PA is READY! - ¡PA está LISTO!

PA is READY! is a diverse coalition of organizations across Pennsylvania formed in September 2014 to ensure that Pennsylvania immigrant communities get the information and assistance they need to apply for immigration assistance. Through a collaborative process, PA is READY! provides small grants to community based organizations and legal service providers to support community outreach, education and application assistance. See our calendar for events near you.

PA is Ready! is coordinated by the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition. For more information, please contact Judy Kim, the statewide coordinator at: judykim@paimmigrant.org or 215-832-0615

The primary goals of PA is READY! are to:

  • Build statewide capacity to provide immigration assistance, including: DAPA preparation, 2012 DACA applications and renewals, Legal screenings, Citizenship applications.
  • Prevent the exploitation of immigrants through immigration (or “notario”) fraud
  • Screen and enroll as many eligible immigrants in DACA+ and DAPA as possible once the application process opens
  • Build immigrant leadership and organizing capacity to engage in local, state and federal immigrant rights campaigns
  • Reach the diverse immigrant communities eligible for DACA and DAPA

 Post 2016 Elections

On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, immigrant and refugee families woke up to a President-elect who has publicly declared his contempt for immigrant and refugee communities. PICC and PICC's member organizations will not sit by and let local, state, or federal elected officials push forward anti-immigrant and anti-refugee policies. We will continue to stand together against racism and xenophobia, and fight for the vision of American we belive in: inclusive, welcoming, and diverse. 

What You Should Do:

  • Make a plan. Educate yourself on your rights, and talk to your family about what you'll do if ICE comes to your home.
  • Talk to a trusted attorney or accredited representative to discuss your legal options. 

What You Need to Know:

  • President Obama is still the president. Current immigration laws will stay the same until January 20, 2017.
  • Curren immigration policies -- DACA 2012, TPS, etc. -- are still available and applications will be processed until changes are made to the laws.
  • We do not know what changes will be made or how quickly the next administration will work to make changes.
    • Administrative changes, like eliminating DACA or other executive actions, can be enacted quickly.
    • Changes to the law require an act of Congress and will take more time to pass and be implemented.
  • We do not know how (or whether) USCIS will share or use information from DACA and other applications. 

Request a speaker: If you would like to have a trained speaker give a post-election presentation on immigration issues to your classroom, community members, congregation, etc. please submit a speaker request here. Please note that we are currently only able to accomodate requests in Pennsylvania.

Know Your Rights! What You Can Do Now: 

  • Attend a local Know Your Rights Session and invite everyone you know!
  • Download resources to help educate your community!
    • Raids Rapid Response Toolkit: English and EspañolHome Raids resources from the Immigrant Defense Project
    • Easy-to-use English & Español infographics from United We Dream
    • Helpful resources and tips on talking to children about immigration enforcement by the New York Immgration Coalition.
    • Know Your Rights Cards in multiple languages by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
  • Report raids to the United We Dream Hotline: 1-844-363-1423.
  • Sign the petition demanding President Obama stop the raids and the deportations!

 


Upcoming Information Sessions and Legal Clinics in Pennsylvania
*This list will continue to be updated with upcoming information session and legal clinics. 

Call our hotline PA is READY! at 215-832-0895 for weekly updates on information sessions in your area.
Llame a nuestra línea 215-832-0895 para actualizaciones semanales de sesiones informativas en su area.


December 2016
All sessions and clinics are FREE! Todas las sesiones y clinicas son GRATIS!

Type of Session or Clinic

Region

Where?

When?

Contact

Dinner and DACA: Education, Advocacy, and Immigration  Allentown Muhlenberg College: Seeger's 108-109 12/1/16; 5:30-7:30pm Erika 610-972-0736
Free Legal and Deportation Defense Clinic Chambersburg Chambersburg Rec Center: 235 S. Third Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201 12/10/16; 3pm Desi  215-518-7342
Know Your Rights and DACA Philadelphia Acana Hall: 54 Chester Avenue 12/12/16; 6-8pm Eric 215-816-8063 
      
         

 

DAPA ANNOUNCEMENT:

DAPA is unavailable. On June 23, 2016, The Supreme Court just announced a 4-4 tied decision on United States vx. Texas. This means that the injunction on DAPA implementation will continue to stand, and Judge Hanen (who has publicly taken an anti-immigrant stance) will decide whether to move forward on the substance of the law suit to decide whether DAPA is constitutional. However, even in the face of this disappointment, immigrant families and allies are organizing, and will not rest until every member of our families and communities are protected from unjust deportations.