Appleseed Centers celebrate new judicial rulings affirming the importance of an inclusive and complete census count
An inclusive and complete census is essential for the communities Appleseed serves, and today we are celebrating two recent judicial decisions.
Last week, a federal court ruled that President Trump’s order to exclude undocumented immigrants from population counts used in reapportionment is unconstitutional. That decision follows a separate federal judge’s temporary restraining order that the Census Bureau must stop trying to wind down its collection process until a court hearing is held on September 17th.
Appleseed Centers in South Carolina, Kansas, and Nebraska are working hard to overcome the barriers caused by the unconstitutional orders from the administration to make sure everyone is counted. These judicial decisions are key affirmations that immigrants are important members of our communities.
Appleseed Network Manager
The Appleseed Network celebrates the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on Thursday morning, June 18th, in favor of blocking the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Court found that the Trump administration’s September 2017 move to terminate the program was “arbitrary and capricious,” and that the impact of the program’s termination on DACA recipients – at least 650,000 young immigrants brought to the US as children – was not properly taken into account.
Rupa Shenoy, a reporter for PRI's The World, recently published a story titled "Fearing detention, undocumented immigrants seek ways to appoint guardians for their children". Appleseed is humbled to have contributed to this important story about a very pressing family issue.
From the story: "Many undocumented immigrants in the US have been living with the threat of deportation for years — and those who are parents have an additional fear: What will happen to their children if they’re detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement?"
“To be honest, we did not have an answer,' said Elisa Ortiz at the Appleseed Network — a nonprofit group in Washington, DC, that works on social justice issues. They started looking into this in 2017....She said most states don’t have laws in place that allow parents to appoint guardians in the event of their detention or deportation....Activists, lawyers and immigrants across the country have been trying to find solutions."
We've been working on this issue along with our incredible pro bono partners Latham & Watkins LLP and will soon be able to share guidance with immigrant families and practitioners about standby guardianship laws in their states or U.S. territories. Please stay tuned!
Here at Appleseed, we believe the first step to meaningful systemic change is to bring an array of diverse stakeholders together to discuss social justice issues and develop sustainable solutions. As a thought leader and resource distributor, we understand the importance of bringing experts together, sharing bold ideas, and taking action for change.
It was in this spirit that Appleseed recently co-hosted our first Bold Idea Symposium at the Ford Foundation for Social Justice in New York City alongside Princeton AlumniCorps. There, we discussed a variety of immigration and forced migration issues, as well as how to effectuate real change through networks and coalitions. The event was part of a broader project with Princeton AlumniCorps, funded by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation secured thanks to the efforts of Ralph Nader, a founder of both organizations.
To learn more about our Bold Idea Partnership with Princeton AlumniCorps and the the Bold Idea Symposium, please read our July newsletter (below). As always, thanks so much for being a supporter of Appleseed and let us know if you have any questions.
On 12/5/18, Princeton AlumniCorps and Appleseed hosted a webinar presentation and Q & A on the topic of “Care for the Caregivers” of undocumented and displaced people. This webinar was the 3rd in a series as part of a partnership between Princeton AlumniCorps and Appleseed, funded by the Hewlett Foundation, which aims to promote network-based collaboration on issues facing immigrants and refugees.
WEBINAR SUMMARY – SUPPORTING IMMIGRANT STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITIES
Hosted by Princeton AlumniCorps & Appleseed
Held on 9/27/2018
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“SUPPORTING IMMIGRANT STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITIES”
Hosted by Princeton AlumniCorps & Appleseed
Thursday, September 27 at 1 PM EDT
June 29, 2018
Over the weekend, President Trump proposed depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights. In this message via Twitter, the President announced his intention to implement “zero tolerance” when it comes to immigrants crossing the border, and demanded that they be sent back immediately “with no Judges or Court Cases.”
On April 11, Princeton AlumniCorps and Appleseed hosted a webinar presentation and Q/A on the topic of trauma and mental health in immigrant and refugee communities, featuring two experts in the field. More than 160 viewers from all over the United States tuned in to listen and learn from Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra and Dr. Maria Nardone about the various aspects of trauma, including the effects of the current political climate on mental wellness and the generational impact of chronic stress on immigrant families.