Articles by CLLARO Interns

Immigration

Immigration is a huge problem in the country at the moment, and it has been for a long time. There are many ways to help the immigrants and their families, our names are Vaneza and Ximena, we are seniors at DSST Conservatory Green HS, we are currently working on our senior project. We teamed up with an organization called Casa De Paz, and we will be donating essential bags to them to give to the immigrants that are detained. So far, we have raised 60 of these essential bags and we hope that we can help the immigrants feel like they are cared for and looked out for.  


 

The main reason that someone will immigrate to this country is to try and have a better life than the one that they have in their own country. Some of these people come because their country is not safe. No matter the reason why a person immigrated to this country we should try to help them instead of bringing them down. That why as of January 20, 2021 President Joe Biden has sent the Immigration Bill to Congress to modernize our immigration system.


 

One of the things that Biden wants to do is a pathway to citizenship. This means that a person will apply for temporary legal status for five years before being able to apply for citizenship. But for Dreamer, TPS holders and immigrant farmworkers are eligible for a green card immediately and they can apply for citizenship three years after having their green card if they know the U.S. 

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Another positive thing about the bill reform is that Biden will try to get families together. The bill will also further support explicitly including partnerships and eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ+ families. Although the main goal of the bill is to keep families together it will also make sure that orphans, widows, children, and Filipino veterans who fought in World War 2 are protected

Know your Rights

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals AKA DACA, has been one of the biggest topics in America since September 5th 2017 when the Trump Administration started their plans to phase out DACA. If you have any questions about this, or need to know your rights visit this link. In a recent survey conducted it showed that 3 out of every 4 U.S. citizens stand with the Dreamers (https://www.unidosus.org/issues/immigration/). Nearly 800,000 DACA recipients who attend school, work, and have homes have had their life disrupted.

 

In other news, CBS News reports that the Trump Administration launched a plan to collect biometric information from migrants and immigrants as young as 14 to 79 and add them to a criminal database maintained by the FBI. Border patrol officers in Detroit will start collecting DNA samples from migrants between the ages of 14 and 79.  (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-collecting-dna-samples-from-migrants-including-children-first-stage-of-program/)  This program will run for 90 days, starting now.  The national organization UnidosUS (with which CLLARO is affiliated) issued the following statement.  “We deserve better from our leaders.  We call on Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work together to pass a clean DREAM Act.”

Vaneza & Ximena are CLLARO interns enrolled in high school in Denver.