When we got a call that the Bremerton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a few backpacks filled with school supplies to donate to KIAC we were very thankful. When they arrived we were blown away. The “few” turned out to be 100. As you can see, they filled one of our legal offices. And made two girls, as well as their parents, very happy. They are just the first of many.
So many of the families we work for struggle to make ends meet and a resource like this really helps. Most importantly it helps the kids start the school year on the right foot. We are so appreciative of this donation and for the effort it took to put it together. It’s heartwarming to have the support of the members of the Bremerton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
DACA at Four: Coalition report highlights success and gives recommendations to enable greater participation CLINIC PRESS RELEASE
SILVER SPRING, MD—The Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation’s (CIRI) Advocacy Working Group released a report today chronicling existing successes of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and making recommendations that would enable greater participation. More than 725,000 people have been able to improve their lives since DACA was implemented, and DACA can still benefit nearly one million more individuals. CLINIC, a founding and steering committee member of CIRI, co-authored the report DACA after United States v. Texas: Recommendations for the President, which focuses on how DACA has helped improve the lives of recipients, their families and communities.
The report comes at a crucial time for the administration in light of the Supreme Court’s failure to issue a definitive ruling in United States v. Texas. The ruling lead to an indefinite delay of the expansion of DACA and a similar initiative for parents. Tremendous misinformation about the status of DACA has followed. This report makes clear that the current DACA initiative, created in 2012, still exists.
“We are happy to be able to issue a report at this time that notes the great success of DACA, one of the most successful humanitarian immigration initiatives to date. We also believe this report presents an opportunity to suggest to the administration ways it can keep that success going by further engaging other eligible populations and removing barriers to access,” said Jill Marie Bussey, CLINIC advocacy attorney and advocacy working group co-chair.
Among the report’s top recommendations:
- Increase access and improve processing efficiency by allowing applicants to present diverse forms of evidence to prove eligibility.
- Make DACA more affordable by expanding access to fee waivers and allowing applicants to use credit cards to pay filing fees.
- Allow more flexibility and discretion in determining which applicants qualify on an individual basis.
- Keep DACA applications confidential and protect sensitive juvenile records.
CLINIC supports a national network of nearly 300 immigration legal services programs. Over 90 percent of CLINIC’s affiliates provide free and low cost representation to tens of thousands of DACA applicants. The feedback from CLINIC’s affiliates formed the basis for recommendations contained in the report. Additionally, some of the DACA success stories in the report were clients of CLINIC affiliates in Austin, Texas, and Madison, Wisconsin.
“The continued success of DACA relies heavily on faith and community-based organizations, like CLINIC’s affiliates. Their recommendations are based upon four years of experience assisting young people and families with DACA. This report honors their work and is forward-looking with an eye to meaningful improvements,” said Bussey.
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We are disappointed by the US Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to let stand the ban on President Obama’s executive action that would have shielded as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to legally work in the United States.
KIAC will continue to serve our immigrant sisters and brothers and will work with the local, state, and national coalitions to bring about change to our unjust and destructive immigration syste.
Our former board member and Friend of KIAC, Mateo Santiago Antonio graduated from Olympic College today. You can learn about Mateo’s journey here.
Congratulations Mateo. Well done.
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KIAC Immigration Legal Services is dedicated to helping immigrants integrate into our community. Our Citizenship Program will help you apply to become a citizen. Our services are very low-cost or free. Click here to make an appointment.
In the West Puget Sound there is an invisible web of immigrants striving to become productive, contributing members of our community. They face bewildering challenges – from learning English to finding work, from accessing health care to finding educational opportunities and legal aid. The Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) is the only organization in the West Puget Sound dedicated to assisting immigrants from all nations in meeting these challenges. We are a 501(c)(3) founded in 2004. Since 2010 we have averaged over 1,100 visits annually by immigrants from 28 countries.
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Monetary gifts to KIAC are crucial for the Center to continue to provide services and programs to families in need. Your gift can make a difference in the life of a parent or child in our community. The Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts to KIAC are tax-deductible. To make a gift, click on the button below or contact our Treasurer, Ray Garrido, at his email address.
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