Protect DACA and all immigrants
The president is a coward. Yesterday President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was enacted by President Obama in 2012. He didn't have the courage to make the announcement himself. He sent overt racist Attorney General Jeff Sessions to deliver the message, and later gave Congress a timeline of "6 months to legalize DACA." The President is holding over 800,000 young people's lives hostage to pass an immigration measure that will pay for more militarization, detention and deportation of immigrants, and a wall along our southern border. Groups on the ground are mobilizing and demanding protection for all immigrants.
Make no mistake - undocumented youth campaigned to put the pressure on Obama to provide DACA’s relief. By participating in sit-ins at congressional offices across the country and coming out of the shadows as undocumented in public forums, they changed the narrative from fear to courage. While President Trump hides behind his tweets, immigrant communities are organizing and ready to resist.
Crossroads Fund is proud to work with the following organization fighting on the front lines of our immigration crisis. Get involved and share the following resources widely.
Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD)
On Thursday, September 7, OCAD will hold a press conference regarding Chicago’s gang database, an index that can only be accessed or edited by law enforcement officials and whose accuracy cannot be contested by those who are placed in it. This database is instrumental for all law enforcement agencies who are harassing, detaining, and criminalizing families in order to assert their power and profit from their suffering. For more information visit their Facebook page.
Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA)
CALA is offering a helpline for any DACA recipients that might need more information, would like to talk to an attorney for a free consultation on legal options, and to discuss the effects this week’s announcement has on their lives. #CALAHelpline #DACA (872) 267-CALA
PASO - West Suburban Action Project
PASO - West Suburban Action Project, in coalition with other immigrant rights groups, organized to pass the TRUST Act, a bill that limits the interaction of police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Illinois.
If your DACA work permit expires BEFORE March 5, 2018, and you want to renew, you must file the renewal application BEFORE October 5, 2017. If your DACA expires on or after March 6, 2018, you will no longer be allowed to renew. PASO - West Suburban Action Project is clearing all of its appointments for September to accommodate for DACA renewals. Call PASO at 708-410-2000 or message them via PASO’s Facebook page. No new initial applications will be accepted as of September 5, 2017. All pending applications for advance parole will be denied, and money returned.
Funding Opportunity at Crossroads Fund
The Critical Response Fund is a rapid response grant opportunity to support organizations taking on new work in this political moment. This fund is now open and receiving applications – interested organizations should review our funding criteria and contact Emily Duma at Emily@crossroadsfund.org with questions and ideas.
Additional Funding Resource.
Illinois Immigrant Funders Collaborative.
The Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative (IFC) invites Illinois 501c3 organizations with a mission to advance the rights and well-being of immigrants and refugees, and/or programming that is focused on them to apply for grant funding. Interested, eligible organizations should send Letters of Inquiry (LOIs). View Letter of Inquiry information here.
Please consider making a gift to the Critical Response Fund so we can continue to support grassroots groups in this moment of heightened racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism and xenophobia.