House Approves Funding For DHS Without Immigration Measures

March 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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WASHINGTON — The grudge match between Republicans and Democrats over the president’s immigration policies and funding the Department of Homeland Security ended Tuesday — with a win for Democrats.

House Republicans approved $39.7 billion in funding for DHS without any measures to block President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which could allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country and work for three years.  Read more

New Resource Available for Non-Native English Speakers “Know your Rights”

October 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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New Resource Available for Non-Native English Speakers “Know your Rights”
The Boston College Migration and Human Rights Project, alongside our partners Women Encouraging Empowerment and Casa El Salvador, is proud to share two units of our “Know Your Rights-English for Speakers of Other Languages Tool Kit.” The materials – including an introductory letter, teachers’ guides and student lesson handouts can be found here:  http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/centers/humanrights/resources/esol-kyr-toolkit.html . The materials were developed in conjunction with a legal team so legal information is infused throughout the lessons, and more additional information is included in “FAQ” sheets accompanying the teacher’s guide for each lesson.
Why was the Tool Kit created?
The Tool Kit was created to weave rights literacy into ESOL instruction.  Read more

Seattle City Council Passes Immigration Resolution

August 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Councilmember Kshama Sawant

Council Urges Federal Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Help Seattle Families

SEATTLE - City Council unanimously adopted a resolution today emphasizing the importance of family unity and calling upon the Obama Administration to stop deportations of undocumented residents without serious criminal convictions. It also calls for the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and urges the administration to end the use of the I-9 audits that have resulted in the firing of hundreds of undocumented workers in Seattle.

The federal government’s stated priority is the deportation of individuals with serious criminal convictions, yet the majority of those deported have only minor convictions, or no convictions whatsoever. Deportations have reached an annual national average of nearly 400,000 people since 2009.

The resolution also urges Congress to increase funding for resettlement services, to support family unity with the passage of comprehensive immigration reform that eliminates visa backlogs and to give immigration judges discretion in immigration and deportation proceedings.

Finally, the resolution calls on the City of Seattle to redouble efforts to inform the immigrant and refugee community of their legal rights and Seattle’s policies related to their immigration status, including options to qualify for different types of immigration status. Read more

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