New U.S. citizens stand with their teacher, Paul-Andre Mondesir, AFSC’s Haitian community social advocate.
In November, just a week after the U.S. presidential election in which immigration issues played a prominent role, over 200 Miami-area residents gathered together to celebrate their new status as U.S. citizens.
Each student took the stage to shake the hand of their teacher, Paul-Andre Mondesir, AFSC’s Haitian community social advocate, who guided them through the complex path to becoming a citizen in the twice-weekly class he teaches in a tiny strip mall storefront.
The lines may be long and voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy may be frustrated, but the polling centers will be uniquely special to first-time voters. Since the beginning of this year, AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, New Jersey has helped 30 immigrants become new Americans who will have their chance to vote today.
Lori Chesser is a Senior Shareholder with the Davis Brown Law Firm, and chair of its Immigration Department. As chair of the Iowa Immigration Education Coalition, she is committed to providing factual information and education regarding immigration law and policies for community members, the press and political leaders. She is a frequent speaker and contributor on this topic both locally and nationally.
USCIS granted Deysi’s U Nonimmigrant Status in the U.S. on November 4, 2010.
Deysi is originally from El Salvador and came to the U.S. in 2004 seeking a peaceful life from a turbulent one in her country. She fell in love and began to live with her boyfriend. From the beginning, he abused her. In 2007, police were called because she suffered extreme injuries on her body and especially in her face. This time, Deysi told the police about the abuse she had endured for many years at the hands of her boyfriend. He was taken to jail and convicted of aggravated domestic battery and was placed in a domestic violence shelter.
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