Driver's license bill for eligible undocumented immigrants passes in California

If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, deferred action participants would qualify for a state driver’s license.


Deferred action-eligible immigrants in Calif. might soon be qualify for a driver’s license through a bill that legislators passed and have sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval.

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Immigrant Families Will Finally Get Their Day In the Supreme Court.
Here's what happens next.

Please read this if you have DACA or know someone who has DACA. It looks like the supreme court will NOT be reviewing DACA rather the DACA extension and DAPA. 

This could be potentially really great for families! 

So please don’t panic like I did (I was a mess for 5 minutes at a movie theater omg)

If you’ve been anywhere on the Internet in the last approximately forever, you might get the impression that a whole lot of people aren’t especially fond of undocumented immigrants. That rubs me the wrong way because while I am here legally, it’s only technically. DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an immigration initiative that allows immigrants who entered before their 16th birthdays a two-year work permit they can renew, as well as immunity against deportation. It has saved my ass. That being said, whether you know of DACA from your local news channel or your racist Uncle Jed at family reunions, here is a quick look inside from one of those dirty, sexy illegals.

5 Weird Realities Of Growing Up With ‘Illegal’ Parents

Yes, I am an immigrant. Yes, I was illegal. No, not by choice, by circumstances. My parents are not to blame, they’ve worked their asses off for years trying to provide me with a better future, but all we’ve gotten back is a big kick in the ass. All three of us have worked for americans who mistreated us and underpaid us for years without complaining, dealing with their bullshit for so long and still managing to do what we had to do better than so many others.

Guess what. My DACA application was approved back in February but I still cannot go to school. Why? Because it is fucking expensive and I cannot get financial aid and it is required for me to pay out of state fees in college ($350-$400 per credit) and now republicans are trying to shut down the DREAM act?

Fuck everyone! I am so sick and tired of being told I cannot study just because I do not own a green card. I am a 21 year frustrated young woman who really wants to study and become someone in this world and is willing to work her ass off to get where she wants, but I keep being shut down and pushed and walked on by everyone else. I cannot take it anymore.
Stop the Deportation of the Lee and Rahayuningsih Families!

The Lee and Rahayuningsih families are facing deportation despite being low priority cases. Both families have children who qualify for Deferred Action and have loved ones with severe health issues.  Urge ICE to grant prosecutorial discretion and prevent separating more families!

This June, the Obama Administration granted undocumented youth with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which offers relief from deportation for up to two years.  The Lee and Rahayuningsih Family have children who are eligible for deferred action and are considered low priority cases.  These families should not be separated from young people who have just been granted relief.

Alex Lee and his family arrived in the US over fifteen years ago to flee persecution in Brazil. Alex was diagnosed with brain cancer last year causing blindness and limited mobility. Although he is eligible for deferred action to stay, he is unable to live independently.

“My son is unable to live on his own. We have no other family here or in Brazil. What use is his right to stay, if his caretakers are deported? ” says his mother Boi See Lee Choi.

Putri Dyannie’s family faces the same circumstances after arriving with her parents from Indonesia at age eleven.  Putri remembers little about Indonesia and her parents are her only family. She was granted deferred action and will transfer to a four-year university next year.  Her father is also being treated for cancer.

“My parents are my foundation. They are not less deserving than me. They work tirelessly to put me through college and without them. It pains me to think that they won’t be here to see me cross the stage on graduation day or witness me grow.”

The Lees and Rahayuningsihs have established their lives in the United States for over a decade. The family members could be separated indefinitely if ICE does not take action.

These deportations can be stopped. Sign the petition to tell ICE that these families matter and that they can do the right thing by granting prosecutorial discretion for families of youth with deferred action.

Call John Morton, Director of ICE -  202.732.3000 and

ICE’s Office of the Public Advocate 1.888.351.4024

Sample Script

“I am calling you to grant prosecutorial discretion for the Lee Family (lead A# 099-340-565) and Rahayuningsih Family (lead A#099-779-854).

Both the Lee and Rahayuningsih Families have been in the United States for over a decade. Their children were raised here and qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  Both families have a loved one with a severe health issue and cannot be separated.  These are low priority cases and should be dismissed.  Don’t separate families and grant prosecutorial discretion.”

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I am CRYING. I got approved, I never thought this would be possible. I got approved.

After 15 years of living in this country I call MY HOME, I can come out of the shadows. I have a CHANCE guys a chance.

This is a HUGE deal to me. MY GOD I can FINALLY have a drivers license, go to school get a legitimate job.

I am so happy, the big burden that was on my back has lifted, the anxiety, stress and fear is slowly fading away.

My Happiness cannot be contained, my tears are freely flowing now. This might just be one of the HAPPIEST days of my life.


It’s amazing how painful it is to wait for something I never had, for something that will give me a sense of belonging yet it will not define who I am.

Being undocumented has never hit me as hard as now because all my life I have had obstacles but somehow I’ve overcome them. Now that this so called permit is out I feel like I need it in order to keep accomplishing my dreams when in reality I have been doing great without it. 

Is it really just a card that I need to feel like I belong in a place I have had called home almost all my life?

It’s just an unexplainable feeling that only those in the same situation would know. I really do try to forget as if it never happened and when it comes it will be a surprise but its hard because with that card I can finally prove to those that have pushed me down that I am more than capable of accomplishing things just like them. I feel like I can finally feel equal to them when I really don’t need to. 

Patience is just something that I have lost throughout my life, but hope is something I will hold on to just a bit more. :)

First deferred action applications approved ahead of schedule

The first wave of approvals comes much earlier than expected, and well before the November election. 


The U.S. government has approved some of the first cases of undocumented young people looking to stay in the United States through President Obama’s deferred action program. 

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An article from one of my favorite immigration reporters, Dara Lind: Here’s why you shouldn’t call Obama’s executive action “legalization” - Vox.

In particular, I’d note her remarks about how using the wrong terms to describe the new policies can encourage fraud by so-called “notarios,” non-lawyers who offer “legal” assistance.

“Deferred action” isn’t as appealing a hook for notarios — and furthermore, an immigrant who knows what she applied for isn’t at risk of accidentally committing fraud on a legal document later. But the more people talk about a new “legalization” program, the easier it is for notarios to tell immigrants they can get legal for only a few hundred (or thousand) dollars.

The Dream Act Policy. Whose Dream?

OK I just need to vent.

We’re getting ready to start doing Dream Act cases here.  Which means that I’m getting ready to start doing them, since I’m the only person in this office who will do immigration work.   I’m sitting here going through all of the forms that came out yesterday and re-reading the instructions, and making lists, and the 70 year old bookkeeper comes out and sticks her nose over my desk. And she has the nerve to tell me that THINGS ARE JUST TOO EASY FOR THESE PEOPLE.  That “these people,” essentially people who were brought here as children by family members and most likely had no say in the fact that they were crossing the border without inspection, should not be receiving any kind of relief whatsoever. 

Let’s back up a little bit.  

The new Dream Act policy, as it’s being called, is a form of prosecutorial discretion or deferred action.  That means that it is not a law, and even if applicants meet all of the requirements of the application, the USCIS may still decide not to approve their application—in which case, all of their information will be in the USCIS system. 

This policy is bullshit.  It charges these people over $400 to apply for the possibility of “deferred action,” the only benefit of which is a 2-year employment authorization, all of which can be REVOKED AT ANY TIME, WITHOUT NOTICE.  Like, for example, if Mitt Romney is elected president and decided he doesn’t like it.  Or any other such shenanigans. 

These are people who have gone to school here or served in the military here, who have most likely grown up here, who speak English, and who may not even remember what it is like to live in another country.  These are people who can make real, tangible contributions to our economy, society, and communities.  These are people who are immersed in American culture and have citizen friends, families, spouses, children.  So can someone please explain to me why they don’t deserve to be certain about their status?  Why they don’t deserve to have a way to obtain lawful status?  Why should they be jumping for joy about this fucking joke of a policy?  I’m glad that there is work authorization in this for people because it will make it easier for them to get legitimate jobs with fairer pay.  But I’m wary of any kind of application that explicitly states that even if you meet all of the requirements, your application can still be denied, JUST BECAUSE.  Especially when said application comes with a $400+ price tag. 

I’m really angry that the government is acting like they are giving people this huge GIFT, this huge WAY IN, when that is not what they’re giving at all.  These people will not be granted lawful status or any of the rights that come with that.  They cannot use this policy as a step toward gaining lawful status.  It’s a temporary fix which will legally allow illegal immigrants to work here and pay taxes to the government.  But they still don’t get any of the benefits that should come with that, like social security, or Medicaid, or state assistance, if and when they need it.  They are still ineligible for most tax credits, but are required to pay taxes.  They can still be taken into ICE custody and deported at any time, just for being present in the United States.  This policy offers them zero protection.  And from what I’ve seen of Obama’s “discretionary relief” policy in practice (which claims to require the Immigration Court to “exercise its discretion” when removing illegal immigrants who have citizen spouses and children and minor or no criminal record), I’m not very optimistic about this second discretionary policy.  Because you know how many times the Immigration Court has exercised its discretion on a case that meets the Obama policy requirements in the year that I’ve worked here?  ZERO.  And we have had more than a few that were great candidates.

Not only did the bookkeeper tell me she thought the government was making it too easy for these people, but she went on to say it was ridiculous that children born here of illegal parent(s) automatically received citizenship.

BACK THE FUCK UP BITCH.  So newborn babies, BORN IN THE UNITED STATES, should not have status if their parents don’t have status?  We should deport them to a country they were not born in, and have never seen, just because.

I can’t even dignify that shit with a response.  Those are my kids you’re talking about lady.  My kids, innocent of any crime, who had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that their father entered this country illegally.  Needless to say, when she said that, I had to shut up and look at my keyboard before I flipped the fuck out. 


I know everybody is excited for tomorrow but I have an advice for some of you. TAKE YOUR TIME. I say that because there is only one chance with this application. If you get rejected, you are done. There is no appeal process and you can’t get them to reopen/reconsider your case (reapply) if you get rejected. I would much rather take my time and make sure everything on my application is 100% correct

 than rush to apply and make a mistake and get rejected. You can still apply next week or next month and there is no due date or deadline for the application. Talk to a lawyer if you have been trouble with the law or police before in the past, go get your background check if you’ve been in trouble before. Go get your passports and birth certificates and get it translated and go get all your necessary evidence. And to answer some common questions, no you will not be able to join the military or apply for FAFSA even if your Deferred Action is accepted. Good luck to everybody. - J. Kim
Why did immigration officials release a group of undocumented activists arrested outside the DNC?

Despite the threat of deportation, Julio Sánchez protested in Charlotte on Tuesday.


After police arrested ten undocumented activists protesting outside the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, those arrested were turned over to federal immigration authorities.

Hours later, however, the activists were released from custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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These past days I thought it was just a dream, until now that I have it in my hands! Cheers to all those fucken crying & desperate nights when I was giving up in hope. May 6, 2013 changed my life and now you will only see me progress in life & have fun! I can finally get my ID, DL, travel and buy a car. I can’t believe this little plastic can have such a huge impact in my life.

Undocumented Koreans Turn Out for Deferred Action

More than 400 undocumented Koreans gathered at a Korean church in Los Angeles over the weekend to fill out applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, reports the Korea Times.

Organizers of the event – the Korea Times, the Korean Resource Center and the Korean American Bar Association in Los Angeles – provided applicants with the necessary paperwork, including Employment Authorization (I-765) forms, along with one-on-one consultations with Korean-speaking attorneys.

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