• Mark Lyons: Immigrants’ Rights

    Photo: Harvey Finkle

    Posted on January 8, 2013 by Mark Lyons

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    Photographs by Harvey Finkle

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    ……….We have been working with the Philadelphia Deferred Action Network (P-DAN), a coalition of grass roots and advocacy organizations committed to supporting undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and who may be eligible for DACA–Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA-eligible immigrants are provided a work permit, a social security number, and safety from deportation. DACA is an important step toward full immigration reform. P-DAN provides information and legal support to DACA applicants.

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    Photo: Harvey Finkle

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    We have produced an eight minute video, We Are DACA, which highlights the struggles and aspirations of five immigrant youth from around the world who have made Philadelphia home. Through their own words these courageous individuals tell their story of growing up as undocumented immigrants, the hope they now envision with their new immigration status and their determination to fight for their parents and their community for comprehensive immigration reform.

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    We have also produced a shortened version of We Are DACA, which has been entered into the Philly DoGooder Award contest. Community people can vote for the video, and the winners receive some financial support to continue their work (which means that P-DAN would receive resources to do work around DACA.) Voting goes until January 31, and people can vote every day by clicking on this link:http://iframe-763041.strutta.com/entry/1093997>.

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    Photo: Harvey Finkle

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    As an organization committed to immigration reform, to making quality education available to all, and to human rights, we’re asking your support in getting the word out about We Are DACA. You can help us tell the stories of these remarkable people who are taking great risks to support their families and contribute to their communities.

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    Photo: Harvey Finkle

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    Photo: Harvey Finkle

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    We greatly appreciate your support. This is the year we must move to achieve immigration reform.

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    DACA: Immigration Reform

    Editor’s Note: To learn more about Harvey Finkle’s photography, log on: www.HarveyFinkle.com


    1 responses to “Mark Lyons: Immigrants’ Rights”


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      Michael Weiss: Just as my grandparents came to this country. They must have heard something about streets paved with gold. We only seem to want new peeps when we need cheap labor….We are all immigrants of the sacred promise that the statue made.