Immigration

Please contact our reps about this: proposed federal changes to how applications to extend or change an individual’s immigration status are processed: Governor.WA.gov.

DACA Program Ruled to be Restored

2/13/18 “A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the government must restart the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty”: WashingtonTimes.com.

Let It Not Happen Again

Friday was the 76th anniversary of the Japanese internment. About the 75th ceremony: KitsapSun.com.

“Immigration agents do not belong on Greyhound buses”: TheHill.com.

Law and Justice Committee Meeting

King County Council’s Law and Justice Committee meeting. On Tuesday, 13th of Feb. this committee will vote on a proposed King County Immigration Ordinance which will uphold the rights of non citizens AND places reasonable limits on King County Jail’s cooperation with ICE. MANY people people in attendance and many powerful stories.

The meeting

State and local community leaders call for resignation of DOL director

Seattle Indivisible was outside the Dept. of Licensing in downtown Seattle this week to show support for a broad coalition of State and Community leaders calling for the resignation of Washington State Licensing Director Pat Kohler. Community leaders explained the very real impact to our immigrant neighbors and communities of color caused by the DOL turning over immigrants’ personal information to ICE in violation of Exec. Order 17-01. They explained why the DOL Director must be held accountable before we can begin to repair the damage caused by this tremendous breach of trust.

If you were unable to be there in person, check out (and feel free to share) this video (KOMO 4 and KING 5 also covered, so watch the news tonight). Speakers on the video are: Nina Ramirez of the Latino Civic Alliance, Bereket Kiros of The Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color, Burien Mayor Matta, Diane Narasaki of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of WA State, Linh Thai of the Vietnamese Community Leadership Institute and Lokesh Marenayakanapalya of GC Reforms.

We expect to hear more from this coalition in the coming weeks on this issue, and the coalition would appreciate amplification from Indivisible groups. https://www.facebook.com/tyna.ek.3/videos/299097757280684/.

Protect Our Workers From ICE

Please use this tool to quickly send a letter to your members of Congress, asking them to protect our workers from ICE: ActionNetwork.org.

Rep. Kilmer’s offer for us to sign on as citizen co-sponsors to support Dreamers: Act.Myngp.com.

Petition: The Seattle office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has served a “Notice to Appear,” otherwise known as a deportation notice, to Washington-based community activist and mother, Maru Mora-Villalpando. Take action here: Action.Mijente.net.

How many DACA Recipients in Each State?

The statistics are at the bottom of this page: DreamerPledge.org.

Muslim Ban

“President Trump signed Executive Order 13769, his first Muslim ban…In December, the Supreme Court allowed the latest version of the ban to go into effect until the legal challenges are fully decided. As a result, the United States currently bans nationals of six Muslim-majority countries — Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — and a miniscule number of North Koreans and Venezuelans from coming to the country on most or all types of visas”
Living with the Muslim ban a year on, this article tells people’s stories. Share yours: ACLU.org.

Opinion: The attack on DACA recipients is Japanese internment camps 2.0: ThreadReaderApp.com.

The CR Passed

1/22/18 – The vote for a Continuing Resolution to fund the government for 3 weeks passed 81-18 (Sen. McCain is sick).
It does not include or mandate passing the DREAM Act, protection for our DACA residents, S 1615 & HR 3440: although these are the clean dream bills that Sen. McConnell agreed to bring to the floor. Why push for these particular bills? TheHill.com.

Who Voted for it?

Sen. Murray & Sen. Cantwell, and 79 colleagues
Only 16 Dems voted no. Please thank them.

Petition: Tacoma Detention Center

“Tell the City of Tacoma not to change its municipal code to say that detention centers are correctional facilities! This change would allow GEO Group to avoid paying state minimum wage to detained immigrant workers.” Action.Mijente.net

Petition: “We cannot allow Congress to publicly green light Thomas Homan, the xenophobic extremist who runs Drumpf’s dangerous deportation machine”: Act.CredoAction.com.

Protect our Dreamers

On December 21st – as we have repeatedly requested, our Senators voted against the continuing resolution, which amongst other things funds the government for a month: Politico.com. Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to vote against it because (along with other things) it does not include protections for our 800, 000 DACA recipients, and 144 a day lose their status.

The Democrats have the ability to cause the government to shut down due to lack of funding if they do not pass a clean dream act as soon as possible. If they do not use this leverage and they vote for the resolution (Republicans need 60 votes and there are 51 Republican Senators), the administration can insist upon including billions in the budget for ICE agents and a wall in return for protecting our dreamers. The next vote for a resolution will be by January 19th. Please contact our MoCs.

The previous Senate votes: ProPublica.org
What is a Continuing Resolution?: Wikipedia.org
Pelosi on the CR: RollCall.com
What happens if the government shuts down? Indivisible.org

The DACA Program

“DACA ruling against Drumpf shows judges are biggest opponent to immigration crackdowns”: Newsweek.

Latest Travel Ban

September 24th: “Starting next month, most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be banned … Citizens of Iraq and some groups of people in Venezuela … will face restrictions or heightened scrutiny.” NYTimes.
October 17th: A Hawaiian court froze the ban: NYTimes
November 13th: “blocked the lower court’s decision for people from the six countries without … ties” NYTimes
December 23rd: “A federal appeals court ruled Friday against President Drumpf’s latest travel ban, saying that it “exceeds the scope of his delegated authority,” but that it was ultimately for the Supreme Court to decide.” NYTimes
January 12th “The Supreme Court has long recognized that the president has the power to exclude people from certain countries as long as he can show it’s for legally sound national security reasons. But an immigration policy targeting people on the basis of race or religion would violate the Constitution’s equal protection or establishment clauses.”: WaPo

December 21st Call to Add the Dream Act to the CR


From Paúl Quiñonez Figueroa – Call the House Rules Committee Republicans and ask them to support Pelosi’s attempt to add Dream to the CR! We just met with Newhouse & Sessions about it outside Rules. Allies do your part! — with Jorge Arturo Lara, Fernando Guillermo, Alejandra Pérez, Larissa RG and Cinthia Illan-Vazquez at United States Capitol.

The Back Story
On December 21st – as we have repeatedly requested, our Senators voted against the continuing resolution, which amongst other things funds the government for a month: Politico.com. Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to vote against it because (along with other things) it does not include protections for our 800, 000 DACA recipients, and 144 a day lose their status.
The Democrats have the ability to cause the government to shut down due to lack of funding if they do not pass a clean dream act as soon as possible. If they do not use this leverage and they vote for the resolution (Republicans need 60 votes), the administration can insist upon including billions in the budget for ICE agents and a wall in return for protecting our dreamers. The next vote for a resolution will be by January 19th. Please contact our MoCs.
What is a clean dream act? PDF.
The funding: Projects.Propublica.org.
Pelosi on the CR: RollCall.com.
What happens if the government shuts down? Indivisible.org.

Know Your Rights

“Immigration agents often use what’s called an administrative warrant, but only a judge’s signature gives them legal permission to search private property.”: KUOW.org.

April 2017 from Bob Ferguson: “Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement” 100 page document: PDF.

December 6th Resolution to Protect our Dreamers

From the INS Immigration sub-group. Their Blog. It’s an excellent resource.

On Wednesday December 6th Indivisibles across the country compelled their representatives in Congress to not sign a continuing resolution to continue the Federal budget until we have legislation in place to protect our Dreamers. There are around 800,000 of them. We took the resolution to our regular Tuesday meeting. The vote was on the 7th. Without a CR, the government would shutdown. The Republicans need Dem votes to pass it because they need 60 votes. Our Senators voted for it anyway to avert a shutdown: Senate.gov. This was very disappointing.


The resolution, delivered December 5th

Two points about the resolution:
1) Republicans may want to shelve the Dream Act and introduce another bill so they can be seen as the problem solvers here, the resolution was written with that in mind;
2) The Washington Dream Coalition defined the four essential points of any legislative solution that would be acceptable to DACA activists if it’s not the Dream Act, and these are spelled out (see http://bit.ly/partnersbriefingppt).
We presented the resolution to our Senators on Tuesday the 5th, and other organizations are volunteering to present it to the members of Washington state’s Congressional delegation.


left to right, Alx Dark presenting the resolution to Sen. Cantwell’s staffer, Tommy and Sen. Murray’s staffer, Kate

Help Green Card holders become citizens! Sat. Feb. 3rd

From Alycia Ramirez:
Hey All, The Seattle Office of Refugee Affairs (OIRA) is looking for some help with community outreach
OIRA is planning a mega-workshop on Saturday, February 3rd at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Citizenship assistance, legal services, and information will be provided at the event. Adult green card holders (legal permanent residents) for 5 years or 3 (if the green card was obtained through marriage) are eligible to participate.
There are approximately 100,000 green card holders in King County. Many, despite being eligible, have not applied for citizenship. This event hopes to assist 1,000 green card holders with the citizenship process, as it can be confusing and expensive.
Currently, we are seeking Outreach Ambassadors to partner with this event. Are you connected with an Immigrant or Refugee community? Are you, or do you know, someone who could reach out to different communities to connect them with the event?
Toolkit and contact info here: drive.google.com.

Recent Meeting for Indivisibles in Seattle to Protect Dreamers

There was a meeting in WA on Nov. 16th about how to protect our Dreamers. Notes.
The Washington Dream Coalition (WDC) had a partners briefing on Thursday. Here’s are the links to their slides and supporting materials:
PPT
Clean Dream Act Messaging
Clean Dream Toolkit
Educator Guide WA

Indivisible’s Guide to Telling our MoCs to Protect DACA


“There are 19,180 DACA recipients in Washington alone, and each year they contribute $51,272,000 in State and local taxes. It’s up to your members in Congress to stand up to Drumpf’s hateful decision and secure the futures of all DREAMers with a legislative fix: The DREAM Act.” Indivisible.org.

Graphics for each state with individual details about why they should protect DACA.

Please ask your Rep. to cosponsor HR 3695

This bill essentially bars ICE and other agencies from using the DACA database for mass deportation purposes and permits access to the information only in circumstances of national security or a criminal investigation not related to immigration: HR 3695: https://goo.gl/z6anWi.
Find your Rep’s contact info.

Hanging a banner over I5 9/16


It went very well. Anyone interested in joining the initiative please contact Alx Dark.

The attack on immigrants in Burien

Burien has recently become the focus of white supremacists who are trying to revoke the Sanctuary City status that Burien has chosen to adopt. Now, they have a slate of candidates running for city council. The Democrats have a slate of candidates to oppose them. It is essential that we support the Democratic candidates and defeat the white supremacists.
Please look at canvassing with the 34th LD for the full slate of Democratic candidates. Respect Washington is a remote group seeking to take away Burien’s sanctuary city designation: RealChangeNews. about Respect Washington. About the racism in Burien: TheStranger.

The council election in November went to Progressives. “in spite of the campaign’s “emotional rollercoaster,” … now that the election is over, the Burien community can and should move on.” Crosscut.com.

The attack on DACA

Our AG, Bob Ferguson is amongst 16 AGs filing suit across the country to stop the attack on DACA: CNN.
Email him to thank him, or call him: (206) 486-2621.

A bill is scheduled to hit the Senate floor soon

Please contact our senators to ask them to protect our friends and neighbors.

Rallies to protect DACA in Seattle


September 5th – Rally at centro de la raza to protect DACA


September 5th, this was projected on SAM


September 12th – Rally on 2nd Ave. to demand ICE be accountable and transparent

Resources

A poster and informational about what to do if ICE show up: here.
Ways to protect youth: WeAreHereToStay.org.
Immigration Resource Portal from Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib: here.
Know your rights.
Document on how to handle a home raid: here.

Immigration Raid Alert System

We now have an immigration raid alert system for Washington state, sponsored by Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN).
To report an active immigration raid, or ICE activity, call 1-844-724-3737 (1-844-RAID-REP).
To subscribe for the text alert system that will notify you via SMS of verified immigration activity, text 253-201-2833 and follow the prompts to opt in.
Visit http://waimmigrantsolidaritynetwork.org/ for more info.

Resolution to Protect DACA

On Thursday Aug. 17th, Wallingford Indivisible, North Seattle Indivisible, Indivisible Bainbridge Island, and Indivisible Kirkland/Kenmore met together with Rep. Jayapal’s office, Sen. Cantwell’s office, and Sen. Murray’s office and presented a resolution signed by 47 organizations across the state of Washington.
The resolution: here.

Indiana Is Making It Harder for Minorities to Vote, Lawsuit Alleges: www.motherjones.com.

Rep. Gutiérrez arrested at White House immigration protest Thank him: Phone: (202) 225-8203 Fax: (202) 225-7810

Dreamers and other Immigrants are Welcome Here

Dreamers are young adults who were brought to America as children and raised in this country. As U.S. Senator Schumer stated, Dreamers are “Americans in every way but paperwork.” Despite broad bipartisan support for DACA—the program for Dreamers established by executive order under President Obama – it is currently under threat of being eliminated. It would be unconscionable to close the doors to young adults who can remember no other home and who are currently working, going to school, contributing to our nation, and fully invested in building our communities and our economy.

S 1615 & HR 3440

The U.S. House and Senate have reintroduced the DREAM Act, legislation that has previously enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support. Ask our senators to co-sponsor S 1615, a bipartisan Senate bill to make DACA rights secure, and call your Representatives to ask that they cosponsor HR 3440, the bipartisan House companion bill.
“DACA grants a work permit and protection from deportation to about 750,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.” The Hill

At the same time, let them know that you oppose the New Drumpf Administration proposal to slash legal immigration by 50%, dividing families, and depriving our economy of productive workers.
“Limiting legal immigration is opposed by business groups, which rely on low-skilled workers for agriculture and other jobs. And economists point to the low unemployment rate,” NPR

Please contact Members of Congress about your thoughts on this. Neither WA senator has cosponsored it yet. Find your Rep’s contact info.

SCRIPT: “My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I am calling to ask the [Senator or Representative] to cosponsor the reintroduced Dream Act. Nearly 800,000 Dreamers received critical deportation protections and work authorization under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Drumpf Administration has refused say whether it will honor DACA status, and these Americans in everything but paperwork are at risk of deportation.
[FOR SENATORS] Please protect Dreamers by signing on as a cosponsor of S. 1615, and I also urge [NAME] to oppose President’s proposal to cut the number of immigrant visas and green cards in half.”
[FOR REPRESENTATIVES] Please protect Dreamers by signing on as a cosponsor of HR 3440, and I also urge [NAME] to oppose the President’s proposal to cut the number of immigrant visas and green cards in half.”

News

The hotline set up so that people can report their neighbors, VOICE: splinternews.com.

A New Threat to DACA Could Cost States Billions of Dollars: www.americanprogress.org.

Unauthorized immigrants covered by DACA face uncertain future: www.pewresearch.org.

Organization building the wall are disobeying protocol: here and here.

California Crops Rot as Immigration Crackdown Creates Farmworker Shortage –
“shortage of migrant workers”: Fortune.com.

Farmworker in WA dies after being refused medical treatment in WA: here.