Keeping Families Together, Forums on DACA and DAPA

Bakersfield Forum on June 13

Bakersfield Forum on June 13

Partnering with dozens of community groups, SEIU 521 hosted a series of free resource forums on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and pending Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs in May and June. The programs could offer temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants so families can stay together in the United States. 

Mariela Melero of USCIS at Fresno Forum on June 13.

Mariela Melero of USCIS at Fresno Forum on June 13.

The forums in Salinas, Fresno, and Bakersfield drew in over 500 attendees, who received information from the Attorney General’s office on the DACA and DAPA application process, and the status of postponed DAPA and DACA+ programs. Volunteer attorneys and trained application pre-screeners gave consultations to individuals and families who were eligible to apply. All resources at the forum were provided for free.

Salinas Forum on May 31

Salinas Forum on May 31

The success of the free resource forums, and established partnerships with other unions and community groups assisting underserved immigrant communities, were a promising start to SEIU 521’s role in the continued path towards Comprehensive Immigration Reform– one of the most critical issues facing our communities, the labor movement, and the nation.

Want to get involved? Join the Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The mission of the committee is to help undocumented workers to come out of the shadows, to stop the theft of their wages, the abuse of their labor, and other degradation that they experience as a result of their lack of a legal immigration status. Our next meeting is on August 6, 2015.

– For more information on the committee:
http://www.seiu521.org/cir-launched
– Follow us on the path towards comprehensive immigration reform:
http://www.seiu521.org/immigration-reform

– For more information on the DACA and DAPA programs:
http://iamerica.org

Watch video highlights of the forums across California.
(Credit: Jaime Ballasteros)

 

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