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Our Citizenship and FLDream legal clinics are back!

FLIC and several partner organizations are starting 2013 with a punch by organizing a major legal clinic in Miami to assist hundreds of legal permanent residents and undocumented immigrant youth in their path to becoming New Americans.

Kersti volunteers at Citizenship ClinicNext Saturday, January 26th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., we will be at FIU College of Law in South Miami with a Florida New Americans citizenship clinic and an FL Dream Deferred Action clinic. There will be dozens of lawyers and volunteers to help legal permanent residents and DREAMers with their applications.

Florida New Americans is a citizenship program launched by FLIC in 2012. Since then, we successfully celebrated 7 citizenship clinics in Downtown Miami, Little Haiti, North Miami, Homestead and Broward, assisting over 1000 permanent residents and finalizing nearly 700 citizenship applications. Saturday’s citizenship clinic is co-sponsored by FIU and Univision 23.

FLDream Undocumented BannerFL Dream is a campaign to help low-income undocumented youth apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), created in mid 2012 by SWER, Pico Florida, FIU, Americans for Immigrant Justice and the Florida Immigrant Coalition. Since then, FL Dream has organized 10 free legal clinics in Miami, Broward and Homestead, helping approximately 4,000 immigrant families and finalizing close to 1,000 applications.

How can you participate?

To apply for citizenship, check out our Florida New Americans website to know if you qualify, what documents you need to bring, and to schedule an appointment.

To apply for DACA, check out our FL Dream website to know if you qualify, what documents you need to bring, and to schedule an appointment.

This will be the first of several Citizenship and FL Dream clinics FLIC and our partners and friends, plan to host in Florida throughout the year.

We’ll keep you posted on new dates and locations.

A Dream Deferred?

By: Vanessa Nuñez, Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER)

Two years ago I remember sitting in my literature class reading Harlem by Langston Hughes and thinking as the DREAM Act had just failed, and my final motion denied in court, will my dreams be deferred?

I graduated from Miami-Dade’s Honors College with a 3.83 GPA, was accepted to all six universities I applied to, and even then, I still could not attend any of them. My dream was being deferred…

After a year of not attending school, and feeling helpless and depressed, June 15th came around and turned my world around!

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)… I knew it was not something permanent, but it was a big step forward! I remember that day coming back from Gainesville and having to re-read all the messages to believe that the announcement was real.

A week ago I found myself filling out the application for the Deferred Action and, though I was very calm, the second I saw myself staring at the square designated for the “applicant signature”, I felt overwhelmed with joy and a sense of accomplishment that no words could describe. With tears filling my eyes I signed the application and completed my packet.

This last Wednesday, I sent my package out to immigration and I am overcome by a sense of relief, freedom, and happiness that I have not felt in a while! But this feeling is not only for a personal reason, but also because I know that my sisters and brothers in the struggle will be feeling this too! I can continue my studies, work, and give back to the community that has invested so much in me. I can freely drive without fear; I can show an ID… simple things that I have longed for a while now, and that now is at my fingertips.

I am ecstatic to say the least, but it does not end here; we must continue to push for the DREAM Act!

A Dream Deferred?… I think not!

Deportation deferred!!

To know more about free legal clinics for DREAMers in South Florida, go to www.fldream.org 

Attention DREAMers!

There are not enough words to express the excitement and relief that President Obama’s announcement on June 15th regarding administrative relief for undocumented immigrant youth brought to our communities.

The new policy states that DREAM Act eligible youth, who are currently in deportation procedures, will be able to apply for deferred action and possibly work permits. Although this is NOT a pathway to citizenship, it is a HUGE step in our battle for immigration reform and we need to be fully informed about how to benefit from it.

Since there has been much confusion and uncertainty about the new policy, FLIC and SWER want to provide access to information and also ALERT all DREAMers in Florida and their families about possible scams by unscrupulous notarios and lawyers.

The new policy will not be released until 60 days after the announcement, approximately August 15th, and no one should file applications before that date.

Search on the web

Here are a some online resources that provide helpful information:

Come to a Forum or Clinic

Click here to see an updated list of public forums and clinics happening near you.

To receive more information, visit www.swer.org or call (786) 273-9748.

DREAMers: Come to a Forum or Clinic near you!


SWER and other FLIC members will be holding forums in the following weeks to inform the community about what to do and what not to do. If you want to get involved or know even more about the new policy, you should attend a forum near you!

(Only current or future forums are posted here. All past forums are being deleted for clarity purposes)

Date: Monday, July 30th
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: St. Clements Catholic Church – 2975 North Andrews Avenue , Wilton Manors, FL 33311
Hosted by: SWER Broward – Diego Sanchez: diegos@swer.org 

Date: Monday, July 30th
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Betania Church – 2490 NW 35th St, Miami, FL
Hosted by: SWER – Julio Calderon: julioc@swer.org

Date: Wednesday August 1st
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Librería el Tesoro (Ministerio de Fe) – 1320 NW 7th St, Miami, FL
Hosted by: SWER – Julio Calderon: julioc@swer.org

Date: Tuesday, July 31st
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Baptist Church – 857 W. Meyers Blvd. Hwy 50, Mascotte, FL 34753
Hosted by: Farmworkers Association of Florida 

Date: Thursday, August 2nd
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: 302 Filmore Street, Naples, FL, 34104
Hosted by: ACLU, FWAF and FLIC – Grey Torrico: grey@floridaimmigrant.org

Date: Saturday, August 4th
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: RCMA (Cafeteria) – 123 North 4th Street, Immokalee, FL
Hosted by: ACLU, FWAF and FLIC – Grey Torrico: grey@floridaimmigrant.org

Date: Thursday, August 2nd
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Chalet North (Salon) – 1800 Altine Drive, Apopka, FL 32703
Hosted by: Farmworkers Association of Florida – (407) 886-5151

Date: Thursday, August 9th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Christian Church Edenezer – 9 North Park Avenue, Apopka, FL 32703
Hosted by: Farmworkers Association of Florida – (407) 886-5151

Date: Monday, August 6th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: 13600 SW 312th St, Homestead, FL 33033
Hosted by: Sembrando Flores & SWER

Date: Tuesday, August 7th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: 16085 SW 293rd Dr, Homestead, FL 33033
Hosted by: Sembrando Flores & SWER

Date: Wednesday, August 8th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: 13600 SW 312th St, Homestead, FL 33033
Hosted by: Sembrando Flores & SWER

Date: Thursday, August 9th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: RCMA – 38010 SW 195 Avenue, Florida City FL 33034
Hosted by: SWER
Date: Friday, August 10th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: St, Martin de Porris 14881 Southwest 288th Street
Hosted by: SWER
Date: Saturday, August 11th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: San Joaquin, 19150 SW 117th Avenue, Miami, FL 33177
Hosted by: SWER
If you are interested in hosting a forum in your area, contact Diego Sanchez at diegos@swer.org, Julio Calderon at julioc@swer.org or Frida Ulloa at frida@floridaimmigrant.org


Our friends from Americans for Immigrant Justice are organizing a coalition of pro-bono lawyers who will be helping DREAMers in the process of getting ready to present the documents to USCIS for the Defer Action starting on August 15.

More information about the dates for the clinics will be posted soon.

If you have any questions about this, please email them at dreamers@aijustice.org or call 305-573-1106 ,ext. 1660

To receive more information about Deferred Action, sign up for e-mail alerts at www.swer.org or call (786) 273-9748