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Promise Arizona celebrates “dreamers” victory with a vigil

Today Promise Arizona (PAZ) celebrates a historic victory. Petra Falcón, executive director of PAZ, applauds President Obama’s decision to suspend deportation of DREAM students as a historic act of moral leadership and possible turning point in the debate over immigration policy.

Praying for Justice at the AZ State capitol“This is a big step for our youth, for those young people who have the courage to fight for their dreams,” Petra Falcón said. “Although this is not a permanent solution and we still demand the Congress to pass the DREAM Act, this announcement brings relief to those children who came to this country and now are fighting for an opportunity to prove that they deserve to be here.”

Yolanda Medina is a dreamer and a recent graduate from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, who is struggling to come up with the money to attend university in the fall. She also celebrates Obama’s announcement.

“The day has finally come where the hard work of many undocumented immigrant students have been granted relief to apply for a work permit,” she said. “If I’m granted a work permit I will be able to pay my part of my education, it’s amazing.”

To celebrate this decision, Petra Falcon, Yolanda and members of the Vigil of Promise Arizona will be at the Arizona State Capitol (1700 W Washington St. Phoenix) today, Friday the 15th of June at 5:00 PM. They will be praying and asking the Virgen de Guadalupe her divine intercession to ensure the Supreme Court of Justice will rule against SB 1070.

Immigration enforcement program to be shut down

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is starting to shut down a program that deputized local police officers to act as immigration agents.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have trained local officers around the country to act as their agencies’ immigration officers. Working either in jails or in the field, the officers can check the immigration status of suspects and place immigration holds on them.

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Family Unity Waiver

Friday, the 6th of January, a change to the immigration policy was proposed that would help immediate family members of U.S. citizens stay together through the green card process.

By streamlining the bureaucracy involved, this common sense solution can save time and money for the U.S. tax payers.

As Americans, we believe that the government should not put road blocks in the way of family unity and preservation.

There is no excuse for putting wives and children in violent, dangerous and extreme hardship situations as a punishment for trying to do things the right way.

We applaud the administration for making the push for these changes, but ask for the changes to apply to the immediate relatives of documented permanent residents.

Promise Arizona lauds our government to start 2012 with this critical step in the right direction for comprehensive immigration reform and family unity.

Read more at The New York Times: Tweak in Rule to Ease a Path to Green Card