DACA Dreamers rush to renew permits; a majority of Americans support their fight; ICE raids continue
In Los Angeles, the lines to renew DACA permits are getting longer as the Oct. 5 deadline approaches, according to CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles, which has been helping about 40 immigrants a day renew their permits for free. The usual processing cost is $495. The Trump Administration announced on Sept....
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 29, 2017
What’s next for Dreamers? 7 things to know if you’re a DACA recipient
The day Dreamers have feared became a reality on Tuesday when the Trump Administration decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Starting this week, DACA recipients, known as Dreamers, will lose their protections when their permits expire unless Congress acts before the program ends in March. What does the end of DACA mean for Dreamers?...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 7, 2017
LAUSD board President Ref Rodriguez on DACA and his parents’ sacrifices for his education: ‘I’m someone’s dream deferred, so I could have something better’
For this school board president, the end of DACA is personal. Ref Rodriguez’s dad has only a third-grade education, and his mom left school at sixth grade. They were migrant workers in Mexico who came to the United States to offer their children a better future through education. So Tuesday’s announcement that the Trump Administration...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 6, 2017
LA Dreamers: ‘They may have cut our wings, but we will find a way to keep flying’
Los Angeles “Dreamers,” faith leaders, educators, elected officials, and community leaders reacted with outrage to the Trump administration’s announcement ending DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. There were tears among the dozens gathered at the Edward Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles right after Tuesday’s announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 5, 2017
Los Angeles educators and leaders speak with one voice in support of DACA students
Educators and local leaders in Los Angeles came out fast and strong against Tuesday’s announcement ending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and in support of the hundreds of thousands of students it has protected. Many worry about the effect on the families and children in schools. Here is a collection of statements with links...
By Mike Szymanski | September 5, 2017
‘Erasing their lives’: Education advocates slam Trump’s decision to end DACA
The education world was quick and unsparing in its criticism of President Trump’s decision Tuesday to phase out protections for nearly 800,000 undocumented young people through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, more commonly known as DACA. In a press conference Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Trump administration was rescinding DACA because the “open-ended...
By Carolyn Phenicie | September 5, 2017
LAUSD leaders decry Trump Administration decision to end DACA’s protections for immigrant children
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday morning that protections for young immigrants under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) will end in six months unless Congress acts before then. The Obama-era executive order has protected nearly 800,000 children since 2012 who were brought to the U.S. from deportation and allowed them to work legally in the U.S. LA Unified...
By Sarah Favot | September 5, 2017
‘Do not be afraid to take your children to school,’ says Los Angeles father who was spared deportation
At the end of six months in detention where he was one step away from deportation, the father arrested by ICE agents outside his daughter’s school celebrated his freedom Friday and urged immigrant parents to fight fear and keep taking their children to school. “We are here to give our children an education and we...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 1, 2017
JUST IN: Father who was arrested by ICE agents outside daughter’s LA charter school is freed
*UPDATED An immigration judge on Wednesday approved the release of Rómulo Avélica-González, who posted a $6,000 bond and was reunited with his family after he left an Adelanto detention facility. Avélica-González’s case drew national attention after he was arrested while dropping off his 12-year-old daughter, Yuleni, at Los Angeles public charter school. Another daughter, Fátima,...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 30, 2017
How Trump’s immigration crackdown is traumatizing students across the U.S. — including many born here
This is the third article in a series produced in collaboration with The Guardian examining the climate affecting immigrant school children and their parents as the new school year begins. See a version of this article at TheGuardian.com. Gathered around a camera in their family’s kitchen, the four Duarte children pleaded for help. When their undocumented...
By Mark Keierleber | August 25, 2017