BENEFICIARIES STILL ASKED TO RENEW DACA!
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) — The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program may come to an end next week, according to Mony Ruiz-Velasco,
immigration lawyer and board president of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), during an emergency rally Tuesday (Aug. 8) in front of the Illinois Governor’s office at the Thompson Building in Downtown Chicago.
At the same time, Ms. Ruiz Velasco urged DACA card holders who have not yet done so to renew their DACA cards up until before next week as U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas in Houston postponed Tuesday (Aug. 8) his decision to issue a ruling after holding a preliminary injunction hearing.
She told hundreds of advocates for immigrant rights, “We had a court hearing today. And we were expecting a very bad decision from Texas. We don’t have that decision today. We still do expect that decision is going to come as soon as next week.
"LALLY," an “undocumented” and “unafraid” DACA beneficiary, urges her fellow 800,000 DACA beneficiaries to renew their DACA benefits while a U.S. District Court judge in Houston, Texas delays his ruling that could end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while cases in the federal court system wind its way to the U.S. Supreme Court during an emergency rally Tuesday (Aug. 8) in front of the Illinois Governor’s office at the Thompson Building in Downtown Chicago. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
“So, we are inviting people to continue to renew their DACA (cards). We don’t know what date is the decision is coming of DACA. But we do know lawyers are still going to submit additional arguments on Monday (Aug. 13). So, we still have a few more days of opportunity to apply for DACA.”
The state of Texas was successful in halting the proposed 2014 federal immigration program to aid adult immigrants (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA) and there is a chance that this subsequent executive order of President Obama after Mr. Obama issued the DACA executive order may suffer the same fate.
Last September, President Trump promised to end DACA in September by phasing it out over six months. But three different courts have since ruled that the administration must keep for now the DACA program, which protects immigrants brought into the U.S. as children from deportation and allow them to obtain a two-year work permit.
"PASS THE SAFE ZONES ACT!":
RALLY PARTICIPANTS react during an emergency rally Tuesday (Aug. 8) in front of the Illinois Governor’s office at the Thompson Building in Downtown Chicago. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
Judge Hanen may preliminarily halt the DACA program while the case navigate its way thru the federal court system.
DAPA, AN OVERREACH BY OBAMA?
Texas succeeded in halting DAPA after arguing that when the Obama administration issued the executive order, it committed an overreach when the state would have to spend millions of dollars issuing driver’s licenses or other forms of ID to DAPA recipients.
However, it was not clear if lawyers for DAPA told the court that on the contrary, DAPA recipients would even be a bonanza to the states as the recipients can always pay when they apply for their own licenses or other forms of ID if they don’t have a government issued ID’s.
“WHERE’S MY MOMMY?”:
A BABY MANNEQUIN (at right) was among the props spotted during an emergency rally Tuesday (Aug. 8) in front of the Illinois Governor’s office at the Thompson Building in Downtown Chicago. The mannequin was mimicking the thousands of children separated from refugees at the U.S. border. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
In the case of Illinois, DACA applicants or those renewing their cards are bringing new dollars to the federal government as each applicant would have to pay $410 for their work permit and $85 for biometrics. When these applicants used government issued driver’s licenses or state ID’s, they also paid the state secretary’s office, $30 for basic driver’s license ($5 for 69-80 years old) and $20 for five-year state ID, which is free if applicant is 65 years old or more.
Besides, DACA and DAPA recipients are obliged to pay their annual income taxes when they file their applications to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) and should bring more millions of dollars for Uncle Sam.
RELIVES PH "PEOPLE POWER":
MS. CHRIS ALDANA, a Filipino-Australian born in Vietnam and member of Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc. (UNIPRO), said despite Filipinos fleeing from a tyrant, when they come to the U.S., they are still treated as “dog eaters, savages and less than them, less than human. … and they tell us to teach our children to think white and act white and make white lies and white smiles; our expensive degrees will sell us all the way out; our citizenship means shit when we go off our ship; our white collars will not protect our brown necks.” She spoke during an emergency rally Tuesday (Aug. 8) in front of the Illinois Governor’s office at the Thompson Building in Downtown Chicago. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
If all 800,000 DACA holders nationwide would renew their DACA cards for $495 apiece, it would easily bring in close to $400-M to US CIS alone.
As a result of the possible end of DACA, ICIRR said DACA card holders may renew their DACA cards even if they still have more than six months to expire.
According to ICIRR advisory, “Yes, you can renew DACA even if the expiration date is not close (to the expiration date). You can have two DACA permits but the one with the most recent date will apply.”
RALLY FOR SB 35 SAFE ZONES ACT
The rally attended by hundreds of activists supporting immigration rights, including members of The Alliance of Filipino Immigrant Rights & Empowerment (AFIRE), also asked Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign the Immigration Safe Zones Act, SB 35, co-sponsored by Illinois State Sen. D. Harmon (D-Oak Park) and Illinois State Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (IL-7th). SB 35 seeks to extend protection over immigrants who often live in fear due to ruthless enforcement tactics used by immigration agencies in sensitive locations.
The SB 35 was introduced following the announcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that it is planning to “conduct arrests in courthouses around the country.”
David Volden of Kankakee Connect also invited rally participants on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. for a rally to end ICE detentions and expansion in Kankakee, Illinois. He said, “I hope you can join us in our rally in front of the Kankakee courthouse. Let’s send a message to officials that our convictions are strong, our numbers are big, our collective voices will not be silenced.”
“NO HATE, NO FEAR, IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOME HERE”:
AFIRE Community Organizer Hannah Doruelo (extreme right, second row) leads in the cadence, “NO HATE, NO FEAR, IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOME HERE,” among members of The Alliance of Filipino Immigrant Rights & Empowerment (AFIRE) and Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc. (UNIPRO) who attended an emergency rally Tuesday (Aug. 8) in front of the Illinois Governor’s office at the Thompson Building in Downtown Chicago. Others in photo are from extreme right Eliseo B. Barja, AFIRE volunteer, Georgette (Gigi) Estilo and Chris Aldana, both of Unipro. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
As a result of the announcement, families are often afraid to take their children to school, seek medical attention and attend court hearings.
In brief remarks during the rally, the bill co-sponsor, Sen. Harmon said, “Thank you Mony. Thank you. I did not come here to speak. I came here because I was in your neighborhood and I want to hear your voices. I’ve been talking to my colleagues in Springfield. And I have been successful with some and not with others. But I need your voice. I need you to raise your voices to talk to my colleagues we have not yet convinced. Especially, talk to Gov. Rauner. He needs to sign this Safe Zone Act.
“We need to be able to pass bills like this with unanimous votes in Springfield. We need everybody to stand up for families of all shapes and sizes across the state of Illinois because we are trying to do the right thing.
“We are trying to make a better life for our families and our kids for something that we did not have and the works that you all do. Your voices are so much louder than they were last year. And so much louder that ten years before that. So, please keep them up. Don’t get tired. Don’t get frustrated. Keep on yelling to us politicians to do the right thing. Because after a while, we do listen. God bless you all. Keep up the fight.”
JOURNALIST Joseph G. Lariosa has a selfie with Chris Aldana after she delivered an anti-government declamation during an emergency rally Tuesday (Aug. 8) in front of the Illinois Governor’s office at the Thompson Building in Downtown Chicago. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
The SB 35 Safe Zones Act addresses the threat of immigration arrests at schools, libraries, hospitals, and courthouses by directing the Illinois Attorney General to develop model policies for these locations to limit their cooperation with ICE.
Ms. Ruiz Velasco said, “What we ask from the Governor (Bruce Rauner) today is something small compared to the works that are left for us to do. And what we ask from the Governor is extra small because no one is opposing this bill. So no one is against it. Law enforcement is not against it. Schools are not against it. No one is against it. So, he needs to set the politics aside and sign this bill that is right for our community. our vision for our community is to be safe for immigrants regardless of color, country of origin, faith or their religious background. We envision community where people are free to be themselves and treated with justice, dignity and respect regardless of their gender, ability, sexuality, race, income, literacy level, their criminal background or any other identity that has been historically marginalized, exploited and oppressed.”
FIL AM CALIFORNIA CHIEF JUSTICE BARS ICE AGENTS FROM COURTROOMS
In California, Filipino American Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has forcefully called last August on federal immigration agents to stop looking in California’s courtrooms for people they suspect are living in the country illegally, a move some have criticized as politically motivated. But the state Chief Justice said she feels it’s her duty to speak out on federal policy that allows Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials to detain people in and around courtrooms, a practice she said has been “in full force.”
AFIRE Community Organizer Hannah Doruelo urged AFIRE members to invite five people to visit Governor Rauner and asked at least five of their friends to sign postcards to be sent to the Governor by Aug. 24.
The rally organizers also advocated for passage of SB 34 VOICES Act that will help immigrant survivors of domestic violence and trafficking from deportation and SB 3499 No Registry Act, which would prohibit Illinois from participating in federal agency registry that singles out any group based on religion or national origin in light of recent Muslim Ban and Japanese American Internment during WW II.
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