End of immigration protection program for ‘dreamers’

News | September 5th, 2017

On September 5th, President Trump via his Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended the DACA program benefiting an aproximate 800,000 undocumented immigrants. The program will be phased out during the following months as follows:

  • As of Sep. 5th, no new DACA eligible youths may apply for the program (those who meet the criteria but have never applied before).
  • Those who already had a pending DACA application before Sep. 5th will continue to be processed.
  • As of Sep. 5th, no new Advanced Parole applications by current DACA recipients will be accepted.
  • As of Sep. 5th, no pending Advanced Parole applications will be processed, any associated fees will be refunded.
  • Currently, Advanced Parole petitions already granted will continue to be honored at the discretion of border enforcement agents.
  • Anyone with a DACA permit expiring before March 5th, 2018, may apply for a two-year renewal of protected status. Only those who's application requests are received by October 5th, 2017 will be processed.
  • Anyone with a DACA permit not expiring before March 5th, 2018 may keep their legal presence status up until the 2 year expiration of their protected status but may not renew afterwards.
  • Individuals with DACA expiring as soon as March 6th, 2018, will begin to lose their protected status with no other legal resources to turn to at this time. We urge you to contact your representative to vocalize your support of a DREAM Act that will provide a humane path to citizenship for all people.

To read the official USCIS notice click here.
To find out more about the federal dream act visit the American Immigration Council.
Read about the proposed Hope Act and BRIDGE Act.

Dispelling Myths

Video | September 7th, 2017

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