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We are a community organization that is undocumented and youth-led. We are directly impacted people and allies who are invested in the well being, emotional healing, and leadership development of those impacted by the inequalities of lacking an immigration status.
It has been a crazy year here at Aliento! From celebrating our first year anniversary to driving 48 hours to Washington D.C.! Here are our top 7 highlights of 2017
We are disappointed by the administration’s immigration principles. These principles are not in good faith, nor they reflect the values of the American public. A Fox News poll states that 83% of American public want a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.
Today, September 5th, was the last day to turn in a DACA renewal application. on March 6th DACAs begin to expire. We stand with 28,000 in AZ. We stand with 800,000 across the nation. We stand with 11 million.
We are cautiously optimistic at the new attempt from Sen. James Lankford [R-OK] and Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC] introduce the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our Nation Act, also known as the SUCCEED Act.
We are disappointed that Democratic leadership has sided with Trump by negotiating with the lives of undocumented youth in exchange for border security. Dreamers/DACA recipients value family above all else. We will never accept a piece of legislation that creates more problems and doesn’t address real immigration solutions.
Today our nation has moved backwards. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has shown that he will not stand in the side of justice. Instead, he will ensure a great injustice will happen to close to one million undocumented youth.
Yesterday approximately at 9:00pm Phoenix PD tear-gassed children, people in wheelchairs, and many peaceful demonstrators without a warning. Today we denounce the actions of Phoenix Police Department headed by Police Chief Jeri Williams.
Today, democratic Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the DREAM Act. On June 30th, ten attorney generals demanded the White House to terminate the DACA program.
Today, Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) will be deciding whether to appeal or not appeal the court’s decision regarding in-state tuition. Aliento leaders, students, educators, and members of the community come together to thank MCCCD for providing in-state tuition for DACA students and to ask them to be courageous again and appeal so many students can achieve their dream of higher education.
The overturn of in-state tuition weighs heavy on me. For two years, I paid for all my college expenditures out of my own pocket. Only once I received a scholarship of one hundred dollars to help me pay for a semester. To me, it was a blessing to have the ability to pay for my own education at PVCC.
IN THE MEDIA
ASU hosted an informational workshop on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Sept. 13 at the downtown Phoenix campus in an effort to support students and faculty impacted by President Trump's decision to rescind DACA.
“Right now, we’re all talking among each other and trying to see what everyone knows,'' said Jose Patiño, a community organizer with Aliento, a Phoenix advocacy group for young people benefiting from DACA
As the news broke Tuesday that President Trump would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA, universities and colleges across Arizona sent statements to their students.
"My parents just bought a new house, so I spent the weekend helping them paint walls," Ezequiel Santos, a 25-year old DACA recipient who attends Mesa Community College, told me. "It helped to get my mind off this stuff."
A lot of it right now is just kind of like first, taking the time to reflect on what the decision means, and what is happening. Making sure that people who are able to renew will have the support to do so," Guerrero said.
Arizona has roughly 28,000 DACA recipients, 200 of which were enrolled at ASU last school year. The program will be fazed out through October, when the government will stop accepting renewal applications. By March 2018, the nearly 790,000 young people using the program nationwide will lose their legal status.
Reyna Montoya, one of the nearly 28,000 young adult unauthorized immigrants in Arizona protected by the program, said that the choice to end DACA will disrupt the lives of a group of immigrants who'd grown up in the U.S. and contributed to the economy.
President Donald Trump is facing increasing pressure from CEOs, Roman Catholic bishops, celebrities and a national mobilization effort as he weighs eliminating an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation.
In Arizona, a coalition of immigrant rights groups set up a protest camp this week in front of Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices near downtown Phoenix in the midst of a heat advisory and temperatures of nearly 110 degrees.
Immediately, I'd probably have to lose my job," Patiño said of the potential end of DACA. "Secondly, I own a house, so I'd have to sign a citizen to the title. And third, I'd have to find a way to try and survive without a job.
Immigrant rights advocates will be gathering outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in downtown Phoenix all week to rally support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
There is new legislation that would grant legal status and a path to for young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Reyna Montoya, from Aliento and Ezequiel Hernandez, managing partner with Hernandez Global Law Firm will talk about the new legislation.
Just last week, many undocumented students in the country got some good news. President Trump said he would continue the deferred action program that’s allowing thousands of undocumented students in the country to stay — for now.
La joven activista, Reyna Montoya, recibió una beca para promover su programa “Aliento”, mediante el cual busca ayudar familias inmigrantes que son o han sido víctimas de leyes migratorias y todo a través del arte.
In a state with one of the largest number of migrants known as “dreamers,” there was healthy skepticism over President Donald Trump’s decision to take no action on a policy that grants reprieves to people who arrived illegally in the U.S. as children.
Swapna Reddy is fighting unjust deportations in the U.S. with rapid, remote legal aid. Reyna Montoya is using art and advocacy to lift up undocumented youth. DeMar Pitman is building a web-based platform to rate and compare schools districts to expand fair access to education for students of color.
In the first of a five-part video series featuring immigration activists in Maricopa County, Arizona, Reyna Montoya talks about how even the risk of family separation terrifies children, how she uses art for healing—and that one time she stopped a bus full of undocumented folks from being deported.
Former Phoenix high school teacher Reyna Montoya said it was typical for undocumented immigrant children to come to her and talk about their troubles in school and their fears at home, where they or their parents might be deported.
We’ll talk about the resources and organizations supporting undocumented families and students. Reyna Montoya, with Aliento AZ, and Ezequiel Santos, with Mesa Undocumented Students Thriving (MUST) Mesa Community College talk about how their organizations are supporting the community.
MUST plans to assist MCC with college recruitment at local high schools, with the intention of helping those undocumented students become more comfortable sharing their stories and continuing their education.
Donald Trump is fighting to make Americans perceive immigration as a net negative. While it’s important now more than ever to focus on protecting community, this must be done in a matter that calls for hope as much as it does for a stop to bad policy.
Phoenix— “No estamos solos,” words meaning “we are not alone,” rang out at an art workshop for undocumented immigrants and their families led by Aliento, an organization that uses art to promote healing.
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