Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

In this issue...

PICC Member of the Month: AFRICOM
Defending DACA and Fighting for More...
Senate to Vote on Funding Immigration Enforcement
Community Navigator Trainings in August
News from PICC Members & Partners
Upcoming Events

Member of the Month: AFRICOM

The Coalition of African and Caribbean Communities (AFRICOM) was established in 2001 to serve as the umbrella organization to diverse African and Caribbean community-based and faith-based organizations. AFRICOM’s mission is to empower immigrants and refugees to integrate into the social and economic fabric of the Greater Philadelphia area through services that include: business development, health and social services, community livelihood and support, advocacy, leadership training, and immigration legal assistance.

Since joining PICC in 2014, AFRICOM has benefited from greater funding sources, leadership trainings, and assistance with its application for accreditation before the Bureau of Immigration Appeal. A year later, AFRICOM was awarded its largest grant ever to expand its immigration-related services and offer informational sessions and legal clinics, doubling the number of people it serves. Follow AFRICOM on Facebook or donate to show your support.

Defending DACA and Fighting for More...

This summer, Texas and nine other states sent a letter to the US Attorney General demanding that the administration rescind DACA by September 5, 2017 or it would add DACA to the lawsuit filed in 2015 to challenge DAPA. DACA has provided temporary protection from deportation and increased employment and educational for almost one million young people in the last five years. In addition to the many community groups across the country that are organizing to defend DACA, MALDEF filed a motion last week to stop Texas’ potential court challenge.

While DACA is an important program, it leaves out too many of our community members, and does not provide access to legal status or citizenship. We were excited to see the introduction of the 2017 DREAM Act two weeks ago, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. This is an encouraging positive step after months of attacks on immigrant and refugee communities. Unfortunately, this bill still excludes many young people, along with their parents and other community members – so we will continue to keep up the fight for protections for everyone in our communities.

Stay tuned for updates and details on PA events. Also check out actions items from United We Dream.

Senate to Vote on Increased Funding for Immigration Enforcement

Immigration enforcement has been at the center of this year’s budget debate. The House just passed a “minibus” last week that would provide funding for a border wall, increased enforcement, and immigrant detention. The bill is heading to the Senate, and if passed, would mean thousands more families torn apart and detained.

The Make America Secure H.R.3219 (115) “minibus” was originally scheduled to be voted on after August recess. However, it looks like the bill might be brought up this week. One of the key Senators who could help stop this vote is our very own, Sen. Casey. Please take five minutes to call his office and let him know that a vote for the Make America Secure is a vote for the border wall and the President’s agenda of tearing apart immigrant families.

SAVE THE DATES: Community Navigator Trainings in August

This summer PICC will be hosting a series of Community Navigator trainings for our members and partners. These trainings are for volunteers and community leaders, and will teach them how to lead community Know Your Rights and Deportation Defense sessions, and assist with comprehensive legal screenings and naturalization applications. All trainings will be offered in both English and Spanish. We have set the dates and times for the first trainings, and will be sending out registration information for all events in the next week. Stay tuned!

Module 1: Orientation and Immigration Basics 
English: Aug. 15, 10am-12pm and Aug. 18, 3pm-5pm 
Spanish: Aug. 17, 7pm-9pm

Upcoming Events

For an updated list of upcoming events, see PICC's event calendar.

Free Information Session on Citizenship

Fri Aug 4, 10:00am - 12:00pm
International Service Center, 21 South River Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Attend this free Citizenship Information Session to learn more about the eligibility requirements and application process for naturalization. Contact Sailey Sey at or 717-230-8741 for more information.

#StoptheHate Bi-Weekly Call

Fri Aug 11, 12:00pm 

Join activists from around the state who are working to stop all anti-immigrant legislation in PA and to pass pro-immigrant policies at the municipal and state levels. Every call we will have an in-depth presentation on a different topic or campaign.
Registration is required to receive the video link and call-in information.

#ShutDownBerks August Vigil

Sun Aug 20, 3:30pm 
Berks Family Detention Center, 1040 Berks Rd, Leesport, PA 19533

Join faith organizations and allies at the Berks Detention Center to show families that we are still fighting for their freedom. Reverend Sandy Strauss from the Pennsylvania Council of Churches will be leading the August Vigil. RSVP and more info on Facebook.

News from PICC Members & Partners

Jorge Constantino Pérez-Rico Endowed Scholarship

Two years ago, we lost Jorge Constantino Pérez-Rico, a member of PICC's family and board. For nearly 25 years he served as a liaison between the Latino community in Adams County and the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College. He was a gracious, intelligent, perceptive, practical, adventurous and tireless friend, educator and mentor to so many. His revolutionary spirit, vision, and compassion guided students and community initiatives alike.

To honor his life and memory, Gettysburg College has created the Jorge Constantino Pérez-Rico Endowed Scholarship Fund. This fund will enable Gettysburg College to carry forward Jorge’s vision of equity, opportunity and education for immigrants by supporting undocumented students to realize their goal of obtaining a college education and contributing to the prosperity of the nation.

Please consider donating to this fund and support undocumented students in Pennsylvania.

Please Donate to PICC!

PICC depends upon your support. Please donate to PICC today to support our advocacy and organizing work to mobilize the immigrant vote, build immigrant leaders, campaign for pro-immigrant policies at the local, state and federal levels, and support the effective implementation of pro-immigrant public policies.

Connect with us:
Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition
2100 Arch Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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