Updates

WOMEN APPLAUD DOJ APPEAL of DAPA INJUNCTION, URGE ACTION FOR FAMILIES AS COURT CASE CONTINUES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2015

Contact: 

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

We Belong Together Reacts to Court of Appeals Filing in Texas Lawsuit Against Deferred Action

In response to the news that the Department of Justice has filed an appeal with the 5th circuit to lift the injunction placed on deferred action by Texas Judge Andrew Hanen, We Belong Together welcomed the news and called for further action from the administration.

We Belong Together Joins U.N. Special Rapporteur’s Condemnation of the Detention of Immigrant Children and Families in the US

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2015

Contact: 

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

The We Belong Together campaign continues to call on the U.S. to act as a leader in defending human rights and immediately end this inhumane practice,” stated Andrea Cristina Mercado, co-chair of We Belong Together.

We Belong Together Response to House Judiciary Bill Mark-Ups

We write to you today to voice our opposition to four bills scheduled for mark up in the House Judiciary Committee this week: H.R. 1148, the Michael Davis, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act; H.R. 1149, the Protection of Children Act of 2015; H.R. 1153, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015; and H.R. 1147, the Legal Workforce Act. These bills are an attack on immigrant women. Women and children represent 75% of immigrants in our country today and there are an estimated 5 million undocumented women living in the U.S. Immigrant women fuel our economy, power our communities and grow our families.

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.

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