The NC Justice Center has put together some resources, fact sheets, links and events on the deferred action process for young immigrants, based on the information released by the Department of Homeland Security this past Wednesday, Aug. 15.
On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will not deport young people from the U.S. who meet certain requirements. Those who qualify will be given “deferred action” and will be eligible for work authorization.
Who is eligible?
An individual must prove they meet the following criteria:
came to the United States under the age of 16;
has continuously resided in the United States for a least 5 years before June 15, 2012 and was present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a GED certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety; and
It’s difficult when these things happen and we learn from his friends that Page was “a very kind, very smart individual — loved his friends. One of those guys with a soft spot,” who had problems dealing with alcohol, was a loner, lost multiple jobs, and had his home in Fayetteville foreclosed on. And while that all paints him to be almost a sympathetic figure, a lot of people, including myself, are really just filled with frustration and anger both towards him and for him. Why would he see taking lives of others as a solution to any of his problems (if that was what it was)? And why do we perpetuate a racist and xenophobic society, one equally unkind to the socioeconomically distressed, that would drive him to such hateful actions?
And it’s in thinking about all these strong emotions that I find it amazing to see such a calm, peaceful, friendly, welcoming response from the Sikh community:
Partnering with local organizations such as the National Association of Asian American Professionals-RTP (NAAAP-RTP), Asian Pacific Americans for Progress-NC (APAP-NC), Blueprint NC, and the NC Justice Center, APIAVote seeks to encourage Asian Americans to become more active and engaged in the electoral process and democratic way of life, regardless of political affiliation.
The workshop seeks to provide a framework for civic engagement and effect tools for community organizers to build civic engagement programs in Asian American communities.
The training will be followed by a livestream of the APIAVote Presidential Town Hall broadcasted from George Mason University, where Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates are invited to speak to the AAPI community.
Does the thought of investigating the judicial system in NC excite you? Do you wake up in the morning wanting to ensure a just and transparent court system through investigative reporting and related communications work?