A moment like this is possible

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

For the first time in our nation’s history, a person of color and daughter of immigrants is set to become the Vice-President of the United States.  

Speaking to the crowd in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday night, Kamala Harris  proudly acknowledged her roots as the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father.   Speaking about her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, Vice-President Elect Harris said “When she came here from India at the age of 19, she maybe didn’t quite imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible.”  

Harris went on to say to the children of America watching this historic moment: “Dream with ambition, lead with conviction. And see yourselves in a way that others may not, simply because they’ve never seen it before, but know that we will applaud you every step of the way.” 

At KIAC, we see the same dreams in our clients:  dreams of making a better life for themselves and their children.  We are thrilled to be sharing this exciting time with people around the country, and especially with you, our supporters and friends. Thank you so much for your steadfast support for immigrants and for KIAC. Together, we will keep working toward moments of possibility living in every human heart. 

In solidarity,
The KIAC Team

Asylum Denial Rates Continue to Climb

Despite the partial court shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year immigration jud­ges managed to decide the second highest number of asylum decisions in the last two de­cades. The rate of denial continued to climb to a record high of 71.6 percent, up from 54.6 percent during the last year of the Obama Administration in FY 2016. See Figure 1. This is an excerpt of a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. You can see the full report here.

The injustice of our current system is obvious in this graph.

America has long been a beacon of hope for those fleeing persecution but the policies of the current administration have dimmed that beacon.

Ignorance and lies will not stand the test of truth and we all must speak that truth. It is up to us to recognize our common humanity with others and to stand up for due process of law and human rights. KIAC will continue to support our immigrant sisters and brothers and vigorously represent them.

in memory of mariano matias mendoza

We honor the memory of one of our community leaders who was taken from us too soon due to COVID-19.

Mariano and his brother Prudencio
Mariano and his brother Prudencio

Our Family Services Director, shares this: “Mariano Matias Mendoza immigrated to the US from Guatemala decades ago. He became fluent in English, his third language along with his native Mayan language Mam, and Spanish. He became a point-person and influencer among his fellow immigrants in Bremerton and beyond, and helped connect many people to housing, employment, healthcare and legal assistance. He was particularly instrumental in building trust between KIAC and our Guatemalan neighbors and he interacted frequently with KIAC’s co-founder, Martitha May.
I got to know him over the past few years because he often worked as a driver and translator, bringing people to appointments and connecting them to services they might not have known about. He supported others even as he sought a better life for himself and his family. He is greatly missed by those who knew him and those whom he impacted.” The Kitsap Sun published this article about Mariano and his legacy: https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2020/08/08/bremerton-covid-coronavirus-deaths-leader-guatemalan-community/3324940001/

Serving our sisters and brothers in the immigrant community

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