These are young people who were brought here as children, grew up in the US, and are now young adults without U.S. citizenship. In 2012 President Obama signed an Executive Order (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to provide relief from deportation to qualified, young adults so that they can go to school, drive, and work.
On September 5, the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced that the DACA program will be rescinded. Here are some specifics:
- There will be no new DACA applications accepted. The program will end in March, 2018 unless Congress acts to continue it, for example through the proposed Dream Act.
- DACA renewals (for some recipients) will be accepted until October 5th for those whose status is due to expire before March, 2018.
- USCIS (the federal government) will continue to charge $495 for each renewal application.
If you’d like to learn more about DACA and the current, national situation, here is a good website: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/trump-ends-daca-dreamers-immigration-442789653.html
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY
Here in Charlottesville, Sin Barreras and Legal Aid Justice Center have agreed to work quickly with as many of our local DACA recipients as possible to renew their status before October 5th. These two local nonprofits are and have been on the front line of helping initial and renewal DACA applicants – and they are currently poised to support dozens of DACA renewals if we can support the application fees.
Sin Barreras and Legal Aid Justice Center hope to raise $25,000 to support these DACA renewals for any Dreamer on an as-needed basis. Any additional funds we raise will be used for Dreamer’s legal support going forward.
Any size donation is very much needed – and appreciated.
CALL TO ACTION
If you are willing to help our Dreamers, please go the Sin Barreras website (write “Dreamer” in the message box) at www.sinbarrerascville.com or send your check (write “Dreamers” in the subject line) to Sin Barreras, PO Box 6433, Charlottesville, VA 22906.
If you have questions or want more information, please contact , Ruling Elder.
The monthly meeting of the Immigrant Advocacy and Resource Coalition of Charlottesville/Albemarle will be this Wednesday, June 28th, 7 p.m. in the Library.
This group is a network of churches, faith groups, and other community organizations working to support and protect our immigrant neighbors. Lana Heath de Martinez of the Welcome All program and the Central Virginia Sanctuary Network of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, and Alina Kilpatrick, attorney volunteering with the Central Virginia Sanctuary Network, will be the speakers. Circles of Protection working groups will meet following their presentation.
This is an opportunity for WPC members who missed Lana and Alina’s presentation last Sunday to hear them and ask questions, as well as to join a working group – all are welcome.
Immigrant Advocacy Project – Continues June 25 at 11:15 in the Library, the Peace, Justice and Inclusion Committee are delighted to welcome community partners who are directly serving our immigrant neighbors. Tanishka Cruz, an attorney with the Immigrant Advocacy Program of the Charlottesville Legal Aid and Justice Center, will be our guest after worship today. She will speak in the Library about the legal challenges facing our immigrant neighbors, and what we can do to support them and the work of the Legal Aid and Justice Center, including Know Your Rights and Power of Attorney workshops, and the Refugee Kids in Court program.
There are many ways to support our undocumented brothers and sisters and work for justice here in Charlottesville!
Join a “Circles of Protection” Team being formed by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Immigrant Resource and Advocacy Network and the Central Virginia Sanctuary Network:
- Rapid Response Hotline/Sin Barreras contact line -response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in real time; communicate accurate information, provide assistance to the family and make referrals as appropriate, record/video so that the event is documented
- Hospitality -provide food and other items to families that have lost their breadwinner
- Transportation -getting and/or accompanying people to work, medical services, school, ICE hearings, to their consulate, to visit family held at the Farmville Detention Center, and to safe places
- Financial support -for food, rent, and contributions toward bonds and legal fees for families torn apart by detention and deportation of the family breadwinner
- Legal assistance and advocacy:
- Sin Barreras and Legal Aid and Justice Center Know Your Rights and Power of Attorney workshops; accompany persons to ICE check-ins and court hearings
- Volunteer with the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, supporting legal teams that provide assessment and legal services to new detainees at Farmville Detention Center
- Support the Legal Aid and Justice Center Immigrant Advocacy Program and Refugee Kids in Court program
Visit people in detention at Farmville Detention Center, in concert with other congregations and Detention Watch
Respond to threatened deportations of specific persons by making phone calls, writing letters, and/or joining public witness on their behalf.
For further information, contact Gene Locke at