For centuries, New York has welcomed young newcomers at the start of a road to a better future. But we are now in danger of leaving them behind.
By Pat young, Esq. - cross-posted from the New York State Immigrant Action Fund
Yesterday, during a conference call on the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas was asked how long it would take to adjudicate applications for DREAMers. He said he expected it to take "several months" initially. He also said that the 90 day period during which a work authorization application has to be decided would not begin until after the Deferred Action application was approved. This means that applicants may wait six months before they receive work authorization. Thanks to Tom Shea over at NYIC for pointing this out.
cross-posted from Pat Young, Esq - New York State Immigrant Action Fund
Today you can follow us for updates from the rally in DC! We'll be tweeting photos and video of what we're seeing and we'll talk to community members about why they are taking a stand for justice.
Today we continue our cross-posting of blog posts written by our colleague - Zelene Pineda Suchilt. As previously mentioned, Zelene is taking part in Librotraficante, a project that is setting up underground libraries of books that have been removed from schools under Arizona's HB2281 law.
Lorna Dee Cervantes: Words to the Dreamers - by Zelene Pineda Suchilt
Joaquin Luna was just like anybody else. He was a high school student. He was a young man who lived with his family. He was also a person who lived with the challenges of being undocumented. He was at the beginning of his life before it all ended, in part because he felt he had no other option.