Immigrant Heritage Month is finally here and there’s a number of ways YOU can get involved. First RSVP for our mid-month celebration in Aurora, Colorado and join FWD.us in lifting up our Immigrant Heritage.

Next, to kick off this year’s month-long celebration today, FWD.us is releasing a new #IStandWithImmigrants celebrity video across social media via the IAmAnImmigrant.com Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Click here to view and share the video on Facebook!

Then check out the newly revamped iamanimmigrant.com, which showcases community service events supporting immigrants in 34 (and counting!) states across the country, an addition to the Immigrant Heritage Month tradition that will bring communities together in support of immigrants.

But Wait, on June 1st, Snapchat is curating a nationwide story called — you guessed it — I Am An Immigrant, and there are several Immigrant Heritage Month filters on Snapchat. Add your own snap to the story by 4pm ET for the chance to be featured!

FWD.us is excited about the many ways our partners and their communities can support this year’s Immigrant Heritage Month. Please join us on social media today. Share. Like. Snap. Gram. Tweet. Celebrate. 

InmigranteInformado.com Launches With New Spanish-language Website, “Know Your Rights” Video

At a time of uncertainty, new resource hub aims to equip Spanish-speaking immigrants with crucial information about their rights

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Informed Immigrant launched a new Spanish-language website and “Know Your Rights” training video to help Spanish-speaking immigrants and their families more readily access knowledge and resources related to immigration. The new www.INMIGRANTEINFORMADO.com website features three categories of vital information: 1) FAQs related to the administration’s recent executive order on immigration; 2) “Know Your Rights” resources for immigrants and allies, including a list of over 1,000 service provider organizations for immigrants in all 50 states; and 3) Information on legal support, employment, DACA, and other issue areas.

 

Also launched today on www.INMIGRANTEINFORMADO.com is a new “Know Your Rights” & Family Preparedness Plan training video, in Spanish, to help immigrants learn how to prepare themselves and their families in case of separation. At a time of great uncertainty for immigrants in America, Informed Immigrant’s training video aims to empower community members to learn their rights both inside and outside of the home. Empowering people with information and concrete next steps can help lower fear and build supportive communities. Both of these resources are also available in English at Informed Immigrant (www.informedimmigrant.com)

 

In partnership with a number of organizations such as FWD.us, NILC, America’s Voice, and TheDream.us, www.INMIGRANTEINFORMADO.com  includes FAQs vetted by immigration attorneys, information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), legal service provider search tools, “Know Your Rights” materials, community organizing toolkits, family preparedness plans, and a list of local immigrant-serving organizations in all 50 states. Informed Immigrant also includes an offline Ambassadors program to bring Informed Immigrant resources to community members who may lack Internet access or fluency.

 

“We are proud to be a part of the coalition to build this resource.  It is inspiring to see so many people coming together to assist our communities. We hope that InmigranteInformado.com can provide families, service providers and allies with critical and empowering information needed in this moment.” —Katie Aragón, Grassroots Communications Manager, FWD.us

 

“As an entrepreneur, a mother and a formerly undocumented leader, I am excited to utilize the InmigranteInformado.com resources to prepare my community and build partnerships with non-traditional allies like health clinics, who can pass on these resources to their clients. For my own family, feeling ready to face any scenario has made the difference between crippling fear and a more regulated awareness. I hope others will find this resource helpful as well.” —Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, Informed Immigrant Ambassador and Founder, Dreamer’s Roadmap

 

“Now, more than ever, we need to be able to provide accurate and real-time information to immigrant communities so they feel informed, prepared and, most of all, assured that their communities and others around the country have their backs and want to protect them. When our federal government is willing to hurt our vibrant immigrant communities, we need to show there are ways to fight back with information, and that immigrants are not alone.” —Avideh Moussavian, Senior Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center

 

“Schoolchildren practice fire drills in schools every year, even though fires at schools are rare. Likewise, although DHS does not have the workforce and money to conduct raids in every immigrant’s home, every immigrant should be prepared to assert their rights in case they come in contact with law enforcement or immigration officers. Like fire drills, one’s rights should be learned, practiced and rehearsed.” —Gaby Pacheco, Program Director, TheDream.us

 

“Right now, millions of immigrants go to bed at night fearing that the next day they may be separated from their friends, family, and the country that they call home. By staying informed, and ensuring families know their rights, we can provide immigrants with the tools they need to protect themselves and their loved ones. Resources like the Informed Immigrant video series will play a crucial role in helping immigrant families plan for the future.” —Juan Escalante, Digital Organizer, America’s Voice Education Fund

As you prepare for your alternative break travel, we would like to inform you of escalating activities with ICE and CBP and DACA students. The immigration attorneys working with CSU’s Student Legal Services brought to our attention two DACA cases receiving national news coverage where the individuals have been detained and there has not been a clear, public explanation as to why.  The full extent of the changing activities of ICE and CBP are still unknown and we encourage all individuals to take great care and precaution when traveling.

 

Current advice includes:

  • Carry DACA paperwork/documents with you at all times
  • Have a local immigration attorney’s phone number with you at all times
  • Avoid any scenario where law enforcement or ICE could get involved
  • Cliniclegal.org has good “Know Your Rights” information that you should print and carry with you
  • ilrc.org (search Red Card) also discusses “Know Your Rights” and has a card  you may print and carry
  • Cristina Steele-Kaplan, an immigration attorney who can help CSU students, will be available to speak to individuals on Friday morning.  Please email her directly at cristina@steelekaplanlaw.com

 

Your safety is of utmost importance to us. If you determine that you will not continue with your planned travel or if you have concerns about your planned travel, please contact us immediately.

Standing for “Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow” the 2013 ASSET Bill (Senate Bill 13-033) allows students without lawful status in Colorado who meet specific qualifications to receive in-state tuition.

To qualify students must:

  • Have attended a public or private high school in Colorado for at least three years immediately preceding graduation.
  • Have been admitted to or already attend a public college or university in Colorado within 12 months of graduating or completing a GED.
  • Have been physically present in Colorado on a continuous basis for at least 18 months prior to enrolling

View this flow chart to check if you qualify for Colorado ASSET in-state tuition. ¿Es UD. Elegible?

 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal policy operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department. The ASSET Bill is a Colorado State Senate Bill which does not intersect with federal immigration laws. While both DACA and ASSET are public policies that affect undocumented youth, they have separate qualifications. A student who qualifies for DACA is not automatically qualified for ASSET and vice versa. Additionally, a student may qualify for both, neither, or one and not the other.

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