JOIN THE RALLY – Access to Higher Education for All
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 3:00 pm
Fronting Hawai’i State Capitol on Beretania Street
- Pass HB1613 and HB 1513
- Fight for your future
- Education is a right
- Not a debt sentence
TOWN HALL MEETING: How much is our care worth?
Monday, February 29
Registration at 5:30pm / Program at 6pm
Sacred Hearts Academy
3235 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, 96816
Join elected officials, advocates, and experts for a town hall meeting about SB 2478 and HB 1885 — our plan to ensure everyone in Hawai’i can care for our kupuna.
For more information, contact Dawn:
The Hawaii law is effective January 1, 2016.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed a bill into law that creates a limited purpose driver’s license for people who don’t have documents to prove they are legally allowed to live in the U.S.
The governor signed the measure, House Bill 1007, on Tuesday, according to a press release.
The measure was backed by the Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform and Filipino community advocacy groups such as the Filipino American Citizens League. But in addition to immigrants, the law applies to a range of drivers including homeless people and domestic violence victims who may not have the proper documentation.
The law becomes effective January 1, 2016.
Discrimination against foreign-born residents was alleged when translation of some exams was discontinued.
The Hawaii Department of Transportation and the nonprofit Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) said Friday that a lawsuit was settled regarding the translation of driver’s examinations for vehicle licenses.
United States District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway approved the settlement.
In 2013, FACE said it was concerned that speakers of Marshallese, Chuukese and Ilocano were being disenfranchised because exams were not available in those languages.
Translations of the driver’s test began in 2001, but they were later suspended after new state laws led to changes in the test. The DOT did, however, provide translations into eight other languages including Japanese and Tagalog.
FACE filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the DOT discriminated against foreign-born residents of Hawaii “by not offering a translated exam for a period of more than five years after previously existing translations were removed from service when additional questions needed to be added to the exam,” according to a joint press release.
For its part, the DOT says it consistently disputed that there was “any discriminatory motive” involved in decision-making about the translated exams. In a statement, DOT Director Ford Fuchigami said his department is committed “to serving all of Hawaii’s residents regardless of who they are or where they are from.”
The DOT currently offers the examination in 13 languages, said to make Hawaii the only state under 2 million people to offer the exam in more than 10 languages, including Hawaiian.
FACE said it is pleased with the outcome of the case.
The Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform thanked Obama for his Executive Action which has extended legal status to thousands of Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Tongan, and Latino Immigrants in our state. HCIR and FACE was featured in the Washington Post with its Mahalo sign waving right before Christmas. See article at:
FACE also assisted in the spin-off of a new group – the Aloha Dream Team which is made up of “Dreamers” young immigrants who have been working with us for about a year. They will be coming soon to your church to help people understand the DACA/DAPA opportunities! We will be their fiscal agent as they seek to raise funds for their work.
FACE Maui co-hosted the President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) on Tuesday, December 9 at Kahului Union Church. The discussion ranged from the economic status of FSM, to funding education, the importance of translation of vital documents and FACE’s lawsuit against the Department of Transportation. A notary was available to help families with their I-94 and passport renewals. Mahalo to Maui County Immigration Services for assisting with this event.