• Monday, March 16, 2020 7:27 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

     A message from the City of Dallas:

    Given the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and the CDC recommendation that gatherings of more than 50 people be cancelled for 8 weeks, we have elected to suspend the April 25th #MyDallas Citizenship Workshop. Our top priority is the health and safety of residents, and suspending the workshop follows CDC recommendations to practice social distancing to halt the spread of the virus.

    We are closely monitoring the local situation concerning the COVID-19 virus in our area. We will continue to keep you updated regarding the Citizenship Workshop once a new date has been identified.

    We thank you for your understanding.

  • Monday, February 24, 2020 7:35 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    The Trump Administration's "public charge" rule goes into effect today.  For over a hundred years, public charge inadmissibility has been narrowly used to identify immigrants who are likely to depend on the government for long-term assistance as their main form of financial support.  U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services would be able to deny such an individual's application for permanent resident (or "green card") status. 

    The new rule drastically expands this long-standing policy by adding specific standards for income, health, age, and English proficiency for new immigrants.  It greatly expands the forms of public assistance that are considered as part of the public charge determination.

    DHBA opposes this new rule, as it fundamentally changes our country from one that welcomes individuals and families who come here to work hard and build a better life for themselves and their communities into one in which all that matters is how much money they have.  It also discourages parents from applying for necessary health and food benefits to which their U.S. citizen children are entitled, punishes potential immigrants for being too old or too young, and prioritizes wealth over community.

    Below are helpful links and key points from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

    Trump's new Public Charge rule takes effect today (2/24/2020), replacing rules that have been in effect since 1999.

    • The new Public Charge rule affects ONLY persons submitting a visa or green card application today or in the future.  Pending applications already in the pipeline are subject to the "old" rules.
    • Negative consideration of SNAP (food stamps), federal housing benefits, or Medicaid use by adults (pregnant women and kids are NOT counted) will ONLY look at use of those benefits from today forward.  No looking back.
    • Use of benefits by a family member has NO impact on the green card or visa applicant.  ONLY use of the benefits above by the applicant herself is considered.
    • As of today, these policies are the same regardless of whether someone applies from outside the U.S. at a U.S. consulate, or inside the U.S. (there had been a period in which they were inconsistent).

    CPPP has posted new, updated resources, targeted to support workers who help Texans apply for benefits and health insurance.  More will be continued to be posted on Updates for Texas on the "Public Charge" Rule.

    The national Protecting Immigrant Families campaign has updated these materials to share with consumers:

    Public Charge: Does this apply to me?
    Updated February 14, 2020*
    (See how 'public charge' will impact you based on your immigration status, and what you should do – PIF)

    Should I Keep My Kids Enrolled in Health & Nutrition Programs? 
    Updated February 14, 2020*
    (Use this guide to help answer commonly asked questions about how to make good decisions for your family and their health – PIF)

    KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Public Charge Messages for Community Members
    Updated February 14, 2020*
    (Top messages to share with immigrant communities on the recent changes to public charge – PIF)

    You Have Rights – Protect Your Health 
    Updated October 24, 2019*
    (An overview for mixed-status families when it comes to going to the doctor or enrolling in health insurance – PIF).

    The links above are also available in Spanish, see

  • Friday, February 21, 2020 1:47 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Bilingual event flyers (PDF)

    DHBA is happy to announce that we are partnering again with the City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) and other community organizations in hosting another #MyDallas Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, April 25th, 2020 at the J. Erik Jonsson Dallas Public Library.

    We hope that you will consider volunteering your time and talent at this year's Workshop.  We are aiming to nearly double the number of applicants we serve at this year's Workshop, so we will need lots of help. I am attaching the flyer for the recruitment of volunteers. Please help us to circulate it!

    If you are able to volunteer on April 25th, please confirm by contacting both Carlos Campos with the City of Dallas ( or (214) 670-5336)) AND Patricia Freshwater with the DHBA (, so that DHBA can track it's volunteers.

    DHBA has committed to provide 10 attorney volunteers for this great event.  Please help us meet our goal!

    Training sessions for volunteers are identified on the volunteer recruitment flyer. However, if you volunteered last year, you are not required to attend a training.

    We hope to hear from you soon!

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 2:52 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Flyer for workshop in Spanish and English (PDF)

    Catholic Charities is hosting a free DACA workshop for our DACAmented community members on January 2, 2019, when many students with DACA will be in town for the holidays.

    The time to help individuals with DACA is NOW.  The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case regarding the future of the program, and it is entirely possible that the Court will allow DACA to end by early summer.  Please help individuals in need renew now!

    Please register as a volunteer here:

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 8:05 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Event flyer (PDF)

    The City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities & Immigrant Affairs Needs You To Help Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens!

    Help immigrants in Dallas to achieve the American Dream!
    Interested in helping? Contact: (214) 671-5087
    Join us for one of the following volunteer training sessions.

    • Thursday, October 10, 6 pm - 8 pm
    • Saturday, October 12, 10 am - 12 pm
    • Thursday, October 17, 6 pm - 8 pm
    • Saturday, October 19, 10 am - 12 pm
    • Thursday, October 24, 6 pm - 8 pm
    • Saturday, October 26, 10 am - 12 pm

    This 90-minute course covers several topics including:

    • naturalization requirements and process
    • steps to complete each part of the N-400 application
    • how to mail the N-400 application
    • preparation for the naturalization interview

    The citizenship workshop will be held on Saturday, November 9.

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 8:04 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    The need for legal assistance in Dallas for immigrants in removal proceedings who fear persecution in their home countries is at an all-time high. To help meet this need, local immigration attorneys and non-profit organizations have been collaborating to organize Pro Se Asylum Clinics. These clinics are very much in need of additional volunteers, particularly Spanish-speaking volunteers, both attorneys and non-attorneys, and we ask all of our DHBA members to consider taking a day to volunteer. 

    Volunteers at the clinic will first be trained on a Thursday evening and will then assist immigrants in completing their applications for asylum during the Saturday clinic. This is a discrete, one-day volunteer opportunity, which would be perfect for attorneys who want to help immigrants in need but are not able to take on an asylum claim for full representation before an Immigration Judge.  

    Here is some more information on the clinic:

    The clinic schedule’s is posted at under the Outreach tab. 

    The upcoming schedule is as follows:
    • Thursday, Sep. 12th, 6:30-8:30, Volunteer Training for Pro Se Asylum Clinic, Law Office of Paul S. Zoltan, 8610 Greenville Ave., Suite 100, Dallas 75243
    • Saturday, Sep. 14th, 10:00-4:00, Pro Se Asylum Clinic, RAICES, Midway Tower, 4230 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy #225, Dallas 75244
    • Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30-8:30, Volunteer Training for Pro Se Asylum Clinic, Law Office of Paul S. Zoltan, 8610 Greenville Ave., Suite 100, Dallas 75243
    • Saturday, Nov. 9th, 10:00-4:00, Pro Se Asylum Clinic, RAICES, Midway Tower, 4230 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy #225, Dallas 75244

    Please email Carol Weinstein at to register for the training and volunteer at the clinic.

    Volunteer opportunities include:

    • Assisting clinic participants in preparing an application for asylum during the Saturday clinic
    • Translating documents: If you are fluent in Spanish and can assist with translating original documents such as birth certificates and police reports, please email Melissa Kenfield at This aspect of the project is done entirely through email.  
    • Conducting technical review of the applications to correct any errors before filing 
    • Assisting the pick-up and filing of the application packets one month after the clinic is held: 1) Review with participants from the earlier clinic corrections to any mistakes that technical review has revealed; 2) Copy the applications and address envelopes for filing; and 3) Prepare (that is, print, number, copy, and tab) or help to prepare packets of documents pertaining to relevant patterns of human rights abuses.
  • Friday, June 28, 2019 12:52 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Today the United States Supreme Court agreed to decide the legality of ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The case, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, will be argued at the Supreme Court term beginning this fall. The Supreme Court's decision is expected by June 2020.


  • Tuesday, May 07, 2019 8:08 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)
    The Dallas County Criminal District Attorney has issued a notice regarding fingerprint misidentification by a now-deceased Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy.
  • Thursday, May 02, 2019 4:45 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Saturday plans? Go vote.

    Friendly reminder. Saturday, May 4th is Election Day. There are critical races including the elections for the new Mayor of Dallas, Dallas City Council, DISD school board, and the DCCCD bond election.

    On Saturday, the last day to vote, you must vote at your precinct. Did you know early vote turnout in Dallas County was just under 6%? Your vote counts. Be heard. Vote.

    Forgot where your precinct is located? Visit Dallas County’s Voter Lookup.  

    Do not know who is on your ballot? After you submit your information on the voter lookup you should be able to see your precinct location and a sample ballot.

    Have a question about your voter registration? Call Dallas County’s voter registration office at (214) 819-6389.

    Need more information about locations, early voting data, or want to follow results? Visit

    Here are other helpful links:

  • Thursday, April 04, 2019 9:43 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    As many of our members may have heard, on April 3, 2019, Immigration & Customs Enforcement conducted a raid of a telecommunications repair company in Allen Texas. Close to 300 immigrants were arrested by ICE while working at the company. Some have been processed and released, while others are still being held.

    On Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 1-5 pm, Catholic Charities will be hosting a workshop to assist the immigrant families impacted by the raid.  The workshop will be held from 1 pm-5 pm at:
    Chase Oaks Family Center
    1896 K Avenue, Suite 200
    Plano, TX 75074

    A Know Your Rights Presentation will be held from 1 pm-2 pm.  A Family Preparedness workshop will be held from 2 pm-5 pm, and individual immigration screenings to offer brief legal advice will also be held from 2 pm-5 pm.

    Attorneys are needed to staff all three components of the workshop.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up using this link.  Please contact Nubia Torres at and Patricia Freshwater at with any questions.

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