Did you hear the breaking news!?!

President Obama is Taking Action on Immigration

On November 20, 2014, President Obama let the nation – and the world – know he is finally going to work on keeping his promise of not separating families or punishing members of society who contribute despite not having legal documentation! In short, here is the infographic provided by United We Dream, whose members have worked tirelessly to bring awareness, change, and assistance. For more detailed information, check out the official White House announcements!

Announcement 20141120

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

 

Hispanic Serving Institutions have a new resource!
Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Outreach:
The Department of Homeland Security released Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Toolkit: Resources for Community Partners to assist stakeholders including colleges/universities in their outreach to young adults eligible for Initial DACA status and Renewal DACA status.

 

Documented

 

The documentary film written and directed by Jose Antonio Vargas where he chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as a journalist and then as an immigration reform activist; and his personal journey reconnecting with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.

Check it out if you’re in one of the limited release cities
Opening May 2, New York, NY Village East Cinema
Opening May 9, Los Angeles, CA Landmark Regent Theatre
Opening May 9, Tempe, AZ Harkins Valley Art
Opening May 15, San Francisco, CA Roxie Theatre
Opening May 16, Berkeley, CA Rialto Cinema Elmwood
Opening May 16, Sebastopol, CA Rialto Sebastopol Cinemas
Opening May 23, San Diego, CA Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15
Opening May 30, Washington, DC West End Cinema
Opening May 30, Seattle, WA Grand Illusion Cinema
Opening June 5, Miami Shores, FL O Cinema Miami Shores
Opening June 13, Chicago, IL Gene Siskel Film Center
Opening June 20, Denver, CO Sie Film Center

New Scholarship Opportunities for Undocumented Students!

TheDream.US is a new multimillion dollar National Scholarship Fund for DREAMers, created to help immigrant youth who’ve received DACA achieve their American Dream through the completion of a college education. If you have received DACA you may be eligible!!

The deadline for the upcoming year did already pass, but there’s a lot more going on with TheDream.

Read more about this great organization.

 

 

In an open letter to more than 1,200 university and college presidents across the country, the presidents of Cornell University, Arizona State University, and Miami Dade College urge their fellow leaders in higher education to join them in pushing for smart immigration policies that will help attract and retain the world’s best and brightest. Specifically, the three presidents make a strong case for visa reform for students who are earning advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

 

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The Dream is Now

http://www.thedreamisnow.org/#the_dream

…send a clear message to Washington: ACT NOW on the Dream Act — create a path for undocumented youth to earn their citizenship. We won’t rest until Congress hears our voices, with momentum building for immigration reform, the time is now. Tell your story, send in a picture, sign the petition and become a part of a living, breathing call to action that Congress can’t ignore. Story by story, voice by voice we will make it happen.

There are an estimated one to two million undocumented young people living in America who were brought here as children. These young people have grown up here, attended our schools and learned to speak English just like their classmates. The U.S. is the only country they’ve ever known.

Current law provides no path for them to remain in the country lawfully. There is no line in which to wait or application for legal status to complete, no matter how exemplary their behavior, how young they were when they arrived in the U.S. and no matter how valuable their potential contributions to our country.

Both the President and Congress have signaled that immigration reform will be a top priority in 2013.  The DREAM Act, which would give undocumented young people raised in the U.S. the chance to earn a path to citizenship by going to college or defending America in the armed forces, is one essential piece of this legislative effort. While the President has suspended deportations and authorized work permits for qualified undocumented youth through an executive action, these are only temporary fixes. There is still the need for Congress to change our immigration laws and with momentum building behind immigration reform, DREAM can become a reality.

Emerson Collective, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in the areas of education and immigration reform, and social justice, is working to advance the principles of the DREAM Act.  Fifteen years ago, Laurene Powell Jobs, chair of Emerson Collective, founded a national after-school program called College Track that helps students from underserved communities get into and graduate from college.  Over twenty percent of the students in the program are undocumented.  Through her work at Emerson Collective and College Track, Powell Jobs has worked closely with DREAMers and is committed to advancing immigration reform that includes the principles of the DREAM Act.

Emerson Collective has partnered with Davis Guggenheim, the award-winning director of “Waiting for Superman” and “An Inconvenient Truth,” to convey the challenges confronting these courageous young people and help create a path to earned citizenship for those willing to work hard and earn it.

Our hope is that these personal stories will demonstrate the need to keep families together, offer aspiring Americans a chance to make better lives for themselves and ensure that our economy enjoys the full benefits of those who live here.

We would like to thank the following partners who echo the need for sensible immigration reform:

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Sunrise
  • Asian Law Caucus
  • ASPIRE
  • California Charter Schools Association
  • Center for American Progress
  • The Center for the Next Generation
  • President William Jefferson Clinton
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
  • College Track
  • Communities in Schools
  • Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
  • A Dream Come True
  • Educators for Fair Consideration
  • East Bay Community Law Center
  • Equal Justice Initiative
  • Greenlining Institute
  • High School Dreamer
  • Human Rights Watch
  • I.D.E.A.S
  • Immigrant Nation
  • Latin American Youth Center
  • Let Us Serve
  • MALDEF
  • MinKwon Center for Community Action
  • Mytonomy
  • National Council of La Raza
  • NAACP
  • National Immigration Law Center
  • NewSchools Venture Fund
  • Parent Revolution
  • Spark
  • Stand for Children
  • Student Immigrant Movement
  • Students Matter
  • Teach for America
  • UCLA Labor Center
  • UC Santa Cruz, Educational Opportunity Programs
  • Undocumented Student Program, UC Berkeley
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • United We Dream
  • Voto Latino
  • Youth Speaks