Immigrant Rights

Advisory: People Protest Against White House-GOP Betrayal of 2.1 Million Dreamers with Direct Action

WHAT: Trump and Senate Republicans have announced that they will not attach protection for Dreamers to the end-of-year spending bill. As a response, the Korean Resource Center (KRC) will gather with hundreds of Orange County constituents including DACA recipients, immigrant advocates, and allies in front of Congresswoman Mimi Walters’ (R-45) office demanding justice for Dreamers who have been double-crossed by the President and his administration. After multiple failed attempts to meet with Congresswoman Walters, a delegation will return to demand her support of her communities and a clean Dream Act.

WHEN: Friday, November 3rd, 10:00 am
WHERE: 3333 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Irvine Residents Ask Walters: Rise in Support of Dreamers

Over 30 voters, students, and community members in support of the DREAM Act rallied outside the office building of U.S. Congressmember Mimi Walters. Voters were seeking answers from their representative - will she meet with the community to discuss the fate of the dreamers? Will she support a clean DREAM Act? Why is she avoiding the issue? Jonathan Paik, OC Director at KRC said “We reached out to 5,110 Asian American voters in Representative Walter’s district, and 74% have said that they urge their congressmember to vote for a Clean DREAM Act. We are baffled at Walter’s lack of responsiveness to this pressing community issue. The DREAM Act is a strong legislative solution that would allow young immigrants to continue living their American Dream with a path to citizenship. It only makes sense to support the bill.”

LA Times: In California, vulnerable Republicans are backing away from hardline immigration stances

Hope for a clean bill is what motivated 21-year-old Min Jung Park, a student at UC Irvine, to fly to Washington to join one of her first immigration protests this summer. Park, a DACA recipient who lives in Walters’ district, said she is more worried about what the deal-making could mean for her 15-year-old sister, who is no longer eligible for DACA because of Trump’s decision.

Harris at California DREAM Act Rally: This is About Love of Country

IRVINE - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, rallied in support of the DREAM Act at the University of California, Irvine. At the rally with students, clergy and business leaders, Harris discussed her efforts to protect Dreamers, highlighted the Administration’s unwillingness to extend the DACA renewal deadline, and encouraged Congress to pass the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Harris, would ensure a path to citizenship for children brought to the United States by their parents.

Upcoming CA Dream Act Workshops

KRC is providing CA Dream Act Workshops at two different locations this month! The workshop will provide information on how to apply to college as an undocumented student, including CA Dream Act, AB 540, and other opportunities. Although the deadline to apply for CA Dream Act is next year, March 2nd, students are already able to apply online and many schools are providing financial aid on a first come, first serve basis.

Naturalization Workshop in Orange County

This past Saturday, KRC hosted a free naturalization workshop in Buena Park alongside Korean Community Services, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (OC), Korean American Center of OC - KAC, and the OC Korean American Bar Association! We assisted over 150 individuals and our hearts are so full from being a part the largest API citizenship event in the history of the OC.