DREAM Act Arizona!
Deferred Action DACA
Big Change in Immigration Policy !
On Friday June the 15th, 2012, President Obama announced a change of immigration policy that favors DREAMers.
Efective inmediately, the administration will stop deporting young individuals who meet certain criteria. Also USCIS will start outlining the process to grant work permits to DREAMers who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives.
Under the administration plan, DREAMers will be immune from deportation if :
1.-They were brought to the United States before they turned 16.
2.-Are younger than 30.
3.-Have been in the country for at least five continuous years.
4.-Have no criminal history.
5.- Graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military.
These individuals also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed.
The policy will not lead toward citizenship but will remove the threat of deportation and grant the ability to work legally, leaving eligible DREAMers able to remain in the United States for extended periods.
For detailed information on the new immigration policy click here.
This does not provide permanent legal status or is the DREAM Act. It is a step in the right direction and the fight for a more permanent solution is not over!
What to do?
1.- For undividuals in removal proceedings before this change, ICE will announce the process where qualified individuals may request a review of their cases.
Beginning June 18 th , individuals may call ICE hot-line 1-888-351-4024 with questions.
2.-For individuals who are NOT in removal proceedings and meet critieria, ICE will create a process in 60 days to accept requests to benefit from this change in policy.
Please go periodically to this site for updates.
How can I go to college in one of the toughest states for young immigrants like me?
Think Outside the Box !
What can an undocumented student do to continue getting an education and fulfill the requirements of the DREAM Act?
What to do to advance the education of DREAM Act candidates and help our communities and Arizona to advance and succeed?
1.- Do not give up !!! Get great grades in high school, Do NOT be discouraged. The people who are passing anti-education laws will be happy if you quit. Do not let them win !
2-The Manzana Fundation is offering affordable college courses trough a partnership with Navajo Technical College.
Phone: (602) 672-4298
3.- Seek education on line in other Counties in Arizona and other States in the Nation. Please do your homework and compare tuition rates. The key is that the colleges should be accreditated.
4.-Seek information on private universities (Catholic Universities and Christian Universities are a good option to start) and ask for their scholarship programs.
5.-Enroll to ONE or TWO classes at the Maricopa Community Colleges system, on line (Rio Salado College) or Phoenix, Estrella, Paradise Valley, etc. so you adquire a student ID, can participate on the on-campus activities and use their resources, (for example participate in the clubs and associations).
We are asking you to think outside the box!!!! create your own options using and combining some of the resources at your own convenience and budget !!!
BE SMART !!!!! DO NOT GIVE UP !!!!
Advocates are working hard to provide other options. Stay tuned to this website and others similar to get the latest news. Participate on all advocacy groups like the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition. Networking with DREAMers is empowering!
We will keep you informed !!!
Many DREAMers cannot afford the $465 dollars fee for the USCIS-DACA application.
Please donate to Don't Let Them Behind Fund ! Click here to direct you to the fund website.
Please notice the change of venue for the DACA event above.
Update on 9/17/12
Please visit Scholarships A-Z for detailed information on the GED. Click here for more information from our friends.
SB1070 and new policy for DREAMers
The Arizona Supreme Court upheld only section 2b from SB1070 but in latter developments during the day, DHS takes away the 287g agreements out of police and Sheriff offices.
What does that mean for DREAMers?
1.-DREAMers that fullfil the requirement of the June 15th announcement (scroll down, left side) will not be subjects of deportation.
2.- Police and Sheriff will not be able to check the immigration status of persons unless charged with a felony.
This is a great step in the right direction but we still need to change the laws of the country through Congress. The fight for the DREAM Act continues with your help.
This is the first positive action we have had in our 10 years of working for the DREAM ACT.
This is not the DREAM ACT, but it is a change of policy that does two very important things for the undocumented students:
We still need the DREAM ACT.
We still need Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
This will provide major benefits for DREAMERS and their families:
Students with college degrees can now fill professional vacancies where there is a shortage of engineers, technicians, nurses, scientists and other fields. Employers will no longer have to recruit in other countries.
Students are saying that they can now help their parents, who have been removed from jobs they held for many years. The raids and enforcement of the employer laws have hurt the immigrant families. Now they will have a family member who can work legally.
High school students are encouraged to stay in school and graduate, since there is some hope for their future.
Students will be free to campaign more actively for the DREAM ACT and Comprehensive Immigration Reform. DREAM ACT advocates can give more time to promotion of the DREAM ACT because we will not be working so hard to get students out of immigration hold.
What is the DREAM Act?
The Dream Act is a proposal that has been discussed in Congress since 2001. It has been re-introduced every year but unfortunately has never made it for a full vote.
New Scholarship Fund Created for Immigrant Students
The Dream Scholarship Fund helps immigrant children reach their potential of becoming highly successful, productive, tax paying citizens who will contribute renewing our economy.
"You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.” - Cesar Chavez.