Department of Homeland Security will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA tomorrow, February 18, as originally planned. Until further notice, it will also suspend the plan to accept requests for DAPA.

The Texas Court's order does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to come forward and request initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA pursuant to the guidelines established in 2012 (arrival prior to June 15, 2007).

Our DACA legal clinic scheduled for Saturday, March 7 will NOT include Expanded DACA, just the original.

NOTA: La clínica legal para DACA el 7 de marzo ha sido cambiado por el juez en Texas, 16 de febrero, 2015 - NO incluye DACA ampiada ahorita. Ya no pueden solicitar para DACA ampliada hasta que termine el caso en el corte.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is NOT the DREAM Act. It is a step toward the DREAM Act but we still need to fight to pass the DREAM Act so DREAMers have a path to citizenship.

Acciõn Diferida para Ciertos Inmigrantes Jõvenes: Deferred Action for Certain Young Immigrants:
¡No se deje Engañar! Don't Get Scammed!
Hay más informaciõn disponible en: Accion Deferida More information is available at: Deferred Action

Immigration Lawyers are urging those eligible for DACA to apply as soon as possible. If/When the Comprehensive Immigration Reform takes place, you will then be likely eligible to NOT pay a fine of $500 AND have your case expedited. You may be eligible for Citizenship as early as within five years of passage of the bill into law. Historically, any group which has received a protected status (like DACA) has never had it taken away, so there is no reason to fear the program will end in two years.

The next Informational Forum and Legal Clinic For Immigrant Youth will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 - STARTS at 8:00 AM - Skagit Valley College, 2405 E College Way, Mount Vernon, 98273 in Angst Hall. See Spanish Flyer and/or English Flyer for more information.

Information in English and Spanish about the upcoming DACA legal clinic. Please share with friends and family members!

Loans are available for up to the $465 DACA filing fee! Ask about them!

¡Los préstamos están disponibles para un máximo de la quota de $ 465 para DACA! ¡Pregunte acerca de ellos el sábado!

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Some people came from as far away as Renton and Kirkland though our goal is to serve those in Skagit, Whatcom, Island, Snohomish and San Juan counties - those served by CCS Family Immigration Service (FIS) in Mount Vernon. FIS is the only BIA certified non-profit family immigration service in the five county area.

CCS Family Immigration Service, the American Immigration Lawyers Assoc., Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Community to Community, KSVR, and Whatcom Community College are partnering with the SIRC to organize and present these legal clinics.

SIRC position on Sakuma labor dispute

Please read SIRC's position on the Sakuma labor dispute. Español English

What We Learn From the Indigenous Farmworker Strike in Pac. Northwest

Update: After a four-hour meeting with owners of Sakuma Bros. Farms, striking workers reached an agreement Thursday morning and plan to return to work Friday.

Hundreds of largely indigenous farmworkers in the Skagit Valley of northwestern Washington went back on strike this week after negotiations with farmowners failed to reach agreement. The striking workers are protesting for better pay and respectful treatment by supervisors as well as against plans to bring in guest workers.

About 200 workers, mostly Triqui and Mixtec from southern Mexico, rallied Wednesday morning in a labor camp on the berry farm where they work. These workers say that the plans to hire some 160 guest workers will cut the hours of those who have been working there for the entire season and will lead to differential pay rates for the same work.

Their list of grievances also includes racist treatment of indigenous Mexicans by certain supervisors, lack of sick leave, and unfair firing of one particular farmworker.

These issues are not new.

In the mid-2000s, as part of my field research as an anthropologist and physician, I lived in a labor camp and picked berries on a large family farm in the Skagit Valley. Then, as now, there was a strike of indigenous Mexican farmworkers with a very similar list of demands. What should we learn from these two Washington State farmworker strikes almost a decade apart?

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Seth M. Holmes, PhD, MD
Martin Sisters Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology
University of California Berkeley

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project - Community Advisory April 17, 2013

Click HERE to read the Advisory Regarding Proposals for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation.

Family Unity, Family Health: How Family-Focused Immigration Reform Will Mean Better Health for Children and Families
A new study released by Human Impact Partners finds strong evidence that the children of undocumented immigrants are harmed by current detention and deportation policies. This study provides critical support in the fight to pass comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform.

You can read a copy of it at

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