As discussed in this author’s previous article, on Sept. 5, the Trump Administration rescinded DACA. President Trump gave Congress six months to find a solution protecting the 800,000 Dreamers from deportation and preserving the lives that they built for themselves in reliance on their DACA permit. The six-month window closes on March 5, 2018. To date, Congress has not reached an agreement regarding DACA. However, in anticipation of Trump’s canceling DACA, a promise on which he campaigned, several options have been presented to Congress for consideration.
The names of the local DACA recipients are not published due to the sensitive nature of their stories, and because these recipients are affected by the recession of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Executive Order.
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“The goal is to help both dogs and other animals in Houston and its surrounding cities. Because of the transport laws, we are unsure if we can bring dogs back but would be willing to do so if we had the opportunity,” said Scrobble.
First, the ordinance prevents the detention of individuals beyond their sentence term. Second, it prohibits city employees from requesting or recording of immigration status, unless required by state or federal law.
The third proposal is a new addition to current city policy: the ordinance prohibits city employees from sharing information for purposes of immigration enforcement unless the information falls under certain exceptions.
Fourth, the use of city resources for civil immigration enforcement is prohibited. Also, it prevents city officials’ cooperation with civil immigration enforcement. These prohibitions include not providing access to private areas of inmate facilities to federal officials.
“‘Unfortunately, there are a lot of people still living in fear,’” López told The Denver Post. “‘It absolutely is unacceptable. We hope to clarify what our city is already doing and fill in those gaps,’” López said.
Lasch said allowing notification to ICE of an inmate’s impending release who is wanted on immigration charges could subject that inmate with an original charge of a traffic offense to deportation proceedings.
Salvador Hernandez of Mi Familia Vota told The Denver Post “‘We’ve been trying to have this conversation with the mayor, but he hasn’t tried to engage with us to solve the problem,’” said Hernandez. “‘We’re still going to push for a city ordinance, which we think it is the appropriate way to do it, ’” he said.
“Rather than seeing Autism as a disability, I prefer to see it as a different ability,” said Lisa Lorenz, Executive Director of the Yampa Valley Autism Program (“YVAP”).
Lorenz’s involvement with Autism came from having an autistic son, now 23, who went through the Steamboat Springs, Colorado school district from kindergarten through 12th grade. Lorenz was a 7th-grade science teacher for twenty years and the consummate activist for her son and others with autism to ensure they received the educational opportunities that would support them in reaching their goals.
Lorenz said it was a preschool teacher at Northwest Colorado BOCES who encouraged several of the mothers with autistic children to get together for support and brainstorming on how to be the best advocates for their children in the Steamboat Springs school system. In 2002, the group formed the Yampa Valley Autism Program, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation.
In 2009 YVAP offered their first program, the Community Cultivation Program, which provides opportunities for the children to gain a sense of independence and confidence by working in an operating garden, growing and harvesting flowers, herbs, and vegetables, said Lorenz.
“In addition to the Community Cultivation Program, we offer Extracurricular Activity Support, Education Resources, Social Cognition Therapy, Respite Services for the families, and Support Group Meetings. We are also able to provide emergency financial, and family support as we recognize that the strain on families can be overwhelming,” said Lorenz.
Lorenz said having resources for the family is a critical component of the YVAP mission.
“Our goal is to have a healthy family. For a child to be successful, the family has to be healthy,” she said.
Lorenz said that advocacy and public awareness also serve as critical components of the Program, both concerning the individual autistic child and as to the families impacted.
“Autism impacts the whole family emotionally because autism is such an intensive disorder. It can be difficult to control, and there are so many unknowns. Will my child drive? Will my child work? Will my child go to college? Often the answer is ‘I don’t know,'” said Lorenz.
Babette Dixon, one of the founders of YVAP with Lorenz, said her son James, now 20, is independent and thriving in the Steamboat community, which Dixon credits to YVAP and its programs.
“James is an artist and has an electric bike which allows him to get to his studio on his own. His verbal skills exploded with the help of YVAP programs. He has the confidence to get around in the community by himself. My dream is that every community could have such a program in place. The work is amazing. James would not be where he is without YVAP,” said Dixon.