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DACA: A positive impact on community, economy
When María Pacheco lived in México as a young girl, she only saw her father once a year during vacations from his job at a nursery in Northeast Ohio. During the years of separation, María’s dream was to have her family together again. Fourteen years ago, that dream seemed to be coming true when Ma....
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Welcoming, integrating immigrants and refugees
Immigrants and refugees have come to our shores in search of opportunity and freedom since before the founding of our nation. The process of integrating into a new land – to achieve self-sufficiency, political and civic involvement, and social inclusion – can be difficult but the rewards can be im....
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 DACA helping immigrant youth realize her dream

DACA helping immigrant youth realize her dream
Though María García has lived in the United States for 20 years, it is only during the past couple that the pursuit of the American dream seemed within reach. In 1995, María’s mother fled México to escape an abusive and alcoholic husband. She brought the three youngest of her seven children to De....

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Helping DACA recipients to avoid tax scams
A new scam targeting immigrants has gotten the attention of Uncle Sam. Health advocates are concerned that tax preparers have been misinforming, and some even outright scamming, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries by making them pay a penalty for not having health insuranc....
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Truth or consequences for ICE Director Sarah Saldaña
Last week the new director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Sarah R. Saldaña, made two things clear: she needs a refresher course on Constitutional Law and she needs to reread the immigration enforcement priority memorandum written by her boss, Department of Homeland Security (DH....
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An American dream deferred
One of the most important lessons I learned growing up was that if I played by the rules and worked hard, I could accomplish anything. This was — and still is — an American value taught to all children who grow up in this country and attend our public education system. But what happens when some....
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Understand human cost of saying no to reform
This year began with the convening of a new Congress. Republicans had campaigned for, and won, a majority in both houses and promised to take the country in a new direction. Their leadership vowed a more productive approach to governing that wouldn’t scare the American people by shutting down the ....
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$50.3 billion dollars to deport DREAMers?
The House of Representatives passed a funding bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, at the end of January that if enacted, would end the immigration directives announced by President Barack Obama on November 20, 2014. Ending executive action would place 5 million people—the ma....
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DAPA eligible immigrants will not be deported
Since Judge Hanen issued his controversial midnight order blocking President Obama's executive actions on immigration there has been a lot of speculation about what will happen next. Will the Court of Appeals quickly reverse the ruling? How long will it take for the case to wind its way through th....
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Immigration: It’s time to put politics aside By President Barack Obama
Our immigration system has been broken for decades. Our country deeply values fairness, but our immigration system has become unfair to businesses, workers and families alike. That’s something I’ve been trying to change as president. We have focused on securing our borders, and today the resourc....
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Eligible immigrants aren’t seeking relief
When I worked as a community organizer in New México, I once overheard several women talking about a 2012 executive action on immigration. Known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the order made young, undocumented adults eligible for work permits and temporary relief from deportat....
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DOJ will appeal temporary injunction
I strongly disagree with Judge Hanen’s decision to temporarily enjoin implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Department of Justice will appeal that temporary injunction; in the....
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Circuit Court Judge rules against family unity
U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, who has previously expressed anti-immigrant views, issued a preliminary injunction this week that temporarily blocks the implementation process of the new immigrant deferred action programs. The ruling places a preliminary hold on the ....
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El Salvador's plan must start with youth
Media in the Central American country of El Salvador reported recently that dozens of families in the rural community of El Llano abandoned their homes after gang members (locally known as maras) threatened that they were going to “wipe out the community” in retribution for sheltering members of a....
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Understanding the Executive Order on immigration
The Mexican Cultural Center (MCC) and Joseph Law Firm, P.C. will be hosting a series of presentation and discussion meetings during the month of February and March to discuss President Obama’s Executive Order. The presentation and discussion will be held in English and Spanish at the Mexican Cultu....
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