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DACA Resources

DACA was announced on June 15, 2012, and was created by an executive action in response to the legislature’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has provided temporary immigration relief to nearly 800,000 DREAMers. 

DACA was not a path to US citizenship, but rather provided the applicant a two-year period of work authorization, which was renewable while the program existed.

To be eligible for DACA individuals had to meet the following criteria:

Must have entered the U.S. before age sixteen and have been born after June 15, 1981;

  • Must have lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007;
  • Physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of filing an application under DACA;
  • May not have had lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012; (Any lawful immigration status or parole obtained prior to June 15, 2012, must have expired before June 15, 2012.);
  • Must have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, be an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or U.S. armed forces, or “be in school” on the date DACA application is submitted;
  • Must possess good moral character in that they
    • Have not been convicted of a felony offense;
    • Have not been convicted of a “significant misdemeanor” offense or of three or more misdemeanor offenses;
    • Must not pose a threat to national security or public safety; and 
    • Must pass a background check.

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration rescinded DACA.  Effective September 5, 2017, the following occurred:

  • All pending DACA applications (received prior to September 5, 2017) will continue to be processed;
  • Any new applications for DACA received by USCIS after September 5, 2017, will be rejected;
  • Individuals with approved DACA applications will maintain their status until their period of deferred action expires;
  • Only individuals whose DACA expires between September 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, may renew their status, BUT all applications must be received by October 5, 2017.

Congressional representatives from both political parties have introduced legislation that would provide relief to certain undocumented people who came to the U.S. as minors. To go into effect, these bills must first pass Congress and be signed by the President. Then the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) would be charged with implementing their provisions (creating application forms, etc.).  If legislation is not passed, all DACA recipients face deportation once their period of deferred action expires. Below are five pieces of legislation being considered by Congress to address the end of the DACA program. The HNBA will continue to monitor this issue and communicate any new developments.


BRIDGE Act (HR 496) 
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/496/text

  • Sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
  • Co-sponsored by 25 representatives (13 Democrats and 12 Republicans)
  • No path to US citizenship
  • Applicants would receive provisional protected presence (PPP) for at most three years

Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act (HR 1468)
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1468/text

  • Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)
  • Cosponsored by 18 representatives (0 Democrats and 18 Republicans)
  • Path to citizenship that is dependent on education or employment history (approximately a 10-year process)
  • Must have entered the US before age 16.
  • Must have lived continuously in the US since January 1, 2012
  • Physically present in the US on January 1, 2012
  • Must been enrolled in higher education, have earned high school diploma, or have a valid work authorization
  • Must meet the moral character standard defined in INA § 101(f) and pass a background check

2017 DREAM Act (S 1615 & HR 3440)

S 1615
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1615

  • Sponsored by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL)
  • Co-sponsored by Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

HR 3440
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3440

  • Sponsored by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
  • Co-sponsored by Reps. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Mike Coffman (R-CO)
  • Pathway to citizenship (approximately a 13-year process)
  • Must have entered the US before age 18
  • Must be continuously physically present in the US for at least 4 years before the date of the bill’s enactment
  • Must have been enrolled in higher education, have earned high school diploma, or be enrolled in a secondary school to earn GED
  • Has not been convicted of certain crimes and must pass a background check

Hope Act (HR3591)
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3591

  • Sponsored by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
  • Co-sponsored by 116 Democrats
  • Must have entered the US before age 18
  • Must have been continuously present in the US since December 31, 2016
  • No educational requirement
  • Has not been convicted of certain crimes and must pass a background check
  • Pathway to citizenship (approximately a 5-year process)

SUCCEED Act (S. 1852)
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1852

  • Sponsored by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
  • Co-sponsored by Sens. James Lankford (R-OK) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • Must have entered the US before age 16 and have been continuously present in the US since June 15, 2012
  • Must have earned a high school diploma or an equivalent; have been admitted to an institution of higher education (education track); or have served, be serving or have enlisted in the U.S. military (military track); and
  • Must pass several government background checks; demonstrate “good moral character” with no felonies, significant misdemeanors or multiple convictions that resulted in imprisonment for at least one year
  • Must sign a conditional departure order relinquishing nearly all forms of immigration relief if they violate the terms of their status 
  • Pathway to permanent resident status (approximately a 10-year process); eligible for naturalization (citizenship) after a 5 year waiting period as a permanent resident.

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HNBA Presente – How You Can Help

HURRICANE & EARTHQUAKE DISASTER RELIEF- 
HOW YOU CAN HELP 

#HNBAPresente 
#HNBAFamilia

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Texas, Florida and the Caribbean as they work through the devastation caused by the numerous recent natural disasters that have impacted our communities. Every effort counts during this crucial time, and the HNBA is grateful to our colleagues and friends who have put everything aside to assist in the efforts and lend their support to the victims, relief workers, and all of those affected. This show of unity proves that we are best when we stand together and demonstrates the true meaning of #HNBAFamilia!  

The HNBA will continue to lend its support and serve as a resource for those who wish to donate time, money, goods and/or pro bono legal services to these efforts. Below are the names and contact information of local and national organizations that are at the forefront of the various recovery efforts. We know that we can count on our thousands of members and supporters to stand up and say #HNBAPresente!

 *Please continue to check back as we add to this list and view the list of “Upcoming Events,” at the bottom of this page.

*Note that the current situation in Puerto Rico is still very fluid, with severe challenges in regards to transportation, communications, and access to food, fuel, and clean water. 


How You Can Help

Donations to all impacted areas (Mexico, Puerto Rico, as well as those affected by Irma and Harvey)
Direct Relief
Red Cross
Salvation Army
World Food Programme
Unicef
NetHope

Donations to Mexico and/or Puerto Rico
Latino Justice PRLDEF [Mexico & Puerto Rico]
Hispanic Federation  [Mexico & Puerto Rico]
United for Puerto Rico [Puerto Rico]
Fondos Unidos [Puerto Rico]
Foundation for Puerto Rico [Puerto Rico]
Friends of Puerto Rico [Puerto Rico]
Project Paz [Mexico]
Global Giving [Mexico]
Omaze [Mexico]
Topos [Mexico]

Pro Bono Legal Volunteers
Latino Justice, Rebuilding Puerto Rico
Disaster Legal Aid Hotline for Puerto Rico hurricane survivors
Legal Corp for Puerto Rico
ABA Volunteer Legal Services for disaster relief [specific need for Bi-Lingual or Spanish-speaking attorneys]
Houston Bar Association LegalLine Hotline-email: ashleyg@hba.org
Houston Volunteer Lawyers: registration portal HERE or email HVL’s Pro Bono Coordinator, Brittany Kroh: probono@hvlp.org
Texas needs Spanish-speaking lawyers to provide pro bono legal services. This order HERE allows for out of state lawyers to assist.  Email: EGuzman@comcast.net

Paid Hurricane Response Opportunities
Hurricane Response Jobs at the SBA-Learn More HERE

Donations to Dominica
Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund

Donations to British Virgin Islands
BVI Recovery Fund
Virgin Unite

Donations to Houston
YouCaring: Houston Flood Relief Fund
The Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Feeding Texas 
Save the Children: Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund
Global Giving
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Houston Bar Association: Hurricane Harvey Resources
United Way of Greater Houston

Donations to Animals of Mexico or Puerto Rico
Humane Society International Mexico [Mexico]
The SATO Project [Puerto Rico]
The Humane Society of Puerto Rico [Puerto Rico]

Donations to Florida Region
The Miami Foundation


Upcoming Events

October 15, 2017 (Clifton, NJ)
Mano en Mano: Relief Fundraiser for Puerto Rico
Purchase Tickets

October 24, 2017 (New York, NY)
Hurricane Disaster Relief: Training for Lawyers (Free)
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Learn More & Register

*Please continue to reach out to your elected officials to apply pressure.
Food & water that is warehoused in the U.S. and in San Juan is unable to reach municipalities and small towns in Puerto Rico.
www.callmycongress.com 


News

Telemundo’s “TODOS UNIDOS” and Company-Wide Relief Efforts Raised Over $12.9 Million for
Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida Natural Disasters 

Under the banner of “Todos Unidos” (All Together,) the Telemundo Networks, together with the Telemundo and NBC owned stations, raised more than $7.45 million for those affected. As part of these efforts, Comcast NBCUniversal and Telemundo contributed $500,000 in cash. In addition, prior to this effort, the NBC and Telemundo owned stations together with the Telemundo Networks raised nearly $5.5 million through multiple fund-raising efforts since Harvey struck Texas, including local phone banks in collaboration with the American Red cross and local Red Cross Chapters, as well as a national Red Cross Day.

The company’s “Todos Unidos” efforts included multiple local phone banks across the country and a network special hosted by the international media icon, Mario Kreutzberger, Don Francisco that aired Sunday, September 24 from 7-11 p.m. / 6-10 p.m. CT. The live broadcast produced from Miami, Mexico, New York, Puerto Rico, Houston and Los Angeles aired simultaneously across Telemundo, the cable network Universo and the Telemundo Internacional Cable Channel in Mexico.

The “Todos Unidos” network special featured top Hispanic celebrities including J. Balvin, Miguel Bosé, Regulo Caro, Chyno, Elvis Crespo, Kate del Castillo, Pedro Fernandez, Luis Fonsi, Larry Hernández, Enrique Iglesias, Jesse y Joy, Natalia Jiménez, Jennifer Lopez, Lucero, Ricky Martin, Ricardo Montaner, Natalie Morales, Ednita Nazario, Gerardo Ortiz, Prince Royce, Justin Quiles, Raphael, Chiquis Rivera, Lupillo Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Alejandro Sanz, Roberto Tapia, Thalia, Noel Torres, Sofía Vergara, Yandel and Yuri.

Donate to the Telemundo Campaign

 

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