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ACLU requests to end 287(g) ICE program

By Chara The 287(g) program is meeting with resistance from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Designed to enforce immigration laws, the 287(g) program is a series of partnerships U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has with other federal agencies, and state and local agencies. The program allows local authorities to question, arrest and send people to ICE authorities if …

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Changes to TPS for Nicaragua and Honduras

Both will need to reapply soon The Department of Homeland Security has announced changes to the Temporary Protected Status program for Nicaragua and Honduras. TPS holders from both countries will be allowed to renew their status and work permits at least one more time. Attorney Jessica Piedra also suggests that they meet with an attorney to make a more permanent …

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Hablando con la abogada Jessica Piedra: Need to divorce? Do it where you live now!

Often, I hear immigrants talk about hiring an attorney in their home country to handle family law matters. They think because they married there, they have to also divorce there. This is not true! Family laws apply to you where you currently live. So, it is possible to divorce where you live now. In Missouri, the requirements are that you …

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Hablando con la abogada Jessica Piedra: Next steps for DACA?

The USCIS accepted the final DACA applications on October 5, 2017. DACA youth can keep their current cards until they expire. Congress must now act to provide permanent protection to DACA youth and all immigrants. The best solution would be for Congress to pass a “clean” DREAM Act. “Clean” means that we will not accept conditions such as the border …

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With DACA termination pending, Mexico working to assist “Dreamers”

By Tere Siqueira With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program scheduled to end unless Congress finds a way to save it, 622,170 “Dreamers” who were born in Mexico and came to the United States as the children of undocumented immigrants are concerned for their safety. The Mexican government hopes to ease their minds. According to the newspaper El …

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“Dreamers” sharing their stories as Congress tries to save DACA

By Tere Siqueira As Congress tries to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), many of the approximately 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who’ve been shielded from deportation by the Obama-era program are sharing their stories. Some DACA recipients – better known as “Dreamers” – have shared videos on social media using the hashtag #HereToStay to outline how the …

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DHS to begin collecting social profiles of immigrants

By Melissa Arroyo The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering launching new data collection efforts on naturalized citizens and green card holders, according to a recent announcement by the Trump administration. Expected to take effect on Oct. 18 after a public comment period, the new, mass-surveillance effort will seek to “expand the categories of records.” The DHS will …

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Not sure which hands control DACA’s fate

Young people whose parents moved them to the United States as children are shielded from deportation and allowed to work here legally through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – for a few more months at least. Tragically, people with DACA status under the Obama-era program will begin losing their protection in March 2018, unless Congress acts before …

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DACA Announcement – What it means:

Initial Applications: • Initial applications already filed will be processed • New initial applications will be rejected Renewal Applications • Renewals already filed will be processed • Current DACAs that expire on/before March 5, 2018 must renew before October 5, 2017. DO THIS NOW! Current DACA holders • DACA holders can keep their status and work permits until they otherwise …

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Trump rescinds DACA program

More than 800,000 students expected to be affected By Chara On Tuesday (Sept. 5), U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Implemented in 2012 by the Obama administration, DACA was designed to help undocumented children get an education and offer youth renewable two-year term work authorizations. Sessions stated …

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