Primer on President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

1. What is Pres. Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration?
Due to tremendous pressure from community and supporters of genuine immigration reform in the U.S., ) on November 20, 2014, Pres. Obama extended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and expanded it to cover undocumented parents of Legal Permanent Residents/”Green Card Holders” and Citizens called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA

For DACA, age limits were taken out. Now, those over 30 years old can apply. It also extended the cut off entry date to January 1, 2010. Also, the period for which DACA and the accompanying employment authorization is granted will be extended to 3 years instead of 2 years. This is a temporary immigration relief and does not provide a path to citizenship.

2. How do I qualify?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • Entered the U.S. without inspection, or your lawful immigration status have expired before November 20, 2014.
  • Came to the U.S. before your 16 years old
  • Present in the United States on November 20, 2014
  • Must be currently enrolled in school, have graduated from high school or gotten a certificate of high school completion or earned a GED
  • Must be at least 15 years old to file for DACA application
  • Have resided continuously in the U.S. since January 1, 2010
  • Have no convictions of a felony or significant misdemeanor, or 3 minor misdemeanors

Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

  •  A parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (“Green card holder”) born on or before November 20, 2014
  • Have lived in the U.S. since January 1, 2010
  • Present in the U.S. on November 20, 2014 and on the date you apply for deferred action
  • Have no lawful immigration status in the U.S. on November 20, 2014
  • Submit to, and pass security and criminal background check

3. What should I do to prepare?
We strongly urge everyone to take precaution against predatory individuals, services, and agencies with the intention to misinform or scam those looking to apply.

  • Start saving money for the application fee (it might be more than $465)
  • Gather proof of your identity: a passport from your home country, other type of government-issued ID, or a birth certificate with photo ID
  • Gather proof of your relationship to a citizen or LPR (greencard holder) such as birth certificates,  marriage certificates,  your spouse or child’s U.S. passport or naturalization certificate, your spouse or child’s green card
  • Gather proof of how long you’ve been in the U.S. such as school records, medical or hospital records, letters, bills (electricity, phone, gas, etc.) rent payment receipts passport with admission stamp copies of money order receipts  bank transactions
  • Gather your criminal records: Arrest records, Court dispositions, FBI criminal background checks, any expungement records, proof of rehabilitation (completion of DUI and other classes)
  • If you have a criminal conviction, check with an attorney to see if you can expunge, vacate, or modify this conviction.
  • If you have a prior deportation or removal order, check with an attorney or BIA-accredited representative.

4. What should I do if I don’t qualify?
We recognize that Pres. Obama’s executive order falls short of our demand for a genuine and humane immigration reform that values family reunification. As Filipinos, we must come together, organize and advocate. We need to add our voices in shaping the immigration system of the United States. Join the Filipino Immigrant and Workers Organizing Project now.

Filipino Immigrants & Workers Organizing Project hosts forum at St. Peter’s on President Obama’s Executive Order

By Jeannette Josue/Hudson County View

President Obama extended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and expanded it to cover undocumented parents of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).

The new executive order impacts the undocumented immigrants in a way which finally gives them access to life’s liberties.

The forum was led by Attorney Cristina Godinez, who works out of the Migrant Center of St. Francis Assisi of New York City. “The idea was to get out the most reliable and important information for the most vulnerable section of the immigrant community. And that would be the undocumented” she said.

Nina Macapinlac, of ANAKBAYAN NEW JERSEY, was one of the five speakers that sat on the panel during the forum held at Pope Lecture Hall at St. Peter’s University.

The panelists also included Anne Beryl Corotan-Naguit of NAFCON-USA, Catalina Adorno of CHOFORITOS UNITED, Chia Chia Wang of AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE and Attorney Godinez.

“The presence of these organizations are really crucial in protecting the rights of the community and to continue to fight for the full realization of people’s rights here” stated Macapinlac.

In a crowded room sat Rolando Lavarro, the Jersey City Council President. Like the rest, he too wanted to learn more about the changes in DACA and DAPA and to “see if the city can be supportive in some way so that the new executive action can be realized in Jersey City.”

Want to host an informational forum on Pres. Obama’s Executive Order in your school, organization, church? Contact us at FilipinoIWOproject@gmail.com

Sat. 12/6: Our First of the Immigration Update Series!

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The Filipino Immigrants and Workers Organizing Project & the Center for Undocumented Students of Saint Peter’s University cordially invites you to Immigration Update: a community forum on the President Obama’s new Executive Order regarding the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Program (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents (DAP).

This community forum aims to break down President Obama’s new executive order to the broader community. It also aims to bring existing resources where the community can get help to avoid falling prey to “notarios”.

What: Community Forum on Obama’s New Executive Order
Where: Pope Lecture Hall, Saint Peter’s University, 2641 John F Kennedy Blvd (St. Peter’s College), Jersey City, NJ 07306
When: December 6, Saturday
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/355963127861619/

The presentation on the executive order will be provided by Atty. Cristina Godinez, long time immigrant rights advocate from the Filipino community. There will also be a panel discussion on the said topic comprised of immigrant rights advocates, Dreamers and community leaders.

Sponsoring Organizations:
Action 21, Anakbayan New Jersey, American Friends Service Committee, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and We Are One New Jersey

For more information, please contact us at FilipinoIWOproject@gmail.com
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(In Filipino)

Ang Filipino Immigrants and Workers Organizing Project & at ang Center for Undocumented Students of Saint Peter’s University ay malugod na iniimbitahan kayo sa Immigration Update: isang forum tungkol bagong Executive Order ni Presidente Obama hinggingil sa pagpapalawak ng Deferred Action for Childhood Program (DACA) at ng Deferred Action for Parents (DAP).

Ang community forum na ito ay naglalayong ipaliwanag ang bagong Executive Order ni President Obama sa mas malawak na komunidad. Layon din nito na ipaalam ang mga rekurso/tulong na mayroon sa ating komunidad para maiwasan natin ang mga nais magsamantala sa ating mga kababayan.

What: Community Forum on Obama’s New Executive Order
Where: Pope Lecture Hall, Saint Peter’s University, 2641 John F Kennedy Blvd (St. Peter’s College), Jersey City, NJ 07306
When: December 6, Saturday
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Ang presentasyon tungkol sa executive order ay ibibigay ni Atty. Cristina Godinez, isang advocate ng karapatan ng mga immigrante sa Filipino community. Mayroon din na panel discussion tungkol sa paksa na kabibilangan ng mga advocate para sa karapatan ng immigrante, Dreamers at iba pang lider sa komunidad.

Mga isponsor na organisasyon:
Action 21, Anakbayan New Jersey, American Friends Service Committee, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and We Are One New Jersey

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, kontakin lang kami sa FilipinoIWOproject@gmail.com

About us

We seek to educate, organize and mobilize the low-income and working-class Filipino families in Northeast New Jersey. The Project works in partnership with a number of organizations and local agencies to address the urgent issues faced by the Filipino community. We hope to build our members’ capacity through education, research, advocacy, campaigning, networking, and community organizing.  Join us by visiting www.filipinoimmigrantsworkers.wordpress.com or emailing usfilipinoiwoproject@gmail.com