White House Opposes New Plan to Protect Undocumented Youth

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

WASHINGTON – The White House suggested on Wednesday that President Donald Trump does not support a bipartisan bill that will be presented on Thursday, which sets a path to citizenship for undocumented youth who arrived in the country as children, more commonly known as “Dreamers.”

“The (Trump) Administration has opposed the ‘Dream Act’ and is likely to be consistent with that,” said White House Legislative Affairs spokesman Marc Short at a news conference.

The “Dream Act” bill was first presented to U.S. Congress in 2011, but failed to pass. It has been resubmitted several more times since, each time suffering the same fate.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham are scheduled to scheduled to present a new version of the “Dream Act” Thursday that if passed would allow youth in the country without legal status to obtain residency status and later U.S. citizenship if they meet certain requirements.

To be eligible, the applicant must have arrived in the U.S. as a child, earned a high school diploma or GED, is pursuing higher education, worked legally for about three years or served in the military. They must also have not committed any crimes, among other provisions.

Congress’ multiple failures to pass the Dream Act was the impetus for former President Barack Obama’s push for a temporary solution to the plight of hundreds of thousands of young people raised in the U.S. and consider this their home. Obama issued an executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, program, which since 2012 has prevented the deportation of 800 thousand undocumented youths who came to the U.S. as children.

In June, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum stating that DACA “will remain in effect.”

However, the federal government has not made a decision on the future of that program, although President Trump has repeated that this is “one of the most difficult issues” he faces in his presidency. Without providing any details, the president has said he would face the issue “with heart.”

Trump said last week that he wants to push for comprehensive immigration reform, but believes the U.S. and its political forces “are not ready” for that.

Texas and nine other states have threatened to sue the federal government if it does not eliminate DACA by Sept. 5.

Trump fracasa de nuevo en su intento por acabar con Obamacare

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

WASHINGTON – Los republicanos del Senado no han logrado ponerse de acuerdo para encontrar un reemplazo a la ley sanitaria que impulsó el expresidente Barack Obama, pero tampoco son mayoría aquellos que quieren optar por derogarla sin alternativa, como pretende el presidente, Donald Trump.

La incapacidad de los senadores republicanos para encontrar un consenso alrededor de esta cuestión supone el mayor fracaso legislativo del presidente en los casi seis meses que lleva al frente de la Casa Blanca, ya que tumbar el sistema sanitario de Obama fue una de sus grandes promesas de campaña.

En la noche del lunes, otros dos senadores republicanos sumaron su negativa al proyecto de ley presentado la semana pasada para revocar y reemplazar la conocida como “Obamacare”, por lo que los votos no daban para su aprobación en el pleno y el líder de la mayoría conservadora, Mitch McConnell, anunció que abandonaba esos esfuerzos.

Sin embargo, McConnell indicó que sometería a voto un proyecto que sí logró el consentimiento de la Cámara Alta en 2015, y que fue vetado entonces por Obama, con el objetivo de derogar la ley sanitaria y darse un plazo de dos años para lograr un nuevo proyecto alternativo.

Esa propuesta, cuyos efectos, según la oficina de presupuesto no partidista del Congreso (CBO, en inglés), tendría aun efectos más devastadores sobre el acceso a la salud que los proyectos de ley debatidos hasta la fecha, al dejar sin seguro médico a 18 millones de estadounidenses en apenas un año.

La derogación total y limpia de la ley sanitaria de Obama era el objetivo de los ultraconservadores, sin embargo, los más moderados, en cuyos estados Obamacare ha ampliado el acceso a la salud de forma exponencial, no pueden permitirse el desmantelamiento del sistema, por lo que ya hoy han tumbado cualquier alternativa al respecto.

Es el caso de las senadoras Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine) y Shelley Moore Capito (Virginia Occidental), con cuyas negativas la derogación pretendida por Trump no tiene futuro alguno.

Aunque el multimillonario instó la pasada noche a la derogación sin alternativa, la imposibilidad de esa postura le ha llevado hoy a asumir que su propio partido no encuentra el camino para ello.

“Creo que probablemente estamos en la posición en la que dejaremos que Obamacare fracase, no nos vamos a responsabilizar, no me voy a responsabilizar”, dijo el mandatario al ser preguntado por los periodistas en un encuentro en la Casa Blanca.

“Dejaremos que Obamacare fracase y luego los demócratas vendrán a nosotros”, agregó.

La ley sanitaria de Obama ha tenido problemas en su implementación, falta de alternativas de seguros en algunos estados, y el incremento de los precios de los mismos por la falta de más oferta en otros casos, sin embargo, ha proporcionado acceso a la salud a más de 20 millones de personas desde su entrada en vigor en 2010.

Conscientes de sus falencias, los demócratas han tendido la mano a los republicanos para trabajar en políticas de mejora, siempre y cuando se mantenga la estructura y los principios de la ley, por la que por ejemplo las aseguradoras se ven obligadas a ofrecer servicios básicos, así como a no elevar los costes de las pólizas por enfermedades previas, algo que antes llevaba a muchas familias a la bancarrota.

“Es hora de seguir adelante, es hora de empezar de nuevo”, dijo hoy el líder de la minoría demócrata en el Senado, Chuck Schumer.

“Los republicanos deben trabajar con los demócratas en un proyecto de ley que reduzca las primas, proporcione estabilidad a largo plazo a los mercados y mejore nuestro sistema de salud”, reiteró.

Schumer, veterano senador por Nueva York, también rechazó la afirmación del Partido Republicano de que los demócratas no han estado dispuestos a trabajar con ellos sobre la ley sanitaria, argumentando que Trump, junto con los líderes republicanos en la Cámara y el Senado, comenzaron el debate político rechazando la entrada de los demócratas.

Lo cierto es que los republicanos no celebraron audiencias sobre su propuesta sanitaria como suele ser el procedimiento, de manera que los demócratas no tuvieron opción de discutir los contenidos de los textos legislativos.

Acabar con Obamacare y los fondos que esta ley contempla para ayudar a las rentas más bajas y a los jubilados en sufragar sus seguros médicos era parte fundamental para ejecutar el siguiente objetivo del multimillonario: una reforma fiscal con grandes recortes impositivos para los más ricos.

Trump presiona a Irán con sanciones mientras espera revisión de pacto nuclear

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

WASHINGTON –  El presidente, Donald Trump, castigó el martes a Irán por su comportamiento “provocador y desestabilizador” con una nueva ronda de sanciones, no vinculadas al acuerdo nuclear de 2015, mientras espera que su Gobierno concluya la revisión de ese pacto, cuyo cumplimiento ha vuelto a certificar.

Los departamentos del Tesoro y de Estado anunciaron las nuevas sanciones, que afectan a 18 individuos y entidades iraníes relacionadas con el programa de misiles balísticos de Teherán, el apoyo militar al Ejército y la Guardia Revolucionaria iraní, y los nexos con una organización criminal trasnacional.

Precisamente este lunes, el Gobierno de Trump certificó ante el Congreso que Irán sigue ajustándose a las condiciones del pacto que suscribió con otras seis potencias en 2015 para limitar su programa nuclear, aunque altos funcionarios de la Casa Blanca alertaron de que Teherán no está cumpliendo con el “espíritu” de ese acuerdo.

El Departamento de Estado debe informar al Congreso cada 90 días sobre si Irán está cumpliendo con sus obligaciones bajo el pacto multilateral, suscrito también por Francia, Reino Unido, Alemania, Rusia y China.

Pese a la certificación enviada al Congreso el lunes y a la que Trump se opuso hasta el último momento, el Gobierno “seguirá centrándose agresivamente en la actividad maligna de Irán, incluyendo su apoyo estatal en curso al terrorismo, su programa de misiles balísticos y los abusos de derechos humanos”, dijo el martes el secretario del Tesoro, Steve Mnuchin.

Estas nuevas sanciones anunciadas el martes “envían una fuerte señal que de Estados Unidos no puede tolerar y no tolerará el comportamiento provocador y desestabilizador de Irán”, agregó Mnuchin en un comunicado.

En otra declaración similar, la portavoz del Departamento de Estado, Heather Nauert, señaló que EEUU sigue “profundamente preocupado por las actividades malignas de Irán en todo Oriente Medio que socavan la estabilidad, seguridad y prosperidad regional”.

Nauert denunció que Irán continúa “apoyando a grupos terroristas” como Hizbulá o Hamás “que amenazan a Israel y la estabilidad en Oriente Medio”.

La mayoría de los afectados por las sanciones del martes están acusados de participar en actividades de apoyo al Ejército iraní y a la Guardia Revolucionaria, así como en el robo de programas de software estadounidenses y occidentales vendidos luego al Gobierno de Teherán.

Mientras, las sancionadas por el programa de misiles balísticos son dos entidades iraníes.

Los activos en EEUU de los 18 individuos y entidades iraníes castigados con estas sanciones quedan congelados y se prohíbe a los afectados hacer transacciones con estadounidenses.

Ya desde la campaña electoral, Trump “ha dejado muy claro” que considera que el pacto nuclear multilateral es “un mal acuerdo para Estados Unidos”, como recordó este lunes el portavoz de la Casa Blanca, Sean Spicer.

No obstante, el mandatario está a la espera de una revisión que encargó del pacto nuclear para fijar su estrategia futura y decidir qué hacer con él.

De acuerdo con The Washington Post, esa revisión debería estar completada antes de mediados de octubre, cuando se cumple de nuevo otro plazo de 90 días para que EEUU certifique si Irán sigue cumpliendo su parte del acuerdo nuclear.

Mientras, el Senado aprobó en junio una ley con nuevas sanciones contra Irán que no suponen una violación del acuerdo nuclear.

Esa ley, que todavía necesita el visto bueno de la Cámara de Representantes y de la Casa Blanca, fija sanciones a cualquier persona o entidad extranjera que haga negocios con una organización ya designada por el Gobierno estadounidense por su conexión con el programa de misiles balísticos de Irán.

La Casa Blanca se opone a nuevo plan para proteger a jóvenes indocumentados

July 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

WASHINGTON —La Casa Blanca sugirió miércoles  que el presidente, Donald Trump, no apoyará un proyecto de ley bipartidista que se presentará este jueves y que establecería una vía hacia la ciudadanía para ciertos jóvenes indocumentados que llegaron al país de niños, conocidos como “soñadores”.

 

El presidente, Donald Trump aseguró la semana pasada que lo que le gustaría es impulsar una reforma migratoria integral, pero consideró que Estados Unidos y sus fuerzas políticas “aún no están listas” para eso.

El presidente, Donald Trump aseguró la semana pasada que lo que le gustaría es impulsar una reforma migratoria integral, pero consideró que Estados Unidos y sus fuerzas políticas “aún no están listas” para eso.

“La Administración (de Trump) se ha opuesto al ‘Dream Act’ y es probable que sea coherente con eso”, dijo el director de asuntos legislativos de la Casa Blanca, Marc Short, en una conferencia de prensa.

El “Dream Act” es un proyecto de ley que se presentó por primera vez en el Congreso estadounidense en 2001, y que ha vuelto a introducirse varias veces desde entonces pero siempre sin éxito.

Los senadores Dick Durbin, demócrata, y Lindsey Graham, republicano, tienen previsto presentar este jueves una nueva versión del “Dream Act”, que permitiría a los jóvenes indocumentados obtener la residencia y más tarde la ciudadanía estadounidense si cumplen varias condiciones.

Esos requisitos son haber llegado al país de niños, haberse graduado del instituto; haberse inscrito en estudios universitarios, trabajado legalmente durante casi tres años o haber prestado servido en el Ejército, y no haber cometido crímenes, entre otros.

Ante el fracaso de los esfuerzos en el Congreso para aprobar el “Dream Act”, el expresidente Barack Obama impulsó una solución que consideraba temporal, el llamado programa de Acción Diferida (DACA), que ha evitado la deportación de 800.000 jóvenes indocumentados que llegaron a EEUU de niños.

En junio, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional emitió un memorando en el que aseguraba que DACA “seguirá en efecto”.

No obstante, por el momento, el Gobierno no ha tomado una decisión sobre el futuro de ese programa, aunque el presidente, Donald Trump, ha repetido que este “es uno de los temas más difíciles” con los que se enfrenta en su Presidencia y aseguró que lo encarará “con corazón”, sin dar más detalles.

Trump aseguró la semana pasada que lo que le gustaría es impulsar una reforma migratoria integral, pero consideró que Estados Unidos y sus fuerzas políticas “aún no están listas” para eso.

Texas y otros nueve estados han amenazado con demandar al Gobierno si no elimina DACA antes del 5 de septiembre.

Breves de la Comunidad

June 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ÁNGELES

¡El Día de la Independencia se acerca rápidamente! El Condado de Los Ángeles quiere recordarles que todos los fuegos artificiales están prohibidos en áreas no incorporadas en todo el Condado. Queremos garantizar la seguridad contra incendios en nuestros vecindarios y una divertida celebración del Cuatro de Julio para todos.

Celebre nuestra fiesta patriótica asistiendo a una de las muchas demostraciones seguras de los fuegos artificiales en la comunidad conducidas por profesionales. Espectáculos de fuegos artificiales en el Condado comienzan el 30 de junio de 2017. El ruido de los fuegos artificiales hace que las mascotas entran en pánico, así que asegúrese de mantenerlos seguros, manteniéndolos en el interior y reportar cualquier fuegos artificiales ilegales.

Para más información, llame a la Línea Directa Fireworks del Departamento de Bomberos del Condado de Los Ángeles al (888) 654-FIRE (3473).

 

LOS ÁNGELES

(CNS) – La entrada al Zoológico de Los Ángeles aumentará $1 a partir del sábado, según una acción tomada el martes por el Ayuntamiento.

El consejo aprobó formalmente la caminata, que fue esbozada en el presupuesto 2017-18 aprobado por el comité y firmado por el alcalde Eric Garcetti el mes pasado.

Los nuevos precios significan que la admisión general será de $21 para adultos, $16 para niños de 2 a 12 años y $18 para personas mayores de 62 años.

Las tarifas generales de admisión para grupos de 15 o más también se incrementarán en $1 por persona, de $17 a $18 para adultos y de $14 a $15 para niños.

La cuidad no ha aumentado la cuota de admisión en el zoológico desde un aumento de $1 que se instituyó en 2015, pero lo había planteado por $1 cada año durante ocho años consecutivos antes de entonces.

 

LOS ÁNGELES

(EFE) – El domingo 4 de julio se realizará una marcha para exigir al Congreso federal que “haga su trabajo” y saque al presidente Donald Trump de la Casa Blanca, según dijo la organización Indivisible CA D-39.

La marcha, que recorrerá las calles del centro de Los Ángeles, comenzará en Pershing Square al mediodía y terminará en Fletcher Bowron Square.

El objetivo de esta convocatoria es “poner de relieve los delitos impugnables que deben ser investigados como parte de las audiencias de acusación y fortalecer el movimiento de resistencia”, aseguró.

Los activistas destacaron que al menos hay dos causas para pedir la destitución del presidente, “obstrucción a la justicia” y violación de la “cláusula de emolumentos extranjeros”.

Además argumentan que tiene tratos financieros con Rusia y China de una extensión “grandemente desconocida”.

La marcha en Los Ángeles coincide con otras muchas que se realizarán ese día en el país, y en el mundo, según los organizadores.

Caleb Crowder, organizador comunitario de Ground Game LA, aseguró por su parte que “la gente continuará la lucha”, pues este “movimiento está creciendo día a día”.

 

Thousands Gather in DTLA for Annual May Day March

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A sea of humanity moved through the streets of downtown Los Angeles today for the annual May Day march, with organizers and participants saying distaste for the presidential policies of Donald Trump led
more people than usual to take part.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in MacArthur Park for the march dubbed “Resist Los Angeles,” designed to be a show of “resistance, unity and defiance” against such White House policies as ramped-up enforcement of immigration laws and an effort to build a massive border wall.

“It’s about showing that people who are working-class matter,” marcher Miguel Cruz told CBS2 as the crowd gathered at MacArthur Park, preparing for the trek to City Hall.

Various organizations that have planned marches in the past joined forces this year, uniting under the banner “May Day Coalition of Los Angeles” and organizing the march from MacArthur Park to Los Angeles City Hall.

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

It marks the first time in more than 10 years there has been such unity among organizers of May Day marches. Organizers predicted that more than 100,000 people would participate in the “Resist Los Angeles” event. While thousands of people were participating, the crowd appeared to be well short of
the six-figure mark as it neared City Hall. The Los Angeles Police Department had not given an official crowd estimate as of early afternoon.

At MacArthur Park, musician Tom Morello of the band Rage Against the Machine was among those rallying the crowd before the march began.

Juan Jose Gutierrez, national coordinator of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, said the march will send a message to the administration of President Donald Trump that “our just struggle for comprehensive
immigration reform with a path to citizenship is here to stay until we win it.”

Organizers also called for a general strike in recognition of May Day.

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Together we know that we can stop a Trump agenda, a Trump agenda that wants to build a wall, not build better lives, but build a wall. We know that if we march on May 1 we can continue to stop an agenda that seeks to penalize workers,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane
Immigrant Rights, or CHIRLA.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a candidate for governor, was among those taking part in the march.

“This year you’re going to see an unprecedented number of people here in Los Angeles, primarily because of what’s going on with Trump and his administration — the ban, the wall, the talk of deporting 11 million people.

“Nobody’s ever done that anywhere, he told KCAL9. “I think for all of those reasons you’re going to see an outpouring of people today.”

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Marchers carried a large U.S. flag, and many carried signs with messages such as “Rise Up LA,” “Stop LAPD cooperation with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)” and “ICE out of California.”

Among those expected to speak at a May Day rally at City Hall are Mayor Eric Garcetti, County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, various religious and union leaders and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles.

At 3:30 p.m., another march will be held in Boyle Heights, beginning at Cesar Chavez Avenue and Evergreen Street and ending at Mariachi Plaza at First and Boyle streets.

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Meanwhile, a group of pro-Trump activists held a gathering of its own. About 100 Trump supporters stood in front of the downtown Federal Building, chanting and carrying signs and U.S. flags while police kept traffic moving on North Los Angeles Street. A dozen or so anti-Trump protesters – many wearing
black clothing with ski masks covering their faces – stood outside yellow police tape occasionally trying to shout down a Trump supporter. One person set fire to an American flag as tensions heightened, and an anti-Trump protester, his face covered, was handcuffed and placed in a police van.

Trump supporters chanted slogans including “Put America first” and “USA,” while some carried signs with messages such as “Repeal Obamacare” and “Trump – Make America Great Again!” Led by a phalanx of Los Angeles police officers, the Trump group marched from the Federal Building to LAPD headquarters.

Jo Reitkopp, chair of event organizer “Make California Great Again Inc.,” said Trump supporters wanted to “step up and stand for our country and its Constitution … for which millions of USA military men and women have lost their lives.”

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck vowed that officers would be out in force to ensure the demonstration remains peaceful. He asked marchers to remember that his officers are in support of them and are not representatives of the federal government.

“My message is this: I know there are a lot of folks that are upset about recent immigration issues, have other issues with the federal government. You know, remember this is our city. Your police department supports you,”

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Beck said during a recent appearance on ABC7. “We depend upon your cooperation. And let’s make this a demonstration of L.A. unity and not the things that divide us.”

Representatives from some community groups have called for a general strike in conjunction with the marches, even encouraging students to either not attend school or walk out of classes. There was even a call for the Los Angeles Unified School District to close for the day, but the district rejected the request.

“At the heart of this decision is our unwavering commitment to keep kids safe,” LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King wrote in a letter in early April. “Civic engagement undeniably plays a vital role in our democracy, and we embrace the rights of all students, families and employees to unite and magnify their voices locally so that their messages can resonate on a larger scale.

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

“Nevertheless, schools continue to be the safest places for students to incubate an interest in civic engagement, and we encourage all schools to use May 1 as an opportunity to discuss matters of civic importance,” King wrote.

Some students have taken part in walkouts during past May Day events, but it was unclear if any similar actions were planned.

Who Will Pay for Trump Tax Cuts?

April 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

President Donald Trump has just unveiled his tax reform plan. Though many financial analysts and tax experts say it lacks detail, one of its key, so-called reforms is cutting down the number of different tax rates from seven to just three: 15%, 25% and 35%.

Guess who will pay the lowest tax rates?

Why of course, it will be corporate America. It will be bankers and other major taxpayers, including companies owned by Trump and his family and his large corporate friends.

Cutting the $39.6 tax rate now paid by pass-through entities to 15% will be a boon to high-income people who can use LLCs and other businesses to report their income, according to Joseph Rosenberg of the Tax Policy Center. Under Trump’s plan, corporations paying a 35% tax rate will also see their rate slashed to 15% if the president’s reforms are enacted.

The cuts Trump promised for the middle-class are largely missing from his proposal, according to tax experts. Also missing is a clear understanding of how the revenue will be made up so as not to increase the deficit as Trump promised during his presidential campaign.

Trump says that these huge tax cuts for the country’s highest taxpayers will generate more jobs and greater economic growth. We believe that trickle down economics have never worked, but the President seems convinced this time they will.

What the administration will actually do is add trillions of dollars to the nation’s deficit.

How he plans to make up this gap makes us really nervous.

It’s our feeling he will try to make up for the lost revenue by cutting services to the middle-class, the poor and seniors. So, right now, we recommend you hold on to your wallets.

 

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A Time of Political Uncertainty for DACA

March 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With President Trump’s inauguration came the beginning of an era that has instilled fear and worry amongst the country’s most vulnerable, including undocumented immigrants, and DACA recipients in particular.

Information attained during meetings and psychological sessions conducted at the California-Mexico Dreamers’ Network, for example, strongly suggests DACA recipients living in mixed-status homes are showing increased concern for family members in the country without authorization.

Lea este artículo en Español: Tiempo de Incertidumbre Política Para DACA

“Since learning about the numerous ICE raids taking place in various parts of the country … students are more afraid and concerned that their parents could be deported at any time” than they are of losing their DACA status,” said Lidieth Arévalo, director of multi-media at the California-Mexico Studies Center, Inc. The center offers a graduate-level, study-abroad program for young people, commonly referred to as “dreamers.”

Stephanie M. Ryan, supervising attorney at the Central American Resource Center, said she too has seen clients with U.S.-born children or other family members with lawful status who are “afraid about the possibility of their families being split up if DACA is ended.”

“Losing DACA means losing work authorization, and losing work authorization means losing good, secure jobs. The prospect of losing all of that is worrisome.”

The worry is well justified.

Under the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, as many as 750,000 undocumented young immigrants brought to the country as children received deportation relief. The program, approved through executive action by former President Barack Obama in 2012, had given work permits and an emotional relief to many that has now faded.

A few weeks after Trump took office the definition of “criminal” as it applies to people in the country illegally was broadened, consequently expanding the deportation priority list for immigration officials.

Under these new rigid policies, even the three-quarters of a million young people with DACA status aren’t exempt, as seen in the Seattle, Washington case of Daniel Ramírez Medina, the first DACA recipient reported to have been arrested and who was detained for more than a month before being released this week pending a future hearing.

“There is increased fear among DACA recipients,” said Arévalo. “Some are willing to take a chance and risk studying abroad under the new administration, but others demonstrate a greater sense of concern, asking us many questions before they decide to apply to our program.”

While Trump’s tough immigration stance has remained unchanged since taking office in January, it is still unclear whether DACA will remain untouched or if he will handle the program “with heart” as he’s previously said.

Angelica Salas is executive director of The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), an organization that has helped more than 7,700 young people apply or renew their DACA permits. She called the possibility of a repeal “ill-advised” and the basis for chaos.

(EGP photo archive)

(EGP photo archive)

“We call on the nearly 800,000 young immigrants who have signed up for DACA thus far not to panic, seek verifiable information and guidance from trusted sources, and actively engage in the fight for a permanent solution,” she said in a statement to the press.

This is exactly what Jacqueline Garcia, a Mexican-born DACA recipient since 2012 has done to fight the uncertainty surrounding her.

“I am not one bit scared because I have never committed a crime,” Garcia said. “Also, I am very informed and know what my rights are. I know what I can and cannot say if I’m confronted by an ICE official,” she told EGP.

Garcia advises current beneficiaries of the program to follow the guidelines of proper behavior outlined by the government when you first apply.

“Don’t do things that are obviously violations of moral conduct like driving under the influence,” Garcia said. “For U.S. born citizens a DUI means receiving a ticket, but for DACA recipients it means losing everything.”

Ryan reiterated this and added that it is essential for current recipients to stay up to date with any government announcements and stay out of trouble.

(EGP photo archive)

(EGP photo archive)

“If you have any prior criminal history (either arrests, charges, or convictions) or if you have had any prior contact with immigration, you should first consult with an experienced immigration attorney or accredited representative before renewing your DACA” permit, Ryan said.

For those who are under the program and wish to travel abroad, CHIRLA’s immigration experts advise against it. According to the organization, under the current political climate, those who leave the country and try to return “are at greater risk to not be allowed back into the U.S.”

Because of the warnings, the California-Mexico Studies Center, Inc. initially 2017 California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program, but has since decided to go ahead with the program this summer.

“After giving it some thought, and seeing the continuous interest from DACA recipients to study abroad, we decided to take the chance to do what could possibly be the last [trip],” Arévalo said.

Most importantly, however, the consensus between experts is for individuals to stay up to date with new law and immigration policy announcements and to stay alert.

“Don’t be afraid to seek information or to simply talk about the subject with your family members,” Garcia said. “When you avoid talking about subjects like death or immigration, thinking it will bring bad luck, you are just setting yourself up for failure once it happens.”

Cities, County Support Challenge to Trump ‘Sanctuary City’ Order

March 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The city and county of Los Angeles were among three dozen jurisdictions filing a court brief Wednesday in opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order threatening to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.

The brief was filed in federal court in San Francisco in support of that city’s pending lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Trump’s proposed crackdown on cities that fail to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The court papers argue that pulling funding from cities would threaten public health and safety, while noting that forcing local law enforcement agencies to become arms of federal immigration agencies would lead to a loss of cooperation between immigrants and police, with victims or witness of crimes opting not to come forward out of fear of deportation.

“Today, 36 cities and counties across the nation, representing over 24 million people, joined together to stand up for the health and safety of their communities and oppose President Trump’s ill-conceived and unconstitutional executive order that would require local jurisdictions to perform federal immigration work or risk losing unrelated federal funding,” said Kelly Dermody, an attorney for the coalition of jurisdictions. “Local jurisdictions are in the best position to set these priorities and they understand that driving some residents underground in fear of any interaction with local authorities makes every resident in that community, and those adjacent, less safe.”

Trump signed an order in January threatening a crackdown on cities that fail to report arrests of people potentially subject to deportation.

“Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States,” the order states.

“… We cannot faithfully execute the immigration laws of the United States if we exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.”

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday reinforced that stance, saying local jurisdictions seeking U.S. Department of Justice grants must first demonstrate they are not sanctuary cities.

Sessions said jurisdictions must prove they are in compliance with Section 1373 of U.S. Code Title 8, which requires notification of federal officials about the immigration status of people in local custody. The policy was issued under the Barack Obama administration in 2016, but was not enforced.

“The American people know that when cities and states refuse to help enforce immigration laws, our nation is less safe,” Sessions said.

 

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