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July 2017 Citizenship Fair photo album

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Mexican coffee farmer in Hawaii deported after 28 years

Facing deportation, Hawaii coffee farmer, father of three returns to Mexico after 28 years

A coffee farmer in Hawaii whose deportation fight turned him into a symbol in the debate over U.S. immigration policy has returned to Mexico after losing a legal battle to remain in the United States.

Andres Magana Ortiz said goodbye to his wife, an American citizen, and three U.S.-born children on Friday night, then boarded a flight bound for Mexico, the country he left as a teenager nearly three decades ago in the hands of human traffickers, Hawaii News Now reported.

The 43-year-old had been fighting deportation since 2011 when the Department of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama began removal proceedings against him. After being granted multiple stays, his most recent request for legal status was rejected amid President Trump’s crackdown on immigration, and he was ordered to leave.

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Free services and classes to become a U.S. Citizen with Andres Rivera

 

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June 2017 Citizenship Fair at the Southwest Senior Center


Take the Step to Become a U S Citizen with ACLU's Director of Immigrants' Rights, Jennie Pasquarella

 

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Wages Rise on Farms and Americans Still Won't Take Jobs

Arnulfo Solorio’s desperate mission to recruit farmworkers for the Napa Valley took him far from the pastoral vineyards to a raggedy parking lot in Stockton, in the heart of the Central Valley.

Solorio recruiting workers in Stockton.

Carrying a fat stack of business cards for his company, Silverado Farming, Solorio approached one prospect, a man with only his bottom set of teeth. He told Solorio that farm work in Stockton pays $11 to $12 an hour. Solorio countered: “Look, we are paying $14.50 now, but we are going up to $16.” The man nodded skeptically.

Solorio moved on to two men huddled nearby, and returned quickly. “They were drug addicts,” he said. “And, they didn’t have a car.”

Before the day was through, Solorio would make the same pitch to dozens of men and women, approaching a taco truck, a restaurant and a homeless encampment. Time was short: He needed to find 100 workers to fill his ranks by April 1, when grapevines begin to grow and need constant attention.

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Immigration Facts: Myth vs Facts

 

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The Muslim-Latino Collaborative Is A New And Welcome Voice For Justice

As Islam becomes more and more woven into the fabric of American society, new groups are being formed as part of Islam’s historic communitarian outreach toward and concern for civil society in general. A recent organization that bears very honorable mention is the Muslim-Latino collaborative.

Given the orientation of the current Trump administration and the administration’s campaigns, both obvious and subtle, against Muslims and Latinos, the Collaborative is both timely and to the rescue.

To learn more about this important civic addition, The Muslim Observer has interviewed Shakeel Syed, the Muslim initiator of the Collaborative, and a well-known and respected member of both the Muslim and non-Muslim community.

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Fee Waiver Assistance for Applicants

We're excited to let you know that OCCORD is now offering fee waiver assistance for citizenship applicants.
Please forward this video message in Spanish to anyone you know who isn't a citizen and who understands Spanish.
 
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