Recipients of Deferred Action (DACA) Demand Expansion of Program on It’s Anniversary The President Should Give Undocumented Families Same Relief He Gave Some Dreamers

Who: California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance  (CIYJA)


When: August 14, 2013


EMBARGOED UNTIL 10:00 PM EDT August 14, 2013

Contact: Neidi Dominguez (626) 456 – 4771


Recipients of Deferred Action (DACA) Demand Expansion of Program on It’s Anniversary
The President Should Give Undocumented Families Same Relief He Gave Some Dreamers


California – On the eve of the one year anniversary of the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, immigrant youth demand that President Obama expand the program to all 11 million undocumented people that reside in the U.S now.


As we celebrate the anniversary of DACA this summer, we also mark the anniversary of immigrant youth meeting with the White House attorneys and proving that the President had full authority then to grant administrative relief to Dream Act eligible youth. It’s been a year since we gave them an ultimatum and since immigrant youth sat-in Obama campaign offices, finally forcing the President to create the program. 


Jose Urias, from Racho Cucamonga, CA, wants the president to know, ” I benefited from DACA at the moment when my family and I were detained by ICE, I’m 16 years old and live with the fear of one of these days coming home to an empty house because ICE came again and took my parents. I believe my parents should have the same relief as I do while congress debates immigration reform.”


“If the president granted me DACA then why can’t he do the same for the rest of my family? What makes us different? I want my family to leave a dignified live with our fear;” Brisa Cruz from Fresno CA also claims.


Emmanuel Valenciano from Daily City, CA shares that “1,100 people are being deported daily and one of those could be my mom, I have DACA now but I want my mom to leave without fear and  have a peace of mind.”


” The President should mark the one year anniversary of the implementation of deferred action by expanding it to the rest of our family members;” Neidi Dominguez, Campaign Manager of the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), states.



CIYJA is a Statewide Alliance of 12 grassroots immigrant youth led organizations:


San Diego Dream Team (SDDT), Dream Team Los Angeles (DTLA), Los Angeles Immigrant Youth Coalition (L.A IYC), San Gabriel Valley Immigrant Youth Coalition (SGV IYC), San Fernando Valley Dream Team (SFVDT), Orange County Dream Team (OCDT), Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition (I.E IYC),  Fresno Immigrant Youth in Action (FIYA),  Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE), East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition (EB IYC), Dream Alliance Sonoma County (DASC), Napa Valley Dream Team (NVDT)





OpEd: Napolitano’s appointment in the UC system: a threat to the “Trust” of undocumented immigrants and students in California.



OpEd: Napolitano’s appointment in the UC system: a threat to the “Trust” of undocumented immigrants and students in California.

It was earlier this week that I received news that Janet Napolitano, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, has been nominated for the role to run the University of California system, while exchanging her inquisitorial legacy of separation of families through S-COMM, to become the new Dolores Umbridge in California.

This became viral and vibrant news for those of us who do not like antagonists like her, (particularly those without a legal status) however, these news have caused local and state emergency organizing all across California.

Local undocumented led student groups and community-based groups in the bay area such as ASPIRE, East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition, both members of the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), and DreamActivist CA, among many other UC Based Student groups responded quickly to the call and will let the UC Regents know our common discomfort through several actions and protests opposing to such irresponsible consideration.  Over 30 groups across the 10 UC Campuses will show their support today at the public hearing in San Francisco scheduled at noon this Thursday.

The Future of California’s Trust

The past two weeks have re-sparked the conversation around the TRUST ACT when a group of undocumented immigrants took over the governor’s office and demanded a meeting, pushing the fact that he has an obligation to do the right thing in California. Will Napolitano kill the bill?

Napolitano’s true purpose in California: Conspiracy and Hidden Agendas with good pals.

This news followed by last month’s quit-and-run “voluntary” resignation of Jon Morton, Head of immigration and Custom Enforcements and partner in crime of Napolitano’s continue to strike an air of uncertainty and mystery for the future plans of Immigration Reform, quota-based massive deportations, and hidden agendas militarizing and droning our borders.

On the Trust Act, we know that Gov. Brown had close ties with Jon Morton after vetoing the last version of this bill. It is only fitting to assume Janet Napolitano will play a closer role than her fellow colleague.

As a queer-undocumented organizer and a future college student in California, it is alarming to know that UC Regents are even considering Napolitano as a president, let alone put in jeopardy their prestigious ethics, diversity and academic contributions. Some of Napolitano’s greatest achievements to our community need to be remembered:

I think about the close ties that her role will play in California with the Future of the TRUST ACT, the catalyst bill that will restore the trust of many undocumented immigrants and Californians with the terrorist collaboration that currently exists with local law enforcement and Immigration Custom Enforcements.

Napolitano’s thirst for Immigrants: Currently, there are approximately 2.6 million undocumented immigrants living in the state of California. In the UC system, there are hundreds of undocumented students across the 10 UC campuses.

“Her full time job and administration has deported more immigrants than any other in history”

Under her wing, the anti-immigrant program “Secure Communities,” or S-COMM , a federal program that collaborates local police and sheriffs into acting as deportation agents is the only reason why more than 1.5 million undocumented immigrants have been deported from the United States, further terrorizing and criminalizing many communities from local law enforcement agencies up to date. Regardless of these facts, the UC Regents fully advocate for the appointment of Napolitano.

UC Regent Sherry Lansing, inaccurately released an official statement saying,  “Janet Napolitano has been an ardent advocate for the federal Dream Act and the architect of a policy that protects from deportation young undocumented immigrants who are pursuing a college education”.

In response to Lansing’s statement, Napolitano continued to Deport low priority cases and even DACA Eligible youth after the Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals program was enacted. In fact, Corporate-owned detention centers continue to profit off many eligible youth.

UC Regents need to understand It is not only just a matter of Students, it’s an open wound that is currently bleeding from detention centers to those in the other side of the border.

 “I am deeply concern for my sister’s future, and the many of us who dream of higher education and do not have any legal status in the country. I’m even more troubled what type of influence she will bring to anti-immigrant policies in the school systems and all California”

While Immigration Reform continues to be in full debate or full militarization, 1,000 people continue to be deported every day thanks to our supper feminist, as the first woman to run the show. According to this magazine, it doesn’t matter what your politics are, as long as you’re a woman.

Deport Janet

Eight months after I migrated to these country, my mother, siblings and myself were subjected to a hostile domestic violence situation in which, for fear of being deported, we couldn’t call the cops or further seek legal assistance knowing that what my father needed was help, not deportation. What we needed was the trust of the police to prevent further harm. Many stories like my mother’s are the echoes of many migrant families’ impacted by Napolitano’s inhumane job. The same could be said for many undocumented LGBTQ folks that have been deported and harmed in detention facilities.

To the UC Regents: It is important to know that the selection process was not transparent, had almost no public input, and most importantly, was not executed for the best interest of UC students but rather for the interest of political ties. Your values will not be represented don this shady candidate. Today we will let Napolitano know that her crimes as a human being are not welcome in California. Today Students and Undocumented immigrants stand in solidarity across the state to deport her intention out of the UC System. Janet Napolitano is not welcomed in California nor in the future of our education.

Author: Alex Aldana

UndocuCaravan stops in Sacramemto and Shake up the Capitol

California Immigrant Community Send a Strong Message to Governor Brown

Eight days ago immigrant community across the state began a journey which finalized today in the State’s Capitol demanding for Governor Brown to sign the TRUST Act. The UndocuCaravan began its journey in the city of Escondido, North County San Diego, where undocumented immigrants protested the police department’s collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Since then, the UndocuCaravan riders have been collecting stories from immigrants who have been terrorized by police and ICE collaboration through programs such as Secure Communities.

For the past year, Governor Brown has continuously ignored the many requests from immigrant activists to meet with him regarding his stance on the TRUST Act. However, he has found time to meet with ICE officials and some Sheriffs regarding this issue. Therefore, the California immigrant community, decided to visit his office and share with him personally the many stories of immigrants who have been separated from their families due to collaborations between ICE and local law enforcement.

Today, nine immigrant activists, members of the Immigrant Youth Coalition and the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, conducted a sit-in inside Governor Brown’s office to request a meeting with him and to demand the passage of the TRUST Act.

Immediately after the sit-in, the Sheriff department mobilized and did not allow for no one else to come in. As time went by, media began showing up and some of the participants decided to step out to update everyone on what was going inside. As they waited hours to hear back from the Governor’s office, some of the participants began experiencing physical pain, but their spirits were strong and were determined to continue until the Gov. Brown heard their voice.

Governor Brown’s staff members explained to the participants the process to set up and appointment. The reality is that we have tried that process before to only be ignored; however, that same process has definitely worked for some Sheriffs who have met with him to share their stand against the TRUST Act. Before the office closed, a meeting with a senior staff was arranged for next week; still, our demands to meet with the Governor personally and for him to sign the TRUST Act remain.

At the end of the day, three activists were arrested and released the same day. The UndocuCaravan is now on its way back home to Southern California. Most importantly, a strong message was delivered not only to Governor Brown, but to ALL elected officials… We are NOT political ponds, and we will continue fighting for the humyn right to live with our loved ones without fear.

–in peace, Jonathan Bibriesca Orange County DREAM Team “Dream, Educate, Advocate”
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Undocu Caravan in Fresno to meet Sheriff Mims

June 29, 2013

Fresno Immigrant Community Demands Sheriff to Support TRUST Act: Undocu Caravan Stops in Fresno, California

The Undocu Caravan to restore TRUST in California continues its way to Sacramento. Yesterday, activists and supporters received the riders in the city of Fresno with an action to demand Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims to support the Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools (TRUST) Act. For the past months, Fresno immigrant rights organizers have been asking to meet with her to discuss her department’s collaboration with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), but time after time she has ignored their requests.

Since 2010, almost 2,000 deportations have occurred in the city of Fresno because of Secure Communities and this has resulted in the separation of many families. Although Attorney General Kamala Harris stating that ICE detainers are not mandatory, Sheriff Mims has stated that she will continue collaborating with ICE.

While she poses in Washington D.C. behind the Deporter in Chief Barack Obama advocating for “Comprehensive” Immigration Reform, the Fresno immigrant community wants to send the Sheriff a strong and clear message, she cannot continue to ignore the Fresno immigrant community. Sheriff Mims must support the TRUST Act and stop the deportations that are happening because of her collaboration with ICE. The Undocu Caravan will remain in Fresno for one more day and afterwards will head to their next destination, the Bay Area.

-Jonathan Bibriesca

Community Organizer

Orange County Dream Team


UndocuCaravan in Santa Ana

Santa Ana Immigrant Community Stands against Worst Immigration Detention Center:

The Undocu Caravan Journey to Restore TRUST across California Continues


As the Undocu Caravan continues its journey to restore TRUST between immigrant communities and law enforcement in California, supporters, in different cities, continue to receive them to collect stories that highlight the mistreatment’s, unjust arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants across the state. Monday’s action in the city of Escondido represented the beginning of a chain reaction of events against discriminatory laws and programs, such as Secure Communities, and to demand a meeting between Governor Brown and undocumented immigrants who have been targeted through these laws and programs.


Today, the Undocu Caravan visited the city of Santa Ana in Orange County. There, organizers took the message to the streets in front of the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) to demand an end to SAPD’s collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Activists and supporters then marched their voices to the Theo Lacy County Jail where they blocked the street in an effort to highlight the fact that the detention center has been labeled as one of the worst immigration detention centers in the country by the Detention Watch Network (


As the Santa Ana immigrant community continues to organize to end the ICE collaboration with their local police department, the Undocu Caravan has taken off to Los Angeles County. Next stop, the city of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Can’t stop, won’t stop!!


-Jonathan Bibriesca

Community Organizer

Orange County Dream Team (OCDT)