Please join us on Wednesday, December 14, from 5 – 7pm for a post-election information session for immigrants in our community.
The event will be in Spanish with English interpretation.
Among other topics, we will discuss:
- What a president can and cannot do (presented by an immigration attorney)
- Recommendations and steps to take for the safety of your family
We are sure many of you are feeling as stunned and worried as we are about the election results and about what is in store for everyone in our country — most especially for immigrants and refugees.
Please know that AKIN is already working with others in the immigrants’ rights movement and with allied groups to make sense of what is happening and to plan for ways to push back against the dangerous dynamics now in play. For instance, the weekend after the election several members of AKIN, together with several members of the Comité Popular de Knoxville, traveled to Black Mountain, NC to attend a conference of grassroots immigrants’ rights groups from across the Southeast. Further, organizers from the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRCC) visited Knoxville around that same time, and among other things they met with a number of young DREAMers close to AKIN and the Comité Popular. Their discussion included the future of DACA and a plan for coming back to the General Assembly in the spring with a new bill aimed at achieving better access to higher education for immigrant youth.
by Fran Ansley
AKIN held its Annual Meeting on July 8, 2016, and it was a successful evening that boosted our spirits.
In planning for the event, we assumed it would be a small affair. After all, on June 23 we had mounted a major push, strongly urging all members and supporters to turn out for actions called by Knoxville’s immigrant-led grassroots group, the Comité Popular.
June 23 was a watershed — and severely disappointing — moment for the immigrant community, because it was the day the US Supreme Court announced its split decision in the case of United States v. Texas. That result allowed a provisional injunction against Obama’s 2014 “deferred action” programs to stand, thereby postponing a final decision until after the President will have left office, and leaving in limbo hundreds of thousands of people across the country who had hoped for temporary relief under that program. (Click here to read AKIN’s statement on the ruling.)
So our expectations for turn-out were low, but in fact we garnered quite a respectable showing from both immigrant and non-immigrant communities, despite a lightning-laced storm that hit Knoxville that evening.
On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court released its ruling on US v. Texas, a 4-4 split decision that results in a continued injunction against DAPA and expanded DACA. (To read AKIN’s official statement on the ruling, click here.)
In response, members and allies of the Comité Popular and AKIN marched in downtown Knoxville to express our disappointment over this outcome.
You can see a photo slideshow and read coverage of yesterday’s march from the Knox News Sentinel, including the following quote from longtime AKIN ally Angel Ibarra: Continue reading Coverage of AKIN March
At 6pm tonight, AKIN and other allies will join the Comite Popular at the Birdhouse to give a statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision in US v. Texas, which continues the injunction of President Obama’s executive orders on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
From 7 – 7:30 pm, we will gather at the intersection of Gay and Magnolia to begin a sidewalk procession through Downtown Knoxville, ending at Krutch Park.
At 8pm, we will have a program with speakers and music at Krutch Park Extension.
Join us to learn more about the Supreme Court decision and what we can do next to support immigrant families in our communities.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 23, 2016
Tie in Supreme Court Means Immigration Program Still Blocked for Now
AKIN Deplores Decision and Will Join Events Tonight at 6 and 8
Knoxville, TN – This morning, Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors (AKIN) greeted with severe disappointment a tied decision in the U.S. Supreme Court that will leave in place an injunction presently blocking President Obama’s 2014 administrative program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and its companion program of expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (expanded DACA). Tonight AKIN members and allies will join events called by local immigrants’ rights group, the Comité Popular, at 6 pm at the Birdhouse and 8pm in Krutch Park Extension to condemn this decision and pledge on-going commitment to making our community, state and nation a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.
The Supreme Court will rule any day now on the DACA/DAPA case. On that day, immigrants and their allies across the state will gather at 6:00pm to either celebrate or protest. Please join us.
Knoxville folks will gather for a press conference at the Birdhouse (800 N. Fourth Ave.) and then head to the public parking lot under the interstate at the corner of Gay Street and Magnolia Avenue, park there and march down Gay Street to Krutch Park.
The announcement could be made on Thursday, June 16, Monday, June 20, or Monday, June 27. Stay tuned!
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