You’re Invited: Information Session on Deferred Action

BREAKING NEWS: USCIS announces guidelines for Deferred Action application process.

Therefore, Juntos will be having an Information session on Deferred Action to answer any questions the community might have .

When: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 6pm

Where: Juntos’ office, 2029 S. 8th St. on the corner of 8th and Snyder in South Philadelphia

Come and bring of a friend if you or anyone you know might be eligible or just would like to know more. Presentation and information will be in Spanish.

Flyer,  Can you be considered for Deferred Action?

Basic Information Brochure On Deferred Action

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE AUGUST 15th!! You must wait to submit until then and if you do your request will be returned.

Juntos Speaks About the Prison and Detention Systems in U.S.

On Tuesday, June 19th, the Pennsylvania Convention Center hosted an event about the American prison system. Juntos was there to raise awareness of the problems that the Latino community faces due to the prison and detention systems in the United States.

Juntos spoke on two separate panels “Immigrant Rights Today: Detention and the Creation of an Exploitable Class” and “The School to Prison Pipeline”

“The School to Prison Pipeline”

Students face many challenges in the school system that can lead to incarceration and even deportation if they are found to be undocumented.

Karla Rojas and Olivia Vazquez from Fuerza, Juntos’ youth leadership committee, told their stories and the stories of the numerous undocumented students in the Philadelphia public school system. According to them, many minority students incorrectly believe that they can’t get into college. As a result, they drop out of high school  which leaves them vulnerable to the prison system that was put there to trap them and the possibility of deportation if they are in the country illegally.

There is a 44% drop out rate in the city of Philadelphia and 50% of those students are Latino. Karla and Olivia used this opportunity to spread the word that there is hope and that dropping out of school is not the correct response to a system that is anticipating the failure of its youth. Keeping this in mind, together we can build a better future.

“Immigrant Rights Today: Detention and the Creation of an Exploitable Class”

The panel on immigrant rights discussed the history of policies implemented in the United States that have negatively affected the immigrant population and further stratified the communities. Currently, many bills are being proposed that will impact the immigrant community and make finding work and living conditions even harder for those that are undocumented as well as for those of a lower socioeconomic status.

The panel consisted of Juntos organizer Olivia Ponce and Juntos Community Organizer Zac Steele and Jennifer Guiterrez and Concepción Flores from New Sanctuary Movement. The panel discussed the impact of legislation on the Latino community and gave personal accounts of being an immigrant in the United States.

After the panel presented, groups were formed to discuss the issues and converse about the current state of immigration reform and the prison and detention systems in the United States.

During the panel participants got the chance to view a video called “Immigrants for Sale” about how the prison system is making money on the detention of immigrants in prisons all over the country:

Sign Our Petition! America Starts Here, The Hate Stops Here!

Click here to sign the petition! Tell Pennsylvania State Senators and Representatives that you do not want PA to be the next Arizona or Alabama!

SB9, HB 439, and all the E-Verify bills were introduced as anti-immigrant bills in Pennsylvania but in reality they will affect thousands of poor and working families across our state. SB9 if passed will leave many American families vulnerable to poverty and HB 439 could leave many of our local business vulnerable to closure.

E-Verify is an attack on workers who deserve protections and will only make all workers vulnerable to pay decreases and exploitative conditions. Passing E-Verify will not bring back jobs nor will it decrease the unemployment rate; rather, it will increase it.

Pennsylvania must avoid the mistakes that states before us have made, like Arizona, which endured a $141 million economic loss due to their anti-immigrant legislation SB1070. This kind of legislation will hurt our families, our businesses, and our communities.

Pennsylvania has a slogan: “America Starts Here.”  We believe that if America starts here, the Hate MUST STOP here. Please sign the petition and tell your state elected official that you stand in solidarity with Pennsylvania’s residents, workers, and families

Get on the Bus! Juntos’ May 7th Day of Action to Harrisburg

Juntos is hosting a Day of Action at the Pennsylvania State Capital in Harrisburg on Monday, May 7th in opposition to Arizona-style legislation. 

SB9, HB 439, and all the E-Verify bills were introduced as anti-immigrant bills in Pennsylvania but in reality they will affect thousands of poor and working families across our state. SB9 if passed will leave many American families vulnerable to poverty and HB 439 could leave many of our local business vulnerable to closure.

E-Verify is an attack on workers who deserve protections and will only make all workers vulnerable to pay decreases and exploitative conditions.  Passing E-Verify will not bring back jobs nor will it decrease the unemployment rate; rather, it will increase it.

Pennsylvania must avoid the mistakes that states before us have made, like Arizona, which endured a $141 million economic loss due to their anti-immigrant legislation SB1070. This kind of legislation will hurt our families, our businesses, and our communities.

Join us as we tell our legislators to say NO to bills SB9, HB 439, and all the E-verify bills.  Make Pennsylvania really the place where America starts and where all the hate stops!

 

We will depart from Juntos in South Philadelphia (2029 S. 8th St. on the corner of 8th and Snyder) at 9:30am to Harrisburg and returning by 6:00pm.

Get on the bus! Seats are $25 for non-community members and if you cannot attend you can sponser a seat for someone else.  Hope to see you there!

To reserve your bus ticket, click here!

Please sign our electronic petition here!