Dream Deferred: Black, Invisible and Documented

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The International Youth Association (“TIYA”) is a project of The Black Institute. TIYA is composed of a group of young men and women, mostly from the Caribbean, whose parents were recruited to teach by the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”) from 2001-2006. Approximately 300 children emigrated with their parents during this period.

While their parents continue to face a myriad of problems with the immigration process and their status within the DOE, the children of these teachers face a unique struggle. Many of their parents began the petitioning process for permanent residency a couple of years after arrival. As a consequence, the children of Caribbean teachers are steadily becoming undocumented as they “age out” of legal immigration status. “Aging out” means, once these young people become 21 years of age they are no longer considered dependents of their parents and cannot become permanent residents.

This group of young adults cannot access the most basic amenities like their citizen counterparts as they are excluded from the simplest rights and benefits.

Currently the members of TIYA are:

  • Unable to work legally and therefore forced into an underground economy where they are often mistreated and paid far below the minimum wage
  • Barred from obtaining driver’s license or state identification
  • Subject to deportation
  • Forced to continue their post-secondary education if they become F-1 international students to preserve their legal status
  • Prohibited from accessing scholarships, grants and any form of public tuition assistance,
  • Disqualified from remaining on their parents’ health insurance once they have “aged out,” or accessing health coverage on their own

To solve their issues, the members of TIYA ask for the following:

  • Permanent residence
  • Work authorization
  • State issued identification

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commented 2012-06-23 21:51:44 -0400 · Flag
It is because the Latinos are involved, and care about each other. They vote, and look out for their owns. The Blacks Caribbean do not support each other, and do not care. There is so much division, and they have been influenced by the past. The Jamaican feels he/she is better than the Haitian, and I lived it. The division was created, because we would be too powerful if we work together and unite. Latinos do not care where you from as long as you speak Spanish, and they are now very powerful. You then have the African American who feels no connection to other Blacks from the diaspora, and see the caribbeans as a threat. They will not lift one finger to help other Africans in the diaspora, and do not consider themselves from the mother land. It is a huge mess, and Blacks are divided. We are naive enough to hate each other, and fell into the trap set by oppressors. Can you imagine how powerful Blacks would be if we consider only one thing in common? Africa!
commented 2012-06-23 15:30:17 -0400 · Flag
America should speed up or shorten the process of applying for citizen why are these people being fifteenth than any other people. If one is applying for citizenship they should be given a green card which gives them a works rights.
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