Protecting Undocumented Immigrants and Obtaining Relief from Deportation
The grant from the MTYKL Foundation will fund the work of a four-month law graduate fellow in Spring 2016 to work on our Administrative Relief/DACA project and our Citizenship/Civic Engagement project.
Administrative Relief/DACA Project
The Administrative Relief/DACA Project helps protect undocumented immigrants from deportation and assisting them obtain work authorization greatly enhances their standard of living and upward mobility.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, 180,000 undocumented immigrants reside in Santa Clara County. 42,500 of the undocumented immigrants residing in Santa Clara County are Asian/Pacific Islander.
Obtaining immigration relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a significant step towards self- sufficiency for all undocumented immigrants who qualify for the program.
Our fellow will assist with outreach and education to potential DACA applicants and will help DACA applicants complete the application forms for the DACA program.
One of the key elements to a campaign to combat the current anti-immigrant sentiment is the development of success stories of successful DACA clients. The fellow will help to develop DACA clients as advocates for the DACA program and for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Citizenship/Civic Engagement Project
Many low income, limited English speaking immigrant face barriers in the citizenship process including a stressful process, complex application forms and application fees charged by other non-profit organizations.
Our fellow will help clients with their citizenship application and will also work with those who successfully complete the process become advocates for Comprehensive Immigration reform.
Founded in 1977, Asian Law Alliance exists to provide the Asian and Pacific Islander and low-income population in Santa Clara County with equal access to the legal system so they can develop selfsufficiency, self-reliance and a better quality of life. ALA conducts the following programs, direct legal services to low income people, multilingual preventative community education and community organizing.