DREAM ACT http://michiganradio.org en As immigration plans emerge, Michigan activists plan for march on Washington http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-plans-emerge-michigan-activists-plan-march-washington <p>President Obama and federal lawmakers are <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-usa-immigration-congress-factbox-idUSBRE90R0SV20130128">announcing new plans </a>for major immigration reform this week.</p><p>That comes as activists from Michigan and around the country are preparing for a major immigrant rights march in Washington, D.C. this&nbsp;spring.</p><p>There are an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally,&nbsp;and an estimated 100,000 in Michigan. Advocates hope to send at least&nbsp;250 affected families from across the state to the “Keep Families Together” march on April 10th.</p><p>Congressman Gary Peters, a Democrat representing Detroit and much of Oakland County, says he’s hopeful that event can capitalize on growing&nbsp;public pressure for immigration reform.</p><p>“I think if most Americans can hear these compelling stories of people&nbsp;trapped in a dysfunctional immigration system, and the types of&nbsp;problems it’s created for their families…the American people will not<br>believe that’s an acceptable system,” Peters said.</p><p>Peters says he’s “cautiously optimistic” that real immigration reform&nbsp;is possible, despite likely fierce opposition in the&nbsp;Republican-dominated U.S. House.</p><p>A bipartisan group of Senators and President Obama are releasing&nbsp;frameworks for such reform this week.</p><p>Immigration reform advocates are cautiously hailing the Senate framework on some key points. They’re happy it includes a so-called&nbsp;“earned path to citizenship” for those now in the country illegally.</p><p>Detroit resident Cindy Garcia will attend the April march with her&nbsp;family. She’s fought successfully to prevent her husband, an&nbsp;undocumented immigrant from Mexico, from being deported.</p><p>“Because if I can do it for myself, and my family, I can do it for the eleven other million families. Because when I stand here and tell my story, it’s not just for me,” Garcia said.</p><p>“I have to think of other children being separated from their families, and it’s not fair.”</p><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 04:34:41 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10983 at http://michiganradio.org As immigration plans emerge, Michigan activists plan for march on Washington Young immigrants, ACLU sue Michigan Secretary of State over licenses http://michiganradio.org/post/young-immigrants-aclu-sue-michigan-secretary-state-over-licenses <p> The American Civil Liberties Union is<a href="http://www.aclu.org/immigrants-rights/one-michigan-v-ruth-johnson"> suing Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson </a>over her refusal to provide driver’s licenses to some young immigrants.</p><p>Last summer, President Obama unveiled the so-called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It gives undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children authorization to live and work here legally for a two-year period. There are an estimated 15,000 DACA-eligible young people in Michigan.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 02:02:47 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10456 at http://michiganradio.org Young immigrants, ACLU sue Michigan Secretary of State over licenses "DREAMers" gain protections under new immigration policy http://michiganradio.org/post/dreamers-gain-protections-under-new-immigration-policy <p>Immigrant advocates are celebrating a <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/15/us/immigration-deferred-deportation/index.html">new policy that offers some protections for young immigrants</a>.</p><p>And a few of them wasted no time heading to US immigration offices in Detroit on Wednesday, the first day applications became available.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:56:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8693 at http://michiganradio.org "DREAMers" gain protections under new immigration policy Michigan woman gives a face to the Dream Act http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-woman-gives-face-dream-act <p>An incoming University of Michigan student has taken her fight against being deported to Washington D.C.&nbsp;<a href="http://1michigan.org/ola/"> Ola Kaso</a>&nbsp;testified before a U.S. Senate committee in favor of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DREAM_Act">Dream Act.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; The bill would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. to pursue their educations.&nbsp;</p><p>Kaso says she has tried to take advantage of the education opportunity given to&nbsp;&nbsp;her, an opportunity now threatened by deportation to Albania.</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:10:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 3055 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan woman gives a face to the Dream Act Sterling Heights honor student faces deportation http://michiganradio.org/post/sterling-heights-honor-student-faces-deportation <p>With immigration reform bogged down in Congress and perennially on the back burner, the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/25/AR2010072501790.html">Obama administration is pushing a more aggressive deportation agenda</a>. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to deport a record number of people this year.</p><p>If the agency has their way, one of them will be Ola Kaso, an 18-year-old girl from Sterling Heights. She&rsquo;ll be forced to leave just days after she graduates high school as one of the top students in her class.</p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:26:24 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2090 at http://michiganradio.org Sterling Heights honor student faces deportation