USCIS DACA renewal confirmation

Inmigración a confirmado que empezara a recibir las aplicaciones para renovar la DACA. Manden sus renovaciones, pero estén pendientes de las noticias por si acaso el gobierno apela la decisión de la corte Federal. También recuérdense que las únicas aplicaciones que van hacer aceptadas son para renovar la DACA. Vea el anuncio de Inmigración abajo.

 

USCIS has confirmed that DACA application renewals will now be accepted. You can go ahead and send your renewal applications but stay tuned to news outlets in case the government files an appeal of the Federal Court Order Also remember that only applications to renew will be accepted. See the announcement below.

USCIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

 

 

Actualización menor sobre le orden suspendiendo la orden cancelando DACA

 

Se recomienda que toda vía no se mande aplicaciones de renovación hasta que el servicio de inmigración informe sobre el proceso de mandar estas aplicaciones.

 

At this point it is recommended that no renewal applications be submitted to the Immigration service until the Immigration service provides guidance with respect to the submission process.

Federal Court blocks Trump DACA Cancellation

Anoche un juez de la Corte Federal del Distrito del Norte de California ordeno que Inmigración tiene que aceptar solicitaciones para renovar el estatus de DACA. Hasta ahora, la orden no da más especificaciones, pero no parece que esta orden permite nuevas solicitudes para DACA, solamente solicitudes para renovar. Estamos esperando más información de Inmigración sobre estas solicitudes y también lamentablemente esperamos que el gobierno Americano va apelar esta decisión, pero de todos modos es una victoria muy significante para los sonadores. Mucho crédito y agradecimiento se debe el equipo legal que está presentando esta demanda en California, que incluye nuestro abogado Luis Cortes que ha participado como el abogado experto de Inmigración. El reporte de Univisión esta aquí. El reporte del Washington Post esta aquí y el reporte del NY Times esta aquí. Le estamos informando si hay más información y también mantenga atentación a los medios de noticias para mas novedades sobre este caso. También nos pueden contactar si tienen mas preguntas en como esta decisión puede afectar su caso.

 

 

Last night a Federal Court Judge from the Federal District Court of Northern California ordered to block the decision to cancel DACA. There is little more information regarding specific details, but the order doesn’t appear to allow for new DACA applications only for the resumption of processing renewal applications. We are monitoring the immigration service as to whether there will be more information or guidance regarding these renewal applications, but we are also unfortunately expecting the U.S. government to attempt to appeal this court’s decision. Regardless, this is a very significant victory for Dreamers. Much credit and appreciation are due to the legal team that helped bring this lawsuit including our very own Luis Cortes who has served on the legal team as the expert on immigration issues. The report from Univision can be seen here; the report from the Washington Post is here and the report from the NY Times is here.  We will try to keep you updated on any new information and stay tuned to news outlets for any breaking news or information. You can also contact the firm if you have questions on how this decision can affect you.

What you should know about the termination of DACA.

  • The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, “USCIS” will not accept any new applications for DACA.
  • Although the announcement is for DACA to be terminated in six months, benefits under the DACA program including work permits, will not terminate on March 6, 2018, but on the actual expiration date of the DACA benefit for each individual beneficiary.
  • Applications to renew DACA can still be sent to USCIS, but they need to be received by USCIS no later than October 5,2017. Remember that you can send your renewal application no sooner than 150 days before expiration of your status.
  • USCIS will not approve any new or pending applications for travel under the Advanced Parole program that is based on approval of DACA status.
  • The current administration has indicated that they will not seek to remove beneficiaries under the DACA program, unless they fit the limited criteria outlined for the commencement of removal proceedings as indicated in this 2011 memorandum.
  • The battle for our dreamers does not end today. Now the battle is to pressure Congress to act and pass legislation making law the benefits that existed under the DACA program.

 

My hope is that this short guide clarifies some of the concerns created by this announcement. After this guide please find links to the official announcement by the Department of Homeland Security and their corresponding FAQ. As always organizations like Catholic Charities and the Northwest Immigration Project exist to provide guidance and answers for your questions and the team at Barrera Legal Group is also available to answer your questions and provide guidance to options for you and your family.

 

Offical DHS announcement and corresponding FAQ.

Que es lo que debes saber sobre el anuncio terminando DACA.

  • Inmigración no va aceptar más aplicaciones nuevas solicitando los beneficios bajo el programa de DACA.
  • Aunque se anuncia que el programa de DACA se terminara en seis meses, los beneficios bajo el programa de DACA incluyendo los permisos de trabajo no terminaran en la fecha del 6 de Marzo del 2018 pera hasta la fecha de vencimiento de cada persona.
  • Solicitudes para renovar su DACA toda vía se puede mandar, pero tienen que ser recibidas a las oficinas de Inmigración no más tardar del 5 de Octubre del 2017. Acuérdese que se puede mandar la solicitud para renovar la DACA no mas de 150 días antes la fecha de vencimiento.
  • Inmigración no va aprobar mas solicitudes de viaje bajo el programa de “Advanced Parole” basado en el programa de DACA.
  • La administración de Trump confirmo que no va detener personas con beneficios bajo el programa de DACA si no es que llenan cierto criterio limitado que requiere abrir un proceso de deportación. Esas razones se explican en detalle en este memorándum del ano 2011.
  • La batalla para los derechos de nuestros sonadores no termina hoy. Ahora toaca presionar los Congresistas para pasar legislación poniendo como ley nacional los beneficios bajo el programa de DACA.

Espero que esta guía corta le aclare algunas de sus inquietudes. Después de este guía encuentre el anuncio oficial y respuestas oficiales sobre posibles preguntas sobre el anuncio de terminar el DACA. Como siempre, las organizaciones como Caridades Católicas y el Northwest Immigration Project existen para también contestar sus preguntas, y su equipo de Barrer Legal también está para contestar sus preguntas y aconsejarle sobre su situación y posibles opciones.

El anuncio oficial y respuestas a preguntas.

 

Plan Familiar En Caso de Emergencia

Cada familia debe tener un plan en caso de emergencia. Aunque nuestro deseo es que usted nunca tenga que usar este plan, es buena práctica tener uno a la mano para reducir el estrés de lo inesperado. Este paquete le ayudará a crear un plan familiar sin importar su estatus migratorio. Lo único que no recomendamos seguir en este plan es que no debe contestar la puerta si no sabes quién está tocando la puerta. Si la policía o agentes de inmigración tienen una orden de arresto, van a entrar de todas maneras y probablemente no tienen tal orden entonces no hay razón para contestar cuando toquen la puerta. Sin embargo, debido a los retos adicionales que enfrentan las familias inmigrantes y las compuestas de miembros con diferentes estatus migratorios, también tenemos consejos adicionales para los inmigrantes.

Plan familiar de Preparacion

Government’s unsubstantiated arguments against Daniel Ramirez Medina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

February 16, 2017

 

Media Contact:

Manny Rivera, mrivera@wearerally.com, (323) 892-2080

 US GOVERNMENT OFFERS FALSE, UNSUBSTANTIATED ARGUMENTS AND NO EVIDENCE DEFENDING THE CONTINUED DETENTION OF DACA BENEFICIARY DANIEL RAMIREZ MEDINA

 

Petitioner’s Counsel to File Response to Government’s Brief by 5:00pm PST Today

 

Status Conference on Case Scheduled for 10:00am PST Tomorrow, Friday, February 17, 2017 at US District Courthouse in Seattle

 

 

SEATTLE, Wash. February 16, 2017 — Today, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division Office of Immigration Litigation responded to an order from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Counsel for the Petitioner, Mr. Ramirez, will file their own response brief by 5:00pm PST today. It appears that the government is continuing to assert baseless character attacks against Mr. Ramirez, including the unsubstantiated accusation that he is “a gang member.” As previously asserted by Mr. Ramirez’s counsel, the government’s claims are unequivocally false and irresponsible. Mark Rosenbaum, counsel for Petitioner Daniel Ramirez Medina, issued the following initial statement in response to the Department of Justice’s brief:

 

“The Department of Justice alleges that while in custody, Mr. Ramirez acknowledged that he ‘used to hang out with’ and ‘still hangs out with’ members of two gangs. This is false. Mr. Ramirez did not say these things because they are not true. And while utterly implausible and wholly fabricated, these claims still would not be sufficient evidence that Mr. Ramirez is a threat to the public safety or national security.

 

“Additionally, the government continues to allege that Mr. Ramirez has a ‘gang tattoo,’ yet they have redacted the only photo released of the tattoo in question. As previously reported by the Seattle Times, the tattoo on Mr. Ramirez’s forearm says ‘La Paz BCS.’ The Seattle Times goes on to report:

 

‘La Paz means peace in Spanish, and is also the capital of Baja California Sur, the meaning behind the initials and the part of Mexico where Ramirez Medina was born, according to his attorney.’

 

“Even though Petitioner’s counsel invited the government to supply any corroborating evidence to support their outrageous claims of gang membership or activity beyond this supposed confession, they have failed to do so in this brief. We look forward to responding to the government’s false accusations in our reply brief this afternoon.” Seattle Times.

 

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Arrest of DACA recepient Daniel Ramirez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 14, 2017                                                                                                    

CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEYS FILE FIRST LAWSUIT CHALLENGING THE DETENTION OF A DACA RECIPIENT IN WAKE OF RECENT IMMIGRATION SWEEPS

 

Erwin Chemerinsky, Laurence Tribe Join Pro-Bono Legal Teams in Representing DREAMer Detained in Recent ICE Sweeps

 

TACOMA, WASH., February 14, 2017 — Civil rights attorneys filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging the Trump administration’s unconstitutional detention of a 23-year-old DREAMer. Since Friday, February 10, the Petitioner, Daniel Ramirez, has been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and threatened with deportation, despite the fact that he has twice been granted deferred action under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program (DACA), established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Daniel most recently renewed his DACA status on May 5, 2016.  As a DACA recipient, Daniel is considered by DHS to be lawfully present and is legally authorized to work in the United States.

 

The lawsuit, filed on February 13, 2017, argues that the detention violates the Due Process Clause and the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, seeks Daniel’s immediate release and an order barring further arrest or detention.

 

“Trust in our government depends upon the Executive Branch keeping its word,” said Mark Rosenbaum, director of Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law Project. “In establishing DACA, the federal government created a clear and reasonable expectation among DACA recipients that they would be able to live and work in the United States without being subjected to arrest and deportation.  Bait and switch sullies the integrity of our nation’s core values. The unprecedented and unjustified detention of Daniel not only violates the solemn promises made to him and other DACA recipients, but also violates his rights under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”

 

DACA provides a reprieve from deportation and renewable work permits to eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children. Roughly 750,000 young people—known as DREAMers—have obtained DACA status, creating a pathway for these young people to enroll in college, legally secure jobs, pay taxes, and contribute to the economic competitiveness of our nation. In establishing and continually operating DACA, the federal government created a reasonable expectation of constitutionally-protected liberty and property interests for DACA recipients, including being able to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation, so long as they satisfy DACA’s requirements.

 

“In granting Daniel DACA status, the federal government has twice determined — after intensive scrutiny — that he presents no threat to national security or public safety,” said Theodore J. Boutrous, Global Co-Chair of the Litigation Group at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. “The DACA Executive Order remains on the books and is in full force. Daniel’s deferred action status entitles him to constitutional protections, and U.S. immigration agents may not arbitrarily deprive him or any other DACA recipient of these protections.”

 

“Our country made a promise to these young people that by coming forward and following the rules, those who have grown up with America as their home, would not be deported to a country that is unfamiliar to them,” said Luis Cortes, Managing Attorney at Barrera Legal Group. “The administration has indicated its willingness to find solutions that don’t renege on that promise. We recognize that DACA recipients are nevertheless anxious and concerned about their future, but it’s important to remember that the legal status of DACA recipients has not changed.”

 

As has been widely reported, the recent sweeps by U.S. immigration agents across at least a half-dozen states have netted some immigrants with no criminal records, a departure from previous enforcement actions. Daniel is the first known individual with current DACA status to be detained. He has lived in the United States since he was seven years old.

 

Daniel was not afforded notice of, or a hearing on, his arrest and detention, and there was no probable cause for his arrest. He has not committed any crime. Yet he remains in custody even after repeated attempts by counsel to alert the federal government to the illegal detention and secure Daniel’s release.

 

The Petitioner is represented by Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law firm in the nation, the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, which is handling the case pro bono, Washington immigration law firm Barrera Legal Group, Harvard Professor of Law Laurence Tribe, and Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law Erwin Chemerinsky.

 

 

Public Counsel is the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel strives to achieve three main goals: protect the legal rights of disadvantaged children; represent immigrants who have been the victims of torture, persecution, domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes; and foster economic justice by providing individuals and institutions in underserved communities with access to quality legal representation. Through a pro bono model that leverages the talents and dedication of thousands of attorney and law student volunteers, along with an in-house staff of more than 75 attorneys and social workers, Public Counsel annually assists more than 30,000 families, children, immigrants, veterans, and nonprofit organizations and addresses systemic poverty and civil rights issues through impact litigation and policy advocacy. For more information, visit www.publiccounsel.org.

 

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a leading international law firm.  Consistently ranking among the world’s top law firms in industry surveys and major publications, Gibson Dunn is distinctively positioned in today’s global marketplace with more than 1,200 lawyers and 20 offices, including Beijing, Brussels, Century City, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo, Singapore, and Washington, D.C.  For more information on Gibson Dunn, please visit our Web site.

 

Barrera Legal Group focuses on complex immigration issues ranging from family reunification, removal defense and unlawful detention. Barrera legal has represented clients all of over the US and and in several different countries and maintains committed to represent the immigrant community.

 

ORDENES EJECUTIVAS DEL PRESIDENTE

Hoy El Presidente firmo nuevas órdenes ejecutivas ordenan la construcción del muro en la frontera de Estados Unidos y México; la suspensión de visas y casos de refugiados de ciertos países de la región de África y del medio oriente, y ordena la ampliación de las prioridades de deportación para incluir a personas que hayan sido acusadas de un crimen sin condena.  Puede ver la noticia en aquí.

 

Esto es un momento muy miedoso y preocupante para todos de nuestra comunidad latina. Las oficinas de Barrera Legal y muchas oficinas de inmigración estamos obteniendo aclaración del gobierno sobre estas nuevas órdenes. Por ahora, aunque suene obvio, todos que sean indocumentados deben de hacer todo lo posible para evitar contacto con la policía. No es huir de la policía, pero no ponerse en una situación donde puede estar cometiendo un delito o ser arrestado por un delito. Por ahora, si es detenido por la policía o agentes de inmigración, no debe contestar preguntas ni firmar nada sin antes hablar con un abogado de inmigración. Estas órdenes afectan quien puede estar expuesto hacer detenidos por agentes de inmigración. Hasta ahora lo que es la DACA o la Acción Diferida no ha cambiado, pero estén atentos si el Presidente anuncia algo al respecto. Lo que es importante entender es que las leyes de inmigración no han cambiado y todos los procesos y derechos siguen.

Es importante también que se pongan atentos a las noticias por si de pronto hay más cambios o más ordenes ejecutivas. También, si están nerviosos o no entienden lo que está pasando, acuden de un abogado de inmigración con experiencia para entender como estos cambios le pueden afectar. Es importante no desesperarse, pero más bien educarse y estar preparados. Estamos disponibles si necesitan más información o quiere aclarar su caso.