Posts tagged with "immigration"

Tweet with We Belong Together Tonight!

Will you tweet with We Belong Together Tonight? We’ll be talking about how congressional inaction on immigration reform has hurt our communities and what we’re going to do about it.

We’ll be chatting using the hashtag #WomenTogether from 8pm-9pm ET/5pm-6pm PT and we need to hear from you!

A lot can happen in a year. In the time since the Senate passed their comprehensive immigration reform bill on June 27th, 2013,

  • I got engaged, planned a wedding and got married;
  • two We Belong Together staffers had babies;
  • 105 of us fasted for 48 hours for immigration reform;
  • around 400,000 people were deported and their families separated;
  • 5.5 million kids with an undocumented parent lived in fear of losing their mom or dad; 
  • the We Belong Together team took action in the streets and online for immigration reform over and over again.

In that time, Congress could have passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill and ended the suffering of millions of families. But instead, they did nothing. It’s just not right.

That’s why We Belong Together is taking to social media to show Congress and the President that it’s time to act.

Will you join me, Elianne Ramos aka @erGeekGoddes, and @MomsRising on Twitter tonight to talk about how much has happened in our lives in the past year #WhileCongressdidNothing about immigration reform?

I hope you can join us to share what you’ve done this year, along with resources, or questions by adding the hashtag #WomenTogether to your tweets between 8:00pm-9:00pm EDT/5:00pm-6:00pm PDT.

If you want to help spread the word about the Tweet Chat, I’ve included a few sample tweets below:

  • Think it’s time #Congress & the President to act 2 keep fams together? Join #womentogether at 8pm ET5pm PT & share your story #TNTweeters
  • No #WorldCup game at 8pm ET/5pm PT today? Wondering what to do? Join the #womentogether #immigrationreform twitter chat!
  • Join @womenbelong 2 learn how we can push Congress & President to ACT to keep families together. Tune into #womentogether at 8pm ET/5pm PT!
  • What has inaction on #immigration cost your family? Follow #womentogether & @ergeekgoddess to discuss Today at 8pm ET/5pm PT #latism
  • Join @Aijenpoo @miriamyeung & share your story of cost of #Congress inaction on #immigrationreform. Use #womentogetherToday 8pm ET/5pm PT
  • 1 year after the Senate passed #CIR, #Congress still hasn’t acted. Join the #womentogether Twitter Chat Today 8pm ET/5pm PT 2 demand action

 I look forward to tweeting with you tonight!

— Bekah, social media coordinator, We Belong Together


Join us for this important dialogue on facebook and twitter! & educate yourself on this very recent instance of police brutality against Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek.

Akiko Aspillaga immigrated to the United States from the Philippines at the age of 10 years old. Because of lack of resources and false information from her mother’s employer, she fell out of status. Despite the complexities and challenges she experienced as an undocumented immigrant, she continues to pursue her dreams.

Akiko is the Community Organizer with ASPIRE, the first youth-led undocumented Asian Pacific Islander organization. Akiko reflected on lessons from organizing for pro-immigrant policies and on what it means to trust your struggle.

Akiko delivered this talk at TEDxPeacePlaza on November 9, 2013, in San Francisco’s Japantown. Video by Arthur Prutkov, edited by Glenn Fajardo. Opening montage includes photos by Curtis Fry, Michael Ocampo, Nicholas Shipes, and Jeremy Cusker used under Creative Commons license. TEDxPeacePlaza 2013 is shared with you by the San Francisco Japantown Foundation.


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Apr 7

Support 100 Women's 48-hour Fast for Immigration Reform!

Over the past month,1,500 women have fasted around the country for to keep families together and move immigration reform that’s fair to women forward. Now 100 women are taking this message to Washi

My name is Shivana Jorawar. Today, I am beginning a 48-hour fast with We Belong Together on the National Mall for the next two days. I am one of 100 women who will be going without food to feed the courage of House Leadership and the Obama Administration to take action to stop deportations and pass immigration reform that’s fair to women and families NOW.

Will you support our fast by sending a message of courage? Click here to send your message.

On Wednesday, we’ll break our fast and deliver the hearts of courage that you sent to House Leadership. We will make them see that women from across the country are paying attention, that we want reform, and that we are willing to go without food to feed their courage to do what is right.

I am fasting today for families who are separated by the backlog in the current family visa system. In 1971, at age 17, my mom left a small provincial country plagued by ethnic conflict and economic instability for the bright lights of New York City.

My mom came to the U.S. from Guyana on a family visa, sponsored by my grandmother, at a time when immigration laws were less harsh and reflected a recognition of the contributions immigrants make to our society and economy. She came after being separated from my grandmother for 2 years, during which she had to fill in as primary caretaker to her 7 small brothers and sisters.

If my mom’s story took place today, the wait to be reunited as a family would likely have been much, much longer. Today, there are millions of women just like my mom at 17—with hopes and dreams of a better future—who will never have the opportunity she did under our current broken immigration policies.

On Christmas day of last year, my mom and I went without food to make a statement to our lawmakers that enough is enough: immigrant women and families cannot wait any longer for justice. We went without Christmas dinner because our lives are firsthand testimony of why common sense immigration reform needs to happen now.

And now, after more than three months of inaction from our elected officials, I’m fasting with my mom again.

Immigrant women are the backbones of their families and give so much to this country. They and the millions of other immigrants in the US deserve reform, and they deserve it NOW.

Please support our fast by sending a message of courage! Click here to send your message.

Thank you for supporting our fast this week.

P.S. Watch our press conference and march live from the fasters tent today at noon ET/3:00pm PT: http://www.webelongtogether.org/Fast-livestream

Leezia Dhalla's immigration story

Help Fund Victoria's Legal Representation!

I come to you all today in my time of uncertainty, what I feared most might be turned into a reality that our community faces on a daily basis. Tonight I sat down and began working on my own sisters case intake form. As January my older sister Victoria was accused  theft at her workplace at Dulles Airport. She is falling victim of an abusive boss, one who knows her undocumented status makes her vulnerable; he is accussing her and placed the warrant against her. 

We were contacted by airport police and asked my sister to turn herself in, instead of putting out a warrant on her. She did as told was released under her own recognizance. Her pre-liminary court hearing will be on February 27, 2014. 

These implications could in turn lead to my sister being placed in deportation proceedings due to the fact that her DACA is still pending approval. 

I am fundraising for my sister’s legal representation as she will need both a criminal and immigration attorney. Both of my parents have been laid off and I am the only one blessed to have a job right now as an organizer with United We Dream. 

I chose to get involved in our movement because our families need relief. I chose to get arrested because our families can no longer stand the system! My sister placed her dreams on hold all for me and I will do everything I can to keep my family together. 

All I ask is to lend me your strength and courage to fight whatever comes my way. I will keep you all posted, thank you for the continuous love and support that you all have given me. 

Isang Bagsak,

Feb 4

Click here to support NJ Youth going to the United We DREAM Congress in Arizona

Its been a great year for undocumented youth in New Jersey. We were able to finally pass the In-State Tuition Bill and the fight continues to secure State Financial Aid for our community.

We want to share this important victory with the our sisters and brothers in the struggle from other states. For this reason, we are fundraising to attend the United We Dream National Congress which will be held in Arizona. If we reach our goal, we also plan on visiting the Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. PLEASE SUPPORT US!!!

For details visit:



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Young Conservatives of Texas' "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" Game

The same conservative student group that held an affirmative action bake sale at the University of Texas at Austin this fall is hosting another controversial event — this time, a mock immigration sting.

On Wednesday, the campus chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas will offer students $25 gift cards if they can “catch” an undocumented immigrant — a group of volunteers wearing “illegal immigrant” labels.

Gregory Vincent, UT-Austin’s vice president for diversity and community engagement, called YCT’s plans “inflammatory and demeaning.” While permitted under First Amendment rights, he said, the event runs counter to the university’s honor code. 

"Once again in trying to be provocative, the YCT is contributing to an environment of exclusion and disrespect among our students, faculty and staff by sending the message that certain students do not belong on our campus," he said in a statement. "Some UT-Austin students are undocumented, and under Dream Act legislation signed into law in 2001, these students are entitled to attend state universities. They are part of a growing diverse population on campus and in the state of Texas — a population that plays increasingly larger roles in our intellectual, economic, political and cultural communities."

YCT bills itself as a nonpartisan youth organization whose legislative priorities include eliminating a state law that allows undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates if they graduate from a Texas high school.  

The link to the petition to get YCT banned from the campus can be found here. 

Please Call ICE On November 18-19 to Permanently Reunite the Singh Family

We are asking ICE to administratively close his case. 


John Sandweg
Acting ICE Director

Leslie Ungerman
Chief Counsel
(415) 705-4604

“Hi my name is ____. I’m calling to ask ICE to agree to reopen and administratively close Gurmukh Singh’s case, A# 077-432-044, under Director Sandweg’s August 2014 parental interests directive. Although Gurmukh was released from detention after 5 ½ months, he still faces imminent deportation and separation from his family. I strongly urge you to exercise prosecutorial discretion during Gurmukh’s November 18 court mediation and agree to reopen and administratively close his case. Gurmukh is the parent and primary caretaker of two minor U.S. citizen children and his elderly parent, is married to a U.S. citizen, and is a contributing member to the community. His deportation will cause emotional, psychological, and financial hardship to his children and family. Please do not let the Singh family be separated. I urge you to administratively close Gurmukh’s case. Thank you.”

About Mr. Singh

Gurmukh Singh is a father of two U.S. citizen children, a loving husband, a caregiver to his elderly parents, and a taxi driver who is part of the Orange County Taxicab Drivers Association. Yet he is facing imminent deportation, after getting picked up and detained by ICE in April 2013 on the day of his family visa interview.

Gurmukh fled India over 15 years ago and came to the U.S. When his asylum application and subsequent appeal were denied due to faulty representation, he was ordered to be deported. However, unaware of this final order of removal, his wife petitioned for his green card. At his immigration interview, while dressed in a new suit that he had purchased for the day, he was arrested by immigration agents. Although he was released after five and a half months of detention, he still faces imminent separation from his family.

Gurmukh is the father of two U.S. citizen children who are 11 and 14 years old. On August 23, 2013, ICE issued a new “Parental Interests” directive, which states that special consideration should be made in the placement, detention, and deportation of immigrants who are parents and primary caretakers of U.S. citizen children. Gurmukh’s case squarely fits into the criteria outlined by the parental directive.