Fifth Circuit Court makes decision on DAPA/DACA

November 11, 2015

On Monday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in Texas v. U.S., upholding the lower court’s order blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The court’s 2-1 decision prevents the Administration from implementingDAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) and expanded DACA (expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

“The judicial system has committed a serious error that perpetuates our terribly broken, inhumane immigration system and stops the federal government from exercising its authority,” said Bruce Goldstein, President of Farmworker Justice, a national advocacy organization for farmworkers. “The injunction should be lifted. The President’s exercise of prosecutorial discretion is a sensible, limited and lawful action. Texas does not even have a legally proper basis to bring this case. The courts should not intervene in what is clearly a political dispute between the Executive Branch and states that disagree with the President’s immigration policy.”

We are pleased that the Department of Justice is seeking review of this case in the Supreme Court, which we hope will swiftly accept and rule on the case. While we are frustrated that millions of immigrants will have to wait longer for the limited, temporary relief which these programs would provide, we expect that the Supreme Court will support the Administration’s exercise of its authority.

“This case is vitally important to farmworker families, their communities and the agricultural system,” said Bruce Goldstein.” DAPA and DACA could provide temporary relief to an estimated 700,000 farmworkers and family members. At least half the farm labor force is undocumented, which contributes to the low wages and labor abuses in the fields. Implementing DAPA and expanded DACA will provide much needed relief from deportation and temporary work authorization to many farmworker families.

But this executive action is not a complete answer. Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform to fix the system and provide undocumented immigrants an opportunity for immigration status and eventual citizenship.

Lawsuit to restore Oregon Driver’s Card

From our sister organization Causa Oregon…

Causa Applauds Civil Rights Lawsuit Aimed at Restoring Driving Rights to All Qualified Oregon Residents

Nov. 4th, 2015- 3:16 PM Causa Oregon

Press Contact:

Andrea Miller, Causa Oregon Executive Director

Causa Oregon applauds the filing of today’s civil rights lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Measure 88, which overturned a law providing driver cards to all qualified Oregon residents. The Constitution establishes rights to equal protection and due process to all people that should not and cannot be taken away.

“The rejection of Measure 88 in 2014 did not eliminate the very real and very urgent need for driver cards in Oregon,” said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa. “Oregon continues to be a state in which immigrant mothers and fathers cannot legally and safely drive to carry out every day activities like taking their kids to school, visiting the doctor’s office, or buying groceries.”

All over the state, thousands of Oregon residents have been harmed by the lack of access to driving privileges, including the Hernandez family. Anastasia is a Washington County resident and mother of four children. They are all U.S. citizens, but Anastasia’s husband is undocumented, barring him from applying for an Oregon driver license.

“He still has to drive because he’s our main income and without his income, we couldn’t afford to live,” said Anastasia Hernandez. “Our kids are very aware that Dad doesn’t have a license and what the consequences are. They’re always wondering if Dad will get back home, what will happen if he gets pulled over. Having a driver card would mean less stress, lower insurance premiums, more freedoms, we wouldn’t have to worry about going out, who’s driving and where, what time he gets home.”

Historically, Oregon has issued driving privileges to all residents who meet standard driving requirements, regardless of legal status. The Department of Motor Vehicles estimates that over 80,000 Oregon residents who previously had a driver’s license have not been able to renew their license due to legal status, and without an alternative driver card they have no path to drive legally and safely in Oregon.

“We’re pleased that brave plaintiffs have stood up to seek justice and equal rights under law and that lawyers agree that there is a legal objection to this issue. If rights guaranteed under our Constitution are being denied, that should be taken to a court of law for final resolution” said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa.

M.S. et al. vs. Brown et al. is a civil rights case challenging the use of an Oregon ballot measure to take away rights granted by the Oregon Legislature based on disagreements over federal immigration policy. Measure 88 struck down the driver card statute in order to discourage immigrants from coming to or staying in Oregon. This state action put Oregon into a position of requiring the Oregon DMV to use legal status as screening criteria to prevent access to driving privileges.

“Lawyers say that the attempt to overturn the Safe Roads Act is not legal. We know it’s not right,” said Andrea Miller.

PCUN speaks at Bernie Sanders rally in support immigration reform

Here is a brief reflection from Jaime Arredondo, PCUN’s Secretary-Treasurer, who spoke to 28,000 at a Bernie Sanders rally in Portland, Oregon

“I usually do not like talking about myself, especially on social media, but several people have asked me to share some of my experience last night. Yesterday I got to represent PCUN and our community at the rally attended by over 28,000 people to support Bernie Sanders as the next president of USA. I don’t vote on party lines. I vote depending on the candidate and the issue. Bernie is the best candidate! I never in my life imagined having an experience like this. I grew up in a tiny ranch called Las Ranas and at that time it had no electricity or running water. As a child I always thought Las Ranas was the whole world. This, my community and my family is what I had in my mind when I was on stage. Thanks for the opportunity. ¡Adelante! “

Jaime’s speech 



Counter-rally against Racist Joe Arpaio and his hate message: 6/27, 2:30pm @ Capitol


PCUN and Accion Politica PCUNIsta invite you to a counter-rally we are organizing against Sheriff Joe Arpaio who will be the feature speaker for a fundraiser hosted by the Oregon Republican Party and sponsored by OFIR in front of the Capitol this Saturday at 3pm.

Among other topics, Arpaio will be talking in support English Only and E-Verify, two very damaging initiatives to Oregon families and our economy.

For those who don’t know who Sheriff Arpaio is, looking him up. He is known for racial profiling and promoting hate.

See you there!
Questions: 503-302-6549

Update on DAPA/DACA Lawsuit

From our friends a Farmworker Justice

5th Circuit denial of stay in Texas v. U.S., May 27, 2015: Temporary Injunction Remains in Place for Now with 5th Circuit Divided Decision to Deny DOJ’s Request for Stay.

Farmworker Justice is deeply disappointed by the 5th Circuit’s decision yesterday to deny the Department of Justice’s request to stay the temporary injunction of DAPA and expanded DACA.   This decision means continued delays in the implementation of the expanded DACA and the DAPA programs that could provide relief for 4-5 million hard-working parents and Dreamers of the United States.  The decision comes exactly one week after the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA) was supposed to begin.

This ruling does not mean that the Obama Administration has lost the case, it simply means that the Court wants to leave the injunction in place until they have time to decide the full appeal. The full appeal is still pending and is tentatively scheduled for oral argument in early July.   The decision does not affect the current DACA program announced in 2012, which is still in effect and accepting new applications and applications for renewal.

While disappointed, Farmworker Justice is not deterred.  We will continue to defend President Obama’s administrative actions until the fight for administrative relief is successful.  Roughly 700,000 farmworkers and their spouses could be eligible to come forward to apply for temporary protection from deportation and work authorization under the deferred action opportunities. The programs are well within the President’s authority and are a limited but important step toward addressing our broken immigration system.  By eliminating the constant fear of deportation, farmworkers and other aspiring Americans will be able to contribute more fully to their communities and will be empowered in their workplaces.

Farmworker Justice will continue to work with groups throughout the country to support and plan implementation of the DAPA/DACA programs and to win legislation that creates a path to citizenship for undocumented farmworker families and other aspiring Americans.​

— Adrienne DerVartanian: Director of Immigration and Labor Rights

Update on ruling to temporarily block DAPA/DACA

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Press Office

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Press Release  

Feb. 17, 2015

Contact: DHS Press Office, (202) 282-8010


I strongly disagree with Judge Hanen’s decision to temporarily enjoin implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Department of Justice will appeal that temporary injunction; in the meantime, we recognize we must comply with it. 

Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA tomorrow, February 18, as originally planned. Until further notice, we will also suspend the plan to accept requests for DAPA. 

The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts and even other courts have said that our actions are well within our legal authority. Our actions will also benefit the economy and promote law enforcement. We fully expect to ultimately prevail in the courts, and we will be prepared to implement DAPA and expanded DACA once we do.

It is important to emphasize what the District Court’s order does not affect.

The Court’s order does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to come forward and request initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA pursuant to the guidelines established in 2012. 

Nor does the Court’s order affect this Department’s ability to set and implement enforcement priorities. The priorities established in my November 20, 2014 memorandum entitled “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants” remain in full force and effect. Pursuant to those enforcement priorities, we continue to prioritize public safety, national security, and border security. I am pleased that an increasing percentage of removals each year are of those convicted of crimes.  I am also pleased that, due in large part to our investments in and prioritization of border security, apprehensions at the southern border – a large indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally — are now at the lowest levels in years.

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Enough Talking!


On the heels of the GOP announcing their principles on immigration reform, farmworker women in Oregon are sending their own message. But this message is not made up of words. We’ve heard enough of that already.

At 5pm yesterday, over 20 farmworker women from PCUN and Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (MLP) began a 24 hour fast in solidarity with the National Farmworker Alliance and the Fast for Families campaign for immigration reform and citizenship. At about 1pm today some of the women were able to share their experience with Eliseo Medina, SEIU’s International Secretary-Treasurer, who recently finished up a 22 day fasting himself to support the cause (see photo below).


Here is what some of the women had to say about why they are fasting:

“As an organizer I see a lot of needs in my community, especially with undocumented farmworker women. They often get hurt on the job or are sexually harassed but are afraid to report it. We should all have the privilege of having a permanent work permit”—Carmen

“I’m doing this because I believe in the cause! This is a small step I can take in the larger movement.”—Elisa

“I believe in my gut this is right. I want to physically manifest why I care about this issue and educate others I know that may not be aware of it.”—Rosi

“I’m doing this because I want to support my sisters and brothers who don’t have papers.”– Rebeca

“I know that if we stick together we can achieve change.”— Maricela

“We know that CIR is important. Demonstrating it in a noble, humble, and peaceful way unites us and at the same allows us to express the injustices we see”—Laura

“I’m a documented immigrant and somebody led a struggle for me. Now it’s my turn.”—Brenda

Que vivan las mujeres campesinas!!!

Ramon and Larry Arrested

What would you do to pass comprehensive immigration reform?

This past year PCUN’s President Ramon Ramirez and former Secretary-Treasurer Larry Kleinman were arrested at Capitol Hill along with 250 other national advocates for protesting unjust immigration policies and House GOP’s inaction on a path to citizenship.

The civil disobedience actions were a part of larger efforts to send a strong message to the House GOP leaders that we need a just immigration reform now!

Ramon ArrestedLarry Arrested