VACOLAO and VACIR issue a joint statement regarding Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear DAPA/DACA Case

Supreme Court DAPA DACAVirginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights Praises Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear DACA/DAPA Case

Contact: Monica Sarmiento (VACIR), monica@virginiaimmigrantrights.org

The VACIR Board Chair, Leni Gonzalez, issued the following statement. “Our community has patiently waited for the for the opportunity to have the Administration argue for expanded DACA and DAPA before the Supreme Court. The announcement that the Supreme Court will indeed hear the case is a victory. We are optimistic of having a favorable ruling in this case. There is still a great deal of work to be done, and we will continue to rally in support of the Executive Orders. We will also continue to advocate for immigrant rights, specifically a pathway to citizenship for those undocumented Virginians who deserve to be granted expanded DACA and DAPA.”

VACOLAO Chair and VACIR Vice-Chair, Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, said: “Today is an important one in the long struggle for justice and dignity for immigrant families who face the real terror of forced separation from their citizen children and lives that they have worked hard to build here. We are confident the Supreme Court will rule in our favor and finally provide relief to millions of aspiring Americans who continue to wait for reforms to our immigration system that recognize their contributions to our communities and country.”

Emily Kessel, Advocacy Director at NAKASEC, said: “Today’s news is encouraging because immigrant families will finally have their day in court. The Supreme Court’s decision to take up this important case impacts the lives of millions of hardworking immigrants by allowing them to obtain work permits and better support their families without fear of being separated from their loved ones. We have no room, in Virginia nor in this country, for mean-spirited politics keeping families from applying for the DAPA and expanded DACA programs. While waiting for the court to hear arguments on the case, NAKASEC will remain committed to lifting up the Korean American and Asian America vote at the ballot this November and fighting to make fair comprehensive immigration reform a reality for our community at large.”

VACOLAO – VIRGINIA IMMIGRANT ADVOCACY DAY 2016 (Latino Advocacy Day)

VACOLAO's Immigrant Advocacy Day 2016

VACOLAO’s Immigrant Advocacy Day 2016

VACOLAO – VIRGINIA IMMIGRANT ADVOCACY DAY

 Thursday, January 28, 2016, Richmond, Virginia (Scholarships available)

 WHAT: Join the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)’s annual Immigrant Advocacy Day to meet with elected representatives and discuss proposed legislation and issues important to Virginia’s immigrant communities. The top priorities of VACOLAO’s legislative agenda are: Driver License for all immigrants in Virginia, Closing the Gap on Medicaid, Increase of Minimum Wage, Voter ID.

WHEN: Thursday, January 28 2015 from 8:00 a.m.to 3.00 p.m. (We will provide breakfast and lunch)

We no longer have transportation available from Arlington. If you need a ride, please contact Andres Tobar at andrestobar45@gmail.com or 202-841-7988.

WHERE: 501 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219 (Hilton Richmond Center) and General Assembly Building.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Registration fee: $ 30.00. Please register HERE.  We have scholarship available, please fill out the registration form and select scholarship.

If you pay by check, please make payable to the order of VACOLAO and send us at 6066 Leesburg Pike, suite 520, Falls Church, VA 22041

CONTACT: Contact us at vacolao@gmail.com or by phone at 703-772-1555.

Latinos demandan que Presidente Obama pare las redadas de ICE

{residente Obama estara dando el ultimo discurso de su administracion en el Estado de la union

{residente Obama estara dando el ultimo discurso de su administracion en el Estado de la union

Frente a la ola de temor que ha producido el anuncio de redadas en domicilios, y siendo el ultimo discurso del Estado de la Union, VACOLAO exige que presidente Obama priorise immigration y snuncie alto a las redadas. Vea las declaciones en este enlace: Pulse AQUI

No More Waiting: Virginia Community Marches for Immigrant Families and an End to Deportations

For Immediate Relea043se, November 20, 2015
Contact: Jose Caceres, Dreamers of VA, josecaceres@dreamersofvirginia.com
Emily Kessel, NAKASEC, eakessel@nakasec.org

No More Waiting: Virginia Community Marches for Immigrant Families and an End to Deportations  #Marchforfamilies #MarchforDAPA #VA4DAPA

ANNANDALE, VIRGINIA — Today, on the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s announcement concerning Immigration Relief, namely the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents) and expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) initiatives, immigrant families and Virginia immigrant rights organizations march from the Arlington Courthouse Plaza to the White House. The march is part of coordinated nationwide effort to demonstrate the urgent need for relief for millions of families from the Latino, Asian American, and broader immigrant community, who live in fear of deportation.

With the recent 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold the preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA, the immigrant community turns to the Supreme Court to take up this case as soon as possible and give hard working immigrant families the chance to live, work, study, and stay with their families in this country they call home. An estimated 90,000 immigrants in Virginia alone would benefit from the DACA and DAPA programs.

Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, Chair of VACOLAO, said: “This march conveys the commemoration of the positive announcement by President Obama on immigration relief for five million immigrants (DAPA and expanded DACA), but at the same time we are marching because our community needs more. Despite the announcement an unacceptable number of deportations are still happenings, so today we demand that President Obama put an end to deportations and keep families together and we urge the Obama Administration to appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn the 5th Circuit decision that has kept both programs blocked.”

“We have seen first-hand how the current DACA program has benefited young people in Virginia and across the country,” said Dong Yoon Kim, Program Director at NAKASEC, when sharing how DACA has impacted the immigrant community in Virginia. “High school and college students, mostly from the Asian American community, come to our office on a regular basis to engage in conversations and initiate student-led campaigns on diverse issues that impact low-income and marginalized youth and parents in Fairfax County and Virginia broadly. Whether an ally or directly impacted by the DACA, expanded DACA, or DAPA programs, these students are part of the community voice fighting back for DACA and DAPA and an America that values keeping families together and is welcoming of hard working immigrants.”

Rodrigo Velasquez of the Mason DREAMers, expanded on what DACA and DAPA mean to students: “Mason DREAMers stand with all undocumented students who wish to continue their education. Actions like DACA+ and DAPA that would extend protection to undocumented immigrants and access to work permits opens doors to education. Everyone can take action while we wait for the Supreme Court to deliberate on the constitutionality of the actions. If you are an educator or university administrator, open your doors to undocumented students and make dreams of education a reality.”

“One year ago today, the immigrant justice movement achieved an important victory: the President’s announcement of the expansion of DACA and the implementation of DAPA. Today, however, our families continue to be torn apart and denied relief from the daily fear of deportation,” shared Margie Del Castillo, Senior Field Coordinator for the NLIRH Virginia Latina Advocacy Network, reflecting on today’s action, “That’s why today’s march from Arlington, VA to the White House was so important: it was a powerful display from our immigrant communities that we will now take this fight to the Supreme Court and that ultimately, we will continue to fight for comprehensive solutions that advance health, dignity and justice and leave no one behind.”

“Today we marched and fought for everyone in our communities who lives in fear of deportation and who would and wouldn’t benefit from DAPA,” added Lizzette Arias from Dreamers of Virginia.

The following organizations are partnering on the march: Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO), Mason DREAMers, DREAMers of Virginia, DREAMers of Martinsville, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), DREAMers Mothers in Action (DMIA), Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program, Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR), ), Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice In the National Capital Region, Just Neighbors, Virginia Latina Advocacy Network, faith community, and advocacy organizations.
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March for Immigrant Families and an End to Deportations (Friday, November 20th from Virginia to the White House)

“MarchMarch for Families and and End to Deportations 11.20.15 White House for Immigrant Families and an End to Deportations”

Friday, November 20th from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

 

WHAT: March with us from Arlington, Virginia to the White House in recognition of the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s announcement concerning Immigration Relief (DAPA, DACA extended). With the recent 5th Circuit decision to keep both programs blocked, it is imperative that we demonstrate the urgent need for relief for millions of immigrant families including those with US citizen children, all of whom continue to live in fear of deportation.

Come lend your voices and marching feet to:

1.- Commemorate as a positive action President Obama’s announcement of immigration relief for five million immigrants (DAPA y extended DACA);
2.- Demand that President Obama stop deportations and keep families together;
3.- Demand that the Obama administration appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn the 5th Circuit decision that has kept both programs blocked.

WHEN: Friday, November 20th from 8:30 a.m-12:00 p.m. (Departure at 8:30am)

WHERE: Marchers will leave from 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 (Arlington Courthouse Plaza), at 8:30 a.m. We expect to be at the White House at 10:50 a.m. and hold a rally. To see the full route, please click  https://goo.gl/maps/Va9p9AkNkBu

Press Conference at the White House: Marchers including Dreamers and immigrant families will hold a press conference at 11:30 A.M. in front of the White House.

For more information contact Edgar Aranda-Yanoc at edgar@justice4all.org or 703-772-1555 or Nancy Giesel at nancyLAJC@gmail.com

To endorse this march, please click HERE

#Marchforfamilies #MarchforDAPA

Organized by:  Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO), Mason DREAMers, DREAMers of Virginia, DREAMers of Martinsville, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), DREAMers Mothers in Action (DMIA), Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program, Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR), ), Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice In the National Capital Region, Just Neighbors, Virginia Latina Advocacy Network, faith community, and advocacy organizations.