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Petra Falcón on today’s ruling on the immediate enforcement of the Section 2(b) provision of SB 1070

This is a sad day for our State.  The implementation of the ‘show me your papers’ provision of SB 1070 will move our state backwards.  We have worked these past two years to stop the division and work toward solutions to a broken immigration system.

We need to hear the voices of the families in our community who will suffer from this law.  We also need to hear from our leadership, especially our faith leaders, to ask the Governor to intervene and work to rescind the 2(b) provision and the entire SB 1070.

To the families being impacted by SB1070: know that Promise Arizona and many other organizations are working hard to assist the Latino community and build our power through voter registration and casting votes on Election Day. Only by becoming active can we prevent bad legislation like SB 1070 from passing in the future.

Our message to the community is to be always alert, but not fearful; to remain strong, to protect yourselves and keep faithful.  Please, get informed and know your rights.

Remember, racial profiling is unconstitutional. If you feel that you have been unjustly detained due to your race, the color of your skin, or your accent, call this hotline to report the abuse.  1-855-RESPETO (1-855-737-7386).

With the first case of abuse and racial profiling reported, we can go back to Court and fight back. The enforcement of this law is also the opportunity to eradicate SB 1070.
Be faithful. – Petra

No DREAM Deferred at Neighborhood Ministries

Paperwork and lawyer talk is not the usual way to bring us together, but Promise Arizona and the NO DREAM DEFERRED Coalition teamed up with Neighborhood Miniseries to put on a Deferred Action Information session for over 1,300 people on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Gathered at Neighborhood Ministries, lawyers presented and answered questions concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Accommodating 200 for each of five separate sessions, the waiting room filling up as quickly as the auditorium with entire families, friends and people interested in improving their community.

Watching twin projectors that displayed Spanish and English at the same time, attendants took notes, asked questions and talked to the presenters one-on-one afterwards. Thanks to Promise Arizona and the No DREAM Deferred Coalition, hundreds have come closer to living without the fear of being taken away from the only home they’ve ever known and being separated from their families.

Undocumented immigrants advised on ‘deferred action’ program

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants turned out at each of five sessions Saturday to get advice from immigration lawyers on how to properly complete the application for the deferred-action program.

The six-page application could pave the way to allowing undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the U.S. for two years without fear of deportation. Attendees asked a range of questions, from what will happen to the program if President Barack Obama is not re-elected to whether it will lead to citizenship.

Neighborhood Ministries hosted the daylong “No Dream Deferred” event in Phoenix that was sponsored by the Phoenix School of Law, Promise Arizona and others.

Lourdes Esquibel of Phoenix came to find out if misspellings of her 19-year-old son’s name on various forms would cause problems.

“If he could be here without having issues, it would be a huge opportunity for us,” she said.

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