Photos & Media Coverage
Photos from the August 15 Deferred Action Press Conference.
And here are pictures from the June 15 press conference, 6-15-12 Obama's Announcement for DREAMers.
How far we have come!
“This announcement comes after so much pressure from all the students, all the immigrants across the country," said OneAmerica youth leader Fredy Zarate in an interview with Univision on the day Obama made his announcement.
"We’ve been protesting without stopping, we’ve been fighting for more than ten years for immigration reform, and they are giving us something - this only encourages us to continue fighting,” he added
“I believe in the American Dream. Not just in the country, but I believe in the people who live here," youth leader Amy Lee told the media on the day of the announcement. "The fact that I can work and that I don’t have to worry about being deported - it’s going to change a lot."
DREAM Relief Town Halls
OneAmerica is hosting a series of public Town Halls in at least ten cities around the state to inform youth and their families about the recent Obama administration announcement regarding deferred action and help them prepare for the process.
On June 15, 2012, the administration said it would grant some undocumented youth - DREAMers - temporary relief from deportation, benefiting an estimated 800,000 young people across the country and tens of thousands here in Washington. DHS is expected to announce details about the process soon, perhaps as early as August 1.
The Town Halls will provide information about who is eligible, the risks and benefits of applying, what kinds of documents DREAMers should start collecting, and opportunities for them to sign up for free legal help. In addition, the events will celebrate the momentum being built by courageous DREAMers and advocates who have been supporting them, plus encourage everyone to get engaged in the 2012 elections and push for passage of the DREAM Act.
OneAmerica Town Halls for DREAMers
Redmond Public Library, 15990 NE 85th St. 98052 , 6pm, August 2
St. Charles Church, 935 Peterson Road, Burlington, 98233, 6pm, August 6
Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 1st Way S 98003 6:30pm, August 8
St. Andrews Catholic Parish, 401 S Willow St. 98926, 6pm, August 11
Bellingham Public Library (Lecture Room), 210 Central Ave. 98227, 6:15pm, August 15
St. Joseph’s Church, 520 S Garfield St. 99336 , 6pm, August 15
Vancouver Community Library (Columbia Room), 901 C St. 98660 , 7pm, August 15
Holy Redeemer Church, 1707 S 3rd Ave., 5pm, August 15
Algona Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Rd., Pacific, WA 98047, 6:30pm, August 20
Edmonds School District Office, 20420 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA 98036, 6:30pm, August 23
St. Patrick's Parish, Blanchet Hall, 425 W Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99632, 1pm, August 26
St. Louise Church, 141 - 156th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007, 2:30pm, August 26
Steilacoom Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd, Steilacoom, WA 98388, 6:00pm, August 27
Goodwill Job Training and Education Center, 1031 SW 128th St, Burien, WA 98146, 6:30pm September 12
Town Halls in other locations are currently being scheduled.
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA-WA) are providing workshops around the state where individuals will receive information followed by an opportunity to consult with an attorney or qualified legal representative about their situation. NWIRP is also holding smaller legal clinics, by appointment only, in Seattle starting on August 22. For complete details on how to enroll for free legal help, see www.nwirp.org/dream or call 1-855-31-DREAM.
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August 7, 2012 - Teresa Rodriguez interviews Luis Morales, an 18-year old who has survived cancer 3 times. His struggles have inspired him to want to dedicate his life to helping others as a doctor. He is one of the millions of DREAMers who will now have a chance to fulfill his dreams.