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Free Legal Representation for DREAMERS Applying for DACA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FEBRUARY 10, 2014

HOUSTON, TX – BARRI and the nonprofit organization “Protectors of the Dream” (POD) have teamed up to offer free legal representation for DREAMERS applying for DACA. This is in conjunction with the law firm Monty & Ramirez LLP.

Eligible applicants who have not yet applied for DACA can take advantage of this program by bringing receipts from any 2 transactions with Barri, for any amount, that occurred between January 1, 2014 to February 15, 2014 to the law offices of Monty & Ramirez LLP 150 W. Parker Rd., 4th fl., Houston, Texas 77076, during normal business hours.

This will entitle the applicant to free legal representation to complete the DACA application. This does not cover the $465 filing fee charged by Immigration. For more information call 713.289.4546.

Previous awards from POD covered the filing fee expense. However, as that is a fixed cost, POD has turned its attention to the legal representation side of the process. The cost for legal representation fluctuates as does the level of service and expertise. Barri and Monty & Ramirez LLP want to make sure that DREAMERS can pursue the American Dream via the best legal representation possible for their DACA cases. Also, it is important that our community not resort to filing with unscrupulous notaries who can sabotage the process and the dreams our community.

Offer valid until March 30. Restriction apply.

Spanish Version:

BARRI y la organización sin fines de lucro “Protectores del Sueño” ofrecen cubrir los costos de representación legal para su caso de Acción Diferida, con la generosa colaboración de los abogados de Monty & Ramirez LLP.

Los jóvenes que aún no han sometido su solicitud para la Acción Diferida pueden aprovechar esta oferta simplemente presentando dos recibos de cualquier transacción que hayan realizado en BARRI desde el 1ro de Enero hasta el 15 de Febrero del 2014. Los recibos originales deben ser presentados en las oficinas de los abogados de Monty & Ramirez en horas de oficina en la siguiente dirección: 150 W. Parker Rd., 4to piso, Houston, Texas 77076.

Al presentar estos recibos obtendrás la representación legal gratuita de los Abogados de Monty & Ramirez. Esta representación gratuita no cubre los costos con inmigración ($465), y cada jóven debe solventarlos personalmente. Para más información llame ya al 713-289-4546.

BARRI y la organización Protectores del Sueño, con la participación de la firma de abogados de inmigración Monty & Ramirez, se unen para brindarle a nuestros jóvenes la posibilidad de cumplir sus sueños. Después de una exitosa ronda de becas que la Organización Protectores del Sueño patrocinó para cubrir los costos de inmigración, hoy en dia continúa sus esfuerzos de apoyar a nuestros jóvenes soñadores, pero ahora patrocinando los costos legales. Es importante que nuestros jóvenes obtengan una representación legal profesional y que eviten usar a notarios inescrupulosos que pueden poner en riesgo el futuro de nuestros jóvenes.


Free Immigration Seminar on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 8, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 9:00 a.m.
Lone Star College – North Harris
Student Services Room – Conference Room 208
2700 West W. Thorne Dr. Houston, TX 77073

Applying for DACA From a Post-Election Point of View – Myth and Reality

Protectors of the Dream will host a free seminar to inform anyone interested about the implications of applying for DACA under the new presidential administration. Participants will be able ask questions regarding possible outcomes of their application as well as have the opportunity to separate fact from fiction in Deferred Action procedures. The seminar will be Saturday, November 10th at 9:00 a.m. at Lone Star College – North Harris.

For more information please contact the Protectors of the Dream at telephone number (281) 493-5529 or via email at info@protectorsofthedream.org.


Protectors of the Dream Grant Recipients Give Back Organizing a College/Scholarship Application Workshop for Dreamers by Dreamers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – OCTOBER 8, 2012

HOUSTON, TX – The Protectors of the Dream is proud to announce that its intern team has organized a College and Scholarship Application workshop for DREAMERS by DREAMERS.

On September 24, the Protectors of the Dream awarded their first round of $465 grants to cover the filing fees for Deferred Action. Recipients were selected based on many aspects including service to the community. These same youth continue to give back.

Ana Escalona is an independent international development and non-profit consultant with experience in microfinance, education and immigration and is chairperson for the Protectors of the Dream Grant Selection Committee. Ms. Escalona’s mission was to identify leaders, DREAMERS whose stories shed a positive light on our community and who want to give back and improve their communities. “The 20 finalists definitely demonstrated these attributes through their application,” Escalona said, “The winners of this first round simply stood out.”

The Selection Committee identified several common threads among these 20 winners of DACA filing fee grants:

  • Many of them have struggled in their life as a result of being undocumented, some have not seen their parents in years due to deportation, some have faced difficult health problems, yet they have come out stronger from the obstacles they have faced. They have chosen hard work over giving up.
  • They share: Love for this country, they value the opportunities they have had and they want to participate in the country’s future prosperity.
  • They are optimistic about their future and while they realize that deferred action is only the first step, they have chosen to take advantage of the opportunity and have chosen hope over fear.
  • They are goal oriented, they know exactly where they’re going.

College/Application Scholarship Seminar for DREAMers by DREAMers

Topics:

  • TAFSA
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
  • College Application process
  • Learn about programs
  • Meet other Dreamers

When: October 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: La Torre Latina, 150 West Parker (I-45N), Houston, Texas 77076; 4th Fl, Rm 401
Contact: victor@protectorsofthedream.org or (281) 493-5529

www.protectorsofthedream.org


Protectors of the Dream raises $80,000 for Grants to Cover Deferred Action Filing Fees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – AUGUST 22, 2012

HOUSTON, TX – As Arizona and Nebraska block rights extended to the DREAM Act generation via President Obama’s plan for Deferred Action, Texas nonprofit Protectors of the Dream takes action for Deferred Action. Only 2 weeks old, the newly created nonprofit is proud to announce that it has raised $80,000-enough for over 160 grants for Deferred Action filing fees in this first round. The awards are in the amount of $465, the cost of the required filing fee.

Protectors of the Dream is Bi-Partisan with Democrats and Republicans working together:

The Protectors of the Dream is a nonprofit organization comprised of leaders from the Houston business, legal, and activist community who have united across political and socio-economic lines to support the young students who are putting their trust in the government and stepping out of the shadows.

The co-founders are Tony Diaz and Jacob Monty. Tony Diaz is known for his Liberal activism defending culture and art. These projects range from leading the Librotraficante Movement in smuggling banned books into Arizona to challenging a Harris County Ordinance that prohibited piñatas on county park grounds.

Jacob Monty is a Mexican-American lawyer with Monty & Ramirez LLP who has raised money and support for George W. Bush and John McCain.

“People are not shocked to see me involved in this issue,” said Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante. “But they are surprised to see which Party I brought to the party. But this is an example of the new alliances we must create to preserve the American Dream for all of our young. I also firmly believe both parties must cater to community.”

“I’m a Republican activist, so Tony and I don’t agree on a whole lot,” Monty says. “This is something that is not a party issue. Regrettably, Republicans are on the wrong side of this thing. The business community is embracing it.”

Deadline for this round of applications is August 31. Winners will be announced September 17. 160 grants will be awarded in this round. All students who are eligible to apply for the Deferred Action program and live in Houston, Texas or the greater metropolitan area are eligible to apply. More grants will be awarded to a larger pool of applicants in the next round.

Free Seminar on Filing Fee Grants for Deferred Action And Up to Date Information on Deferred Action Saturday, August 25, 9 a.m., Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Rd., Houston, TX 77074. For more info or to register for the workshop call (281) 493-5529.

www.protectorsofthedream.org


Protectors of The Dream Announce Grants for DREAMers to Cover Deferred Action Filing Fees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – AUGUST 14, 2012

Houston, TX – The newly created nonprofit Protectors of the Dream is proud to announce its first round of grants to cover filing fees for Deferred Action applicants. The awards are in the amount of $465, the cost of the required filing fee.

In June, the Obama Administration announced that it would offer Deferred Action to younger undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to allow them to complete their education, continue their military service or begin their careers. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is scheduled to begin accepting applications for Deferred Action on August 15.

The Protectors of the Dream is a nonprofit organization comprised of leaders from the Houston business, legal, and activist community who have united across political and socio-economic lines to support the young students who are putting their trust in the government and stepping out of the shadows.

“This generation of young scholars and activists that has come to be known as the Dream Act generation is amazing,” said Jacob Monty, of the law firm Monty & Ramirez LLP, one of the founders of the group. “They have worked hard for this moment. We are not duplicating their efforts. We are inspiring our business and professional community to lend the resources, skills, and vision to this cause to lobby for more profound immigration reform and to be witness to how this administration and future administrations treat our young as they step out of the shadows to attempt to take part in the American Dream. We want to start by alleviating the burden of filing fees for DREAMERS. This is the first phase of our program. We want to do more, much more.”

Deadline for this round of applications is August 31. Winners will be announced September 17. 10 – 25 grants will be awarded this round. More grants will be awarded to a larger pool of applicants in the next round. All students who are eligible to apply for the Deferred Action program and live in Houston, Texas or the greater metropolitan area are eligible to apply. Winners will be chosen based on completeness of application and also a short essay, in English or Spanish. Applications will be available online and also in person.

Free Seminar on Filing Fee Grants for Deferred Action
And Up to Date Information on Deferred Action
Saturday, August 25, 9 a.m.
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Rd., Houston, TX 77074
For more info call (281) 493-5529
www.protectorsofthedream.org

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Dreamers Pledge

  • I pledge to live in the light because I will soon be able to live out of the shadows, in the United States of America, the country which I have adopted as my own.
  • I will strive to reach my maximum potential for I know that in me are deposited the hopes and dreams of my family and my community.
  • I understand that I will be held to a higher standard of behavior than others and I vow to carry out my personal life always exhibiting only exemplary comportment in my daily life.
  • I will only seek out the company of those who also walk in the light.
  • I will remain engaged to the plight of those who are forced to live in the shadows so that one day they too may walk out of the shadows.

Thank You For Protecting The Dream:

These are the protectors of the dream