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Deferred Action Forms - IMPORTANT!! PLEASE READ BEFORE FILING OUT!

I know everybody is excited for tomorrow but I have an advice for some of you. TAKE YOUR TIME. I say that because there is only one chance with this application. If you get rejected, you are done. There is no appeal process and you can’t get them to reopen/reconsider your case (reapply) if you get rejected. I would much rather take my time and make sure everything on my application is 100% correct

 than rush to apply and make a mistake and get rejected. You can still apply next week or next month and there is no due date or deadline for the application. Talk to a lawyer if you have been trouble with the law or police before in the past, go get your background check if you’ve been in trouble before. Go get your passports and birth certificates and get it translated and go get all your necessary evidence. And to answer some common questions, no you will not be able to join the military or apply for FAFSA even if your Deferred Action is accepted. Good luck to everybody. - J. Kim

Today, President Obama announced that the policy of prosecutorial discretion—which allows immigration agents to defer deportation of low-risk, non criminal undocumented immigrants—will be expanded to all DREAM eligible youth.

This is a huge win for the immigration reform movement, and comes as a result of years of tireless mobilization and agitation by DREAMers, undocumented immigrants, and immigrants’ rights activists and politicians.

The expansion in policy means that effective today, there will be an immediate halt to all deportation proceedings for DREAMers, and all DREAMers who are already in deportation proceedings will get deferred action (lasting two years) and work permits, if they meet eligibility. Any DREAMer who meets the criteria can come forward and apply for deferred action and a work permit as well.

While this is an exciting moment for the immigration reform movement, it is not an ultimate victory. This policy expansion still does not provide a path to citizenship for DREAMers. There is still a dire need for a national DREAM Act. The struggle continues, and electing pro-DREAM champions into office this November is as important as it has ever been.

Here are some of the details of the new policy:

To be eligible you must

  •  Be between 15 years or older and 30 years or younger may apply
  •  Be in US for at least 5 (as of today, 6/15/12)
  •  Have to have maintained continuous residence (relatively flexible interpretation)

There are no restriction on when you can apply (i.e. no window that closes after a year, for example)
Grants of Deferred Application are for 2 years and are renewable
Criminal Ineligibility: If you have been convicted of a felony, a serious misdemeanor or three minor misdemeanors not all stemming from same incident, then you are not eligible.

We estimate that as a result of this policy extension, nearly 1 million DREAMers will be spared from deportation. This is truly an exciting day

The President will make a speech at 1:15PM EDT today.

BREAKING: Obama To Stop Deporting DREAM-Eligible Youth, Protecting 1 Million Undocumented Students

ariannabee:

“President Obama will announce a new immigration policy this morning that will allow some undocumented students to avoid deportation and receive work authorization.”

reallifedocumentarian:

Remember when President Obama said: “DREAM Act! First 100 days, for sure!” or “Now is the time for CIR.” or “Raids and separating families is not an American value.” and all the other things he used to get everyone excited?
Or maybe you remember him passing the 1,000,000 people deported mark this year. Or setting the goal of deporting 400,000 people per year. Or how he supported the expansion of [In]Secure Communities across the country, against the will of local jurisdictions and in the face of evidence of just how flawed the program is. Or how he said his administration isn’t deporting DREAMers- except when it does. Or how ICE enjoys the use of cowboy offices across the country who don’t follow what comes out of the DC offices. Or how divisions within his own party helped defeat the DREAM Act in 2010. And how certain Senators of his party continue to justify their inaction by referencing the shell of token legislation that Senator Menendez introduced….
Well, here’s a good way to remind President Obama that the Immigrant Youth Movement wants to start 2012 off on a better foot with him. Help his heart to grow for 2012 :-)

reallifedocumentarian:

Remember when President Obama said: “DREAM Act! First 100 days, for sure!” or “Now is the time for CIR.” or “Raids and separating families is not an American value.” and all the other things he used to get everyone excited?

Or maybe you remember him passing the 1,000,000 people deported mark this year. Or setting the goal of deporting 400,000 people per year. Or how he supported the expansion of [In]Secure Communities across the country, against the will of local jurisdictions and in the face of evidence of just how flawed the program is. Or how he said his administration isn’t deporting DREAMers- except when it does. Or how ICE enjoys the use of cowboy offices across the country who don’t follow what comes out of the DC offices. Or how divisions within his own party helped defeat the DREAM Act in 2010. And how certain Senators of his party continue to justify their inaction by referencing the shell of token legislation that Senator Menendez introduced….

Well, here’s a good way to remind President Obama that the Immigrant Youth Movement wants to start 2012 off on a better foot with him. Help his heart to grow for 2012 :-)

guyaconnect:

Keish Kim speaking in front of Georgia Board of Regents in behalf of GUYA and the Undocumented students in Georgia. 

Asking to RESCIND the ban on Undocumented students. (Policy 4.1.6) This policy states that admissions offices check immigration status before admitting students and if they are not lawfully present, they cannot attend the public universities in Georgia. Currently under this policy the 5 most competitive public university enforce this. Including UGA, GA Tech Georgia State University, GCSU, and Georgia Health Science University. 

So, on November 8th, 2011, GUYA was granted a seat at the Board of Regent’s committee of Organization and Law to present a 10 minute presentation. This was Keish Kim’s speech asking the board to lift the ban before halting more goals and dreams of the invisible, undocumented students in Georgia. 

The scarlet U represented all the Undocumented students who were underrepresented and were unable to stand with us. We are standing up and speaking out for all of them. 
Undocumented and Unafraid. Unashamed and Unapologetic!! 
noface-nameless:

<3 
So honored to be part of this project. 
If you know ANY students who may be interested that resides in Georgia, SPREAD THE NEWS AND THE FLYER! 
ANYONE can apply! No 9 digit numbers asked or required! Zero Tuition! 
It will cost us NOTHING! Everything will be volunteer based with donated books and volunteer-driven carpools! 
5 great UGA professors are charged and empowered to give what they do best. and set of amazing scholars, lawyers, educators all across the US supporting the advisory board! 

http://www.freedomuniversitygeorgia.com/

noface-nameless:

<3 

So honored to be part of this project. 

If you know ANY students who may be interested that resides in Georgia, SPREAD THE NEWS AND THE FLYER! 

ANYONE can apply! No 9 digit numbers asked or required! Zero Tuition! 

It will cost us NOTHING! Everything will be volunteer based with donated books and volunteer-driven carpools! 

5 great UGA professors are charged and empowered to give what they do best. and set of amazing scholars, lawyers, educators all across the US supporting the advisory board! 

http://www.freedomuniversitygeorgia.com/

guyaconnect:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: gaundocumentedyouthalliance@gmail.com
 
Georgia Undocumented Youth Determined to Graduate Despite Board of Regents Ban  
Undocumented students will hold a graduation ceremony against the Board of Regents ban at University of Georgia 
Athens, Georgia— Today, Undocumented youth from Athens will conduct a graduation ceremony of resistance as a protest against the Board of Regents’ decision to ban academically qualified students from attending Georgia’s top 5 public universities solely based on their immigration status. “I , just as many other students, was always told that I had potential, and with education I could do whatever I wanted when I grew up,” said Alejandro Galeana, a junior from Cedar Shoals High School, “and now, I am having to fight for my rights to be allowed to receive higher education,”
 
WHAT:              Undocumented youth stage graduation of resistanceWHO:               Undocumented Youth from around the state of GeorgiaWHEN:             Tuesday, August 23rd at 12:00pm at the University of GA “Arch”WHERE:           In front of the “Arch” - Corner of College and Broad
 
“I am having to fight for my education now, and Failure is NOT an option,” Galeano stated, and understanding the issue within his society Alejandro goes on, “This is the Athens community, not the Athens-white, Athens-black or Athens-anything. It is Athens, and all the people here are equal. Once you start targeting a certain subgroup, such as the immigrant community, it becomes racism and prejudice” 
 
Tuesday’s action is in the spirit of supporting youth like Galeano, whose dreams and hard work are being shattered by the BOR ban
 
In addition to the rally, GUYA will be announcing its support of Freedom University, a local project that will offer a rigorous college-level course to all academically qualified students regardless of immigration status or socio-economic background, without fees or tuition. One of the scholars involved in the project, Dr. Pamela Voekel, states that “The Regents ban contravenes this country’s most cherished values of liberty and justices for all. Freedom University is designed to serve the students adversely affected by the Board of Regent’s misguided ban.”
 
Freedom University is governed by a advisory board consisting nationally recognized scholars including Pulitzer Prize winning author, Junot Díaz, representing growing educators voice on the issue of immigration.
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Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) is an Undocumented Youth-led organization which seeks dignity and justice for its immigrant youth community in the state of Georgia. GUYA believes all persons should have equal access to education and a life free from persecution regardless of their legal status.
 

guyaconnect:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: gaundocumentedyouthalliance@gmail.com

 

Georgia Undocumented Youth Determined to Graduate Despite Board of Regents Ban  

Undocumented students will hold a graduation ceremony against the Board of Regents ban at University of Georgia 

Athens, Georgia— Today, Undocumented youth from Athens will conduct a graduation ceremony of resistance as a protest against the Board of Regents’ decision to ban academically qualified students from attending Georgia’s top 5 public universities solely based on their immigration status. “I , just as many other students, was always told that I had potential, and with education I could do whatever I wanted when I grew up,” said Alejandro Galeana, a junior from Cedar Shoals High School, “and now, I am having to fight for my rights to be allowed to receive higher education,”

 

WHAT:              Undocumented youth stage graduation of resistance
WHO:               Undocumented Youth from around the state of Georgia
WHEN:             Tuesday, August 23rd at 12:00pm at the University of GA “Arch”
WHERE:           In front of the “Arch” - Corner of College and Broad

 

“I am having to fight for my education now, and Failure is NOT an option,” Galeano stated, and understanding the issue within his society Alejandro goes on, “This is the Athens community, not the Athens-white, Athens-black or Athens-anything. It is Athens, and all the people here are equal. Once you start targeting a certain subgroup, such as the immigrant community, it becomes racism and prejudice” 

 

Tuesday’s action is in the spirit of supporting youth like Galeano, whose dreams and hard work are being shattered by the BOR ban

 

In addition to the rally, GUYA will be announcing its support of Freedom University, a local project that will offer a rigorous college-level course to all academically qualified students regardless of immigration status or socio-economic background, without fees or tuition. One of the scholars involved in the project, Dr. Pamela Voekel, states that “The Regents ban contravenes this country’s most cherished values of liberty and justices for all. Freedom University is designed to serve the students adversely affected by the Board of Regent’s misguided ban.”

 

Freedom University is governed by a advisory board consisting nationally recognized scholars including Pulitzer Prize winning author, Junot Díaz, representing growing educators voice on the issue of immigration.

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Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) is an Undocumented Youth-led organization which seeks dignity and justice for its immigrant youth community in the state of Georgia. GUYA believes all persons should have equal access to education and a life free from persecution regardless of their legal status.

 

CALLING ALL DREAMERS!

dreamdeferredfilm:

Hello everyone!

I am currently in pre-production on a documentary about the lives of undocumented students in NYC. If you or anyone you know has a story they’d like to share, e-mail dreamdeferredfilm@gmail.com.

The film will be an intimate look at the issues facing undocumented youth from shame to hope as these students continue their education despite the limited opportunities for residents without papers.

To be fair to the issue, I want to hear your stories! As many as possible! Submit on my tumblr page or e-mail and who knows? You may be featured in the film!

To all Dreamers out there, your courage is astounding. Your stories continue to inspire me.

Thank you,

-Stefani Saintonge

Dreamer, Tolu, shares the story of her immigration struggle at a press conference reintroducing the DREAM Act with Senator Durbin, Senator Reid, and Senator Menendez, on May 10, 2011.

Georgia 7 Have Been Released From Jail

The seven students that were arrested at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in protest of anti-immigrant policies and pieces of legislation were released from jail. ICE visited but didn’t detain them. 

Take Action, Sign Petition, Don’t comply with the ban! 

http://action.dreamactivist.org/georgiaban/

The DREAM is Coming 2011

Check out the videos of the 7 undocumented youth speaking on why they decided to get arrested today in Georgia. 

politenandefficient:

A little t-shirt design I made for the Dream Act.   
Dream into Reality is group of youth activists that promote the Dream Act so they can move on with their future. 

politenandefficient:

A little t-shirt design I made for the Dream Act.   

Dream into Reality is group of youth activists that promote the Dream Act so they can move on with their future.