On the 4th anniversary of DACA.

DREAMers and allies will be celebrating the fourth year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action, a program that in a few short years has dramatically reframed the immigration debate and the presidential election in 2016.

The 2014 presidential announcement to expand DACA and the creation of DAPA filled our community with hopes for a path out of the shadows and into prosperity without fear for our familias. As we know the 2012 DACA opened up career paths, educational opportunities, and a path for social mobility for more than 664,000 people across the nation. In Minnesota, the numbers are above 5000 with more youth becoming eligible as they reach their 15th birthday.

While the success of the program is undeniable, it would be lying to you to say that with a High School Diploma and a DACA approval we/you are all set. And in the land of the most serious racial disparities, that is far from the truth. It is also necessary to bring investment to equitable funding and accessibility to title IX for undocumented students as well as eligibility to medical insurance.  For mixed status families, the complexities also get real as we know more than half of our undocumented comunidad will remain in limbo, deportable and going more into the shadows as we’ve seen the deportation machine will not stop anytime soon. Additionally, systemic racism in the form of the education disparities, wage gaps, and lack of opportunity for social mobility calls for all of us to roll up our sleeves and bring solutions to the table, on our terms. We are determined to keep building a powerful intersectional base to win the permanent changes our community deserves. So as we wait to hear the ruling from the Supreme Court, we in Navigate have done deep soul searching and have laid out a plan based on our relationship and trust we have from our comunidad.

As we continue to grieve our hermanxs in Florida and hold space for healing, we cannot turn our eye to the awaken xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia and the reactionary demonstrations of terror and violence embedded in white supremacy. Fellow organizer Marisa Franco reminds us “There are many around us, amongst us who are deeply uncomfortable with some of us getting a little more out of this life. With some of us getting to be a little more whole, a little more ourselves, a little, more, free. And the reactions come in blood, they come in sinister laws, they come in hurtful words. None of us is safe, therefore none us can afford silence. And above all, we must never be fooled into thinking they are simply coming for the other”.

Additionally, the (un)intentional silencing of our Latinx community from the Minnesota non- profit mainstream and politicians remind us once again that we have been taken for granted way too long. We need to be heard, y para eso hay veces que uno tiene que gritar.

This is why are determined to keep building our powerful, resourceful, justice oriented and intersectional critical base that will continue to give meaning to the demographic change and that will remain faithful to our comunidad, that will speak verdades del corazon, that will advance with community with fierce love, sabiendo que lo que ganamos, y lo que somos lo defendemos con uñas y dientes.

En la lucha

Emilia González Avalos

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Recordando/Remembering Orlando

Our thoughts and prayers are with our Muslim, Latinx & Queer friends in Orlando and elsewhere. We must do everything in our power to prevent these atrocities from taking place again and we must create spaces of welcome and love, spaces of safety and caring.

Please join us for the following events:

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As many know, it was Latino night at Pulse. The majority of those k illed were Boricuas, Latinxs, Queer men and women of color.

Como muchos saben, era de noche latina en la barra Pulse. La mayoría de los que murieron eran Boricuas , Latinxs , hombres y mujeres de color parte de la comunidad LGBT+.

Evento en Facebook event page.

 

June 17, 2016 – Orlando: Celebrating Queer People of Color

We will celebrate in community the Celebrationlives of all those who perished in the Orlando shooting. Lets be among friends, our music and remember those who died.

Vamos a celebrar en la comunidad la vida de todos aquellos que murieron en el tiroteo de Orlando. Vamos a estar entre amigos, nuestra música y recordar a los que murieron.

June 23, 2016 – Vigil/Vigilia for OrlandoVigil June 23, 2017

Join us for a vigil to remember those who perished during the Orlando shooting. Bring a candle.

Acompáñenos en una vigilia para recordar a aquellos que murieron durante el tiroteo de Orlando. Trae una vela .

 

June 26, 2016 – Pride Parade/Desfile de OrgulloLatinx Pride 2016

Walk with us. We need our queer community of color to come and join us and hold the names of those who perished during the Orlando shooting. We will have t-shirts (sign up here). Though please wear a white t-shirt in case we do not have enough. We are meeting T 10am around 3rd ave and 3rd street downtown Minneapolis. More here.

Camina con nosotros . Necesitamos nuestra comunidad LGBT+ de color a venir y unirse a nosotros y ser parte del desfile. Tendremos los nombres de aquellos que murieron durante el rodaje de Orlando. Ayudanos a llevar uno de los nombres. Tendremos camisetas. Aunque favor use una camiseta blanca en caso de que no tenemos suficiente. Estamos reunidos en torno tercera avenida y 3ª calle del centro de Minneapolis.

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WE ARE HIRING!!!!

NAVIGATE MN -Job Announcement
Program Coordinator.
Who we are:
NAVIGATE is a leadership development program for young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems. Through NAVIGATE, these young adults help their community and themselves by working to access college education, jobs and legal status.
NAVIGATE-MN is currently seeking a dedicated part time Program Coordinator for our education component, someone who is passionate about immigration justice and education equity!

Job Description
Education Program Coordinator
The Navigate program coordinator – education component- provides cultural competent, relevant and critical information on navigating K-12, college access and success to the Latino diaspora and professionals who serve this multicultural and multiracial community centering low-income, first generation, mixed status/undocumented/DACA students and their families.
Ideal program coordinator is a bilingual (Spanish/English) individual who has a deep understanding in racial disparities/structural racism, racial, education, and immigration justice, asset based community building strategies, and popular education models.

Responsibilities
General Responsibilities
• Collaborates with Director to establish and maintain program goals, conduct program assessment, curriculum and presentation reviews and identify development and capacity building activities. Develops and implements ongoing improvement strategies to support program development and standards.
• Serve as a spokesperson for the organization. Remain informed on policy issues and current events impacting our work, as well as effective messaging on these issues
• Uses independent judgement to prioritize project to ensure efficiency, program success and community experience
• Provide presentations and workshops to schools, colleges and other stakeholders
• Maintain and develop relationships with diverse education programs, schools, colleges, universities and organizations that offer career development and social mobility opportunities
• Developing program to support student and families to create strategies for their education path.
• Support students in financial aid and college application process in community forums, small sessions and 1-1 settings
• Collaborating and connecting with partner organizations and education institutions in order to bridge students and families to their resources
Perform other duties as required and assigned
Essential job Functions:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Possess strong organizational skills and pay attention to detail.
• Ability to work with a diverse student, faculty and community is essential.
• Ability to execute those physical activities required to perform the essential functions including, but not limited to, regular sitting and being mobile; continual communicating both in person and on the telephone; regular keyboarding; regular reading of both print and digital material; and all other activities required to perform essential functions.
• Individual must possess valid MN DL and reliable transportation
Other Requirements:
• Commitment to racial and immigration justice and ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of all ages and diverse background.
• Proven ability to work effectively as a team player; highly motivated, focused and results oriented.
• Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts, and to maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks according to required deadlines, and maintain composure under high stress conditions.
• May be required to work occasional evening/weekend hours.

The Navigate Program Coordinator must support NAVIGATE’s mission and vision. They must operate within the organization’s policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
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15-20 hours per week
Wage: $15/Hour
Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.
To Apply
1. Please seek more information about our learning community before taking the time to submit an application: http://www.navigatemn.org/
2. Qualified, passionate applicants should send their resume and cover letter by 4/20/16 to: team@navigatemn.org

Community Forum- Foro Comunitario

Nuestra comunidad tiene muchos recursos ahora como DACA, Advanced Parole y oportunidades de agilizar la residencia permanente cuando tienes petición familiar, ademas el MN Dream Act con recursos financieros para la educación superior, pero ahora con la elecciones presidenciales y la muerte del Juez Antonin Escalia, tenemos que estar alerta.

Ven y ponte al dia sobre todo de inmigracion y ten la oportunidad de conectarte con recursos comunitarios y visita una universidad y conoce representantes de universidades.

Tambien conoce el nuevo programa piloto de la Oficina de Educación Superior- Occupational Grant.

Se puede registrar aqui: REGISTRO
Desayuno y almuerzo incluidos.

Our community has many resources now like DACA and MN Dream Act, but there is a lot of uncertainty with the presidention election under way and the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. We have to be alert.

Join us get the latest around immigration and get a chance to connect with community resources, get a college tour and meet representatives from vaious colleges and universities.

[Want to bring your community resource? Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AA95fnuGpqU6E8RVmah3caUQ2moAm0S68E-n34Gfs0I/viewform]

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We the (undocumented) People’s Platform – Caucus Resolutions 2016

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Resolutions: Driver’s Licenses for all (download)

Whereas the safety of Minnesota’s roads is of paramount concern for everyone, and

Whereas it is imperative that all drivers be properly tested, licensed, and insured, and

Whereas access to safe and affordable private and public transportation is essential for access to education and economic opportunity as well as the daily needs of Minnesota residents, and

Whereas access to private forms of transportation is particularly essential to residents in rural areas of Greater Minnesota where there are unsatisfied needs of transportation available, and

Whereas Minnesota extended a universal right to a driver’s license to all Minnesota residents who were capable and qualified to pass a knowledge and practical driving test in this state until 2003 when the rights of some Minnesotans were revoked based on legal immigration barriers,

Whereas groups as diverse as the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, the United Commercial and Food Workers Union and a steadily growing number of religious organizations in the State have joined in voicing support for restoring an equal right to apply for a Minnesota driver’s license to all Minnesotans of driving age, and regardless of immigration status,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The State of Minnesota should act now to support the addition of a valid foreign-issued passport and foreign birth certificate, translated into English, to the list of documents that will be accepted as a proof of identity on the Minnesota Driver’s License application,

And that the ________________ Party supports restoring driving rights to undocumented Minnesotans.

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Access to Health Insurance download

Whereas Immigration continues to be a politically divisive issue. We firmly believe immigrants, whether documented or not, should have access to quality health care, and

Whereas affordable health services for all immigrants is essential to ensure a basic human rights, as well as promote cost-effective, preventive health care for the whole U.S. population, and contrary to common belief or political rhetoric, giving undocumented immigrants access to insurance is an evidence-based way to actually reduce health care costs, and

Whereas several socioeconomic factors indicate that immigrants (both documented and undocumented) are at greater risk for poor health, and current legislative policy and the new health care reform legislation continue to pose obstacles to the accessibility of health services for both documented and undocumented immigrants, and
Whereas due to the lack of health insurance, immigrants working in occupations with high fatality rates (transportation, material moving, construction) and a higher rate of workplace injury (construction, painters, roofers) are particularly vulnerable to health and financial crises should they have an accident or acute onset of disease and need extended medical care, and

Whereas we believe in a Minnesota where all people feel valued and secure. Where the work we do is valued, and where we have the power to prioritize what matters most to us. Where families have time to laugh and play. Where people care about each other, and for each other. Most of all, a state where this is true for all families – not just white communities who can afford it, and

Whereas Minnesota is nationally considered a leader in health care systems and policy.

Whereas Governor Dayton’s bipartisan healthcare financing task force recommended a study of long term financing models including “Instituting a publicly-financed, privately delivered universal health care system”, and

Whereas, the current system under the Affordable Care Act leaves 30 million Americans uninsured and fails to control spiraling costs, increasing deductibles, premiums, and co-pays that make insurance unusable for many.

Whereas the US pays at least 150% more than any other developed country for healthcare, and has worse outcomes on population health to show for it.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The State of Minnesota should act now to support and implement a single payer (publicly financed, privately delivered) health care system that includes Minnesota non citizens that have been excluded from ACA

And that the ________________ Party supports an inclusive single payer health care system

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Resolution: Immigration Enforcement (download)

Whereas we believe our neighbors should be able to live in our community free from fear, regardless of their immigration status;

Whereas our immigration enforcement system locks up hundreds of thousands of immigrants unnecessarily every year, exposing families around the U.S. to inhuman confinement conditions and holding individuals without judicial review all at the expense of American taxpayers;

Whereas we believe our law enforcement is under a constitutional obligation to ensure anyone in custody is held with a warrant.;

Whereas we believe our law enforcement must protect the constitutional rights of all Minnesotans, regardless of immigration status;

Whereas we support local law enforcement decisions to limit cooperation with federal immigration when cooperation would violate the constitutional rights of immigrants in our state;

Whereas we support local and state policies that approach detention of immigrants as the last resort;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The ________________ Party supports the call for an end to unconstitutional immigrant detention and support local and state policies that approach detention of immigrants as the last resort.

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Resolution: Immigration Reform download

Whereas we are a nation of immigrants, and we should strongly believe in an immigration system that maintains healthy and vibrant communities, while promoting respect, dignity and permanent protections, and

Whereas there are almost 12 million undocumented immigrants in the US and close to 90 000 undocumented Minnesotans, that are being denied basic rights and protections, and

Whereas the number of deportations is at a record with individuals being deported daily tragically separating thousands of families, and

Whereas immigrant reform must create a process respecting human dignity and family unity, including protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) families, and
Whereas the process to be created must include opportunities to law offenders that do not represent threats to national security or have been convicted of serious crimes, and
Whereas the families vs felons narrative for immigration relief is divisive and incomplete given the relevant conversations on police accountability and racial profiling, and

Whereas groups as diverse coalition of public and private sectors, and a steadily growing number of religious organization in the State and across the nation that have joined in supporting the foundation of keeping families together and giving immigrant families in Minnesota and across the nation the dignity and respect that they deserve by creating a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
Congress should act to create a fair, humane pathway to citizenship for almost 12 million undocumented immigrants that is broad and inclusive and not continent upon border security measures of prospective immigrants; Comprehensive Immigration Reform is long overdue and we ask that the federal government and leadership to commit to the passage of meaningful reform.
And that the ________________ Party supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform with a fair humane pathway to citizenship for almost 12 million undocumented immigrants.

 

2015 NAVIGATE Conference|Conferencia (Gratis/Free)

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NAVIGATE 2015 CONFERENCIA
FUERA DEL CLOSET, FUERA DE LAS SOMBRAS! NUNCA MAS INVISIBLES!
 7 DE NOVIEMBRE 2015 – 9AM.
AUGSBURG COLLEGE
¡PREPÁRATE PARA LA UNIVERSIDAD! 
¿CUÁL ES TU PLAN? PARA LOS ESTUDIANTES Y PADRES DE FAMILIA
JUSTICIA, EDUCACIÓN ¿ESCUELAS DE QUIÉN? ESPACIOS DE CONFIANZA PARA ESTUDIANTES LATINOS,INDEPENDIENTEMENTEDE LA IDENTIDAD Y ESTATUS MIGRATORIO.
GRATUITO Y ABIERTO A ESTUDIANTES Y FAMILIAS.
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NAVIGATE is a leadership development program for immigrant young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems.

Latinos Celebrate & Recognize Community Talent and Contributions to Minnesota

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Latinos Celebrate & Recognize Community Talent and Contributions to Minnesota

October 1, 2015

Articulo en espanol disponible aqui.

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This year, NAVIGATE MN & Minnesotanos united efforts to celebrate immigrant youth and the Latinx community in Minnesota during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which Governor Mark Dayton declared for October 2015. NAVIGATE MN is an immigrant led organization working for access to higher education, jobs and legal status and highlighted its work during this gala.12038695_909259182484388_5916068835263836930_o (1)

Jennicet Gutierrez was the keynote speaker to more than three hundred individuals that included families, high school and college students, community members and elected officials. Gutierrez is an undocumented transgender activist and organizer from Mexico who resides in California where she organizers with Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. Her recent interruption of President Obama at the White House has brought visibility to the torture and violence trans undocumented women are facing inside detention centers. The work Gutierrez does connects with NAVIGATE’s work to end the deportation, incarceration, and criminalization of immigrants and all people of color.

Often times the focus is on the challenges communities faced—and for good reason—but during NAVIGATE’s Gala, it was a celebration. Minnesotanxs was founded to highlight and propel the work of individuals and organizations in the Latino community in Minnesota by giving four awards for the second year.

The Latino Organization of the Year is El Colegio High School, the only high school that promotes Latinxs as an asset to the community, regardless of racial bias and structural disenfranchisement. It values critical thinking, and a sense of justice and identity in order to graduate alumni with a deep consciousness and determination to transition to higher education while preserving their cultural identity and community relations.

The Jesus Estrada Perez Emerging Leader Award was given to Sandra Payan-Catano who was born in California to parents from Axochiapan, Morelos, Mexico. She was raised here in South Minneapolis, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2009. Sandra received her B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Anthropology from St. Norbert College in 2013. She is a first-generation Chicana college student.

After graduating from St. Norbert, Sandra worked as Teaching Assistant at Aurora Charter School where she had various roles working with K-through-8 students. Presently, Sandra works at North Hennepin Community College as the Latino Outreach and Success Specialist. Being in this position, she is able to inform families about the opportunities available to their children and themselves through education. Finally, Sandra said: “I don’t do this work by myself. I have a support system which comes from the community, especially from NAVIGATE and KetzalCoatlicue.”

Juanita Ortiz received the Latino Teacher of the Year Award. Ortiz was born in El Paso, Texas to parents from Parral Chihuahua, México. She lived in México until the age of nine, when she moved to Worthington, Minnesota. She was the first woman in her family to go to school and the only Latina in the entire school.  She like many of our current students and families faced challenges of learning English and navigating the culture. A teacher, Mrs. Ford in Worthington, made her feel included and inspired her to become a teacher.

Juanita has three license areas including K-8 Spanish, K-6 Elementary, and K-12 English Language Learners. She earned her BA at Mankato State University. She teaches Spanish literacy to native Spanish speakers, Latino Culture to all students, and English as a second language at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet school in St. Paul, MN, a diverse school with 86% English Language Learners. She has ten years of teaching experiences, and writes Latino Culture curriculum for Phalen. Juanita is an advocate for the students and chairs efforts to involve Latino families in her school. She is a community leader through Phalen’s Leadership Team, Minnesota’s League of Latino Educators, Latino political 12109167_909258742484432_834589765021767837_ngroups, and city planning committees.

Juanita believes that English learners come with linguistic and cultural intelligence educators can tap into to make students academically successful. She builds on these strengths and develops students into world citizens. She facilitates critical thinking in students starting in Kindergarten. She believes that parents are the first and most important teacher in a child’s life. She encourages them to be partners in their child’s education, and is a cultural bridge to help parents navigate our system.

The Edén Torres Legacy Award was received by Ramona A. de Rosales. Ramona has been an advocate for improving educational opportunities for Latino youth for over 45 years.  She received her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of St. Thomas.  As a young University student, she was personally mentored and trained by such notable individuals as Cesar Chavez, Saul Alinski, and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales.  She was an active community organizer, promoting immigration, education and social justice for members of the Latino community.  During her time at the University of Minnesota she created and led the first Latino Student organization, Latino Student Housing and created the Department of Chicano Studies.

In the late 1980’s Ramona was recruited to help launch an afterschool and summer academic enrichment program at the University of St. Thomas, called the Hispanic Precollege Program (HPCP).  She developed and implemented this program and served as the director until 2000.  It was here that she saw that there were serious flaws in the education system with respect to Latino students.   Ramona then began developing and planning to open a charter school and Ramona founded Academia Cesar Chavez, a dual immersion school in 2000 located on the East Side of St. Paul. Academia Cesar Chavez has grown each year and recently opened PreK and was first to be recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education. She also recently secured $12.5 million in Bonds funding the purchase of the school and of the entire block the school current sits on, renovation and new construction project! Ramona also remains active with the political scene to help further bilingual education.

In addition to Academia Cesar Chavez, she has founded or co-founded several non-profit, community based organizations:

  • University of MN Chicano Studies Department
  • University of Minnesota Chicano House
  • Centro Cultural Chicano, Minneapolis
  • Chicanos United Youth Drop-In Center
  • La Clinica (West Side People’s Health Center)
  • Neighborhood Justice Center
  • Migrants in Action

NAVIGATE’s Gala took place October 1, 2015 at the Parkway Theater, a Chicano owned venue. Nominations to the Minnesotanos Awards were open to the public and selected by a committee of three individuals per award.

Contact: 612-584-2022 or juve@navigatemn.org

 

2015 NAVIGATE Gala | Minnesotanos Awards

FREE TICKETS

NAVIGATE MN & Minnesotanos are uniting efforts to celebrate immigrant youth and the Latino community in Minnesota during National Hispanic Heritage Month in 2015. FREE TICKETS

NAVIGATE MN is an immigrant led organization working for access to higher education, jobs and legal status and will highlight its work during this gala.

Minnesotanos celebrates the many contributions Latinos make throughout MN and will recognize at least four Latinos, individuals or organizations: Legacy Award, Educator of the Year, Latino Emerging Leader and Latino Organization of the Year. Nominate someone here.

Jannicet Gutierrez is our keynote speaker. Gutierrez publicly challenged President Barack Obama about the condition of transgender immigrants in detention centers. Her actions have challenged the LGBT movement to be more inclusive and pro-active around issues facing our transgender community members

Last year, we had over 400 people attend the event, from veterans, youth, seniors, rural Minnesotans and members from various ethnic communities. Governor Mark Dayton & Minneapolis Betsy Hodges proclaimed October 8, 2014 “Minnesotanos Day.” We do not charge for this event because we want to make sure payment is not a deterrent for members in our communities. Your support is tremendously valuable to make this possible!

Join us at the Parkway Theater, owned by a Latino leader in the arts, and celebrate our immigrant and Latino communities in Minnesota. Registration available here: FREE TICKETS.

Sponsorship available at the following levels:

Gold Level: $1,000 or more

Silver Level: $500 to $999

Bronze Level $300 to $499

Sponsorship includes: reserved seating for up to 6 people, logo/name printed on program, name listed in all publications related to event (social media, ads, etc), special mention during program at event and visibility to about 400 people. More considerations upon request.

A variety of Latino appetizers will be served. A cash-bar will be available serving traditional beers and wine. Music. Professional photographer.

For further information, please contact:

Juventino Meza

juve@navigatemn.org

612-584-2022

Press Release: Celebrating 3 Years of DACA

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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Media Contact:
Emilia Avalos, Executive Director & Juventino Meza, Senior Advisor
612-708-9633 or 651-231-0974, Emilia@navigatemn.org or juve@navigatemn.org

In Just 3 Years, DACA Has Lifted Up the Lives of Over 650,000 Young Immigrants across the U.S. & almost 6,000 in MN

To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of DACA, the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul, Office of Congressman Keith Ellison, partner organizations, local DREAMers, and community members reflected on the program’s incredible success.
SAINT PAUL, MN – The Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul hosted a celebration of the remarkable success that the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has had in just three years. June 15, 2015 is the third anniversary of DACA, which the Obama administration established to provide temporary protection from deportation for unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) offers work authorization in addition to two-year renewable protection from deportation for unauthorized immigrants who arrived in the United States before their 16th birthday and before June 16, 2007.

Over the past three years, over 650,000 immigrant youth across the U.S. and almost 6,000 in Minnesota have received DACA status. They come from diverse backgrounds – among the top countries of origin are Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, South Korea, Colombia, India, Jamaica, Peru, Poland, and Nigeria. Millions of families and communities have been strengthened because DACA recipients have been empowered to finish high school, go on to higher education, get their first job, or find better employment. ILCM conducted a study to see how their DACA client’s lives had changed during their first two years of having DACA. They found that 81% planned to continue their education, 70% got a new job, 50% got health insurance, and fear of being deported dropped by 50%. One of ILCM’s clients told his attorney, “I now have the opportunity to better myself and go to college and accomplish in a career. Now I feel like I belong.”

Congressman Keith Ellison’s office message was about the importance of immigration programs like DACA. The Consulates of Mexico and Ecuador, CLUES, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota and Navigate MN participated; these organizations have collaborated with the Consulate of Mexico during the last three years to ensure that communities throughout the state of Minnesota are educated about and qualify for DACA. Their efforts, along with dozens of other organizations, attorneys, churches, and schools, have helped almost 6,000 young people in Minnesota get approved for DACA.

Although Minnesota is among the top 25 states in the U.S. for the most DACA recipients, not everyone who is eligible has applied to the program. All individuals, especially those in rural Minnesota, are encouraged to reach out for assistance and apply for DACA.

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Those who have questions about DACA or who think they may be eligible to apply can contact the Mexican Consulate in Saint Paul (651-771-5494,) Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (651-641-1011) for free assistance.

For more information, contact Kirsten Gundersen, communications@ilcm.org, (773)203-5053

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Research with DACA students – Participate!
PhD Candidate at the University of St. Thomas, Sister. Gayle Lwanga, is looking for 10 DACAmented youth who want to share how their life has or hasn’t changed since President Obama announced DACA.

Send us your email & phone number to share it with her to team@navigatemn.org. THANK YOU!

About NAVIGATE MN
NAVIGATE is a leadership development program for immigrant young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems. NAVIGATE was founded and is led by undocumented youth and is MN’s largest network of undocumented youth. NAVIGATE led the passage of the MN Dream Act in 2013 and has been a local, state-wide and national leader for immigrant youth and families.

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Thank you to the Mexican Consulate in Saint Paul for hosting such this celebration and call for action. And thank you to the Consulate of Ecuador, the offices of Congressman Keith Ellison, Senator Al Franken, Senator Amy Klobuchar and the Immigrant Law Center of MN for being present.

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We were also delighted by two amazing women who spoke today about DACA and what it’s had meant for them. Current Director Emilia Avalos and Former Directors Uriel Rosales and Juventino Meza were present too.