Arepas, native to South America , specifically Colombia and Venezuela , are small corn cakes made from corn flour cooked on a hot plate/griddle (Colombia) or lightly fried and baked (Venezuela) . They can be eaten with and without fillings.
* You can buy already prepared corn flour, such as P.A.N., this brand is widely used in Venezuela. This flour does not contain gluten or preservatives. If you cannot find corn flour, you can replace it with whole wheat flour or regular flour.
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This month we have a recipe from one of our clients from the Phillippians: Chicken Tinola. Tinola is a ginger- and onion-based soup with chicken as the usual main ingredient. Chicken Tinola is an authentic Filipino main dish and best complimented with green papaya wedges and chili pepper leaves.
We all have favorite family recipes, and many of them reflect the cultures and ethnic backgrounds of our families. The family of MICA supporters is full of such a variety of backgrounds, that we wanted to start a recipe series to share meaningful meals with all of you.
This first recipe for Butter Chicken comes from Co-Director Jessica Mayo. She received it from her brother-in-law Susmith, who is Indian. He recommends smelling each ingredient separately before you add them, and then smelling the mix as you cook to help you get the right blend of spices for your taste.
Butter Chicken Recipe
With chicken there is always a risk of food poisoning, so it is important to clean your hands, board and knives before and after working with the raw meat.
In our spring newsletter, co-director, Nicole Cortes referenced Congress’ consideration of an Immigration Reform bill in her co-director note, expressing the potential for “new legal options and a renewed sense of hope”. In this blog post the MICA Project would like to continue this message of hope and provide a brief update on the Immigration Reform Bill’s current standing. To refresh, in the past year President Obama has proposed new immigration reform, which would allow for the deferment of deportation for many immigrants residing in the United States without legal status. In a speech to the American Public on November 20th. 2014, President Obama clarified his executive actions "deal" saying,
"If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes — you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. That’s what this deal is."
Although not perfect, this reform is an active step towards fixing current flaws in the immigration system. However, the lack of support from Congress on previous immigration reform legislation and current opposition to Obama's executive actions, (described above) have created a lot of uncertainty for the issue. In February 2015, these executive actions were challenged by representatives of the federal government and 26 states who oppose the actions, deeming them unconstitutional. These challenges have resulted in a holdup of registration and enactment of these executive actions. In July 2015, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of appeals will hear arguments, but it is likely that the case will eventually be brought to the Supreme Court. However, despite these holdups legal precedent still suggests hope for this immigration reform to eventually go through. For references as to what exactly is included in Obama’s executive action and the current standing see the link to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services site here.
For the second year in a row the MICA Project has been honored by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund at their 2015 Spirit Awards. This year, the client-centered community organization received $20,000 to continue their work in providing legal, advocacy, and educational services for low-income migrant and immigrant populations.
Along with this award, MICA Project co-founders, Nicole Cortes and Jessica Mayo, both received scholarships to attend the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) 2015 Annual Conference. According to the AILA site, the conference is “the largest annual gathering of the immigration law community” and “is the can’t-miss opportunity to stay up to date on the latest trends in immigration law”. From the description and listed opportunities for workshops and networking the conference promises to be an advantageous experience for all attendees.
Here at the MICA Project we are so grateful for all of our supporters! You are transforming lives in immigrant communities with quality legal services. As mentioned in our last newsletter, we have an upcoming volunteer opportunity that will give you the opportunity to experience the power of this work in person.
As part of our efforts related to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, we will be hosting pre-screening clinics in March and April along with the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) Immigrant Service Provider Network (ISPN). We need many volunteers in order to run these events, from helping with sign-in to reviewing documents and evidence with clients. We would love to have our supporters volunteer during these events so you can see first-hand the impact your support has in our communities!
We held the first clinics last weekend in Illinois, and they were a huge success. Our volunteers each got to speak with at least 2-3 individuals, working with them to determine eligibility and prepare paperwork. Legal volunteers were paired with those with no legal experience, and interpreters were provided for those who didn't speak Spanish.
The upcoming clinics will be held on:
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form here.
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Karina Benabe Packer at email@example.com.
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We will be hosting several info sessions and clinics for those who may be affected by the new Administrative Relief. Contact us if you would like more information about how to participate!