All posts by Ray Garrido

Kitsap Human Rights Conference 2015

On Friday, December 4th, four KIAC representatives attended the Kitsap Human Rights Conference. In addition to attending plenaries and workshops we gave a workshop aimed at understanding how to help the varied groups in our community to know more about each other. This is a prelude to our Community Conversations project that will begin in 2016.

KIAC Team at the Kitsap Human Rights Conference
Team members: Mateo, Maggie, Lirio, Ray

Poulsbo Flea Fundraiser

Saturday, July 11, from 9AM-3PM, Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center will present THE POULSBO FLEA, a flea market featuring arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, garden delights, tools, linens, and rummage of distinction. Venue is 1st Lutheran Church Christian Center, 18920 4th Ave NE, Poulsbo.

full_info.fwVendors can reserve a table for $25 by calling (360) 930-0046

DAPA/DACA Update

From the N A T I O N A L I M M I G R A T I O N L A W C E N T E R | W W W . N I L C . O R G

TEXAS, ET AL. V. UNITED STATES, ET AL.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision on
the Emergency Stay Pending Appeal
MAY 27, 2015
On May 26, 2015, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s request for an emergency stay of the Texas federal district court’s decision (or preliminary injunction) that blocked DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and “expanded” DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) from being implemented. The circuit court’s decision leaves in place, for now, the February nationwide injunction of the two major immigration actions announced by President Obama last November. When implemented, DAPA and expanded DACA will allow millions of immigrants to come forward and apply for work authorization and protection from deportation.
This decision applies only to the request for an emergency stay while the federal government’s appeal of the district court’s decision moves forward. It is not the Fifth Circuit’s final ruling on whether the district court was correct in granting the preliminary injunction and blocking the immigration actions nationwide.
While two of the three judges on the Fifth Circuit panel voted to deny the stay, one of the judges disagreed and authored a powerful dissent outlining why the order blocking the president’s immigration actions is legally and factually unsound and why the emergency stay should have been granted.
What Happens Next?
The appeal of the district court’s injunction is still pending at the Fifth Circuit, with oral argument tentatively scheduled for the week of July 6. Among its legal options, the federal government could now:

    • seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court of this Fifth Circuit decision denying the motion for a stay, or
    • wait for the Fifth Circuit to rule on the merits of its appeal before seeking any sort of Supreme Court review.

This delay will continue to have devastating consequences on our communities and economy. Legal scholars, state and local officials, and countless others have explained why DAPA and DACA will make all our communities stronger, and each day that implementation is delayed hurts all of us, native-born and immigrant alike.

What This Decision Means
The nationwide injunction against implementing the DAPA and expanded DACA initiatives remains in place while the Fifth Circuit decides the federal government’s appeal.
This means that people who are eligible for the DAPA and expanded DACA initiatives should continue to prepare to apply for these initiatives, but should not yet file any applications.
The original 2012 DACA program remains in effect. The federal government’s new “enforcement priorities,” which were also announced last November, are also allowed to take effect. Yesterday’s decision is a disappointing setback for implementation of DAPA and the expansion of DACA, but the immigrants’ rights movement is undeterred. We will continue to fight to ensure that all aspiring Americans who qualify for these important initiatives will one day soon be able to contribute more fully to the communities and country they call home.

The Great Give is almost here

Support KIAC on Great Give day

Please support the Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center

Grants for the kind of work we do are extremely limited. To compensate, our board and community volunteers have stepped up to fill the gap. At KIAC we work hard to maximize our resources. In 2014 our board and community volunteers donated over 3,100 hours, 2,900 of which were direct services to our clients. With the addition of our legal program the board and volunteers have already donated over 2,000 hours in the first four months of 2015.

Since its start in November of 2014 our Legal Services program has served 278 clients. These are people who would go without legal help without the existence of our legal program. Our Family Services and medical clinic programs have served over 100 clients.

Your contribution will help us continue this work.

On May 5th please CLICK HERE to donate to KIAC during the Great Give.

Numbers only tell part of the story. Our clients are aspiring Americans who work hard to support their families, pay their taxes and participate in our community. Each one has a story. Here is one of them:

My parents and I came to America from England . I was 12 years old. My father was in the process of finalizing my INS paperwork. My father passed away. My paperwork never got finalized. Finding out as an adult, the situation I was facing & the uncertainty of my future, I felt there would be no hope.
K.I.A.C are professional and knowledgeable men and women, Who  genuinely care the people they represent.
Today I now have hope and my future is something to look forward to.
Thank you all.

Sincerely, MC

Choosing to support KIAC during the Great Give means you’ll be helping the only organization in Kitsap County dedicated solely to assisting immigrants from all nations become productive, contributing members of our community.

On May 5th please CLICK HERE to donate to KIAC during the Great Give.
Thank you.