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Welcome to the first edition of The Monarch, the Opening Doors Newsletter.
We will be publishing it periodically, to let our friends know what we’re doing and how they can help in our mission. As our motto says: “Supporting Families, Protecting Youth in the immigrant community.
Stop The Presses: US Supreme Court Restores DACA!
Last Thursday, June 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision revoking the cancellation of DACA by the US government in 2017 and restoring the program to its original scope when it was enacted in 2012.
 
Among other things, this decision opens a window of opportunity for a second wave of new DACA applicants. It is estimated there are over 60,000 youngsters that have “aged into” the original program since 2017 just by having their 15th birthday! Not to mention many more who qualified before but didn’t apply. And we’re preparing our organization to assist as many of them as possible in applying for DACA, ASAP.
 
Due to this significant event, we delayed the publication The Monarch until after hearing from our network of Immigration Legal Service Providers and Advocates. Following their guidance, we are awaiting evidence that USCIS is accepting new DACA applications, while launching an outreach campaign to our clients and the immigrant community at large to identify youngsters and adults who qualify for DACA  and encourage them to get ready for the moment when they can file their applications.
 
Since 2012, many youngsters have acquired DACA and flourished; like Blanca, in the photo above: Artist, College Graduate, Essential Healthcare Worker, and so much more: beautiful and courageous people improving our society against many odds.
 
We can’t wait for this Second Wave of DACA!
 
Will you join us as a volunteer to help all these worthy young human beings reach their full potential, coming out of the shadows to bloom? Sign up by sending us a message through our website, https://www.odisinc.org, an email to info@odisinc.org, or leaving a voicemail at (940) 382-0096. No geographic co-location required, as we’re operating in a semi-remote mode during the COVID19 epidemic, and many tasks can be accomplished without physical presence. If you're not able to volunteer, you can always donate to this worthy cause. Look below for instructions on how to donate.
The Monarch Spotlight: Sandra Guima
Sandra Guima
Hello I am Sandra Guima and I have been at ODIS for 6 years! 
What are my responsibilities?
I conduct initial consultations with potential clients to determine their immigration eligibility. Sign applications as a client's representative. Advice and guide clients during their immigration process. Respond promptly to any government agency about pending cases. Prepare clients for their USCIS or US consulate interview appointments. Accompany clients to their USCIS interviews.
 
What do I most like about my job?  
I love to help people with different backgrounds in the immigrant community: not just assisting our clients with the immigration legal process, but making a change in their lives as well. I like to share and learn new things from my coworkers to expand my experience in complex cases, thus being able to help more people. I love working in a non-profit organization such as Opening Doors because it has given me the satisfaction of being closer to my community and understanding their needs. And the best part is having the opportunity to help others in their growth within American society.
 
Information about my family
Originally from Mexico, I came to Denton, Texas in 2000 and proudly became a U.S. Citizen in 2007. I have been married for 20 years and we have 2 children, attending High School and College.
                 Private Support Always Helps!                
In January of this year, we received a grant from the Denton Benefit League for legal training of our staff and/or volunteers.

This private donation is helping us expand the breadth and depth of our services to the community: we will be able to increase immigration legal screening activities in our service area and also extend our legal services scope to include client representation before Immigration Court.
Individual Donations Are Always Welcome!
Your donation can also help fulfill our continuing legal education and advocacy training needs, critical in these times of rapidly changing legislation and, especially, federal regulations. Your donation in any amount will help.
Here are some examples:
$1,000 - National Conference
$500 - Online course
$150 - Webinar series
$40 - Webinar on single immigration topic
 
You can donate through our web page (https://www.odisinc.org), our Facebook page, or send us a check to the office: ODIS, Inc., 2200 N. Bell Ave. Denton, TX 76209
Family Case Spotlight
Doug got to know ODIS as a student volunteer, coming to the office to help on Saturdays. At school he was very interested in learning Spanish, so he enrolled in a language program that offered the possibility of meeting up with ESL students in Mexico to help each other practice the language. Through that program he met Lorena, communicating first via email and later through Skype. They fell in love, so Doug decided to travel to Mexico to meet her personally, after which they got engaged. Back in the US, Doug came to us for legal assistance, and we helped him get a fiancée visa for Lorena, allowing her to travel to the US to marry Doug. Then we helped her get conditional residence, and after a statutory 2-year period, US Permanent Residence. Finally, once they were married for 3 years, Lorena was able to apply for naturalization with our assistance, the final step on her journey to US citizenship through a path filled with romantic love. Both still come to the office and volunteer when they have the opportunity.
We Serve People, Even During COVID-19 Times!
Lately ODIS has been very active leveraging its affiliation with networks of immigrant advocacy, services organizations, and churches. We have partnered with GRACE Grapevine and the North Texas – Northern Louisiana Synod Latinx Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to offer Immigration Legal Screenings at their locations and have been collaborating with the Denton ISD, GOAL, CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network) and NTIET (North Texas Immigration and Education Table) on various outreach activities to promote the 2020 Census and inform the immigrant community about their rights, current immigration law updates, and responding to the COVID19 pandemic. We are also active members of the Denton Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census.
 
At ODIS, like any other services organization, we’ve had to adapt to the new COVID19 reality, shifting to a semi-remote operations mode with minimal physical contact with clients. In a sense, we were well prepared as most of our systems are online. We have become more flexible, but due to the adjustment client volumes have diminished. Fortunately, we have diversified funding sources and managed to keep a good financial footing. We expect relying more on private donations in the future to continue our core services and expand to new areas like Immigration Court Representation. Lastly, we envision a more active role in education and outreach to the local and regional immigrant community.
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