Immigration Reform

Upcoming Events in February

JOIN THE RALLY: access to higher education for all

Wednesday, February 24
3pm
Hawai’i State Capitol

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.

care4kupuna.com

For more information, contact Dawn:
dmoraiswebster @ gmail.com
808-383-7581

Town Hall Meeting Feb 29thFree Community College Rally

Ige Signs Bill to Help Undocumented Immigrants Obtain Driver’s Licenses

The Hawaii law is effective January 1, 2016.

·By ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER

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.

Courtesy of Gov. David Ige

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Gov. Ige poses with advocates for a new limited purpose drivers license on June 30.

http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/06/ige-signs-bill-to-help-undocumented-immigrants-obtain-drivers-licenses/

Hawaii DOT Settles Driver’s License Exam Lawsuit

Discrimination against foreign-born residents was alleged when translation of some exams was discontinued.

·By CHAD BLAIR

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.

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Marshallese and Chuukese making their case to the Maui DOT in April 2013.

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.

http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/05/hawaii-dot-settles-drivers-exam-lawsuit/

Immigration Reform Update: FACE Hosts Mexican Consulate; Thanks Obama For Executive Action

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:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/24/hawaiians-cheer-president-obamas-immigration-actions/

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.

Chuukese Christian Ministry & FACE host the President of the Federated States of Micronesia

From left to right: FSM President Manny Mori. Rev. Elvis Killian Osonis, Deacon Mark, & Deacon Olery of Chuukese Christian Ministry, Kahului.

 

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.

 

HCIR Media Event Thanks President Obama for Executive Action

On November 21, Hawaii Coalition for Immigrant Rights/Immigration Reform (HCIR) held a media event at Harris United Methodist Church. The purpose of the event was to thank President Obama for taking Executive Action which will extend temporary opportunities to an estimated 7,000 Hawai’i residents, in addition to 5 million residents in the wider United States.

Photography by Shaun Campbell
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Attorney Clare Hanusz explains who will be eligible to benefit from President Obama’s Executive Action.
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Attorney John Egan lists the various ways all of us will benefit from the Executive Action

 

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FACE and HCIR leaders and community supporters gather before the altar of FACE unit Harris Church to give thanks for the civil rights extended to family members of US Citizens and Legal Residents.

FACE’s Hawaii Coalition For Immigration Reform Accepts HSBA Award

IkenaAwardThe Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform (HCIR), sponsored by FACE, was awarded the ‘Ikena Award by the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA).  The ‘Ikena Award  recognizes outstanding service to the public toward legal education.  Claudia Lara and Stan Bain represented HCIR at the HSBA convention luncheon to receive the Koa bowl award on Oct. 24.

In other Hawaii immigration reform news, FACE/HCIR hosted the Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center and hosted briefing for State Senate and House staffers on marked licenses and other state-level immigration reforms.

FACE Maui will host the Mexican Consulate Saturday, November 15 at St. Theresa Church in Kihei. To schedule an appointment, please call: 1 (877) 639-4835.

FROM KAILUA TO CUFFS

FACE Clergy arrested in DC deportation protest

BY FACE HCIR Organizer Rev. Stan Bain

On July 31, 102 of us from across the country hiked from Capitol Hill to
the park that faces the White House. Supported by hundreds more who
were chanting, singing and praying, we took our stand in front of the
White House fence. We represented communities of faith from across
the country to send a message to President Obama, urging him to deliver
his Executive Order (since Congress has failed to act) to extend Deferred
Action to youth and their parents who qualify for legalization under SB
744.
Our message in front of the White House that morning is the same
message we lift up in our immigration work here in Hawaii: Stop
separating families, don’t send the children back to Central America to
face the violence they barely managed to escape.
Yes, we were arrested. It was worth it. Yes we were all cuffed and yes my
mug shot is floating around the nation’s Capitol. But it was worth it; the
country heard our message of faith and love for all families.

 

 

Hawaii Continues the Fight for Immigration Reform

He’s baaaaack!  Immigration reform leader and director/star of the documentary Documented, Jose Antonio Vargas, returned in December to work with FACE and the Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform. Vargas’ movie tracks his life from his immigration to America from the Philippines as a child to his struggles as an adult activist and explores how he reconnects with his mother. As he says on his website, “A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives.”

josevargaswithgroupFilipino community leaders celebrate another successful showing of Documented.

FACE Hosts Jose Vargas

FACE HOSTS PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING FILIPINO JOURNALIST & NATIONAL IMMIGRATION REFORM LEADER JOSE VARGAS More than 200 people from FACE and our ally organizations gathered for the Hawaii premiere of Documented, a film about the life of Jose Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winner who is also an undocumented citizen. After the film we held a reception where Vargas and community leaders led the group in a conversation about the immigration stories of our family. Vargas has offered to allow FACE to show the movie on Maui. For more information on Vargas and Documented, see the October 16 FilAm Courier cover story. Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform held a large talk story about the future of immigration work in Hawaii earlier in October. We have big plans for the coming year!

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discusses immigration status and family dynamics with FACE Maui leader Dawny Tapuala.