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Our Thoughts on the Biden Administration Expansion of Title 42

We are saddened and frustrated by the Biden Administration decision to expand the use of Title 42. This recent announcement places limits on the number of people who can seek asylum in the United States, and prohibits some immigrants from seeking their right to asylum at the U.S. border. The changes outlined in this policy will disproportionately affect low-income individuals and people of color. Asylum is a legal right, and this decision violates our obligations under U.S. and international law to protect people from persecution. We at KIAC will continue to fight to support our immigrant neighbors from all communities and countries. The United States government needs to do better.

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Special Immigrant Juvenile.

For many of us, these three words don’t hold much meaning. But for several of KIAC’s clients, Special Immigrant Juvenile status is the difference between remaining safely in the United States and being sent back into situations of abuse and neglect.

Larry, KIAC’s Director of Legal Services, is working with one such client. At a very young age, Santos* was abandoned by his parents to be raised by his grandparents. Santos remembers being hungry, dirty and neglected for much of his childhood. Upon their return, Santos’ parents showed no interest in his well-being. They were verbally abusive and continued to neglect his basic needs.

Despite neglect and abuse, Santos persevered, obtaining a part-time job and saving up enough money to leave his country of origin. At just 17 years old and all alone, Santos made the difficult journey to the United States. Upon entry, Santos was picked up by ICE and released into the care of his brother. They called KIAC for immigration legal representation and support.

Santos is currently in removal proceedings. Larry helped him apply for asylum and is working on obtaining a predicate order, a necessary prerequisite for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). SIJS is a pathway to legal status for minor immigrants currently living in the United States who have been impacted by abandonment, abuse or neglect. If awarded SIJS, Santos will be appointed by the court to be a dependent of his brother until he turns 21. If SIJS is granted, Santos will be able to apply for Lawful Permanent Residency.

When you make a gift to KIAC, you allow KIAC to help immigrants like Santos. We can’t do what we do for our immigrant neighbors without support from donors like you.

Please consider a gift to KIAC today and make an impact in 2022. *Name changed for confidentiality & privacy purposes

KIAC’s Holiday Event … A Huge Success!

What a FUN, FAMILY, HOLIDAY EVENT we had here at KIAC on Saturday, December 10! You, our supporters, donated slippers, craft items, blankets, books, jackets, toys and MORE to fill over 200 holiday bundles!

We had 86 families come through KIAC on Saturday, December 10. There were homemade cookies, champurrado, balloon animals, face painting, story reading, and festivities for all! Six hours of activities went by way too quickly, and even the tired volunteers were sad when it was over. In addition to the gift bundles distributed at the event, KIAC volunteers delivered 126 bundles to immigrant families throughout our county.

THIS PROJECT IS ONLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF OUR AMAZING COMMUNITY!

  • Over 150 people donated items or funds for the bundles!
  • 67 people volunteered their time, including 15 immigrant youth, totaling over 360 hours!!
  • 36 dozen cookies and 18 gallons of champurrado were made with love!
  • 490 immigrant children in Kitsap county received holiday gifts!

THANK YOU!!!!

Shout out to OESD and Connection Credit Union staff members for volunteering at the event, to Evergreen Home Loans for putting together 250 traditional treat bags, to Refuge Church and Project Linus for gifting so many beautiful blankets, and to the staff and customers at Ballast, Eagle Harbor and Liberty Bay bookstores for collecting hundreds of children’s books in Spanish. We are immensely, endlessly grateful for the solidarity of our neighbors.

The team here at KIAC wishes YOU the same feelings of love, excitement, and welcome that you have shown to our neighbors. We appreciate the generosity and support you show KIAC and those we serve. Happiest of holidays to you and yours!

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