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Monday, June 15, 2015

Causa and Immigrant Families Celebrate Nearly 700,000 Success Stories at Third Anniversary of ‘Dreamer’ Program

Causa and Immigrant Families Celebrate Nearly 700,000 Success Stories at Third Anniversary of ‘Dreamer’ Program

Stories highlight Oregonians whose lives benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

Salem, Ore. – Since its announcement by President Obama on June 15th, 2012, nearly 700,000 immigrant youth nationwide — 11,631 in Oregon — have applied for and received DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – allowing them to work and study in the United States while being temporarily protected from deportation.
To celebrate the third anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Causa is releasing four stories from Oregonians whose lives were changed by DACA at www.causaoregon.org/DACAworks.

“Three years in, we’ve seen the positive changes that DACA has had on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, from being able to work legally and further contribute to our communities, to going back to school, buying their first car, or starting a new job, DACA has changed lives,” said Andrea Miller, Causa's Executive Director. “DACA is a model of what further deferred action programs for parents can look like, and it’s been a vast step forward for our country.”

“DACA has resulted in nearly 700,000 immigrant youth success stories nationwide – 11,631 in Oregon alone.  We encourage young people to explore if they can benefit from DACA by visiting www.oregonimmigrationresource.org."

“DACA has shown us the kind of positive impact that deferred action programs can have for individuals, their families, and the entire community. We must and will have deferred action for immigrant parents of U.S. born and legal permanent resident children.”

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Causa is Oregon’s statewide Latino immigrant rights organization. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights by coordinating with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit www.causaoregon.org

 Here are four stories from Oregonians whose lives were changed by DACA:

Sara’s Story

Sara Ramirez was born in Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated at the age of 7 to the United States with her parents. They lived in Los Angeles and then moved to Oregon. While learning to speak English and adapting to a new environment was challenging at first, Sara quickly become part of the community.

Sara Ramirez photo“Everyone kept asking me about higher education, what college I was going to, the career I wanted to pursue and I would say ‘I don’t know’. But in the back of my mind, I was thinking, ‘I can’t’. Part of me was kind of hiding who my real identity was. It was a little bit shameful.”
“At first, I was kind of skeptical about applying for DACA, but decided to put any fears aside and apply. I don’t know why but it was scary, but once I got my work permit, my social security number, it was all worth it.”
“With DACA, I don’t have to worry about deportation. I work legally, I can file my taxes. I can step out of what they call the shadows. I can have an identity and not worry. It also took some worries off my parents’ backs, and they feel more comfortable knowing that I am not worrying.”  
-Sara Ramirez
Causa assisted Sara with her DACA application in the summer of 2012, and she has continued to advocate for immigration reform, travelling to Washington D.C. with Causa. Sara has put a hold on her education to help her parents out financially. She hopes to return to school and one day pursue a career in non-profit work.
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Miriam’s Story

Miriam Corona was born in Michoacán, Mexico and at just 9 months old immigrated with her family to Oregon. Like other DREAMers, Miriam excelled in school and had goals of one day attending higher education. After graduating from high school, she received a scholarship to get an associate’s degree at Chemeketa Community College.
“I think the biggest thing is that sense of security. Knowing that you aren’t miriamgoing to be deported if you admit to the authorities that you are undocumented. Or I’ve traveled within the country, so I go to the airport, I don’t fear that oh my gosh what if TSA finds out I’m undocumented and they bring immigration and deport me right there and then. So it feels really good to know that, yea I’m undocumented but I’m protected. I’m not going to be deported. That sense of security that you aren’t going to be deported. Being able to work legally, it feels really good to not have to lie anymore when you look for a job. It really does.”
“I have more dignity, you know. Even as simple as the fact that I’m able to drive legally with a driver’s license is huge, it’s like yea, you have this tool to get your basic necessities.”
“DACA really changed my life, so I feel a sense of responsibility to give back and help others have this opportunity.”  
-Miriam Corona
Currently Miriam is working and really enjoying her job. She feels fortunate to have been able to attend college and have the opportunity to start a career that she loves. Miriam has become a source of information to many others through her experience in applying for and receiving DACA.
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Aldo’s Story

Aldo Solano was born in Colima, Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 6 where he completed 1st and 2nd grade. Shortly he returned to Mexico but immigrated back to the U.S. right before 5th grade.
“I am able to get a job. Without being afraid of getting in trouble, you know-aldo- For not applying to a job with the right information. That in itself is such a good feeling that you go up to an employer, you are asking for a job with all your right information. It just feels good to have an identity.”
“You need ID for a lot of things—such as your license. But like, you want to go open a bank account, you know, most banks ask you for an ID. If you can get some sort of credit or anything, you need that. If you get pulled over by a cop or something, for whatever reason, you are requested to show an ID. Now you have one. But I think more than anything, more than just the physical aspect of the ID…just to know that you are part of… you are part of this country. You are out in the light without feeling iffy about things. That’s the greatest thing.”
- Aldo Solano
Aside from motivating those around him to take action and become part of this movement for immigrant rights, Aldo has goals of returning to school after saving some money. Upon completion he hopes to one day become part of a non-profit addressing social justice issues in the Willamette Valley.
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Juanita’s Story

Juanita lived in Veracruz, Mexico for three years before she moved to Sonora. At the age of 9 she immigrated to the United States.
juanita“I have so many opportunities, I’ve been working all over the place now and I feel secure about getting a job. Now that I know I have the qualities, it makes me feel extremely happy to know that I have a higher chance to move in a job or finish my education because I can go anywhere I want. I am more confident with it.
It makes me so happy, you know. Like yay! A new opportunity is coming from that. I encourage others to apply for DACA. If I can do it, you can do it. Don’t be afraid.”
- Juanita Anecito
Juanita graduated from high school with a 4.0 and honors. Today, she pays for her own education and attends Chemeketa Community College and will be transferring to Portland State University.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

EL 5to. Circuito de la Corte de Apelaciones niega el pedido de emergencia de “permanecer”, dejando a millones de familias Inmigrantes en el Limbo

EL 5to. Circuito de la Corte de Apelaciones niega el pedido de emergencia de “permanecer”, dejando a millones de familias Inmigrantes en el Limbo.
Causa tiene confianza de que al final de todo este proceso, las maniobras anti-inmigrantes, no funcionarán.
Miles de Familias Inmigrantes continúan esperando. Se prepara para la Implementación mientras la larga batalla Legal de Inmigración se desarrolla.
Salem, Ore.- Hoy la Corte estadounidense de Apelaciones por el 5to. Circuito, negó al Departamento de Justicia estadounidense el pedido de emergencia de “permanecer” en la demanda de Inmigración: Texas versus Estados Unidos de Norte América.
El Juez Federal de Texas, Andrew Hanen dio a conocer un mandato a mediados de Febrero, parando temporariamente la implementación de Acción diferida para padres de residentes legales permanentes, o de ciudadanos americanos,(DAPA) y expansión de la Acción diferida para los llegados en la infancia, (DACA).
Miles de inmigrantes en Oregon, tanto como 5 millones de inmigrantes en todo el país, son forzados a esperar, viviendo en temor de ser deportados y ser separados de sus familias.
Políticos anti inmigrantes presentaron este caso estratégicamente donde lo hicieron con el propósito de demorar el alivio para los trabajadores inmigrantes de Oregon”, dijo Andrea Miller, Directora Ejecutiva de Causa. “ Nosotros tenemos confianza de que vamos a ganar esta demanda y finalmente, millones de trabajadores inmigrantes, podrán vivir, trabajar y quedarse en el único país que ellos llaman “hogar”.
El 5to. Circuito probablemente, sostendrá una audiencia para decidir si se levanta el primer mandato y permite la implementación de DAPA/DAPA más los programas que procedan. Al mismo tiempo, el Departamento de Justicia podría pedir a la Suprema Corte de Justicia Americana, imponer una “suspensión” en contra de la orden judicial.
A pesar de movimiento lento de la demanda antiinmigrante a través del sistema judicial, apoyo para las familias inmigrantes y el programa de Acción diferida, se ha estado construyendo. Más de 100 expertos han salido a declarar que el Presidente Obama, actuó dentro de su autoridad. Amicus brief y declaraciones públicas separadas de apoyo, han sido hechas por Gobernadores, procuradores , oficiales de la Ley, docenas de alcaldes de ciudades importantes y oficiales públicos y otros, en apoyo de los programas de DAPA y expansión de DACA.
Desde el principio, esta demanda ha sido una táctica de miedo de los políticos inmigrantes para asustar a los inmigrantes elegibles para solicitar DAPA y DACA. Hemos visto esta clase de ataque anteriormente y nuestras comunidades han continuado fortaleciéndose y uniéndose.
No hay duda acerca de eso_ DACA y DAPA son legalmente correctos, moralmente justos y económicamente inteligentes- y los políticos anti inmigrantes de esta demanda necesitan dejar de obstruir el camino, así millones pueden salir adelante y luego contribuir con nuestras comunidades”, dijo Miller.
La semana pasada como parte del Día Nacional de Acción para pelear#Fight4DAPA. Causa y alidos de todo el Estado, lanzaron “Oregon Immigration Resource”, una página bilingüe de información para proveer guía y recursos para la comunidad, acerca de los nuevos y ya existentes programas y oportunidades. Las familias que desean más información acerca de los programas de Alivio Administrativo del Presidente Obama, foros a llevarse a cabo, el proceso en las cortes y/o asistencia, pueden visitar: www.oregonimmigrationresource.org

5th Circuit Court of Appeals Court Denies Emergency Stay Request, Keeping Millions of Immigrant Families in Limbo

5th Circuit Court of Appeals Court Denies Emergency Stay Request, Keeping Millions of Immigrant Families in Limbo

Causa Remains Confident that At the End of the Day, Anti-Immigrant Legal Maneuvers Won’t Work

Thousands of Immigrant Families Continue to Wait, Prepare for Implementation as Long Legal Battle of Immigration Action Unfolds

Salem, Ore. – Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied the US Department of Justice’s request for an emergency stay in the anti-immigrant lawsuit, Texas v. United States of America. Texas Federal Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction in mid-February temporarily halting the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. 

Thousands of Oregon immigrants, up to as many as five million immigrants across the country, are forced to wait, continuing to live in fear of deportation and being torn from their families. 

“Anti-immigrant politicians strategically filed this case in order to delay relief for hardworking immigrants in Oregon”, said Andrea Miller, Causa's Executive Director.  “We are confident that we will win this lawsuit and, finally, millions of hardworking immigrants will be able to live, work, and stay in the only country they call home.”

The Fifth Circuit will likely hold a hearing to decide whether to lift the preliminary injunction and allow implementation of the new DAPA/DACA+ programs to proceed. At the same time, the Department of Justice could ask the U.S. Supreme Court to impose an emergency stay against the injunction.

Despite the slow movement of the anti-immigrant lawsuit through the court system, support for immigrant families and the deferred action programs has been building. More than 100 legal scholars have come forward declaring President Obama acted within his authority. Separate amicus briefs and public statements of support have been made by governors, attorneys general, law enforcement officers, dozens of large city mayors and public officials, and others in the case supporting the expanded DACA and DAPA programs. 

“From the beginning, this lawsuit has been a fear tactic by anti-immigrant politicians to scare away eligible immigrants from applying for DACA and DAPA. We’ve seen these kinds of attacks before, and our communities have continued to grow stronger and more united. There’s no doubt about it - DAPA and DACA are legally sound, morally right, and economically smart – and the anti-immigrant politicians in this lawsuit need to get out of the way so millions can come forward and further contribute to their communities”, said Miller.

Last week, as part of the National Day of Action to #Fight4DAPA, Causa and statewide partners launched Oregon Immigration Resource -- a bilingual information hub to provide guidance and resources for the community about new and existing immigration programs and opportunities.  Families wanting more information about President Obama's Deferred Action programs, upcoming informational forums, the court process and/or assistance can visit www.oregonimmigrationresource.org.

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Causa is Oregon’s statewide Latino immigrant rights organization. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights by coordinating with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit www.causaoregon.org

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