Sunday, June 3, 2012

Dream Student Elizabeth Olivas Earns Legal Status and Graduates with Honors!

Dreamers: You too can earn Legal status. Read about Elizabeth Olivas. If you are like Elizabeth, talk to an Immigration attorney. If you don't know an Immigration Attorney, go to your local Catholic Church and ask for their recommendations to find one.
(CNN) -- The Indiana high school student who was in danger of missing her graduation ceremony because of a visa mix-up in Mexico returned home early Friday morning. The smiling teen was met at the Indianapolis International Airport by her Dad and all of her family members, balloons and signs.

"Now I can continue to pursue my dreams," Elizabeth Olivas, 17, told reporters.
High school student Elizabeth Olivas had faced a three-year ban from the United States. Her attorney, Sarah Moshe, had said the U.S. State Department approved a waiver, allowing Olivas to return home and deliver the salutatorian speech at Frankfort High School on Saturday.

Elizabeth was an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the United States by her parents when she was 4. She traveled to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, last month to beat a deadline to apply for a visa. According to immigration laws, children of immigrant parents have until 180 days from their 18th birthday to leave the United States for their country of origin and apply for a visa. The consulate in Mexico granted Olivas an appointment for May 4. Her attorney, Moshe, calculated on two different legal calendars that the 180th day would fall on April 17, so Olivas departed for Mexico that day so not to miss many of her classroom courses in America. But at her May 4 appointment, Olivas was told she had left the United States on the 181st day.
The calendars her lawyer Moshe used did not account for the leap year. The mix-up could have meant Olivas would be banned from the United States for three years, living with her grandparents in Juarez until she could apply again.
"The waiver was approved, and we just finished issuing and printing her visa," read a statement from the U.S. State Department, according to Moshe. "We gave her the visa packet and she will be left the Consulate Thursday, visa in hand!. Congrats and best of luck to Elizabeth and her family! She is very lucky to have such a great team working on her behalf."
Olivas' father is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He filed an immigrant visa petition for his daughter to gain legal status. The petition process began years ago, but the process was slow, Olivas said. She said she had been "essentially begging for an appointment."
"The problem was we couldn't secure an appointment at the consulate," Moshe said.
In the six weeks since Olivas' arrival in Mexico, she participated in classes remotely with her laptop and kept her grades up during the final weeks of school.
Her only hope to return to Indiana quickly was a 400-page parental hardship waiver that she presented to U.S. consulate officials Thursday. Her appeal argued her diabetic father would suffer from being apart from his daughter.
Now back in the United States she plans to apply for permanent resident status.
Steve Edwards, principal at Frankfort High School, called Olivas a "phenomenal kid."
"She is a mentor to those younger than her," Edwards said. "There is just not a bad thing to say about Elizabeth. She's an awesome girl."
Olivas' medal and diploma were presented to her on Saturday, he said.
"Regardless of this whole process, she graduated on Saturday," Edwards said. "She gave her speech in front of the crowd. We are all so proud to see her graduate."


Vicente Duque said...

Columbia Journal of Race and Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Research, San Diego, Professor Marjorie Cohn : "Racial Profiling Legalized in Arizona", April 16, 2012 - This article argues that the statute is unconstitutional because it violates the Fourth Amendment, is void for vagueness, and violates the Supremacy Clause

You can download the Full Article in the provided link at the bottom of this note. This professor speaks out very clearly and without reservations or fears.

In 2010, Arizona enacted S.B. 1070, which legalizes racial profiling in that state, and effectively converts local law enforcement officials into de facto U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. This article argues that the statute is unconstitutional because it violates the Fourth Amendment, is void for vagueness, and violates the Supremacy Clause. S.B. 1070 also suffers from practical deficiencies in that it will harm communities and increase harassment of Latinos. In addition, it runs afoul of universally recognized human rights. Other states have passed laws similar to S.B. 1070. The constitutionality of S.B. 1070 is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which will issue a decision by the end of its 2011-2012 term. The Court is reviewing an opinion by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturning some provisions of S.B. 1070 as violative of the Supremacy Clause.

Social Science Research Network
Columbia Journal of Race and Law, Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 168, 2012
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Research Paper No. 2040532


Androw said...

Awesome, you said it so well!
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Vicente Duque said...

Video : "If you are watching this video is because I am arrested" -- Little Girl Daniela Cruz defied the "toughest Sheriff in America" Jow Arpaio and got away with it after being arrested by this bad guy - Stephen Lemons : SB1070 Civil Disobedience Must Escalate

A little Girl in desperation and tired of being harassed and "Racially Profiled" becomes very brave and filled with courage against the Toughest and Roughest Sheriff.

See the Video of Daniela Cruz at the bottom of this page --- "If you are watching this video is because I am arrested" .... The text was written by Stephen Lemons :


One of the more daring examples of DREAM Act civil disobedience occurred in March, when 150 student protesters blocked a street in West Phoenix. Six undocumented students chose not to move from the center of the street and were arrested, thus risking deportation.

In a YouTube clip released to coincide with her arrest with the others, Daniela Cruz explained how she and fellow DREAMers were fed up with living in a limbo where they legally cannot work or go to college at an in-state tuition rate. America is the only home they’ve ever known, and they demonstrated that they are through being victims.

“I’m willing to risk everything I have,” Cruz told her audience. “I’m willing to risk being deported because I’m done seeing people be scared.”

To the surprise of both her and her jailers, ICE holds on Cruz and her cohorts mysteriously were lifted during their 28-hour stay in Joe Arpaio’s Fourth Avenue Jail. They were released on misdemeanor charges.

Cruz and her pals quickly became heroes in the Latino community.

“One day, we’ll be reading about them in history books!” declares Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo, who is pushing for repeal of 1070.

Gallardo predicts increased public protests in the wake of the expected Supreme Court ruling. “I’ll be right there with them,” he says.

A demonstration scheduled for June 23 by the Phoenix human rights group Puente will target Arpaio’s infamous Tent City. Hundreds of Unitarian Universalists who will convene in Phoenix during that weekend for a national conference will participate in the protest.

The Unitarians and Puente teamed up in 2010 for a massive show of anti-1070 civil disobedience that rocked Phoenix.

Puente organizer Carlos Garcia cites the example set by the DREAM Act kids as one to emulate.

“When undocumented people confront the system, it crumbles,” he says. “And it becomes clear that they are more afraid of us than we are of them.”

Arrested in Phoenix | Undocumented: Daniela Cruz

Published on Mar 20, 2012 by DreamActivistdotOrg


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