On Friday August 3rd, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), provided a few more important details about the highly anticipated and much discussed deferred action initiative originally announced by the Obama Administration back on June 15.
The new information explains how the deferred action process (a form of administrative relief from deportation) will work for those who qualify, namely certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as children. This initiative has been given the acronym of DACA, which stands for deferred action for childhood arrivals.
Some newly released highlights include answers to the following questions:
When? Beginning August 15, 2012, and not before then, individuals requesting deferred action will submit their request to USCIS. Forms to request consideration will not be available until that date. Requests made before August 15 will be rejected.
How? Forms will be publicly available at no charge from DHS, Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). After August 15, deferred action the request forms should be submitted along with an employment authorization application. All requestors will eventually be required to provide biometrics and undergo background checks.
To whom? All requests should be sent to USCIS. The only exception is for individuals currently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Individuals in ICE detention must request deferred action directly from ICE by contacting the ICE Office of the Public Advocate through the Office’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 (staffed 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday) or by email at EROPublicAdvocate@ice.dhs.gov
Cost? The total fees for deferred action will be $465. This is a universal fee that includes the application for employment authorization. In very few instances fee exemptions may be available, in such situations as if the applicant is homeless or in foster care, or suffers from a disability and cannot care for himself or herself.. Requests for fee exemptions must be submitted prior to a request for deferred action.
What if the request is denied? There is no opportunity to appeal a denial of deferred action. If USCIS declines to grant deferred action, cases involving a criminal offense, fraud, or a threat to national security or public safety will be referred to ICE for enforcement purposes.
Who is eligible? Additional guidelines detail who would not qualify for deferred action. Information is also now available about evidence required to meet the criteria for deferred action. New guidelines include:
Eligible individuals must not have been convicted of a felony, “significant misdemeanor”, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
Affidavits by themselves generally will not be sufficient evidence of eligibility. .
More Information - Deferred Action Resources
This Thursday, August 9th at 1pm EST, Reform Immigration for America will be hosting an important national State of Play conference call on relief for DREAMERS through deferred action
Please call in and participate on this important national call, as experts and advocates who will be directly affected share the latest information about policy, legal representation, communications, and field outreach strategies on the “deferred action’ relief for DREAMERS.
Speaker will include experts and leaders from United We DREAM (UWD), National Immigration Law Center (NILC), Immigrant Advocates Network (IAN), National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of L.A. (CHIRLA).
Please call: 1-800-894-5910. Your conference title and password is “DREAM.”
Stop Notario Fraud, American Immigration Lawyers Association. This Web site has extensive information describing immigration fraud, where to get help, and where to find legitimate immigration legal services.
Oh look, the U.S military knew about it and they ignored the warnings.
Wade Michael Page, who officials say shot and killed six people in a shooting at a Sikh temple Sunday in Wisconsin, was a decorated Army veteran psychological warfare specialist and white supremacist who has been…
WASHINGTON —- More than 80 House Democrats called Wednesday for the government to officially state that same-sex relationships would be considered in immigration decisions, a year after the Obama administration announced it would begin allowing some undocumented immigrants to stay if they had significant family ties to the United States.
Attention news media & other pundits: (1) To speak of Sikhs as “unfair targets” of hate crimes implies there is such a thing as a “fair” target of hate crimes, and (2) to speak of Sikhs as “mistaken as Muslims” in hate crimes implies that the error is in mis-identification not hate.
Rumors coming in today from Broward Detention Center despite Viridiana and Marco being kicked out, apparently all 500 men have joined the hunger strike. They are all on lock down with no one going down to the “dining hall.” The detainees are fighting back will stand with them and sign/share the petition? http://action.dreamactivist.org/btc
We will not stop until all low priority detainees are released! SHARE WIDELY!
CNN coverage is laughable. CNN: “Sikh people are not Muslim, but Hindu. They can be easily mistaken for Muslim or Taliban.” WTHaramoobobi. Really? Ever heard of religious literacy class? But at this moment, drawing needless distinctions between Sikhs & Muslims is unnecessary. Xenophobes don’t care anyways. According to Sikh Coalition, there have been at least 700 incidents of attacks on Sikhs since 9/11.
I may not have blonde hair or blue eyes. My skin is tan, and my parents are immigrants. We come from a country of strict dictatorial rule across the ocean, but I think that makes me more American, don’t you?
Initially as I was processed in the gym two cops were talking to me. Upon learning I was Muslim and wore my headscarf for religious reasons [one cop actually wrote in my paperwork (headscarf religious reasons) and verbally confirmed that she wrote it down so people would know and I wouldn’t be bothered about it]. The other cop next to her asked me if I was fasting for Ramadan and I replied no and inquired how he knew it was Ramadan. He said it was because they received a diversity training.
After I was done I took five step to the side where they held the other female prisoners and where a female cop badge number 3362 started to frisk me and suddenly started taking off my scarf. This is the dialogue to the best of my memory there were plenty of protestors with me when this happened.
“Whoa, whoa, wait a second I wear my scarf for religious reasons, can’t you just feel my hair through it?” I said as I backed into the wall.
“No. If you want your religious headscarf then you shouldn’t protest,” she said as I was turned around pushed into the wall by her grabbing my neck and ripping my headscarf off in front of everyone. Later another jailer would say the exact same thing when they took my headscarf away for the entirety of being incarcerated.
The others were yelling at her to stop and cops started yelling at them telling them “She’s going to get charged!”
“You wouldn’t do this to a nun,” I told her and another cop who was looking at me as she violently frisked me. And I have been frisked, groped and padded down many a time via TSA since I am Muslim while flying.
My clothes were ajar and were placed immodestly around my hips. Later others would help me fix it as our hands were restrained behind our backs.
“It’s just procedure,” the cop looking on said to me.
“God gave you free will and no one can take that from you,” I replied.
She threw the scarf back on my head covering my face until the cop looking on told her to fix it and then it was covering my eyes.
Afterward I approached her seeing that she was upset. “Look, I just want to talk civilly with you about what just happened and since I can tell you are upset.”
She got defensive and started talking about procedure. “I understand it’s procedure. See, many faiths and cultures believe in covering the head. You taking off my scarf in public like that is like taking off my shirt in public.”
She replied that I could have been hiding a gun. I looked at her in disbelief. My scarf is made up of a light material and my hair is short. She ordered me to sit down and leave her alone.
Initially I felt upset and mad. But then I felt bad for her. I know system is to dehumanize and humiliate the people who don’t compile with the law but after thinking a long time I realized that when you treat others like beasts you become a beast. But being treated like a beast doesn’t mean I am one, I still have a choice, I can still reflect on the example of my Prophet during this holy Ramadan, I still can cultivate compassion and rise above.
wotfigo; As Europe’s’ Economy crashes more & more people are packing up & moving. To their old colonies. Tens of thousands from Spain & Portugal are moving the Ecuador, Argentina & Brazil. Once again, the Americas offer hope to the downtrodden of Europe.
First off, no human being is illegal. Never has been, never will be.
Second, a person entering another country “undocumented” is different. However, my bigger question is - why does anyone have to be documented? Aside from a general population count or something, why are people so willing to be…
In the most cruel and abhorrent manner a Missouri judge terminated the rights of a Guatemalan mother to see her 11 month-old son with whom she had entered the country illegally and placed the child for adoption. What’s more appalling is that the child is now five years old and the biological mother, Bail Romero, has been in immigration and adoption proceedings since, fighting to win back her child. According to the judge, “illegally smuggling herself into the country is not a lifestyle that can provide any stability for the child.” The Missouri Supreme Court ordered a review of the case and tragically, the second judge ruled her “parental rights had terminated because she had abandoned him while she was incarcerated.” This decision was not only detrimental to Bail and her son but also for the adoptive family who were placed in the heart-breaking situation.
Just learned that Viridiana Martinez has “placed herself” inside a Broward County, Florida ICE detention center and is “organizing from the inside” of the jail. Looks like there are detainees eligible for deferred action but still being held. Details in press release below.
NC Activist Infiltrates Florida Detention Center to Prove Bad Policies Continue
Organizing inside jail, Viridiana fights deportations from inside prison
CHARLOTTE—The North Carolina Dream Team will hold a press conference today outside the OFA office in Charlotte, NC (301 East 9th St., Charlotte) to discuss our internal review of Broward Transitional Center in Broward, Florida. Undocumented NIYA activists placed themselves inside the detention center in order to find people that should have been released as low-priority cases or by the new deferred action policy.
WHEN: July 31st 11 A.M. WHERE: OFA office in Charlotte (301 East 9th St., Charlotte) WHO: North Carolina Dream Team
white privilege is watching the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony and hearing the British and American commentators poke fun at the names of African and Asian countries and constantly refer to their negative downfalls (poverty, war, crime etc.) while they hold their…