The LUM Immigration Clinic is sharing with the community a resource provided by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. entitled How to Prepare for Changes in the Presidential Administration.
The document states “The new administration is expected to make significant changes to current immigration policy. The details of what President-elect Trump will actually do on immigration are unknown.” It continues with helpful information including: What can you do to prepare?What if you have DACA? and Do you know your rights?
U.S. v Texas blocked the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and Expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programs.
La Corte Suprema anunció el Jueves, 23 de Junio, 2016, que debido a un empate de votos, que el bloqueo de los tribunales para regular las decisions de US v. Texas continuaran previniendo las órdenes ejecutivas del Prsidente.
Si esta decisión hubiera salido a favor, esta concedería la protección temporal a padres indocumentados de hijos ciudadanos estaudonidenses y residentes legales permanentes a poder trabajar o solucionar su status migratorio, así como expander la acción diferida del programa para jovenes llegados desde la infancia (DREAMERS). Esta medida solicitada por el Estado de Texas bloquea el DAPA (Programa de Acción Difererido para padres de ciudadanos Americanos y residentes legales permanentes) y expande el DACA (Programa de Acción Diferido para jovenes llegados desde la infancia)
Es probable que el DAPA y DACA2 no seran implemantados a menos que la Corte Suprema reconsidere estas decisiones una vez que el Tribunal este completo con sus 9 miembros o que el Congreso pase esta Ley autorizando los programas.
A fin de que esten protegidos, es importante que las personas que puedan calificar para esta orden del Presidente Obama, no den dinero a nadie que les ofrezca aplicaciones para DAPA y DACA, ademas, es importante recalcar que aquellas personas que estan en busca de asistencia para asuntos migratorios, solo acepten recomendaciones legales de un Abogado de confianza o por un miembro acreditado del BIA (Junta de apelaciones de inmigración). Las Clínicas de Inmigración del LUM (Lafayette Urban Ministry) cuenta con personal calificado el cual es asistido por Abogados voluntarios.
Es importante recalcar que esta acción no afecta el programa original DACA (que aun esta disponible) o las politicas de la administración de Obama acerca de deportaciones.
Si tienen preguntas acerca de las decisiones de la Corte Suprema, o estas interesado en explorar otras opciones para tu beneficio, por favor ponte en contacto con LUM Clínica de Inmigración al telefono 765-423-2691 o por internet lumenserve.org/immigration-clinic/.
The Supreme Court announced in a tie vote Thursday, June 23, 2016, that lower courts’ ruling in U.S. v. Texas would continue at least temporarily, preventing the President’s executive orders that would have granted temporary protection and permission to work for parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents as well as expanding the original Deferred Action for Childhood (DREAMERS) Program. Indiana was one of 26 states that signed the lawsuit challenging the President’s executive order.
These programs would have provided temporary protection from deportation and work permits for persons who qualified. DAPA and DACA II will not be implemented unless the Supreme Court reconsiders the decisions when the ninth seat on the bench is filled or if Congress passes a law authorizing the programs. In order to protect themselves, it is important that persons who may have qualified for relief under President Obama’s executive orders not give money to anyone who offers to file applications for DAPA and DACA. Furthermore, it is critical that persons needing immigration assistance should only accept legal advice from trusted immigration lawyers and services or BIA accredited representatives. The LUM immigration clinic is staffed by an accredited representative and is assisted by volunteer attorneys. Please be aware this action does not change the original June 2012 DACA program (which is still available) or the Obama administration’s policies about deportation. For more information regarding the DAPA/DACA go to: cliniclegal.org/USvTexas/pressrelease
If you have questions about the Supreme Court’s ruling or would like to learn more about other options for relief, please call the LUM Immigration Clinic by phone at 765-423-2691 or find us online HERE.
Last Tuesday, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) and 361 other civil rights, immigration, and community groups filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief with the US Supreme Court in United States v. Texas.
The brief outlines the legal arguments for lifting the lower court’s injunction blocking President Obama’s executive actions announced in 2014. The executive orders would allow limited protections against deportation and grant a two year work permit for parents of US Citizens and permanent residents. This program is referred to DAPA. In addition the executive actions would extend protections and grant a two year work permit to students who were not initially eligible under DACA1. As a member of CLINIC and advocate for family unification, LUM is encouraged by the legal arguments presented in the brief and hopeful that the Supreme Court will overturn the 5th Circuit Court’s decision allowing the implementation of DAPA and DACA2. The coalition gave the following rational for filing the brief:
“If the injunction is lifted, many families will be more secure, without the looming threat that loved ones will be deported at a moment’s notice. Many deserving individuals will also have access to better jobs and the ability to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities.”
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. Texas on April 18. To read the Amicus brief (PDF) filed by CLINIC and its coalition partners in its entirety, click HERE.
In the past year, the LUM Immigration Clinic has seen over 70 clients — meeting the expectation for the demand. In addition to assisting individuals with various issues like citizenship, consideration for DACA, applying for emergency visas, asylum or green cards — the LUM Immigration Clinic has initiated a few programs. Those programs are as follows:
Citizenship Classes. Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning this week (see photo below). For more information, click HERE
Spanish Conversation Tables. Wednesdays beginning September 16th. For more information, click HERE
Susan Brouillette, the director, is accredited by the US Justice Department. Brouillette also relies on a team of trained volunteers to supplement her work with the clients. They are proud to announce that one of their clients will be sworn in as a US citizen soon.
This is a milestone for the Immigration Clinic, which only began seeing clients a year ago. Next year, Brouillette and the team of volunteers hope to assist at least 200 clients—close to a 300% increase.
Immigration Clinic in the News—check out this News Article recently published, click HERE
Donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic.
Volunteer – There are opportunities to serve as a Program Assistant, Language Translator & Language Interpreter. For more information, Click HERE.
If you wish to get involved, become a volunteer, attend or assist with the programs—please email or call Susan Brouillette (firstname.lastname@example.org | 765-423-2691).