Resources on Deferred Action for Undocumented Students

LINKS

Download the newest information in English and Spanish

WARNING: 

NATIONAL

Students should visit http://www.unitedwedream.org for more information. This is a national organization that facilitates conversations for undocumented students.

http://unitedwedream.org/sign-up-for-the-administrative-relief-for-dreamers-webinar/https://www.facebook.com/events/460937020602752/

United We Dream will be holding a webinar (online seminar) to inform all DREAMers on the new “Administrative Relief” policy that was signed last June 15th. Webinar will be led by Yale Law School Professors and members of the National Coordinating Comittee.
We will go over all the information and details you need to know such as: requirements for eligibility, when to gather documents and what kind, when to apply, what is going on right now, who not to contact, etc AND will try to address all questions you may have.

We will have 4 seminars total: Two on MONDAY, June 18TH and two on TUESDAY, June 19TH at
8 PM in English
9:30 PM in Spanish

STATE

The Florida Immigrant Coalition will be taking calls from students that have questions on the process: 305.571.7254

LOCAL

Legal Aid Service of Collier County is ready to help eligible Collier residents file their immigration deferred action applications.  To receive assistance, call 239-657-7442 or 239-775-4555.  As a non profit it does not charge for its services. Citizenship and Immigration Service will likely announce when it will begin  to receive deferred action applications and what will be necessary. People planning to file can start now to gather evidence of their eligibility such as birth certificates, time in the U.S.,  enrollment in school, and certificates or diplomas.

Obama To Stop Deporting DREAMers

President Obama will announce a new immigration policy this morning that will allow some undocumented students to avoid deportation and receive work authorization.

Under the “deferred action” policy, a Department of Homeland Security directive, students in the U.S. who are already in deportation proceedings or those who qualify for the DREAM Act and have yet to come forward to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, will not be deported and will be allowed to work in the United States.

An estimated 1 million young people could benefit from the deferral. To be eligible, applicants have to be between 15 and 30 years old, live in the U.S. for five years, and maintain continuous U.S. residency. People who have one felony, one serious misdemeanor, or three minor misdemeanors will be ineligible to apply. “Deferred action” will last for two years and can be renewed.

Obama is expected to speak about this new policy later today.

Republicans blocked the DREAM Act in 2010, and this year, House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) has already said he would not hold a hearing on the DREAM Act in his committee.

Obama’s announcement will create a smart policy to help protect young adults at risk of deportation who have spent years establishing their homes in the United States while boosting the U.S. economy.

Read more here.

Guide For Current DREAMers on Deferred Action

Please Note: This guide does not substitute legal advice. Please seek a lawyer if you have further questions. 

VISIT THIS PAGE ON NEWEST RESOURCES FROM ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE HELPING UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS 

On June 15, 2012,  President Obama publicly introduced a change in immigration policy to suspend ALL deportation proceedings of undocumented youth who meet certain criteria.

Beware of notarios and unscrupulous lawyers. You do not have to pay them to fill out paperwork right now. Furthermore, many may tell you to submit an application now or even submit an application to adjust your status to legal permanent resident or US citizen. Do not do it.

When the time comes, you may acquire a lawyer. For right now, just wait patiently. 

Read the information below and do your homework before you do anything. if you have questions, please let us know at info@collierstoriesmatter.org

What is this policy change?

Deferred action, as it is called, will enable certain undocumented youth to apply for a temporary fix. It does not grant US citizenship or permanent residency, but rather a temporary status that can be renewed every 2 years.

What does it do?

Deferred Action is granted on a discretionary basis. This means that the choice is entirely based upon a USCIS’s own judgement.

If Deferred Action is granted, the individual will receive a work permit, which will enable him/her to obtain a driver’s license.

When does the process start? 

This process will be implemented within 60 days. Do NOT submit any paperwork to USCIS. This will start removal proceedings and could have you at risk of deportation unnecessarily. Just Make sure you are eligible for deferred action by the checklist below and that you have the necessary documents to prove it.

What do I do now? 

Beginning Monday, June 18th, individuals can call USCIS’ hotline at 1-800-375-5283 or ICE’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 during business hours with questions or to request more information on the forthcoming process.

What are the requirements?

Pursuant to the Secretary’s June 15, 2012 memorandum, in order to be eligible for deferred action, individuals must:

1.) Have come to the United States under the age of sixteen;

2.) Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;

3.) Currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;  

4.) Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; 

5.) Not be above the age of thirty.

Refer to the USCIS.gov entry for more, in depth frequently asked questions about the new policy. See below for additional documents and links.

HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT EQUIVALENT TO THE DREAM ACT. The DREAM Act is still a piece of legislation that must be passed in Congress in order to secure a pathway to legalization for thousands of DREAMers nationwide. We must not give up our fight and must keep pressuring the government to hear our voices. This must be a lesson to the movement to keep pushing on and never give up.

Documents Needed for Process

1. Proving you were in the country before age 16 

“In applying for a grant of deferred removal, an individual will have to provide certain documents to show that he or she came to the United States as a child, before turning 16 years old.  Such documents include financial records, medical records, school records, employment records, military records, and any other evidence that he or she arrived in the U.S. before turning 16.” (text from FAQs)

A notarized document will suffice as well. We will hopefully provide a sample statement to use.

Prove 5 consecutive years 

“In applying for a grant of deferred removal, an individual will have to provide documents to show that he or she was in the United States for the 5 years immediately before June 15, 2012.  Such documents include financial records, medical records, school records, employment records, military records, and any other relevant evidence.” (text from FAQs)

Proving that you were in the US on June 15, 2012 

“In applying for a grant of deferred removal, an individual will have to provide documents to show that he or she was physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012.  Such documents include financial records, medical records, school records, employment records, military records, and any other relevant evidence.” (text from FAQs)

Medical records  can include:

  • Having had a doctor’s visit on June 15th
  • Having received a physical on June 15th
Financial records can include:
  • Having had bank activity on June 15th (making a transaction, a purchase on that day) if you have a credit card/debit card
School Records can include:
  • If still in school, having your school transcript on June 15th
Employment Records can include:
  • having your pay stubs for June 15th

What is a “felony”? 

An individual who was convicted (not simply accused) of a felony is ineligible for a grant of deferred action.  A felony is a federal, state, or local criminal offense that is punishable by imprisonment for a term that is longer than one year.

What is a “significant misdemeanor”?

An individual who was convicted (not simply accused) of a significant misdemeanor is ineligible for a grant of deferred action.  A significant misdemeanor is a state, federal, or local crime that is punishable by no more than one year of imprisonment (or no imprisonment at all) which involves: violence, threats, or assault, including domestic violence; sexual abuse or exploitation; burglary, larceny, or fraud; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; obstruction of justice or bribery; unlawful flight form arrest, prosecution or scene of an accident; unlawful possession or use of a firearm; drug distribution or trafficking; or unlawful possession of drugs.

Will dependents and immediate family benefit from deferred action

Dependents (children) and other family members of a person who has been granted deferred action will not be given any derivative benefits.  The new deferred action process is available only to those who individually meet the requirements explained above.

Will denial of deferred action result in removal proceedings

If the USCIS denies the grant of deferred action, it may place the applicant in removal proceedings, particularly if that individual has a criminal conviction or if there is a finding of fraud in their request.

Will a person granted deferred action be able to travel abroad

This is a possibility, but as of June 15, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security has not decided this issue.

Additional Resources

Full Memo 

Press Release (6/15/12)

FAQs 

DHS Website

Fact Sheets

En español

In English 

Edited and posted by: Grey and Raul

TIME Cover features DREAMers!

http://ideas.time.com/2012/06/14/inside-the-world-of-the-illegal-immigrant/

year ago this month, I wrote an essay for the New York Times “coming out” about my status as an undocumented immigrant — what many people call an “illegal.” I told of my journey of being sent from the Philippines to the U.S. at age 12 without knowing I didn’t have the right papers; graduating from college and working as a successful journalist; and relying on a support network of American citizens (my high school principal and superintendent among them) to get me through. But mine is just one story. So with the help of friends and supporters, I founded a campaign called Define American, to document the lives of the undocumented and harness the support of our allies around this very controversial and misunderstood issue.

There are an estimated 11.5 million people like me in this country, human beings with stories as varied as that of the U.S. itself yet who lack a legal claim to exist here. It’s an issue that touches people of all ethnicities and backgrounds: Latinos and Asians, blacks and whites. (And yes, undocumented immigrants come from all sorts of countries, like Israel, Nigeria and Germany.) It’s an issue that goes beyond election-year politics and transcends the limitations of our broken immigration system and the policies being written to address them.

In the year since my public disclosure, at least 2,000 undocumented Americans — and we are, at heart, Americans — have contacted me and outed themselves, either in person or online through e-mail, Facebook and Twitter. Across the country, every day, more and more undocumented Americans and the people who support us are speaking out, challenging how our politicians, the media and the Supreme Court (in its expected decision on Arizona’s immigration law) frame the issue. This week in TIME magazine and on TIME.com we spotlight the growing immigration-rights movement and the ins and outs of the citizenship process. We encourage you to share your views and your own stories in the comments section below.

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/06/14/inside-the-world-of-the-illegal-immigrant/#ixzz1xnjvmedN

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Who We Are

The Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project is a community initiative with the objective of collecting stories of police and ICE violations in Naples and Immokalee, Fla., that exist
because of programs like 287g and Secure Communities.

In order to obtain financial support for our video production team comprised of local student volunteers, CCNSP has applied for a grant.The idea is to continue collecting video “diaries” of courageous individuals willing to share their experiences and provide the proof our communities need to end these harmful enforcement programs.

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The Power of Stories

287g and Secure Communities are separating our families, deporting our neighbors and friends by the hundreds and costing our taxpayers thousands of dollars.
The ramifications of these programs have a detrimental impact on our state. This has been well recognized not only by immigrant rights activists and organizers, but by faith-based organizations, business owners and policy makers as well.It’s time our elected officials acknowledge the facts and join on our side.

We need to continue sharing stories like that of Lazaro and Maria Poblano, two inspiring individuals who disclosed their struggle to the local media.
Lazaro was detained after a mere traffic stop. After 10 days, Lazaro was released because of pressure brought on by our community. Although our efforts were successful, we can still do more.

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We need to continue empowering our communities to share their stories and thus, humanize the national debate on immigration. Eventually, our stories will unite us and help put an end to harmful enforcement programs.

Videos are the most powerful form of communication. They are our tools to create social change and impact. Showing a clip to a police officer of a child whose parents were deported because of a minor traffic violation can make a huge difference.With this grant, our video production team will be able to purchase equipment, cover transportation costs and most importantly, continue working as agents of change. We will continue to provide our communities with a safe space to tell their stories in their own words—uncensored and in the flesh.

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