Obama Announcement: More Cosmetic Changes to DHS Deportation Policy


In a bid to win the Latino vote, President Obama announces plan to stall the deportation of some

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Education Not Deportation (END) Education Not Deportation (“END”) is a project of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (“NIYA”).  END is an undocumented youth led national campaign to prevent the deportation of undocumented youth. We empower those directly

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Obama Announcement: More Cosmetic Changes to DHS Deportation Policy

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For Immediate Release August 18, 2011

Contact: Juan Escalante at cell: 407-602-8675 or email: juan@dreamactivist.org

BREAKING Obama Announcement; More Cosmetic Changes to DHS Deportation Policy

In a bid to win the Latino vote, President Obama announces plan to stall the deportation of some.

Today, the Obama Administration will once again attempt to hide that they are deporting DREAM Act-eligible youth and our families. The Obama Administration has attempted time after time to win our support with token appeasement. Coming just weeks after the June 17 Morton Memo, which still has not been implemented, it remains to be seen whether this change will provide actual relief for youth and our families.

Every few weeks, President Obama suddenly discovers that he has more authority to change immigration policy. These stop-gap measures come at the expense of a permanent solution. Recently, Andy Mathe, an asylum-seeker with no criminal record from South Africa, was deported even after Obama was personally handed a plea for help. He was returned to people trying to kill him—his family is still pleading its case to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“This is an important moment not because today’s changes will necessarily mean anything, but because it shows that our organizing is effective,” Jose Torres-Don, coordinator of The NIYA Education Not Deportation campaign, a project focused on preventing the deportation of youth and their families. “It shows that the president does actually have the power he previously claimed to not have. We are tired of empty promises and, thanks to this president; we know them when we see them.”

The underlying problem is that the Obama Administration is hard-wired for deportations through dragnet programs like Secure Communities. For years, advocates have been providing solutions, yet this administration has turned a blind eye. We warn President Obama that if he expects our support in 2012 we want more than temporary fixes to his broken programs.

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The National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA) is an undocumented youth-LED network of grassroots organizations, campus-based student groups and individuals committed to achieving equality for all immigrant youth, regardless of their legal status Through grassroots organizing, advocacy and direct action we aim to develop a sustainable movement for justice and equality led by those most affected and supported by committed, conscientious allies.

Are you Facing Deportation?

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Education Not Deportation (END)

Education Not Deportation (“END”) is a project of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (“NIYA”).  END is an undocumented youth led national campaign to prevent the deportation of undocumented youth. We empower those directly affected by the issue to assume leadership in protecting our community by providing the necessary tools and knowledge.  We aim to ensure that all undocumented youth are safe from detention and deportation.

The National Immigrant Youth Alliance provides direct, one-on-one support, including media training, legal support if needed, and legislative support, in addition to traditional organizing support in the following states: AL, CA, GA, IL, IN, MI, NC, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA and WA.

In June, the National Immigrant Youth Alliance partnered with Educators for Fair Consideration, the Asian Law Caucus and DreamActivist.org to release “Education Not Deportation: A Guide for Undocumented Youth in Removal Proceedings”, a 60+ page guide intended to help DREAM Act eligible youth and their attorneys through the removal proceeding and avoid deportation.

To date, NIYA’s END team has been able to stop countless deportations of DREAM eligible youth.  A copy of the END guide and a list of all cases we have worked on can be found here: http://endnow.org/ Read more

Immigrant Youth Unimpressed by Obama’s cosmetic reforms of flawed ICE Secure Communities Program

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For Immediate Release
Domenic Powell
Number:  704-281-9911
E-mail: domenic@theniya.org

Immigrant Youth Unimpressed by Obama’s cosmetic reforms of flawed ICE Secure Communities Program

National Immigrant Youth Alliance continues push for administrative relief to halt deportations

The memorandum released on June 17 by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton should be viewed as a concession of serious flaws in the immigration enforcement policies of the Federal government. However, Secure Communities has always been a failed fix for a failed immigration system; it remains so despite its cosmetic reforms. The underlying principle of of the program–expanding police power at the local level to enforce immigration law–allows for it to be abused as a dragnet. Read more

Statement on the Introduction of the DREAM Act

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For Immediate Release

May11, 2011

Contact: Domenic Powell

Number:  704-281-9911

E-mail: domenic@theniya.org

 

National Immigrant Youth Alliance’s (NIYA) Statement on the

Introduction of the DREAM Act

The day after President Obama delivered a speech on immigration in El Paso, Texas, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act has been introduced with over thirty Senate co-sponsors. But less than a month ago, a group of senators nearly as large asked the president to use his discretionary power to stop the deportation of DREAM Act-eligible youth. In order to demonstrate a genuine commitment to principle over politics, the president must stop a policy which he yesterday called “cruel.” Read more

Text of New Senate DREAM Act

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Today, Wednesday May 11th, Senator Durbin, along with 31 other senators has introduced the Federal Dream Act.

If you are undocumented please share your story with us: story@dreamactivist.org

Click here to view the text of the bill. [PDF] Read more

Get Involved-Get Active

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Are you working for immigrant rights, the DREAM Act, maybe helping raise awareness for a scholarship for undocumented youth? Well, as the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA) we would like to connect you with others doing the same kind of work across the nation. Read more

Response to President Obama’s Meeting on Immigration

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For Immediate Release Contact:     Domenic Randazzo Powell

April 20, 2010

domenic@theniya.org

704-281-9911

 

On Tuesday, April 19th, President Obama held a meeting with dozens of immigration ‘stakeholders’. However, the meeting excluded undocumented immigrants, so as the National Immigrant Youth Alliance we release the following statement in an attempt to insert our voices into the dialogue about our lives. Read more

Are You Undocumented and Unafraid? Time to Come Out

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The day on which we declare ourselves undocumented, unafraid, and unapologetic is almost upon us. On March 10th, leading into the week of March 14th, we will come out once again. Last year, hundreds of DREAMers across the country took the historic step of coming out as undocumented youth in schools, community centers, houses of worship and city halls. This step led us, undocumented youth, to become a force to be reckoned with, a movement that can never be forced back into the shadows. Read more