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

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,
Ray

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:

http://unitedwedream.org/congress2014/ 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91u0qEsenaM

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. 

We are asking ICE to administratively close his case. 


Call: 

John Sandweg
Acting ICE Director
(202)732-3000

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.

2014 is coming soon. For us immigrant folks, it means that our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is set to expire and we’d need to renew our work authorizations… And what about our parents? Will Congress actually achieve something? In the very likely case of that not happening, I wanted to share an idea: Deferred Action for All (DAfA, if you will). Why? Well, here are five reasons.

1. Because we need to work.

5 Reasons Why Deferred Action Should Be for All      

Because undocumented immigrants contribute $15 billion dollars to Social Security in payroll taxes.

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Because we want to feel safe driving

5 Reasons Why Deferred Action Should Be for All

Many of us live in mixed-status families, and we’re only one traffic violation away from being ripped apart from our families.

 

 

3. Because we don’t want to live in fear of deportations

5 Reasons Why Deferred Action Should Be for All      

With the constant threat of deportations through things like SB1070 and SComm, our communities, even the ones with legal status lie paralyzed from fear.

 

4. Because we want to come out of the shadows

5 Reasons Why Deferred Action Should Be for All      

It’s time for us to come out of the shadows of using someone else’s Social Security Card/Number so that we prove how much we contribute to our communities.

5. Because we can’t wait anymore

5 Reasons Why Deferred Action Should Be for All      

The congressional inaction on immigration reform makes us doubt whether there will be a pathway for legalization beyond us: our parents, friends who didn’t make the cutoff. we see Deferred Action for All as a solution for our communities.

Long story short we’re tired of Congress playing politics and completely avoiding the job they’re actually supposed to do. I’m leading on an online action today to hit four corporations where it hurts, straight in the brand. The four are Home Depot, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Dominos. Our ask is that these corporations:
 
1. Make a public statement in support of immigration reform with a path to citizenship and 
2. Engage Republican leadership to move immigration reform forward (these corporations are super homies with Republican House Leadership)
 
This is how we’re going to apply pressure and show the widespread majority support for immigration reform. We are going to tweet up a storm AT these corporations, tag their handles and use hashtags that they’ve been branding. We are also going to storm one of their Facebook posts with our comments that is visible to the company and to all of their Facebook fans.
More info on this campaign can be found here: http://bit.ly/oct15post
Even simpler. Click here to comment and tweet: 

With Congress being the boys’ club that it is we are already seeing how their ideas of policy are hurting women. Women are being jeopardized in this immigration reform battle where instead of focusing on issues of immigration like family visas they’re talking about more money into the border and drones and a bunch of things that will not keep families together and will not support our communities. 

Originally by @livlylife

The Senate’s bipartisan bill, which passed with nearly 70 votes, demonstrates the overwhelming support of Americans across party lines, demographics, and geography for comprehensive immigration reform. Despite strong protest from many communities against the bill’s elimination of the sibling and adult married category, the Senate bill nevertheless contains key family provisions benefiting immigrant families. These include the elimination of decades-long backlogs and strengthening the ability of some family members to reunite. 

In your own chamber, Representative Mike Honda, along with 67 co-sponsors, has introduced the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 717) that proposes needed reforms to our family immigration system. H.R. 717 stands in stark contrast to the SKILLS Visas Act (H.R. 2131), which would eliminate sibling sponsorship and invalidate many approved applications in the visa backlog. These changes would have a devastating impact on immigrant communities and our economy. I urge your support to include pro-family measures like those in the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 717) in comprehensive immigration reform.

I, with many in your district, look forward to your leadership in comprehensive immigration reform that protects family unity and strengthens the ability for U.S. citizens and permanent residents to reunite with their loved ones in a timely manner.