Updates

We Belong Together Applauds Regulations Issued Today Authorizing Employment for Certain Spouses of H1B Visa Holders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2015

Contact: 

Anna Duncan, 440.204.8284,
anna@domesticworkers.org
B. Loewe, 773.791.4668,
bloewe@onpoint.pro

Washington, DC – We Belong Together applauds the issuance of regulations today authorizing employment for certain spouses of H1B visa holders. We Belong Together has long advocated for such measures as part of our efforts to seek executive action and legislative solutions that honor the needs and contributions of immigrant women. Three-quarters of dependent visa holders in employment categories are women, who do not have the opportunity to work and contribute their skills to the U.S. economy.

Immigrant Moms Bring Petition to National Governor Assoc. Conference, Security Called to Keep Them Out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2015

Contact: 

Anna Duncan, 440.204.8284,
anna@domesticworkers.org
B. Loewe, 773.791.4668,
bloewe@onpoint.pro

"I don't understand why these Governors would want to see me taken from my children" asks Lenka Mendoza, a would-be beneficiary of the program.

Before Governors closed their association's national conference and headed to meet with the President, those who are suing the administration were close to coming face-to-face with immigrant moms who would benefit from the deferred action program.

Women from We Belong Together, Casa de Maryland, and Dreamers Moms USA arrived at the event with 3,700 signatures they collected in the past three days in hopes of delivering them to the officials seeking to deny them relief. However, the Association called security to keep the mothers out while escorting others into the building.

Women Undeterred by Judge's Ruling, Marching Forward Toward Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2015

Contact: 

Anna Duncan, We Belong Together, 440-204-8284, anna@domesticworkers.org
B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro

We Belong Together Reacts to Temporary Injunction of Deferred Action

Late last night federal judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, TX issued a ruling, in response to the lawsuit brought by anti-immigrant governors and attorneys general from 26 states, to temporarily delay implementation of the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs. The ruling comes just days before the expanded DACA program was set to take effect on Wednesday.

We Belong Together Continues To Demand Solutions for Families Separated By the Visa Backlogs in the Immigration System

The Issue: The family immigration system allows United States citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor close relatives for legal immigration status. Unfortunately, this system is burdened with 4.3 million family members stuck in backlogs, waiting for years and even decades, to be reunited with their families in the United States. Seventy per cent of immigrant women with legal status gain their status through the family immigration system.

In Response to Congressional Attacks on Executive Action, Immigrant Women Present a Common Sense Way Forward

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2015

Contact: 

Anna Duncan: 440.204.8284, anna@domesticworkers.org
B. Loewe: 773.791.4668,
bloewe@onpoint.pro

We Belong Together “Heart of the Matter” Report Suggests 6 Steps for Advancing Immigration Policy

Washington, DC- As couples and spouses prepare to celebrate their love this Valentine’s day weekend, We Belong Together issues its newly updated report, Heart of the Matter: Women, Children, and the Way Forward on Immigration Policy.

The newly updated report evaluates the likely benefits of executive action for immigrant women and families and demonstrates the need for additional steps for both the White House and Congress to take with featured profiles of women actually impacted by current policies.

Congress Playing Partisan Politics with Immigrant Families: House Republicans Vote for Anti-immigrant Amendments In Attempt to Roll Back Executive Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2015

Contact: 

Anna Duncan
anna@domesticworkers.org
440-204-8284

Washington, DC--In the first week of the GOP-controlled Congress, House Republicans have given America a clear picture of their immigration agenda--restart the deportation machine and separate more immigrant families. This morning the House voted to pass the Homeland Security Appropriation Bill, HR 240, with five anti-immigrant amendments aimed at gutting President Obama’s Executive Action and eliminating DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability).

Detaining women and children ‘is just plain wrong’

Author: 
Griselda Nevarez
Source: 
VOXXI

The opening of a new family immigration detention center has drawn criticism from advocates who argue it is inappropriate to detain women and their children who pose no threat to national security.

The 50-acre facility, located about 80 miles from the southern border in a small Texas town called Dilley, will soon become the country’s largest family immigration detention center. It will first hold up to 480 people but will expand to a maximum capacity of 2,400 once construction nearby is finished in May.

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