Today, the Supreme Court could decide whether or not to take a DACA case this term.
We don't know what will happen, but since DACA will be in the news this week we want you to get to know some incredible DACA recipients. Meet Maria:
“I have lived in the United States for 20 years, since I was five years old. I was a Girl Scout in Troop 207. I was on my high school’s basketball team. I graduated from college with high honors — this is my home. And yet, every day I worry about my future, and my ability to stay here in the United States because I am a DACA recipient.
Today, the Supreme Court is considering whether or not to hear arguments concerning the DACA program. The program has provided so much stability to my life and the lives of 700,000 other DACA recipients through two-year renewable protections, but now our fate lies with the Court. They are determining the trajectory of our futures. What will they decide And how will it impact us
You learn to live with the uncertainty, but it never gets easier, the anxiety is always there. The infamous question of “What’s your five-year plan” is impossible to answer. As a DACA recipient, I can’t see beyond my expiration date. I can only plan my life in two-year increments.
I’d like to say I’m good at living in two year increments. I’m surrounded by an amazing community of family and friends, I make sure to go on my morning runs, continue to work towards my goals and dream, and live my life to the fullest — but I still struggle with this uncertain reality. My hope is that the DACA program is kept alive and untouched until Congress finds a permanent legislative for Dreamers like me.
Regardless of any outcome today or in the future, I am committed to living my life authentically and will continue to fight for the futures of all Dreamers and the 11 million plus undocumented individuals who call this country their home, too." #ProtectDreamers
On Saturday I had the privilege of listening to a number of women share a stage and a message of unity. The first speech I heard came from a Native American woman from the Oglala Lakota Nation. The second, an African American Christian. Next, a White Jewish Trans woman. Then, a Sudanese Muslim American and so on as they each shared their individual, diverse stories. Each message sharing the same love and respect for all walks of life. So many people want to discount this march as simply a one topic, pro-abortion rally. What I experienced was a Celebration of Humanity in all its forms and of the Respect that each of us in our own experiences deserve.
#womensmarch #womensmarch2019 #womensrights #lgbtqrights #blacklivesmatter #indigenousrights #protectdreamers #religiousfreedom #impeachtrump
2017 Women’s March throwback - We decided a long time ago that we didn’t march for ourselves, but in solidarity with those who have been disenfranchised. Why are you marching
Benito immigrated to the U.S. when he was five years old, and grew up in the Salinas Valley, California. With the help of DACA and his parents, he was able to attend college. Benito is now an engineer at a tech company in San Francisco, but he regularly comes back to pass on advice and guidance to students in his hometown. If the DACA program were to end, Benito would lose his ability to work and support his family and community.
We're currently waiting to see if the Supreme Court will decide to take a case that could end DACA this spring. We don't know what will happen, but Benito, along with 700,000 DACA recipients, have lived in a constant state of uncertainty since the Trump Administration announced their decision to end DACA in September of 2017.
For now, the fate of DACA recipients seems to hang on either congressional action, or a judicial decision. Let’s stand up for Dreamers like Benito and keep immigrant families together. Read and share his story at the link in bio. #ProtectDreamers
Today, there was no action from the Supreme Court on whether or not they will take a case that could end DACA this spring.
We don't know what will happen, but since DACA is sure to be in the news this week and next we want you to get to know some incredible DACA recipients. Meet Luis, one of the 700,000 DACA recipients in the United States.
"I think what people misunderstand about the issue of immigration is how much of an impact it has on their daily lives. It's very easy for some to turn their head and think it's just more the same old politics, but the truth is that immigrants are everywhere — we are your friends, your neighbors, your classmates. And all we are trying to do is construct a better future for ourselves and for this country. I am a Dreamer, which means that I currently depend on the DACA program to work, drive, and be protected from deportation. I currently find myself in a wait and see mode, because the Supreme Court is considering whether or not it will take up a case that could impact the DACA program. I hope that the court preserves DACA in the long run and sees that they do not need to take up a case that is nothing more than a political ploy designed to play politics with my life. If DACA is kept intact, then I will be able to use my degree in mathematics to encourage and empower other young people to seek opportunities to better themselves - regardless of where they may be in life. I didn't let my immigration status define me, and thanks to DACA, I am determined to ensure that other people can also have the change to pursue their dreams." #ProtectDreamers
COMMON QUESTIONS BEFORE MARRIAGE:
👉🏾 Do you want kids How many if yes
👉🏾 Where do we see ourselves living 5, 10, 20 years from now
👉🏾 Where should we go for our honeymoon
👉🏾 What are your personal goals & how can I support you on that journey
MIXED-STATUS COUPLES’ QUESTIONS BEFORE MARRIAGE:
👉🏾 Are you ok with marrying me even though there is a possibility one of us might be deported
👉🏾 Are you ok with being grilled for hours by a federal officer who wants to determine whether our marriage is “real”
👉🏾 How much will it cost to pay for our wedding, to move out, application fees, paperwork fees & lawyer fees
👉🏾 How can we prepare for a marriage interview to prove that our marriage is real
👉🏾 What happens if DACA is rescinded and the marriage paperwork hasn’t gone through yet
👉🏾 “Are you sure you want to marry someone who is a burden” -My husband back in 2016.
These were all questions we discussed before my husband and I got married. And I finally got to talk about the process more in depth with @kcmciftci for the @borderlessstoriespodcast (link in bio). I more or less said it in our conversation, but I’ll write it here again, I talk about my relationship and the process because I think people should be aware of how lengthy, difficult and expensive it is and that ya’ll HAVE NO IDEA unless they go through it. So I hope you can listen and put yourself in my shoes, my husband’s shoes and in people who have no real path to citizenship.
Also, a reminder that no human being is illegal.
America was Greater Before the Hater
Spread Peace Not Hate
- #sotu, #trumpshutdown, #dreamers, #goptaxscam, #neveragain, #daca, #netneutrality, #protectdreamers, #dreamactnow, #blackhistorymonth
Last year we told Esmeralda's story — a Dreamer with a young daughter and fiancé deployed in the military. This holiday season, they are still anxiously awaiting for Congress to take action and stand with Dreamers. Watch and share her story. #ProtectDreamers
Did you know that #DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals “Dreamers” are immigrants brought to the United States as children from other birth countries. To protect Dreamers from deportation, President Obama started the DACA program in 2012. Intentions to phase out the program were announced in 2017, affecting over 700,000 lives. Music allows their voices to be heard and can uniquely bring us all together as Americans. You can listen to some of these stories at www.dreamersjazz.us. #AmericanDreamers #DreamActNow #HereToStay #ProtectDreamers
Beyond humbled and thrilled that our "American Dreamers" album is nominated for 3 Grammy Awards. It has been a privilege to collaborate with these young American dreamers. Thank you to the recording academy for shining the light on how music can bring us together as Americans. I also want to thank my incredible big band, production & engineering team, all the immigration NGOs that helped, the Frost School at UMiami, our label BFM Jazz. I hope you can check out the music at www.dreamersjazz.us #AmericanDreamers #DACA #DreamAct #DreamActNow #HereToStay #ProtectDreamers #JohnDaversa