Honorable Juvenile Court Judge Sheila D.J. Calloway was our special guest in one of our Spanish Radio Broadcasts. Here is a clip of the Judge answering an important question: “Will they check my immigration status at Juvenile Court?”
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The city of Baltimore has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration because of the changes the State Department made in which immigrants who use state benefits could not qualify for adjustment of their immigration status.
Baltimore officials say that this Trump policy is causing several city residents to avoid applying for benefits, such as food stamps and Medicaid, for fear that it will make it difficult for relatives to obtain visas to visit the United States. Mayor Catherine Pugh said “Baltimore is a welcoming city, known for embracing the immigrant community and also benefiting from its many contributions.” “This Trump administration’s effort to create additional obstacles for those seeking to live in Baltimore is an affront to the ideals and principles on which this Nation was founded ”
The statement says the change to immigrants violates federal laws governing administrative agencies, including the guarantee of equal protection.
We will be tracking this news as there are updates.
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Federal judge denies Texas’ request to end the program.
A few days ago, we commented about the instability DACA has represented for The Dreamers: One day there’s news about judges like John D. Bates, demanding answers from the administration in relation to the unjustified and abrupt cancellation of the program (or else would order to rehabilitate the program’s capacity to accept new applications) and on the other hand we hear states like Texas requesting to cancel the program, claiming it is unconstitutional.
In the middle of this mess we find the young people who were brought to the country by their parents, and who see America as their home Even though DACA does not provide the Dreamers with an immigration adjustment to become citizens, it does give them a work permit, an opportunity to study and live a somewhat normal life…if you want to include the constant uncertainty of whether you will wake up here or in an unknown land as “normal” It is a complicated situation for the estimated 689,800 people under the program and a clear solution is not in the forecast anytime soon.
This week, however, the Dreamers are celebrating the decision of Federal Judge Andrew Hanen, of not granting the State of Texas’s request of canceling DACA as they claim the program is unconstitutional. Let’s keep in mind that Hanen had a history with DACA, as he cancelled DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) therefore, this decision was somewhat a surprise for all the young people under the program.
This subject will continue to make headlines indefinitely, hence Sean Lewis’ constant recommendation to the Dreamers to seek another path to their immigration status as soon as possible. Visit AILA.org for a list of immigration attorneys in your area who may assist you in finding all the options you may have if you are under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)