모두를 위한 건강 보험과 교육의 기회를 위해 커뮤니티 뭉친다

로스앤젤레스와 오렌지 카운티의 주민들이 건강과 교육은 누구에게나 보장되어야 한다는 원칙에 기반한 풀뿌리 차원의 캠페인을 펼친다. 민족학교는 서류미비 이민자도 메디칼을 받을 수 있는 자격을 부여하는 법안(법안 번호 SB 29)과 서류미비 이민자 학생의 학자금 혜택 자격을 확대하는 법안(번호 AB 1620)가 주 정부 의회에 상정된 지금, 사안 당사자들과 이민자 커뮤니티의 권익을 지키고자 하는 이들과 함께 활동을 시작한다.  한인들은 커뮤니티 모임과 청원서 서명, 캠페인 기부 등을 통해 참여할 수 있다. 

KRC Naturalization Workshop at Pio Pico Library

According to the most recent Department of Homeland Security statistics for 2014, out of the 190,000 Korean lawful permanent residents eligible to naturalize, only 7.7% about 14,600 have actually obtained their citizenship. In other words, nine out of ten people are giving up their right to acquire their citizenship. In 2017, a total of 14,643 Koreans obtained their citizenship and 5,057 of them were California residents. The same year, KRC provided free naturalization consultations to 3,350 people and assisted 880 permanent residents to apply for naturalization. In order to participate and vote in next year’s presidential election, naturalization will be an important task for many Korean immigrants.     

민족학교 피오 피코 도서관 무료 시민권 신청 워크샵

가장 최근 발표된 미 이민국의 2014년 통계 자료에 따르면 시민권 신청이 가능한 한인 영주권자 19만명중 7.7%에 지나지 않는 14,600명 가량 정도가 시민권을 취득한 것으로 나타났다. 즉 열명중 아홉명은 시민권을 취득할 수 있는 권리를 포기하고 있는 셈이다. 2017년에 미국 시민권을 취득한 한인 이민자는 총 14,643명이며, 이중에 캘리포니아 한인 거주자는 총 5,057명이다. 같은 해에 총 3,350명이 민족학교에서 시민권 상담을 받았으며, 이 중에 880명이 시민권 신청을 하였다. 이런 현실에 대응하여 민족학교는 오는 4월 20일 (토요일), 한인 커뮤니티를 위한 무료 시민권 신청 워크샵을 개최한다. 코리아타운 피오 피코 도서관에서 진행될 이 행사에서는 시민권 신청서 작성은 물론 시민권 취득 절차 안내, 변호사 상담 등도 무료로 제공되며 저소득층을 위한 이민국 수수료 면제 신청도 함께 진행한다.

Bill To Protect the Health of Undocumented Californians Clears Key Health Committee

Yesterday evening, members of the Assembly Health Committee passed AB 4 (Bonta, Chiu, and Santiago), which would provide access to comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage for all low-income Californians, regardless of immigration status. The bill is moving through the legislature at a time when the Trump administration’s policies have heightened a climate of fear and anti-immigrant rhetoric and harmed the physical and mental health of entire immigrant communities.

Job Announcement: Policy Director (Virginia/DC)

Founded by local community-based organizations in 1994, NAKASEC’s mission is to organize Korean and Asian Americans to achieve social, racial and economic justice.  NAKASEC’s Affiliates empower the most vulnerable community members including the low-income, recent immigrants, limited English proficient, undocumented, youth, women, and seniors. The Policy Director will lead NAKASEC’s work to implement its federal policy agenda.  NAKASEC’s policy agenda is created and informed by its grassroots bases. 

Tell Your Legislators to Support #Health4All and protect Californian's Health

Take action to protect the health of ALL Californians, including our undocumented community members! Tell your legislators to support access to comprehensive Medi-Cal for all low-income Californians, regardless of immigration status. Sign & share this #Health4All petition from the Health4All Coalition and Courage Campaign today.

WaPo: Durbin and Graham introduce bill to protect ‘dreamers’

Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) reintroduced long-stalled legislation Tuesday to create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The legal status of “dreamers,” as those immigrants are commonly known, has been a major flash point in the immigration policy debate since President Trump rolled back an Obama-era order protecting them from deportation. He was later blocked by a federal appeals court, but dreamers still live with uncertainty.

Senators introduce legislation to protect TPS recipients

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act. This legislation would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency.  Jonathan Paik, Executive Director of KRC, said, “Termination of the Temporary Status Program (TPS) also impacts Asian Americans. We applaud Senator Van Hollen for advocating for much needed relief for TPS recipients across the country. We understand this is a stepping stone towards citizenship for all.”

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