Immigration Updates May 2016

Immigration updates
National
·         Obama Immigration Plan Seems to Divide Supreme Court – Perspective from NYT on the oral arguments on April 18th on Pres. Obama’s 2014 immigration executive actions
·         What You Need to Know About the Temporary Worker Bill Introduced by Senator Flake – Last week, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Willing Workers and Willing Employers Act of 2016, which would establish a 10-year guest worker pilot program.  
·         Immigration Politics at the Court – NYT Editorial on political nature of the case against the immigration executive actions
·         The disastrous, forgotten 1996 law that created today’s immigration problem – The “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act”, signed by then-President Clinton, overhauled immigration enforcement in the US and laid the groundwork for the massive deportations that exists today   
·         What Are the Next Steps at the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Texas? – Analysis of the process taken by Supreme Court justices once a case has been heard; and what the coming weeks may look like before the decision is announced publicly
 
Local
·         Bolingbrook man facing deportation seeks church sanctuary – The story of Jose Juan Federico Moreno, receiving sanctuary at University Church in Hyde Park
·         Aurora family man fights to stay in America –  Cecelio Gutierrez’s fight to stay in the United States
 
 
Hola Compañeras/os,
Por favor revisen la información abajo con actualizaciones de iniciativas y políticas migratorias. Si hay talleres o entrenamientos en su área, por favor no dude en hacérmelo saber o enviar la información al Acuerdo. ¡Gracias! 
 
Actualización de inmigración
Nacional
·         Anuncian alza de las tarifas de inmigracion entre el 7% y el 258% – A partir del 1 de octubre 2016, el costo del trámite para la ciudadanía incrementará de $595 a $640, pero quienes vivan cerca o por debajo del nivel de pobreza pagarán la mitad. Los permisos de viaje sufrirán un alza del 60%, de $360 a $575.
o   Periódo de comentario público está abrierto hasta miércoles, 5 de julio – si gusta someter comentario a USCIS, haga clic aquí, luego haga clic en el botón “Comment Now!” en la parte superior derecha de la pantalla
·         Qué viene ahora con la acción ejecutiva migratoria de Obama – Análisis de próximos pasos de la Corte Suprema 
·         Fallo de la Corte Suprema sería último recurso de inmigrantes indocumentados – Por el momento, las acciones ejecutivas son último recurso para inmigrantes indocumentados mientras no hay reforma comprensiva migratoria

·         La enorme resistencia de los indocumentados – Artículo de opinión, expresando que una persona resiliente tiene fortaleza, resistencia y la capacidad de enfrentar lo que venga, como lo hace la comunidad indocumentada en EEUU.

Local
·         Familias de escasos recursos podrían pagar menos para hacerse ciudadanos (VIDEO) – A través de una propuesta hecha por USCIS, los residentes permanentes de escasos recursos podrían pagar hasta un 50% menos para naturalizarse comenzando en octubre.
·         Familias en Chicago siguen a la espera del fallo sobre los alivios migratorios – Mientras no se defina el destino de los programas DACA y DAPA en la Corte Suprema, organizadores pro inmigrantes aseveran que seguirán luchando contra las redadas y deportaciones
·         Indocumentado mexicano recibe santuario en una iglesia de Chicago – Jose Juan Federico Moreno entro en satuario en la iglesia University Church en Chicago después de que ICE nego dos peticiones para detener su “auto-deportación”

Immigration Updates March 2016

Immigration Updates

National

·         U.S. House to Oppose Immigration Executive Action in Supreme Court – U.S. House Republicans voted to formally oppose President Obama’s immigration executive actions from November 2014. In a rare move, the House voted 234-186 to allow the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, to file anamicus brief against the executive actions.

o   Seven Immigration Acuerdo members, including the Latino Policy Forum, signed the amicus brief in support of the immigration executive actions

o   326 organizations/institutions across the country signed the amicus brief

·         DACA Matters to U.S. Citizen Family Members in States Across the Country – Report Lizet Ocampo from the Center for American Progress; more than 6.1 million U.S. citizens in states across the nation live with a family member who will remain in fear of deportation if the Supreme Court rules against DAPA in United States v. Texas.

·         Immigration Reform and the Healthcare Sector – Report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs about the need for reforms in the Midwest healthcare sector to, among other issues, better serve undocumented immigrants in need of healthcare

·         USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunities (Applications Due April 22) – USCIS is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. These are competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The two opportunities are:

o   Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services: This opportunity will fund up to 36 organizations which offer both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to permanent residents.

o   Citizenship Instruction only: This newly created grant opportunity will assist nonprofit organizations in establishing new citizenship instruction programs or expanding the quality and reach of existing citizenship instruction programs. USCIS seeks to encourage the expansion of the existing field of citizenship instruction programs, particularly those offered by small, community-based organizations that have not previously received a grant from USCIS. 

 

Local

·         Black and Brown Power Unite to Stop Deportation Raids – Immigration rights and Black Lives Matter activists are working together on issues of deportation and mass incarceration

·         Chicago and It’s Mexican Immigrants – A Need Like No Other – More than any other large American city, Chicago has depended on immigrants, particularly Mexican immigrants, to offset sluggish growth of its population. Chicago will need to look at new ways to boost its population in the future.

·         New American Democracy Campaign – Immigration Acuerdo members and ally organizations are organizing workshops across the region to help eligible people apply for their US citizenship in time to vote in the 2016 presidential elections!

 

 

Hola Compañeras/os,

Por favor revisen la información abajo con actualizaciones de iniciativas y políticas migratorias. Si hay talleres o entrenamientos en su área, por favor no dude en hacérmelo saber o enviar la información al Acuerdo. ¡Gracias!

 

Actualizaciones de inmigración

Nacional

·         Principal sindicato de EEUU pide a la Corte Suprema que libere Acción Ejecutiva – El AFL-CIO, principal sindicato de EEUU, se sumó el miércoles a la lista de 326 organizaciones, grupos, personalidades y entidades que han presentado escritos de “amicus curiae” ante la Corte Suprema de Justicia para que libere la Acción Ejecutiva migratoria del presidente Obama.

o   Siete miembros del Acuerdo de Inmigración firmaron, incluyendo el Latino Policy Forum, el “amicus curiae

·         Republicanos de la Cámara aprueban resolución contra la Acción Ejecutiva migratoria – La Cámara de Representantes, controlada por los republicanos, aprobó con 234 votos a favor y 186 en contra, una resolución (639) que rechaza la Acción Ejecutiva migratoria que el presidente Barack Obama anunció el 20 de noviembre de 2014.

·         DACA es importante para familias estadounidenses a través del país – Más de 6.1 millones de ciudadanos estadounidenses a través de nuestro país viven con un familiar con peligro de ser deportado si el Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos dicta contra DAPA en el caso United States v. Texas.

·         Posibles beneficiarios de DAPA y DACA plus están muy integrados en la sociedad estadounidense – Nuevo análisis de inmigrantes que podrían calificar para DACA expandido y DAPA representan una comunidad bastante integrada en los Estados Unidos, con una altísima participación en el mercado laboral, lazos familiares con ciudadanos y residentes legales y que han vivido mucho tiempo en este país.

·         USCIS Anuncia Subsidios de Ciudadanía e Integración – USCIS está aceptando solicitudes para dos oportunidades de obtención de fondos bajo el Programa de Subsidios de Ciudadanía e Integración.  Estas son oportunidades de subsidios competitivos para organizaciones que preparan a los residentes permanentes para la naturalización y promover la integración cívica a través del aumento del conocimiento del idioma inglés, y la historia y civismo estadounidense. Estas dos oportunidades son:

o   Educación en Ciudadanía y Servicios en Solicitudes de Naturalización: Esta oportunidad  proveerá fondos a hasta un máximo de 36 organizaciones que ofrecen tanto instrucción en ciudadanía como servicios en solicitudes de naturalización a residentes permanentes.

o   Educación en Ciudadanía Únicamente: Esta nueva oportunidad de fondos ayudará a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro a establecer nuevos programas de educación en ciudadanía o ampliar la cualidad y alcance de los programas educativos existentes.

 

Local

·         ‘Me hice ciudadana para votar’ dice una Latina de Chicago

·         Campaña New American Democracy Campaign – Miembros y aliados del Acuerdo de Inmigración estan organizando talleres por la región para ayudar a personas elegibles para hacerse ciudadanos antes de la elección presidencial en noviembre.

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MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 4, 2016
For More Information, Contact: Glenn Magpantay, 917-439-3158, glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org

LGBT Groups File Amicus Brief at U.S. Supreme Court for Immigrants’ Rights
“Immigrants’ Rights are LGBT Rights”

Washington, DC. Today, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), with the pro bono assistance of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case U.S. v Texas. The case challenged President Obama’s Executive Actions on immigration, which expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and created a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program.
The programs could help up to 5 million undocumented immigrants, including 400,000 Asians, to be free from deportation and again work authorization. Lower courts suspended the programs. The programs would specifically benefit undocumented immigrants over 30-years-old who entered the United States as minors (expanded DACA) and undocumented parents of citizen and legal permanent resident children (DAPA).

 

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Standing in front of the New York Supreme Court,
DACA recepient Tony Choi speaks out against US v TX

NQAPIA’s brief informs the U.S. Supreme Court of the special concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (API). An estimated 267,000 undocumented immigrants are LGBT, of which a disproportionate share are API.
According to Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA Executive Director, “The Supreme Court is extremely supportive of LGBT people, and we aim to show how immigration laws and policies have a direct impact on the lives of LGBT people.” He continued, “We also lift up the voices of Asian Pacific Islanders to demonstrate the ethnic diversity of undocumented immigrants.”
The brief draws up the Court’s reasoning in Obergefell v. Hodges, where Justice Kennedy ruled that the Constitution protects same-sex couples to legally marry. The brief discusses the human dignity of LGBT people and the protection of children of LGBT parents. Where the Court holds that same-sex marriage protects LGBT families, NQAPIA argues that the expanded DACA and DAPA programs also protect LGBT families. Family is especially strong among Asian Pacific Islanders.
NQAPIA’s brief highlights the stories of LGBT Asian immigrants:

  • Sandra Meetran is a 16-year-old student in Rhode Island. She is a citizen, but when her father was deported to Laos when she was young, it made her coming out much more challenging. Her family would have benefitted from DAPA.
  • Jose Antonio Vargas is a 34-year-old, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, filmmaker, and media producer. Jose is undocumented and entered the U.S. when he was 12 from the Philippines. Because he is now over 30, he is ineligible to apply for deferred action from deportation, but he could apply for the expanded DACA.
  • Tony Choi is a 24-year-old, gay, Korean undocumented beneficiary of the original DACA program (for those under 30) from New Jersey. In 2010, his options were to live a closeted life taking care of this mother with cancer or return to Korea where his LGBT identity would subject him to harsh hazing for two years in the mandatory military service. He successfully applied for DACA and has helped dozens of other undocumented youth apply for DACA and continued fighting against deportations.

These stories demonstrate how the expanded DACA and DAPA programs protects LGBT APIs from harassment, discrimination and hardship.
The brief shows how the lower court’s suspension of the programs place LGBT families in extremely difficult circumstances. Undocumented LGBT parents and children must (a) return to their home countries where LGBT people are persecuted, jailed, and even sentenced to death, or (b) parents must leave the United States and abandon their children without any or minimal family support. The expanded DACA and DAPA programs allow undocumented LGBT individuals and LGBT individuals with undocumented family members to stay in the U.S. and keep families together.
Joining NQAPIA as co-signers to the brief are variety of LGBT organizations from various regions of the county, various ethnicities, allies, youth, and transgender groups:

Local LGBT Asian/South Asian Organizations
Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Portland
Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance – San Francisco hotpot! Philadelphia
Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA) Boston
SALGA-NYC
United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance (UTOPIA) Seattle

Local Organizations
API Chaya – Seattle
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement – Los Angeles
New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center
Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) – New Orleans

National LGBT Organizations
Immigration Equality
National Center for Transgender Equality
National LGBTQ Task Force
PFLAG National
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Southerners On New Ground (SONG)
The Trevor Project
Transgender Law Center

The filing of the amicus brief follows up on NQAPIA’s National Week of Action on Immigrants’ Rights in April 2015 in a dozen cities and local protests against the US v. Texas lawsuit in New Orleans and New York City.

LGBTQ Organizations Call on President Obama to Stop the Raids, Provide Immediate Relief to Immigrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2016

Contact: Adam Luna | adam@unitedwedream.org | 202.486.3020

36 LGBTQ Organizations Call on President Obama to Stop the Raids,

Provide Immediate Relief to Immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 36 national and local organizations representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people sent a letter to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security calling for an immediate end to the Administration’s heavy-handed and immoral immigration raids , which have sparked a new wave of terror in immigrant communities across the country. The groups also called on the Administration to provide immediate relief to those fleeing violence and decried the Administration’s giving short shrift to due process protections.

The letter decries the immoral tactic of raids and lays out the particular damage that they have on the LGBTQ community. From the letter:

These negative impacts are even more harrowing for LGBTQ immigrants that already report higher levels of violence and discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. These raids will only serve to push our LGBTQ immigrant community further into the shadows.

The call from LGBTQ organizations adds to the growing chorus of voices ranging from over 60 Asian Pacific Islander organizations to more than 150 House Democrats and other political leaders calling on the Administration to end their reprehensible tactics.

Zenen Jaimes Perez, Advocacy & Policy Analyst for United We Dream said, “LGBTQ advocates refuse to sit idly by while the government inflicts a new wave of terror upon the immigrant community. The raids are just the latest in a series of gross injustices being carried out by the Obama administration on LGBTQ immigrants who are too familiar with the government’s use of intimidation, disrespect for due process and abuses in the immigrant detention and deportation process.”

The full text of the letter can be seen here and below. Signers of the letter include: Aquí Estamos, Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA), CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, Collectively Free, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), Equality New Mexico, GALAEI, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, GLAD Alliance, GSA Network, Human Rights Campaign, Immigration Equality, La Clinica del Pueblo, Lambda Legal, League of United Latin American Citizens, Manantial de Gracia, Marriage Equality USA, National Black Justice Coalition, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Law Center, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National LGBTQ Task Force, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, Our Family Coalition, Pride at Work, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, RAD Remedy, Social Workers for Reproductive Justice, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, The LGBT Center Orange County, The Los Angeles LGBT Center, Trans Pride Initiative, Trans Student Educational Resources and United We Dream.

 

LETTER TO SEC. JEH JOHNSON FROM LGBTQ ORGANIZATIONS CALLING FOR AN END TO RAIDS:

(for citations, see pdf of letter here)

January 14, 2014

The Honorable Jeh Johnson

Secretary of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Nebraska Avenue Complex

3801 Nebraska Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20528

Dear Secretary Johnson:

The undersigned lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) organizations and individuals write to express our deep opposition to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) tactics of conducting raids in communities nationwide to round up and deport Central American children and their families.

We are committed to ensuring the safety, health, and welfare of all LGBTQ immigrants in the United States and we are disappointed that DHS has decided to use tactics that instill fear into immigrant communities. These raids plainly contravene President Obama’s directive to “more humanely” enforce our nation’s immigration laws.  Instead of raids, DHS should take measurable steps to protect people that are fleeing tremendous levels of violence.

As an LGBTQ community, we know the vital importance of safe places to live. In the summer of 2014, we saw a wave of parents and children arrive to the U.S. to escape extreme violence in Central America. These parents fled because of gangs murdering their spouses, attempting to recruit their sons, and threatening sexual violence against their children. The majority of these cases lacked access to legal advice and assistance, often because of financial, logistical, or governmental obstacles. Without adequate legal counsel, many do not understand the intricacies of court proceedings and struggle to get their cases heard adequately and fairly.

Additionally, we believe a substantial portion of those who are currently in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) people with a disability, as that term is defined in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. See 42 U.S.C. § 12102(1). A very high proportion of the Central American mothers and children now targeted for ICE raids have survived sexual assault or other forms of extreme violence, have mourned the loss of close family members to particularized violence, and today suffer the inevitable consequences of exposure to this trauma. This means that a substantial proportion of the Central American parents and children who have sought refuge in the U.S. are suffering from severe symptoms of—and in many cases likely meet diagnostic criteria for—posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, and depression.

Consequently, we request that you call for an immediate review of the underlying removal orders on which DHS raids are purportedly based in order to confirm that the orders were not obtained in violation of the Rehabilitation Act. Raids are not the answer, especially for the broader LGBTQ immigrant community. Countless studies show the negative impact that raids have for immigrant communities. Children are pulled from school, immigrant owned businesses suffer, and immigrants fear reaching out to for basic services- even if they themselves are not the targets of the raids. These negative impacts are even more harrowing for LGBTQ immigrants that already report higher levels of violence and discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. These raids will only serve to push our LGBTQ immigrant community further into the shadows.

Consistent with our welcoming immigrant tradition to harbor those fleeing violence and persecution, DHS must end the use of raids that drive fear into immigrant communities. Additionally, you should exercise your statutory authority to extend relief and due process to all families fleeing violence.

This country has proven to be a beacon of hope for thousands of LGBTQ immigrants that face violence. We ask you send that same level of respect to these families and champion their protection.

We look forward to speaking with you about this matter. Please contact Zenen Jaimes Perez with the United We Dream Network at (512) 914-5905 or zenen@unitedwedream.org for more information or to discuss.

Sincerely,

Aquí Estamos

Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA)

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Collectively Free

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC)

Equality New Mexico

GALAEI

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

GLAD Alliance

GSA Network

Human Rights Campaign

Immigration Equality

La Clinica del Pueblo

Lambda Legal

League of United Latin American Citizens

Manantial de Gracia

Marriage Equality USA

National Black Justice Coalition

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Immigrant Justice Center

National Immigration Law Center

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

National LGBTQ Task Force

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

Our Family Coalition

Pride at Work

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

RAD Remedy

Social Workers for Reproductive Justice

The DC Center for the LGBT Community

The LGBT Center Orange County

The Los Angeles LGBT Center

Trans Pride Initiative

Trans Student Educational Resources

United We Dream

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants.

You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org.

Immigration Acuerdo updates / Actualizaciones del Acuerdo de Inmigracion

Immigration updates

National

·         Supreme Court ruling bodes well for decision on fate of executive actions to take place in June 2016 – The Supreme Court has put itself in position to decide on the 2014 executive actions by next summer, which could open the door to implantation of expanded DACA and DAPA during the remainder of President Obama’s term

·         Bernie Sanders releases position paper on immigration; ‘A Fair and Humane Immigration Policy’

·         Number of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border of the US rises sharply in recent weeks – Since October 1, official figures show Border Patrol apprehensions of migrant families in the Rio Grande region have increased 150% over the same period last year, while apprehensions of unaccompanied children has more than doubled

 

Local

·         Students, advocates and allies hold successful launch for Student ACCESS bill at UIC – HB4350 was officially launched with a press conference and rally on Wednesday, November 11th at UIC

·         Healthy Communities Cook County (HC3) – Exploration of the possibilities of local policy solutions for the uninsurable in Cook County, particularly immigrants

 

 

Hola Companeras/os,

Favor de revisar las actualizaciones de inmigración de la última semana (en inglés, también).

 

Actualizaciones de inmigración

Nacional

·         Corte Supreme da 8 días a Texas para presentar argumentos contra acción ejecutiva – Con esta decisión, se abre la posibilidad de que la Corte Suprema falle para junio de 2016, antes de que culmine el mandato de Obama.

·         Senador Bernie Sanders presenta su plan migratoria; ‘Una Política Migratoria Justa y Humana

·         Aumento de individuales cruzando frontera a EE.UU. recientemente – Desde octubre 1 cifras oficiales de la Patrulla Fronteriza de EE.UU. demuestra aumento de más de 150% en detenciones en la área circundante al Rio Grande, comparado con el mismo periodo hace un año; detenciones de menores de edad han aumentado también

·         Copia de un archivo de audio de una presentación que hizo Óscar Chacón de Alianza Americas (antes conocido como NALACC) el sábado pasado en el marco de un Diplomado sobre Migración y Gobernanza organizado por el Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE) de México. La presentación se enmarco en tres temas: (1) Estado y futuro de los esfuerzos en torno al concepto denominado “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” (2) Rol de los temas inmigrantes/política de inmigración en el marco de la campaña electoral presidencial; y finalmente (3) La intersección entre racismo y comunidades Latinas en los EUA. Además de la presentación (aproximadamente 50 minutos), hubo un segmento de preguntas y respuestas (aproximadamente 40 minutos).

 

Local

·         Comunidades Sanas en el Condado de Cook –  Exploración de las posibilidades de soluciones de política local enfocado en personas sin seguro médico en el Condado de Cook, particularmente con respecto a inmigrantes

·         Proyecto de ley Accesso Estudiantíl (Student ACCESS bill, en inglés, HB4350) propone ayuda financiera y becas a estudiantes universitarios indocumentados en Illinois

 

Immigration Acuerdo updates / Actualizaciones del Acuerdo de Inmigracion

Immigration Updates

National

·         Texas seeks delay on immigration case – Could mean the Supreme Court may not be able to rule on expanded DACA and DAPA in June 2016

·         Pew Research Center “More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S.” – Significant numbers of Mexican immigrants have returned to Mexico since 2009; click HERE for the full report

·         Center for American Progress report “Providing Identification to Unauthorized Immigrants” highlights importance of different forms of valid, recognized ID for the undocumented; click HERE for the full report

·         How anti-immigrant attitudes are fueling support for Donald Trump – Survey suggests Trump’s positions on immigration have made him the preferred candidate of Republican voters most concerned about immigration

 

Local

·         Opposing Rauner, Chicago City Council Votes to Welcome Syrian Refugees – City Council resolution passed in response to Gov. Rauner’s statements on receiving Syrian refugees in Illinois

 


Hola Companeras/os,

Favor de revisar las actualizaciones de inmigración de la última semana (en inglés, también). Que tengan un maravilloso Día de Acción de Gracias. ¡Espero que pueden participar el próximo jueves, 3 de diciembre en la última reunión del Acuerdo de Inmigración en 2015!

 

Actualizaciones de inmigración

Nacional

·         Texas pide prórroga en demanda sobre inmigraciónSi los jueces conceden la petición del estado, el plan del gobierno quedaría fuera del plazo límite informal establecido por la corte para que se tome una decisión a más tardar a fines de junio

·         Informe del Pew Research Center “Salen más mexicanos de EE.UU. de los que entran” – Número significativo de inmigrantes mexicanos han regresado a México desde 2009

·         La fantasia de la inmigración – Editorial sobre cifras del informe de Pew Research Center

·         ¿Sirve de algo protestar por DAPA ante la Corte Suprema? – Algunos estan inseguros si su presencia tendrá algún efecto sobre una Corte Suprema, donde los jueces no son electos, tienen su puesto de por vida y no están sujetos a la opinión pública

·         USCIS escribe nuevas reglas de la Ley del Castigo de 10 años – Las medidas afectarán directamente a cónyuges indocumentados e hijos indocumentados de residentes legales permanentes (menores de edad), quienes podrán ajustar sus estados migratorios en Estados Unidos.

·         El servicio de inmigración lanzó examen para la ciudadanía en español – Recursos en espanol para residentes legales permanentes que no dominan el inglés y tienen dificultades para aprender historia cívica y aprobar el examen para la ciudadanía, a partir de ahora disponen de un valioso recurso oficial

·         El Departamento de Justicia apela fallo contra la Acción Ejecutiva ante la Corte Suprema

 

Local

·         Cambios en plan de salud preocupan a algunos inmigrantes de Chicago

·         Piden que ‘Illinois muestre compasion’ – Comunidades de inmigrantes, latinos, árabes y musulmanes, además de funcionarios públicos reprobaron la decisión del gobernador de Illinois Bruce Rauner de bloquear la entrada a refugiados procedente de Siria

Ending LGBTQ detention and for broader LGBTQ immigrant justice

From immigrationequality.org:
Below are some important updates regarding our immediate collective efforts around ending LGBTQ detention and for broader LGBTQ immigrant justice:

In the news

·         First, please read and share the New York Times Editorial Board articlethat Immigration Equality worked with the NYT team to craft detailing the dangers experienced by transgender women in detention. The article was published this morning in-print and online.

o   Facebook: Estrella Sánchez, an activist and Immigration Equality client seeking asylum, recounted her journey for safety and justice as a Mexican transgender woman while trapped in the rural Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. LGBTQ people like her are fundamentally unsafe in immigration detention. Share and spread the word to help stop the abuse.http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/11/09/opinion/prisons-and-jails-put-transgender-inmates-at-risk.html?_r=0

·         Second, please read this LA Times article featuring our partners at CIVIC as news develops on how conditions at Adelanto Detention Facility are worsening.

o   “Immigrant advocates say hundreds of men have launched a hunger strike at an immigrant detention center in the high desert city of Adelanto, Calif., making it the fourth immigrant detention facility in the United States where protesting detainees have refused food in recent weeks.” http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-immigrant-hunger-strike-20151106-story.html

Opportunities

·         The Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project has launched their#NoMoreClosets National Survey. This survey is a first of its kind, documenting the lives of LGBTQ+ immigrants with the goal of humanizing and uplifting the real lived experiences of LGBTQ immigrants in the US.

o   QUIP asks that you please share with your networks and anyone you know who identifies as an LGBTQ+ immigrant: unitedwedream.org/NoMoreClosets

o   Please contact QUIP National Program Coordinator, Carlos Padilla, with any questions at cpadilla@unitedwedream.org.

·         Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Transgender Law Center, GetEQUAL, Southerners on New Ground, CA Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, and the #Not1More Deportation Campaign on Nov. 18th is leading a National Day of Action to demand an end to trans detention as part of the #Not1More Deportation Week of Action from Nov. 16th-20th.

o   The Not1More campaign asks that you consider organizing an event/action in your community. For information, please email Jorge@familiatqlm.org with any questions and check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1162289460453981/.

·         Lastly, in case you missed it, please take a moment to watch and share this short & powerful #EndLGBTQDetention Video produced by Immigration Equality. The video features Erick, a formerly detained Honduran transgender woman telling her story of struggle and resilience in immigration detention.

o   Facebook: Erick came to the U.S. to seek safety. She was detained by federal officials in multiple detention centers, isolated for months from friends and family. Watch this short and powerful video from @ImmigrationEquality, and take action to end the mistreatment of detained LGBTQ people: #‎EndLGBTQDetention https://youtu.be/YBhDeGKIo1M

o   Twitter: Erick was transferred between multiple detention centers, locked away from family for months #EndLGBTQDetention http://ow.ly/SO49R

Thank you for your consistent support of our LGBTQ immigrant community.

In solidarity,

-Marco