Carga Publica / Public Charge

The Trump administration wants to make it so only the wealthiest can make the US their home. They want to force immigrants to choose between their health, housing, and food assistance and keeping their families together. We have until December 10th to submit public comment against these changes.

What is Public Charge?

Public Charge is an existing rule used by immigration officials when determining Legal Permanent Residency applications (the green card) based on family petitions or employment, or Visa applications when seeking to enter the country. “Public Charge” refers to a person who is considered likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence. The Public Charge rule does NOT apply to Refugees, Asylees, Survivors of Domestic Violence (VAWA), Crime Victims (Visa U, SIJS). It does NOT apply when lawful permanent residents (green card holders) apply for U.S. citizenship.

Current Public Charge Rule

Immigration officials take into consideration an applicant’s Age, Health, Family status, Financial status, Education and skills, Affidavit of support and whether the applicant has received Cash assistance for income maintenance (i.e. SSI, general assistance) or have they been institutionalized for long-term care.

What change does the Trump administration want to implement?

The Trump administration wants to change the current public charge rule to harm immigrants through an agency rule change process. This process requires the government to accept and review public comment for 60 days before proceeding with the rule change.

The proposed new Public Charge rule would:

  • Define “public charge” as an immigrant who receives one or more public benefits.
  • Implement a new question to determine Public Charge: “will the applicant in the future likely be dependent upon one or more of the public benefits on the new list?”
  • Define a “public benefit” for Public Charge purposes as:
    • Non-emergency medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy, Housing Assistance (public housing or Section 8 housing vouchers and rental assistance)
      • No other public services or benefits (like WIC, EITC, Disaster Relief etc.) would count against an individual for public charge purposes
    • Expand the consideration of Public Charge to individuals within the country who seek to adjust their visa status
    • Weigh positive and negative factors in the following categories: ✓Age ✓Health ✓Family status ✓Financial status ✓Education and skills ✓Affidavit of support
      • Age: Being under 18 or over 61 would be considered a negative factor
      • Health: Medical conditions that will likely interfere with ability to work and require extensive medical treatment or institutionalization will be considered a negative factor
      • Financial Status: Receiving one or more public benefits will be heavily weighted as a negative factor. Earning less than 125% of the Federal Poverty Guideline would be considered a negative factor.
      • Education and skills: Not having a high school or higher education would be a negative factor.
    • The receipt of public benefits by U.S. citizen children (or any child) will not directly be a factor in a parents’ public charge test. ● If a child is an immigrant, his/her/their own use of benefits counts toward his/her/their own public charge determination.
    • These changes will NOT impact Refugees, Asylees, Survivors of Domestic Violence (VAWA), Crime Victims (Visa U, SIJS), or lawful permanent residents (those who have a green card) when applying for citizenship.

When will the Public Charge rule change occur?

These rule changes are only a proposal. The government is required to submit possible rule changes to the public and allow comments for 60 days. The administration submitted the rule on October 10 and the public has until December 10 to submit their comment. The new rule will only be implemented until the government reviews the comments and publishes the final law

Stop the attack: Submit your comment against these proposed changes!

  1. Go to protectingimmigrantfamilies.org
  2. Write your comment against the change in your own words. Explain how you, your loved ones, or your community would be impacted and why you disagree with the change. Each comment must be UNIQUE to count as a new comment.
  3. You only need to include your name, email, and zip code!

Points you can include in your comment:

  • This change favors the wealthy. Our ability to call the US home with our families shouldn’t be based on how much we have.
  • This change would force immigrants to choose between their health, housing, and food assistance and keeping their families together
  • We are all better off when our neighbors get enough food to eat, the healthcare they need, and safe housing.
  • This rule change would disproportionately impact the most vulnerable people in our community, including people with disabilities, children, older adults, and families who are struggling financially.
  • This rule would disproportionately impact immigrants of  color
  • If implemented, this rule could harm families for generations
  • This proposed regulation will have devastating consequences for all members of an immigrant family, regardless of whether some are citizens or not: We’ve already seen families un-enroll from vital programs out of fear that participation will harm their family’s chance at a permanent future here.

 

 

 

Maltrato en Centro de Detención GEO: Historia de Guadalupe Salas

Este testimonio fue preparado para una conferencia de prensa sobre el maltrato medico en los centros de detencion de imigracion, especificamente en el centro GEO de Aurora.

Por favor apoye la recaudacion de fondos para los hijos de Guadalupe quien se quedaron sin sus padres gracias a la deportacion. 

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Guadalupe Salas

Mi nombre es Guadalupe Salas. En mayo yo y mi esposo Joel fuimos detenidos y deportados. Era el cumpleanyos de mi hija mayor Nereida, y mi esposo me dijo vamos a comprarle un café a la niña y después la llevamos a cenar. Estábamos en Starbucks cercas de su trabajo recogiendo su cafe. Habían dos agentes de inmigración, uno estaba adentro y otro afuera con ropa de civil. Cuando yo venía entrando a mi carro me pararon los agentes y me dijeron – “eres Guadalupe Salas? Sabemos que tienes orden de deportacion.” Solo me buscaban a mi pero empezaron a hacerle preguntas a mi esposo. Nos agarraron, nos esposaron, y nos llevaron a centennial para documentar el caso y luego nos separaron y nos llevaron a GEO.

Esto fue en Mayo cuando estuve en el centro de detención GEO en Aurora por 3 semanas antes de ser deportada. El centro es muy injusto.

A mi me tuvieron con un dolor de muela por una semana. Me dolía tanto. El dolor era tan fuerte que me dolía la cabeza, todo el cerebro. No podía comer más que unas cucharadas toda la semana, ni un pan. Tenemos que estar mandando un papel pidiendo ayuda médica – pero parece que ese papel a la oficina nunca llega. Tenemos que seguir mandando estos papeles todo el tiempo porque no nos hacen caso. Los mismos que estamos allí nos tenemos que ayudar. Hable con una señora que había estado allí por un año y ella tenía una pastilla para el dolor que había guardado por una emergencia.

En esas tres semanas hubo una situación muy dura, que me dio entender que si no insistes, alli te vas a morir y ellos no les importa.

Un dia, a la hora de cenar una muchacha indígena de Honduras que hablan otro dialecto se quedó en su celda y no salio, se quedo desmayada en el piso y nadie fue a ver que tenía por horas. La muchacha estaba casi muerta. No les importo, no la atendieron hasta el siguiente dia, y aun asi solo le dieron una pastilla para dolor. Ya nunca la volvieron a checar. Nunca entró un doctor o una enfermera para ver cómo seguía. Solo las compañeras se encargaban de darle de comer.  No me imagina lo que se sentía no poder hablar ni español ni menos el inglés y poder pedir ayuda y poder insistir. Yo pense, aqui te mueres y no te atienden.

Los congresistas y la comunidad deben entender que injustos son en los centros de detención. En mi caso, en el caso de la muchacha, y en este caso de la epidemia de Varicela en GEO está bien claro que no les importa la salud de las personas. El Congreso tiene que hacer algo para proteger los derechos de las personas.

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This testimony was written for a press conference on medical mistreatment in detention centers as a whole and specifically at the GEO detention center in Aurora.

Please support the fundraiser for Guadalupe’s children who lost both their parents thanks to deportation. 

Guadalupe Salas

My name is Guadalupe Salas. In May, I and my husband Joel were detained and deported. It was my eldest daughter Nereida’s birthday, and my husband told me that we should pick up a coffee for our little girl in the morning and then take her to dinner at night. So we went to the Starbucks near her work to pick up her birthday coffee. There were two immigration agents, one inside and one outside in plain clothes. As I was getting into my car, the agents stopped me and asked – “are you Guadalupe Salas? We know you have a deportation order.” They were just looking for me but they started asking my husband questions. They grabbed us, handcuffed us, and took us to the centennial to document the case and then separated us and took us to GEO.

This was in May when I was in the GEO detention center in Aurora for 3 weeks before being deported. The center is very unfair.

They had me with a toothache for a week. It hurt so much. The pain was so strong that my head hurt. I could not eat more than a few bites all week, not even a bite of bread. In order to get medical assistance, we have to send notes asking for medical help – but it seems those notes never make it to the office they need to. We have to keep sending these notes all the time because they do not pay attention to us. All of us who are in there have to help each other. I finally talked with to a lady who had been there for a year and she had a pain pill she had saved for an emergency that she gave me.

In those three weeks there was a very hard situation, which made me to understand that if you do not insist and advocate for yourself, you can die there and they do not care.

One day, at dinner time, an indigenous girl from Honduras who speaks another dialect stayed in her cell and did not go out. She fell unconscious on the floor for hours she stayed there because nobody went to see her. The girl was almost dead. They did not care, they did not take care of her until the next day, and even then they only gave her a pill for pain. They never checked it again. A doctor or a nurse never came in to see how she was doing. Only the other women in there cared and decided to feed her to ensure she ate. I can not imagine what it felt like not being able to speak Spanish much less English and not be able to ask for help and make sure you got it. I thought, you could die here and they could care less.

Congress and the community must understand how unfair they are in detention centers. In my case, in the case of the girl, and in this case of the Varicella epidemic in GEO it is very clear that they do not care about people’s health. Congress has to do something to protect people who are in detention.

URGENT DEADLINE, AUGUST 7: Keep The Citizenship Question Off the Census

URGENT Action Alert: Keep the Citizenship Question off the Census!

In an effort to erase and under-count undocumented Americans and mixed status families, the racist administration is attempting to add a Citizenship question to the 2020 US Census. This could have disastrous impacts for the country as a whole and especially on states like Colorado that will lose vital funding and representation. Last year, Colorado had the 8th fastest growing population in the country. If the next census is to accurately reflect the enormous population growth of over 75,000 residents just in the past year, the census must be accessible to all residents regardless of citizenship status. Learn more about what the census is for and why it’s important here.

TAKE ACTION

Take 2 minutes to complete this easy form to submit your public comment against the addition of a Citizenship question on the US Census. Learn more about the question and who can submit public comment at the resource page.

The deadline to submit public comment is August 7th.


ALERTA DE ACCIÓN URGENTE: ¡Mantenga la pregunta de ciudadanía fuera del censo!

En un esfuerzo por borrar y subestimar a los estadounidenses indocumentados y las familias de estatus mixto, la administración racista está tratando de agregar una pregunta de ciudadanía al Censo del año 2020. Esto podría tener un impacto desastroso para el país en general y especialmente en estados como Colorado que perderán fondos y representación vital. El año pasado, Colorado tuvo la octava población de más rápido crecimiento en el país. Si el próximo censo realmente va a reflejar con precisión el enorme crecimiento de la población de más de 75,000 residentes en el último año, el censo debe ser accesible para todos los residentes sin importar su estado de ciudadanía. Aprenda mas sobre como trabaja el censo y porque es importante aqui.

TOME ACCIÓN

Tóme 2 minutos para completar este sencillo formulario para enviar su comentario público en contra de la adición de una pregunta de ciudadanía en el censo del 2020. Obtenga más información sobre la pregunta y quién puede enviar comentarios públicos en la página de recursos.

La fecha límite para enviar comentarios públicos es el 7 de agosto.

Protect Immigrants: Abolish ICE & CBP

Content Warning: Child abuse

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In the past few weeks, we have seen gut-wrenching reports on the abuses immigrant children face at the hands of immigration enforcement agents in detention facilities. We have seen and heard about babies being torn from their mothers’ arms because of the new Forced Separation policy, and children in cages sleeping on the floor in detention “shelters.”

What these heartbreaking reports, pictures, and videos show is child abuse perpetrated by the state. We must continue to demand an end to the Trump Administration’s new Forced Separation policy that rips children from their mothers’ arms, and ships them off to cages across the country alone. And since no immigrant has a right to a court-appointed immigration attorney (even if they are in diapers), taking them from their parents also strips them of their last shred of hope when facing an immigration judge. This policy is not just cruel; according to the United Nations, it’s illegal.

We must continue to demand absolute transparency and accountability of the immigration enforcement agencies (Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] and Customs and Border Patrol [CBP]) that have perpetuated abuse on immigrant families as they rip families apart at the border or across the country, in detention facilities, or in detention “shelters.” We must demand an end to the horrors LGBTQ immigrants face at the hands of the state. We must demand the absolute transparency and accountability of privately run detention facilities like GEO where immigrants are being abused with government funds.

However, we will not stop this state run abuse until we abolish ICE and CBP. We must begin by demanding that Congress not give a single cent to ICE, CBP, and the deportation machine that is perpetuating trauma and abuse on immigrant families seeking safety. As the recent articles and images that surfaced of children facing violence and threats of sexual assault in detention centers under the last administration prove, these abuses will happen regardless of who is in office as long as these immoral immigration enforcement agencies exist.

Tell your Congressperson that there is no humane detention center. There is no humane way of tearing families apart. Tell them to defund ICE and CBP.



Para Proteger a los Inmigrantes: Abolir ICE y el CBP

En las últimas semanas, hemos visto informes desgarradores sobre los abusos de niños inmigrantes a manos de agentes de inmigración en centros de detención. Hemos visto y escuchado sobre bebés que fueron arrancados de los brazos de sus madres debido a la nueva política de Separación Forzada, y niños en jaulas que duermen en el piso en “refugios” de detención.

Lo que estos informes, fotos y videos desgarradores muestran es el abuso infantil perpetrado por el estado. Debemos continuar exigiendo el fin de la nueva política de Separación Forzada de la Administración Trump que arranca a los niños de los brazos de sus madres y los envía a jaulas en todo el país. Y dado que ningún inmigrante tiene derecho a un abogado de inmigración designado por la corte (aun si están en pañales), separarlos de sus padres también les quita la última esperanza cuando se enfrentan a un juez de inmigración. Esta política no es sólo cruel; según las Naciones Unidas, es ilegal.

Debemos continuar exigiendo absoluta transparencia y rendición de cuentas de las agencias de inmigración, incluyendo a Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE por sus siglas en inglés) y la Patrulla Fronteriza (CBP por sus siglas en inglés) que han perpetrado el abuso en las familias inmigrantes al separar familias en la frontera o dentro del país, en centros de detención o en “refugios” de detención. Debemos exigir el fin de los horrores que los inmigrantes LGBTQ enfrentan en manos del estado. Debemos exigir la transparencia absoluta y la rendición de cuentas de los centros de detención administrados de forma privada, como GEO, donde se maltrata a los inmigrantes con fondos del gobierno.

Sin embargo, no detendremos este abuso estatal hasta que eliminemos a las agencias de ICE y CBP. Debemos comenzar con exigir que el Congreso no otorgue ni un centavo a ICE, CBP y la máquina de deportación que perpetúa el trauma y el abuso en las familias inmigrantes que buscan seguridad. Como hemos visto en los artículos e imágenes reportando abuso physico y amenazas de abuso sexual en los centros de detención bajo la previa administración, estos abusos ocurrirán independientemente de quién sea presidente, siempre y cuando existan estas agencias de inmigración inmigración inmorales.

Dígale a su congresista que no hay un centro de detención humanitario. No hay una forma humana de destrozar a las familias. Dígales que dejen de dar fondos a ICE y CBP.

E-Verify Must be Eradicated

One of the most heartless and cruel anti-immigrant reform proposals currently under consideration in the House, the Securing America’s Future (SAF) Act, would cut legal migration by more than 40%, it would slash family reunification, it would fund the border wall and border militarization, and would universally require e-verify in exchange for a temporary work permit for those with DACA with no pathway to legalization.

This proposal is even more extreme than the Trump Administration’s immigration platform. Efforts like this seek to normalize extreme ideas and are a way of moving forward with slightly less extreme anti-immigrant policies that seem like a rational compromise in comparison. One of the dangerous pieces of this legislation that continues to be pushed as a compromise point is mandatory and universal E-Verify.

E-Verify is an internet based system run by USCIS that is supposed to prevent employers from hiring undocumented citizens by comparing prospective employees work authorization paperwork to government databases and flagging any workers whose information doesn’t match. Currently the system is only required for federal contractors and some states have also chosen to require e-verify statewide, however hundreds of thousand employers have chosen to utilize the system as well.

While most anti-immigrants who push for e-verify say it is an effective tool to halt pull factors for undocumented workers, and that it helps US born workers access jobs and improves wages, the reality is that e-verify hurts all workers and many employers of chronically understaffed industries.

E-verify simply drives undocumented workers into a second tier status that allows employers who hire workers under the table to exploit these vulnerable employees with no oversight. Often these undocumented workers are paid miserable wages if they’re even paid at all, while unscrupulous employers profit even more from their labor. This then depresses wages in industries where this is common practice hurting all workers alike.

Additionally, there has been some research showing that e-verify promotes racial profiling where employers interview and hire fewer Latino workers regardless of their status because of an assumption that they may fail e-verify inspections.

Additionally, mandatory e-verify would decimate industries that are already understaffed and in critical need of additional labor force including construction, agriculture, dairy industries. These are industries that rely on immigrant labor including undocumented workers.

E-verify is at best an ineffective, costly, front meant simply to give an illusion of “tough on immigration” and “pro-US worker” values, and at worst it is a systematic attack on workers that tacitly approves of worker exploitation and depressed wages in exchange for profits for certain corporations.


E-Verify Tiene Que Ser Eliminado

Una de las propuestas más decorazonadas y crueles de reforma antiinmigrante actualmente bajo consideración en la Cámara, la Ley Securing America’s Future (SAF), reduciría la migración legal por más del 40%, reduciría radicalmente la reunificación familiar, financiaría el muro fronterizo y la militarización de la frontera, y universalmente requeriría e-verify a cambio de un permiso de trabajo temporal para aquellos con DACA sin un camino hacia la legalización.

Esta propuesta es incluso más extrema que la plataforma de inmigración de la Administración Trump. Esfuerzos como este buscan normalizar las ideas extremas y son una forma de avanzar con políticas antiinmigrantes ligeramente menos extremas que parecen un compromiso racional en comparación. Una de las partes más peligrosas de esta legislación que continúa siendo presionada como un punto de compromiso es y E-Verify universal y obligatorio.

E-Verify es un sistema basado en el Internet administrado por El Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés) que se supone evita que los empleadores contraten a ciudadanos indocumentados al comparar los documentos de autorización de trabajo de posibles empleados con las bases de datos gubernamentales y marcar a los trabajadores cuya información no coincide. Actualmente, el sistema solo se requiere para contratistas federales y algunos estados también han optado por exigir la verificación electrónica en todo el estado; sin embargo, cientos de miles de empleadores también han optado por  su cuenta utilizar el sistema.

Aunque la mayoría de los antiinmigrantes que luchan por e-verify dicen que es una herramienta efectiva para detener la inmigracion de los trabajadores indocumentados, y que ayuda a los trabajadores nacidos en Estados Unidos a acceder a empleos y mejorar los salarios, la realidad es que e-verify perjudica a todos los trabajadores y muchos empleadores de industrias con escasez crónica de personal.

E-verify simplemente expulsa a los trabajadores indocumentados a un segundo nivel que les permite a los empleadores que contratan trabajadores debajo de la mesa explotar a estos empleados vulnerables sin ningún tipo de supervisión. A menudo, estos trabajadores indocumentados reciben salarios miserables si es que se les paga, mientras que los empleadores inescrupulosos se benefician aún más de su trabajo. Esto deprime los salarios en las industrias donde esta es una práctica común, lo cual perjudica a todos los trabajadores por igual.

Además, ha habido algunas investigaciones que demuestran que e-verify promueve el prejucio racial donde los empleadores entrevistan y contratan menos trabajadores latinos, independientemente de su estatus legal, debido a la suposición de que pueden fallar las inspecciones electrónicas.

Además, el e-verify obligatorio lastima critcamente a las industrias que ya cuentan con personal insuficiente y con una necesidad crítica de mano de obra adicional, incluendo la industria de construcción, la agricultura y las industrias lácteas. Estas son industrias que dependen de la mano de obra inmigrante, incluyendo a los trabajadores indocumentados.

E-verify es, en el mejor de los casos, una frente ineficaz y costosa que simplemente significa una ilusión a favor de valores fuertes en contra de la inmigración y a favor de trabajadores estadounidenses, y en el peor de los casos es un ataque sistemático contra los trabajadores que tácitamente aprueba la explotación y salarios deprimidos a cambio de ganancias para ciertas corporaciones.

FIRM Statement on the Sunset of TPS for Salvadorans

For Immediate Release: January 8, 2018

Contact: Jasmine Nazarett, jnazarett@communitychange.org202-339-9330

New Year, Same Trump: Sunsets Temporary Protected Status for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the Trump administration announced the decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran people:

“This administration has started the new year pushing the same anti-immigrant, ethnic cleansing agenda. In a heartless and cruel attack on our community, DHS has ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 195,000 Salvadoran people—the largest population to have their TPS ended. This is the fourth termination of TPS in a span of three months, and yet another attack to add to the list of executive actions and policies that target people of color.

People with TPS have fled devastating conditions in their native countries and have built their lives here. They work, pay taxes and give back to their communities. They have more than 270,000 U.S.-born citizen children who would be separated from their parents, or be forced to relocate to a country foreign to them by a group of racists who do not understand their sacrifices.

This is ethnic cleansing; it is a systematic forced removal of an ethnic group of people. Congress needs to step up and do what’s right: create a permanent solution immediately and give these families security.”

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

Colorado People’s Alliance is a part of the FIRM national network.

 

We Fight to WIN! #DREAMActNow

Our members are committed to pushing Congress to pass a clean #DREAM Act now because undocumented families can’t wait another day! COPA leaders have taken action since the end of October to push for a clean DREAM Act before the end of the year.

We continue to urge our members of Congress to demand Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority leader allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote and to commit to withholding their vote for the must-pass spending bill that keeps the government open unless a clean DREAM Act has passed.

Through our communities’ continued pressure we have succeeded in pressuring Congressman Coffman to sign the DREAM Act discharge petition, be a leader in pushing his party to pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year and standing up to Speaker Paul Ryan, in getting Congresswoman DeGette to commit to withholding her vote for the budget and using her leadership as minority whip to urge her colleagues to do the same, in getting Congressman Polis’ commitment to withhold his vote, and continuing to make the DREAM Act a priority for Colorado members of Congress. We will continue to fight until we pass a clean DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform!

October 31st – We Want a DREAM, Not a Nightmare!

Our youngest members Karol and Humberto trick or treated at Congressman Coffman’s office and delivered notes asking him to push his colleagues to pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year. One of our COPA families also delivered notes and letters to Congresswoman DeGette urging her to use her leadership as minority whip to ask her colleagues to withhold their vote on the budget until a DREAM Act is passed.

November 14th – Calls for a DREAM Phone Bank

Almost 20 of our members made over 80 calls to their members of congress continuing to push them to pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year, to withhold their votes on the budget, and to be leaders in passing a clean DREAM Act.

November 21st – DREAMers Give Back Thanksgiving Action

Our members Amado and Monserrat joined our allies at 9to5, SEIU Local 105, and Indivisible CD6 to deliver a gift basked to Congressman Coffman thanking him for his support but urging him to stand up to Speaker Paul Ryan to push for a vote on the DREAM Act before the end of the year. The basket included notes and pictures of expired work permits, Driver’s Licenses and job applications to drive the point home that while our dreams don’t expire, our permits do. Watch the whole action here.

December 1st – The Clock if Ticking for a Clean DREAM Act

COPA leaders sent 50 letters, notes, drawings, and notes, to Congressman Coffman and Congresswoman DeGette, and gathered hundreds of signatures on a DREAM Act petition. Other leaders made calls, sent emails, faxes and tweets. At the end of the day, a week before the supposed budget deadline, we hand delivered the petition, drawings and letters to remind Congressman Coffman that the clock is ticking on the DREAM act. Watch the action here.

December 6th – Rally and Mass Demonstration at Washington DC

One of our DACAmented organizers and one of our members traveled to Washington DC for visits with members of congress and a mass demonstration for a clean DREAM Act. They witnessed a historic moment in the immigrant justice history as nearly two hundred Dreamers, faith leaders, teachers, and other allies participated in a mass civil disobedience and risked arrest on the steps of the capitol.

December 8th – DREAM Act Speak Out at the Auraria Campus

 

We spoke to students and staff at the Auraria campus about what’s happening with the DREAM Act and helped them send a message to their members of congress. Watch the videos here.

December 14th – Congress: Time’s Up #DREAMActNow

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Undocumented youth lead a press conference and rally at the Auraria campus to ask if Senator Bennet and Congressman Perlmutter are all in for the DREAM Act and hold them accountable for failing to withhold their vote for the budget unless a DREAM Act has passed. COPA leader Monserrat powerfully shared her story to demand a clean DREAM Act and our members showed up and showed out in full force. Watch the video here.

 

Undocumented Youth Respond to Partisan Attempt to Derail DREAM Act

Denver, CO- Senate Republicans met with President Donald Trump today and have allegedly reached an agreement not to address the crisis created by the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) and its members condemn this latest attack on immigrant families that seems to come from the white supremacist playbook.

“Our leaders need to understand that immigrant youth should not spend another day in limbo. Today’s GOP meeting with Trump did not produce clear outlines of a deal to protect young undocumented immigrants like myself, some who will begin losing protections in March,” said Alejandro Flores, a COPA member.

Congress has until December 8, 2017 to pass a fix before going to recess. “Waiting until next year is unacceptable. We are already facing a crisis thanks to this administration and undocumented young people like me are already at risk,” said Ana Rodriguez, community organizer with COPA. “Congress needs to stop playing games with our lives and pass a clean DREAM Act Now!”

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