July 7 Info Meeting – Obama’s New Dream Deferral order

June 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Our next Stop The Checkpoints meeting

is on Saturday, July 7th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
at the Museum at the Carnegie  (207 South Lincoln Street, Port Angeles, WA)
in the lower level meeting room.

It will be a community information meeting with guest speaker attorney Lisa
Seifert from Olympia, who will give us details on President Obama’s recent
executive order creating a deferred action program for undocumented
brought to the US. before age 16.

We will discuss -

* What exactly is deferral?
* Why did the President act now?
* What happens if Pres. Obama is not re-elected?
* Is it safe to come forward if you are undocumented?
* How to get more information about eligibility
This meeting will be a safe place to discuss the program.

This information is of vital importance to all immigrants and to anyone who
knows immigrant youth and families.  There will be ample time for questions and
discussion.   #  #  #

Doubts about Obama’s Deferred Action Policy

June 22, 2012 by · 1 Comment
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[Undocumented activists occupy Obama campaign office in Oakland, CA / Image: Krsna Avila]

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today issued instructions to federal immigration agencies not to deport undocumented youth who meet certain criteria. The criteria are based on the provisions of the proposed DREAM Act. President Obama announced the policy change at the White House soon afterward.

The new policy, if implemented, would provide temporary relief to many undocumented youth in the United States. Undocumented organizers who fought for their rights and their communities deserve the credit for today’s policy change.

But I worry that this announcement, like those before it, is intended to improve poll numbers more than to benefit undocumented families. I am skeptical because DHS is institutionally oriented towards deporting people and because this administration has made deportations its number one immigration policy priority. Serious questions about the new policy remain unanswered. Read more

Obama’s Tepid and Temporary Immigration “Reform”

June 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Huffungton Post   Posted: 06/18/2012  7:06 am

“The sad situation that so many unauthorized children face, being born in another country but raised American, can only be permanently resolved with immigration reform that vastly diminishes the government’s role in regulating, limiting, and controlling immigration.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just released a memo outlining a temporary relaxation in prosecutorial discretion to  allow unauthorized immigrants who came here when they were under the age of 16, to  get a temporary two year  (possibly renewable) work visa. Read more

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