El Centro de Apoyo y Apoyo de Inmigración asegura que los inmigrantes obtengan el beneficio La protección de la ley y el apoyo de la comunidad en su intento de convertirse en ciudadanos. El IASC ayuda a los inmigrantes a ser autosuficientes, aportando a los ciudadanos proporcionando servicios de bajo costo, servicios legales de alta calidad y proporciona educación sobre la política de inmigración comunidad.

El IASC es un servicio legal de base y un programa de divulgación totalmente financiado por donaciones y horas hombre pro-bono. Su apoyo ahora es fundamental para los inmigrantes locales y sus familias. ¡Gracias!

IASC Works with Local School to Showcase Immigrant Experience

 

For sixth graders in Mike Kuczenski’s social studies class at New London’s Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication, learning about immigration doesn’t end with textbooks.

Instead, his students are learning and sharing the stories of immigrants living in their community. Now, IASC is working with ISAAC to expand the project and produce a calendar featuring students’ work.

The project began with short profiles of New London-area immigrants. Students interviewed immigrants, then summarized their stories in profiles that also included a hand-drawn map and a professional photo. Along the way, they learned valuable skills: how to conduct and write up an interview, and how to connect individuals’ stories with the history and policies they’d been learning about.

In fact, many of Kuczenski’s students have stories of their own; more than half are immigrants themselves or are the children of immigrants.

Now that the school year is over, we’re working with Kuczenski to put his students in touch with more immigrants–and, eventually, create and distribute a calendar featuring his students’ work.

The project has already taught students that, especially when it comes to immigration, individual stories matter. It’s a lesson worth learning–and one we hope we can share alongside these students’ work.

For more information, including one of the students’ profiles, check out this article from the Day: http://www.theday.com/article/20170616/NWS01/170619419.  

For Nearly 59,000 Haitian Immigrants, a Temporary Reprieve

On May 24, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the 58,700 Haitians who live and work legally in the US thanks to their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will have another six months to remain in the US.

TPS protects recipients from deportation. In some cases, Homeland Security allows immigrants it grants TPS to work legally and even travel. But TPS is temporary. It does not lead directly to lawful permanent residency.

In other words, after the latest extension for Haitians runs out on January 22, 2018, Homeland Security can begin deporting Haitians who received TPS.

In the meantime, Haitians who have already been granted TPS have just 60 days to re-register, starting when Homeland Security announced the extension on May 24. Any Haitian who currently receives TPS must re-register before July 24 to continue to be part of the program. Those who are authorized to work in the US can continue to do so until January 18—but only if they re-register before July 24 and request a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) when they re-register.

The Department of Homeland Security grants TPS to immigrants who come from countries where events such as natural disasters, epidemics, or wars make it too dangerous to return. Historically, Homeland Security often extended TPS. Of the 10 countries eligible, half have been designated as TPS eligible for five years or more. Haitians have been able to receive TPS since just weeks after a major earthquake devastated the country in 2010.

But in a recent New York Times piece, officials at Homeland Security hinted that Secretary John F. Kelly may not extend TPS as readily as his predecessors. In his May 24 press release, Kelly himself stressed that TPS “beneficiaries are encouraged to prepare for their return to Haiti in the event Haiti’s designation is not extended again.”

Haiti’s ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, says that failing to renew TPS would “create major issues for Haiti” as it struggles to rebuild. He also stresses that six months is not nearly long enough for the Haitian government to prepare to re-integrate nearly 60,000 emigres. Advocates, legislators, and TPS recipients also urge the government to extend TPS eligibility for Haitians.

Secretary Kelly says he will revisit the issue—and that he’ll do so no later than 60 days before the extension for Haitian ends on January 22, 2018. Until then? Haitians living in the US, like so many immigrants today, face an uncertain future.

 

For Secretary Kelly’s press release, see https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/24/2017-10749/extension-of-the-designation-of-haiti-for-temporary-protected-status.

For detailed information on the TPS program, see https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status

To learn more about how the TPS extension is affecting Haitian immigrants across the country, see this article in the Miami Herald (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article151930167.html) and this article in the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/us/haitians-displaced-extra-6-months-us.html?_r=1).

Standby Guardianship Clinic

At our Standby Guardianship Clinic, IASC helped families complete standby guardianship and international travel forms for minor children. A big thank you to all of the volunteers who made this clinic possible!

ACLU has a New Initiative: Freedom Cities

The ACLU recently launched an ambitious campaign called “Freedom Cities.” In support of this campaign, People Power activists will organize in their local communities to ensure that local law enforcement officials defend – rather than threaten – friends, families, and neighbors. The ACLU hopes to activate a powerful grassroots force to support the ACLU’s efforts to propose, support, and win local laws to protect the civil liberties of all Americans.

On their website, the ACLU proposes a 9 “model” state and local law enforcement policies and rules for the immigration front of their plan.

#1) The Judicial Warrant Rule: [County/City/State] officials shall require a judicial warrant prior to detaining or in any manner prolonging the detention of an individual by (ICE) or (CBP).

#2) No Facilitation Rule: [County/City/State] officials shall not arrest, detain, or transport an individual solely on the basis of an immigration detainer or other administrative document issued by ICE or CBP, without a judicial warrant.

#3) Defined Access/Interview Rule: Unless acting pursuant to a court order or a legitimate law enforcement purpose that is unrelated to the enforcement of a civil immigration law, no [County/City/State] official shall permit ICE or CBP agents access to [County/City/State] facilities or any person in [County/City/State] custody for investigative interviews or other investigative purposes.

#4) Clear Identification Rule: To the extent ICE or CBP has been granted access to [County/City/State] facilities, individuals with whom ICE or CBP engages will be notified that they are speaking with ICE or CBP, and ICE or CBP agents shall be required to wear duty jackets and make their badges visible at all times while in [County/City/State] facilities.

Protect our friends, families and neighbors’ privacy from the Trump administration: #5) Don’t Ask Rule: [County/City/State] officials shall not inquire into the immigration or citizenship status of an individual, except where the inquiry relates to a legitimate law enforcement purpose that is unrelated to the enforcement of a civil immigration law, or where required by state or federal law to verify eligibility for a benefit, service, or license conditioned on verification of certain status.

#6) Privacy Protection Rule: No [County/City/State] official shall voluntarily release personally identifiable data or information to ICE or CBP regarding an inmate’s custody status, release date or home address, or information that may be used to ascertain an individual’s religion, ethnicity or race, unless for a law enforcement purpose unrelated to the enforcement of a civil immigration law.

#7) Discriminatory Surveillance Prohibition Rule: No [County/City/State] agency or official may engage in any surveillance that is based, to any extent or degree, upon a person or group’s actual or perceived religion, ethnicity, race, national origin, or immigration status, except where doing so is based on a reliable, specific description of a suspect and adheres to appropriate Constitutional standards.

#8) Redress Rule: Any person who alleges a violation of this policy may file a written complaint for investigation with [oversight entity].

#9) Fair and Impartial Policing Rule: No [County/City/State] official shall interrogate, arrest, detain or take other law enforcement action against an individual based upon that individual’s perceived race, national origin, religion, language, or immigration status, unless such personal characteristics have been included in timely, relevant, credible information from a reliable source, linking a specific individual to a particular criminal event/activity.

The ACLU also highlights that the Administration has falsely asserted, that if localities do not help advance the mass deportation agenda, they are violating federal law. The following rule, would help ensure your city, county or town establishes its clear intent not to violate federal law.

1373 Rule: Under 8 U.S.C. § 1373 and 8 U.S.C. § 1644, federal law prohibits [City/State] officials fromimposing limits on maintaining, exchanging, sending, or receiving information regarding citizenship and immigration status with any Federal, State, or local government entity. Nothing in the 9 policies above, is intended to violate 8 U.S.C. § 1373 and 8 U.S.C. § 1644.

All Photo credit goes to ACLU. For more information please go to the ACLU Freedom Cities website

New Travel Ban Signed

On Monday March 6, 2017 President Trump signed Executive order 1379 that replicates the travel ban issued on Jan 27, 2017. The new travel ban blocks immigration from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Current countries that the ban blocks citizens from are Syria, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan, exempting Iraq, from obtaining visas for at least 90 days. The Executive order also suspends admission of refugees into the U.S. for 120 days until there is an improvement of extreme vetting. Iraq was the only country removed from the ban, according to the New York Times, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis requested the reduction of Iraq. Defense Secretary Mattis stated that Iraq would be an ally in helping defeat terrorist groups like ISIS.

According to the department of state, The travel ban will go into effect beginning March 16. The order exempts citizens from the six countries banned with permanent residents and current visa holders of entering the U.S, and exludes those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organizations visas, C-2 visas for travels to the United Nations and G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4 visas. The new order may not be as harsh as the first one signed back in January, but it does continue to discriminate against people from the Muslim Religion.