As the whole world awaits the change of the presidency in the United States come January 2021, more and more concerned organizations such as the Friends Committee on National Legislation are polishing their advocacies in relation to immigration reform. While the country is divided in terms of peoples’ views on helping immigrants build a better life in the United States, the sad plight of many immigrants living in the U.S. remains a painful reality. To better educate people about the value of pushing for immigration reform, Advocacy Corps member Fatema Jaffer launched her own podcast that discusses enlightening insights about specific immigration policies in the country.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation is made up of 20 individuals from different parts of the country who are dedicated and passionate about their fight for immigration reform. President-elect Joe Biden, having promised immigration reforms within his first 100 days in office, will be faced with a lot of pressure as citizens await what will be his final decision on the matter. As the country waits patiently for the new president to take his rightful place in the White House, the Sunday Stories @ 6 podcast hopes to gain more support for the advocacy. Whether it is an insightful conversation, a mildly elevated form of debate, or simply a short story sharing the condition of many immigrants, Fatema Jaffer is making it happen.
According to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), there are 645,610 DACA recipients in the United States as of June 2020. DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an immigration policy being followed in America that allows some people in the country to receive a two-year renewable period of deferred action from deportation after being brought to the country as children. When these individuals become DACA recipients, they become eligible for a work permit in America. In order to qualify, the policy requires that the recipients must not have felonies or any serious misdemeanor on their official records. DACA, however, does not open any opportunity for possible citizenship in the United States for its recipients.
As a proud daughter of immigrants and as a first-generation U.S. citizen in their family, Fatema Jaffer understands all too well what it is like to live with the uncertainty that follows people wherever they go. The reforms being sought on H.R.6 Dream and Promise Act hopes to allow immigrants living in the United States an opportunity to finally apply for citizenship.
“I realized that I needed to do more for immigrants who are still struggling to obtain citizenship, even after living in the United States for more than ten years. I realized that there was not enough coverage on immigration, and decided to help educate others by starting my own podcast. I want to encourage people to get more involved to fight for the things they would like to see. Most importantly, I want citizens to hold their legislators accountable instead of believing everything that they might say,” Fatema Jaffer reveals.
Looking ahead, Fatema Jaffer wants nothing more but to see these reforms come to pass. Doing this is being able to enjoy an innate gift – the ability to feel compassion for a stranger.
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