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  2. I apologize for being absent for a long time.  I have been selfish because when I needed advice or knowledge about DACA and the process, this forum and it's members were the only ones that were always willing to help in any way possible.  I got caught up with life and growing up, being a father, trying to provide for my family and other things.  I guess I thought that since I already had my EAD, I had nothing else to do here.  I was dead wrong, we are still fighting the good fight not only for us but for the generations after us.  Now I find myself on another process trying to get permanent residency through advance parole.  If anyone has any questions about what I filled or the process in general, feel free to message me.

  3. Has Anyone Gotten Us Citizenship By Marriage ?

    I did the advance parole and I am now in the application process for permanent residency. I went back to my birthplace in Mexico where I had not been since I was 4 years old. It was culture shock to say the least. I visited my grandma whom I had not seen for a very long time and learned a lot about my roots and heritage. I was out of the U.S for a total of 6 days.
  4. Has Anyone Applied For Green Card While Under Daca?

    I am in the process of mine, I had to get a sponsor because my wife doesn't have enough income. Been just over 3 months since I sent the required forms with the information of my sponsor. Haven't heard anything yet.. In the USCIS website it says I may have to wait up to six months.
  5. Article: https://denham.house.gov/news/docume...ocumentID=2230 Bill: https://denham.house.gov/uploadedfil...xt_1.16.18.pdf
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  7. SEATTLE --- A series of tweets by President Trump early Sunday morning is raising questions about the future of DACA. And DACA recipients in the Puget Sound area are taking notice. The first tweet: "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military." Just 10 minutes later the president tweeted: "I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT. No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST” Nearly 800,000 young immigrants in the U.S. are protected by DACA, of which 17,000 are in Washington state. The tweet is making the future seem even more uncertain for DACA recipients. “There's a lot of uncertainty going on for sure,” said 23-year-old Maricruz Palma. Like many other students with DACA protection, she is worried about her future. The University of Washington student is studying finance. She came to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 11. “I came here because my parents wanted a better life,” said Palma. Paul Quinonez is the Director of Washington Dream Coalition and was 7 when he arrived in the U.S. His DACA status expires next year. “I can’t just plan my life a year out. I need to have certainty. I need to know what the future will hold. I’ve been able to graduate from university and take my career to a certain level,” said Quinonez. Palma says Trump's tweets have left DACA recipients wondering what's going to happen. “They leave us in a limbo-type of situation," Palma said. Last year, Trump said he wanted to phase out the program unless Congress sends him legislation by March to keep it. Trump and Congress are attempting to reach a deal as part of a federal spending bill that congressional leaders must pass by Friday to avoid a government shutdown. Last week, President Trump rejected an immigration deal drafted by a bipartisan group of senators. The deal included a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and $1.6 billion for border security--including Trump’s promised border wall. Trump's tweet: "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military" --confuses some people. “I think it should be treated separately. They are two different completely issues. I didn't think military deals with immigration,” said Palma. “I think he’s definitely trying to confuse people and pitting communities out there,” said Quinonez. “You can solve both things. You can increase defense funding and you can pass the Dream Act and there’s bipartisan funding for it.” As for Trumps' follow up tweet, Palma says she has worked hard and wants to give back. “We are part of this economy. We go to school. We do taxes,” said Palma. “It's not that I'm taking things for free.” Source: http://komonews.com/news/local/trump-tweets-daca-is-probably-dead-puget-sound-dreamers-respond
  8. The United States Department of Homeland Security has resumed accepting requests to renew Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), after the federal district court in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction on the matter. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services posted on its website that it would begin accepting DACA renewals until further notice. "We'll see if the injunction stays in place but at least as long as its in place, DACA lives for the current DACA recipients,” said Kevin Johnson, the Dean of the University of California Davis School of Law. Johnson went on to say he thinks this is a case that the Supreme Court may end up reviewing. The Trump White House rescinded DACA on September 5, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, causing a flurry of those known as dreamers to rush to renew their eligibility before an October deadline. Dreamers are the an estimated 800,000 people who entered the United States illegally as children are eligible for DACA, like Tomas Evangelista of Auburn, California. Evangelista, 27, was brought to the United States from Mexico by his mother when he was two-years-old. “My mother brought us here after my father abandoned our family,” Evangelista said. “And so she had a very difficult decision to make. She had to either stay in the country that we were born in and not have a future or risk everything and come to the United States." She risked everything and brought her children into the United States illegally, they settled in Santa Barbara. Tragedy struck his family when his mother died of cancer in 1996, Evangelista moved to Northern California to stay with extended family. In December 2016, Evangelista began speaking out in support of DACA and the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors or the Dream Act – Proposed in 2001, it has gained and lost muster numerous times over the last 16 years but has never become law. He founded the group California Dreamers in February 2017 and has been rallying support for undocumented immigrants ever since. Following the recent temporary injunction made by the courts, he is urging congress to make a decision to provide relief for undocumented young people. Source: http://www.abc10.com/news/local/local-dreamer-on-daca-ruling-congress-needs-to-act/508090369
  9. In tweets published early Monday morning, President Trump appeared to once again offer conflicting messages on the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Referencing comments made in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday evening, the president repeated his condemnation of Democrats for failing to reach a deal on immigration reform: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has emerged as a lightning rod in budget talks, with a number of Democrats indicating they will not vote for any continuing resolution to keep the government open after funding expires this Friday unless a deal is reached. DACA, an Obama-era directive, temporarily granted protective status to around 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. But in September, the Trump administration announced it would end the program, leaving the lives of DACA recipients — also called DREAMers — in an alarming state of limbo. The White House has called on Congress to find a solution, but that process hasn’t gone smoothly. Immigration proponents are advocating for DREAMer protections, as well as the restoration of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from countries facing severe domestic challenges, including Haiti and El Salvador. But the president has shown little interest in sacrificing his hard-line demands, including funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and massive alterations to the diversity visa lottery. Trump has contradicted himself repeatedly throughout immigration negotiations. On Tuesday he called for a “bill of love” and told lawmakers that “you folks are going to have to come up with a solution, and if you do, I will sign that solution.” But he almost immediately appeared to walk those statements back, a pattern that repeated itself throughout the week. On Thursday afternoon, the White House quickly rejected a tentative bipartisan immigration deal. By Sunday morning, Trump seemed prepared to declare DACA no longer viable, blaming his political opponents for the back-and-forth. “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk,” the president wrote on Sunday. Other comments from the White House have only further inflamed the issue. During a Thursday bipartisan meeting with lawmakers, Trump reportedly decried immigrants coming to the United States from “shithole countries,” comments the White House initially did not deny. On Sunday night, Trump again blamed Democrats over failure to reach a deal, while appearing to name DACA as a location, rather than a presidential directive. Source: https://thinkprogress.org/shutdown-trump-daca-dems-66abf38fc4a5/
  10. Phoenix immigration activists on Sunday continued to press U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake for a "clean" Dream Act, flooding his office with calls to legalize the status of young immigrants known as "dreamers" without agreeing to a border wall. The five-hour phone drive, held as part of Promise Arizona's "Souls to the Phones" campaign, aimed to make at least 1,000 calls to the Arizona Republican's office. The effort was set to begin at noon, but the first volunteer showed up at 10 a.m., according to civic-engagement organizer Lupe Conchas. “We’ve had a good 20 people come through and each one of those 20 people, their goal was to do 20 or more calls,” Conchas said about 4 p.m. Sunday. The organization will host a similar effort Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its headquarters, 701 S. First Street. The Promise Arizona campaign is part of a larger push for Congress to adopt legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Flake is a leader of the bipartisan group urging a compromise to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which Trump plans to end March 5. "We’re focusing on Sen. Flake because he has been one of the lead negotiators…and we want to be sure he’s hearing the voices of his entire constituency regarding what they want to see as part of a ‘clean Dream Act,” volunteer organizer Laura Perez said in a statement. A spokesman for Flake did not immediately respond to an email from The Arizona Republic seeking comment. But the senator said Sunday on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos " that Democrats and Republicans were "trying to come forward with a compromise," Some Republicans say they will support the Dream Act if the legislation includes a provision to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, while Democrats have argued for the exclusion of border-security measures. "I think we have (found a compromise), and you’ll see that this week," Flake said. The Dream Act debate has intensified since the Trump administration announced in September that it would phase out DACA, the Obama-era program that protected up to 800,000 young migrants from deportation. A federal judge in California recently ordered immigration officials to accept DACA renewal applications until a lawsuit against the Trump administration is settled. The Department of Justice could appeal the judge's order, however. More than 25,000 people in Arizona have received DACA status, which allows them to get a two-year work permit and a Social Security number. A delegation of Arizona dreamers is expected to travel to Washington, D.C., this week to lobby lawmakers. Source: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-breaking/2018/01/14/daca-recipients-activists-continue-push-flake-clean-dream-act/1032820001/
  11. Last week
  12. Renewals are open once again for 2018! Many people with low income might need support to pay for the renewal and there are plenty of places that help to pay for it without having to pay it back. Websites such as DACA Fee Assistance Grant Program will send a check (IF Approved) payable to USCIS. They usually contact you within 48 hours with a decision. You have nothing to lose! Apply now if you need the support.
  13. DACA Renewal 2018

    Hello everyone! We received amazing news yesterday, everyone who already has DACA can continue to renew their EAD. Unfortunately, it is only to renew, they won't be taking new applicants. https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction We don't know how long this is going to open for renewals, attorneys keep asking everyone to send their renewals now, no matter the 120 days. Take advantage of this open window and send in your forms!
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  15. Hi all I hope I can get some answers. I applied back in September and got my approval notice on October 23rd. Well I still have not received it. I contacted USCIS and they sent me an email with a tracking # confirming it was delivered to my house on October 26th, I spoke to my local postal office and they also confirmed it. Also on the email they said that I have to "prove" that my card got lost in the mail if not I have to re apply for the I-765 and pay the fee again! Just think is not fair as I didn't lose it myself. This is really frustrating as I am about to lose my job. Has anyone ran in this situation and what was the outcome? Did you had to pay the fee again? Did they take a long time to reissue it? Thank you!
  16. Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead of you. 

    -Mac McCleary
     

  17. Without options and on the verge of losing the protections that allow them to remain in the only country they know, hundreds of undocumented youth have descended on the nation's capital, putting everything on the line to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act. These courageous men and women have staged sit-ins and "die-ins" at the offices of members of Congress - Republicans and Democrats alike - to urge them not to vote for a spending bill without this critical piece of legislation. With some exceptions, DREAMers have been greeted with pleas for patience. They have been assured Congress will address their status before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program officially expires in March, perhaps even sooner. read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/congressional-democrats-must-hold-the-line-on-the-dream_us_5a3c1da2e4b0d86c803c7034
  18. Hi, Has any one hear back from USCIS yet? I am still waiting since 3/12/17.
  19. Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. 

    Sidney J. Harris
     

  20. https://news.google.com/news/video/GpltAT1rxLY/dA2Q0qEOo6SudTMr4ogmHuAH_HrYM?hl=en A wide ranging group of House Republicans said on Thursday that they are prepared to work to pass new legislation that would assist those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, by the end of the year. "No bill is going to be perfect, but inaction is just not acceptable," said Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington. He added, "I can tell you almost every single Republican agrees that it's the responsibility of Congress not the administration to make immigration law." The Republicans renewed efforts to provide immigration reform come after President Trump charged members of Congress to come up with a fix to existing legislation after official rolling back the Obama-era program back in September. He gave them a 6-month window for such a task. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said he would like to see legislation done by the end of the calendar year and was optimistic of it gaining Democratic support. "When a bill comes to the floor, whatever bill it is, I predict it will have a vote with well over 300 votes to send the bill to the Senate," suggested Barton. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, echoed that timeline, charging his colleagues to "take up the president's challenge, let's get it done and say Merry Christmas to a lot folks across the country." Senate Republicans had previously offered their own potential fix to the DACA program, with Senators Thom Tillis, James Lankford and Orrin Hatch unveiling their latest immigration reform effort, the SUCCEED Act (Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our nation), which they called a "fair and compassionate" merit-based solution to issues facing undocumented children currently in the U.S. But as late as last month, the Trump administration was reportedly finalizing the details of a set of immigration principles that could upend efforts to come up with a permanent fix for the status of young immigrants who came to the country illegally as children. The principles, according to people familiar with ongoing discussions, were expected to include elements of proposed legislation that would dramatically reduce legal immigration rates. Also to be pursued was an overhaul of the green card system to prevent extended family members, including siblings and adult children, from joining permanent residents in the U.S. Source:https://www.cbsnews.com/news/house-republicans-talk-daca-fix-negotiations-live-stream/
  21. I sent it on time but it took 6months to get an apprval. It was very nerve wrecking cuz i recieved it 2 months after it expired so i was put on leave without pay until its received. I kept calling n calling and made a complaint for my case to b reviewed thanks to God everything turned out good. Patience is what u need and also ask questions.
  22. Hey guys, this is something I've been curious about for a while, wanted to see if anyone had knowledge on the topic. Since a business is defined as a person without malice, and can be formed without a social security number, can register cars, and "do" other things. Can one form a business and work for it without any issues? If so, this is great. What other benefits can we legally take advantage of under the formation of a business?
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  24. The march began at Hope College and ended with a rally at city hall on Tuesday. Roberto Jara marched for the dozens of of kids he has worked with, who have been recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act. Jara, executive director of Latin Americans United for Progress in Holland, was joined by about 200 Hope College students and community members from Holland as they marched to city hall and rallied to advocate for the implementation of a clean DREAM Act and immigration reform in the U.S. The DREAM Act stands for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act and is legislation that would protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. The march started at Grove Point in the middle of Hope College’s campus at about 11 a.m. Afterwards, marchers rallied inside Holland City Hall and listened to a number of speakers, including Jara and Mayor Nancy DeBoer. “We need to call for our legislators to be leaders and make America great once again,” Jara said at the rally. “What really makes it great is that we have open arms and that we are welcoming and that we welcome people from all over the world. That’s what makes America great.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions made an announcement on Sept. 5, declaring the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, “an unconstitutional exercise of authority” that must be revoked. Congress has until March 5 to come up with a legislative workaround to replace DACA partially or entirely. Marchers chanted, “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here,” and “Hey, hey, ho, ho DACA students are here to stay,” as they made their way through downtown Holland. Members of the women’s protest choir Persisterhood joined the march and chimed in their own singing at points. Jocelyn Gallegos, a sophomore at Hope College and president of the Latino Student Organization, helped organize the rally and said it’s important to inform people of what the DREAM Act would do. “The DREAM Act is a segue to citizenship for all these people, who have so much potential and have so much to offer the country as a whole,” Gallegos said. Alejandra Gomez Limon, a senior at Hope College who helped organize the march and spoke at the rally, said it’s important to give people a platform to advocate as well as educate others. “I hope this is going to be a kickstart for what’s to come and it allows us to see how to go forward,” Gomez Limon said. “We have the six month deadline with DACA and this is really to get the movement started.” Amari Brown, a freshman at Hope College, attended the march and rally with Hope College sophomore Brandon Fuller. Both said they attended the events to show suppport for DACA recipients. “I hope it brings attention to the issue,” Brown said. “The worst thing that could happen at this point is for people to forget or stop thinking it’s important. We need to keep making noise then legislators will hear that and make the necessary changes.” DeBoer said the publicity from the event and the large turnout will make people pay attention to the cause. Other speakers at the rally included Cady Short-Thompson, provost at Hope College, and Rev. Gordon Wiersman, a co-pastor at Hope Church. Short-Thompson said we are all immigrants and shared stories of how the DACA rescindment has impacted the lives of recipients from an article published by the Los Angeles Times. Wiersman said the community will have to come together with dignity and respect to welcome everyone. “Part of what I want to say, as a person of faith, is that things like justice, hospitality and human dignity belong at the center of our political dialogue rather than fear and division,” Wiersman said. Jara became emotional while speaking at the rally and said this is not the America he grew up in. “I had my share of discrimination, but I knew America’s ideals and I knew this is my home,” Jara said. “Since last November, when I talk to kids I see the hopelessness in their eyes because they feel they are living in a country that hates them and hates their family.” — Follow this reporter on Twitter @SentinelJake. Source: http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20171101/hundreds-join-daca-march-in-downtown-holland
  25. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/visuals/95008979-132.html Artists with a traveling art installation began pasting photos of San Diegans’ faces on a Liberty Station building on Monday to show support for dreamers and push Congress to pass a bill to protect them by the end of the year. The Inside Out/Dreamers project hopes the community-created public art will catch the attention of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, and convince him to support the DREAM Act, which would give green cards to unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Photo booth trucks from the project are traveling to more than 30 strategically-selected cities around the U.S. to target members of Congress the group hopes to sway in favor of the DREAM Act. “It’s a platform for everyone who believes that we need to sort out the situation for dreamers by December,” said Jaime Scatena, the truck’s lead artist. Activist groups across the U.S. who support dreamers have pressured Congress to pass a bill to protect them since the Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in September. After participants sat in the photo booth area to have their pictures taken, the truck printed larger-than-life copies of the photos through a slit in its side. A small crew worked with Scatena to paste the prints in a row that they hoped would eventually wrap all the way around the building. The paste is water-based and non-toxic, Scatena said. After about two hours, they had more than 13 black-and-white photos on the wall and a stack ready to go up. A small line of people waited to be photographed in front of the truck’s polka dot background. Cat Darby, a visual artist and writer who works nearby, was excited to participate after she heard what cause the project was supporting. “This is wonderful, and I think more people should be aware of the situation,” Darby said. “Visuals are a way to get the message to the public.” The Inside Out Project was started in 2011 by French street artist JR. It allows groups to start public art campaigns for different causes. Artists affiliated with the project have printed several hundred thousand photographs around the world. The Inside Out/Dreamers initiative is a collaboration between The Inside Out Project and the Emerson Collective, a social justice organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs. The project asked local activists to talk about why they want Congress to pass the DREAM Act as the artists worked. Itzel Guillen, a DACA recipient, emphasized that people who support dreamers should be pushing for a “clean DREAM Act,” which would mean no additional enforcement measures added in as compromises to the protections given to the immigrants affected by the end of DACA. “Anything that came with strings attached would hurt our communities,” Guillen said. “San Diego County would be one of the communities that would be hurt by any legislation that would include more money for agents and more money for walls. This would put our families at risk.” Guillen, who works as an organizer at Alliance San Diego, said she appreciated the art community’s support on the issue. “They made a really bold statement supporting the DREAM Act,” Guillen said. “That was something I hadn’t seen before, using an art project to uphold the voices of DACA recipients and give them a space to speak their truth.” The photo booth truck will be taking photos at the Arts District Liberty Station again on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Source: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sd-me-dreamers-art-20171030-story.html
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  27. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she won't back a bill that allows the federal government to spend money unless Congress has a legislative fix to address the legal status of hundreds of thousands of people brought to the country illegally as children. "I will not vote for an end-of-year spending bill until we are clear about what we are going to do to protect and take care of our DACA young people in this country," Harris said. "Each day in the life of these young people is a very long time, and we've got to stop playing politics with their lives." President Trump announced in September that he was giving Congress until March before the program would shutter and recipients would begin losing work permits and protection from deportation. An estimated 200,000 of the nearly 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program live in California, giving the Golden State an outsized stake in resolving their legal status. Harris spoke at a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday with other members of the California delegation to urge quick action on the issue. "It is absolutely urgent that we pass the legislation," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said. "We are determined that the Dream Act will be the law of the land before the year is out." Democrats and Republicans are negotiating the details of a fix, and when something could pass. Pelosi has hinted that if Republicans don't have the votes within their party to pass the end-of-year spending bill, which Congress has to pass to keep the government open, Democrats will offer their votes — for a price. The Huffington Post reported that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told conservative Republicans behind closed doors this week that a DACA fix could be added to the spending bill, something sure to infuriate some in his party. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said a "bipartisan consensus" is coming together on a DACA solution that will include border security, though he didn’t provide additional details besides no border wall. Durbin said he is aiming to get a DACA fix passed before Congress considers the spending bill, which is expected to be one of the last major things lawmakers do this year, but that many Democrats in the House and Senate share Harris’ sentiment. “There are few opportunities and many things to do before the end of the session, before Christmas. We are seizing any available opportunity to move the Dream Act,” Durbin said. “Many of us feel we couldn’t in good conscience go home for Christmas without seeing this law passed.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that with Trump's urging, Congress should find a fix and there is "no reason not to go ahead." "I view this bill as the most important thing we can get done now — both political parties," Feinstein said. "The president is for it, hopefully he doesn't want an arm and a leg for it, but he understands how important this is and we can get it done." Source: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-harris-dream-act-20171025-story.html
  28. HUSTLE

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    Good Morning and Happy Monday DREAMERS!

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