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Immigrant Scholarship Hustle: Ray Ybarra Maldonado keynote speech

IMG_5353.jpgAbogado Ray Ybarra Maldonado with DACAmented and undocumented students from the Immigrant Scholarship Hustle Program.

 

On July 16, Abogado Ray Ybarra Maldonado visited the Phoenix Coding Academy to speak with students from the Immigrant Scholarship Hustle Program. The Immigrant Scholarship Hustle is an intensive scholarship program for immigrant students in the State of Arizona.

Abogado Ray began with sharing his story on how immigration has impacted his life. He spoke about growing up in Douglas, Arizona and how the borderland was his playground, crossing to and from Mexico with little to no enforcement. However, in 1999 that changed as migrants from Mexico crossed at higher rates and white nationalist minutemen took action to stop them. Abogado Ray took action to record and photograph the minutemen who’s goals were to harass and demoralize migrant families from coming into the United States. He succeeded in protecting migrant families and began his first steps in the legal process.

He later spoke to students about attending ASU and Cochise Community College in Douglas, AZ on an athletic scholarship playing baseball. After graduating with a  bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies he attended the prestigious Stanford Law School. Expressing to the students that despite living in a household that lived paycheck to paycheck and coming from a place with little resources.  That it is our work ethic and our desire to succeed that will help us progress. Inspiring an entire room of students who may feel like they have little to look forward to.

Abogado Ray also informed the students about the history of DACA and the DREAM act. What each piece of legislation means and the requirements the students need to meet for each program. Ray also mentioned the different and most popular types of VISA’s that the students could possibly qualify for in the near future. The students took notes and were provided with resources by Ybarra Maldonado Law Group for them to keep and utilize. The students asked questions about their legal status and situations that may favor them to one day become legal residents. Ray also handed out books and a t-shirt to one lucky student who asked a remarkable question at the end of the presentation.

Abogado Ray hopes that his presentation and story has inspired and well informed the students to look towards the path of citizenship. Leaving the students with more information, tools, and resources than they may have previously had.

 

Winners!!!

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Victory in the Arizona Supreme Court! Such an honor to stand in front of Arizona’s highest court and argue for Mr. Nuñez-Diaz, his family, and the entire immigrant community in Arizona. The State argued that undocumented immigrants are not entitled to the protections of the United States Constitution and the AZ Supreme Court “granted review to consider whether deportable immigrants can show prejudice if their lawyers’ deficient performances lead them to plead guilty and suffer attendant immigration consequences – a recurring issue of statewide importance.”

Happy to report they ruled in our favor. Yes, our community does have the right to effective assistance of counsel and we will walk into any courtroom, any day of the week, to defend that right. A victory of this magnitude, of course,took our entire team and then some. Amazing brief writing by Juliana Manzanarez and much respect to every single one of our team members who worked on the case and held down the fort so we could put the time necessary into preparing for argument. (Angeles Maldonado, Carina Guillén, Janet Rocha, Aarón A López Anchondo, Lizeth Escalante, Mari Cruz, Lucy Sproule, Ana Guzman, Lerman Montoya). And a special shout out to Jazmin Alagha who filed original Rule 32 in Superior Court! Also thanks to amicus attorneys Keith and David who provided tremendous support.

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