Ashley De La Cruz Capstone

Throughout my whole life, I grew up with my parents struggling and working their hardest to give my siblings and I a better life filled with more opportunities than they could've given us back in their hometown in Mexico. Therefore, I knew that immigration was something that played a big role in our country, especially with undocumented immigrants. I knew that a lot of these members of the Hispanic community weren't aware of their rights or that they could have access to things such as health care even though they didn't have insurance. I knew that in order to educate more people, I would need to give them easy resources that they could reach and contact and just find out more information about. Therefore, I made 100 brochures in both Spanish and English, which included some basic rights that people should be aware of and also of places where they can go to get health care, dental care, and immigration help. With permission from some clinics and offices, I left some brochures with them so that people could take it home and become informed. I want people to know that just because they’re in a country that might not be their native country, they still have the same rights as everyone else. I want people to be aware that just because they have less it doesn’t mean that they can’t have the same as others.
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Frazee, Gretchen. "What Constitutional Rights Do Undocumented Immigrants Have?" PBS. June 25, 2018. Accessed January 25, 2019.

This source is listing out what rights any undocumented immigrant has in this country, even though they might have not been born here. Some of the examples that I might include are, “Right to due process,” “The right to legal counsel,” “The right to be with your family,” and “The right to education.” I want to list these rights out because a lot of people live in fear and when they are placed in certain situations they aren’t aware that there are still rights that pertain to them. I want to show these communities that they can have the same opportunities as others.

"How Immigrants Are Getting Health Coverage." December 08, 2018. Accessed January 25, 2019.

This source is going to be used to show how you don’t have to be a citizen in order to obtain health care access like those natural born citizens. This source lists key points, how the cost and what you can cover are changed based on your situations. This source also talks about how many of the people living here are uninsured, which is important to include as an important statistic. I want to use this to show how they are verified and their status. I think it’s important that people understand that they are getting health insurance and even though they are paying, without having a social security number, they are still doing it through a legal way.

"Low Cost Dental Clinic | Low Cost Dental Clinic." Penn Dental Medicine. March 23, 2018. Accessed January 25, 2019.

I am going to be including this source because I want to recommend this location. Personally, my parents have been going here for a while and they have told me that the fees that this dental clinic charges are not expensive. They have told me that they think it’s a very professional place and that everyone there is very kind and that it’s very cheap, considering that they don’t have any insurance.

Nolo. "Is An Immigration Lawyer Worth The Cost?" March 24, 2016. Accessed January 25, 2019.

This source is very important to include because it talks about the different types of cases that may pertain to the cost for having to want a lawyer. I want to include this source because it’s talking about how, even though they may seem expensive, some of them are very helpful, especially in the case of undocumented people being detained. My main importance is that I want to focus on the Hispanic community, especially the undocumented, since it’s something that I can relate to because of family members. There’s a section on here that directly talks about how these lawyers work in order to determine if there’s a legitimate reason for their stay.

"Nonprofit-Health-Wellness-Latino Immigrant-Philadelphia." Puentes De Salud. Accessed January 24, 2019.

The reason why I chose to use this source is because in order to create my handbook, I need to include clinics where people without health insurance are accepted. I was recommended this place by my mother because a lot of people that she knows have been to this place and they don’t charge as much. This place is mainly for the Hispanic community, since the volunteers are trained to speak Spanish. The clinics main purpose is to challenge “embedded social inequalities and injustices.” From what I’ve heard, a lot of people say that everyone here is very kind and they don’t discriminate.

"Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Immigration Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services." Justia. Accessed January 25, 2019.

This is a website that I’m going to include possibly in my handbook. There are locations that are on here and I plan on going to show up to each of these locations. I want to possibly hand them hypothetical situations and see how much they would charge someone who is undocumented. I want to use this source to include places that might be willing to reduce costs for these people. I also want to understand why it is that these practices are willing to help others, especially the less fortunate. I want to understand the different costs and then compare them in the end.

"Sliding Scale Fees." Wikipedia. August 21, 2018. Accessed January 25, 2019.

When I was reading the majority of the articles were listing how in order to figure out how much the people that are undocumented should be charged, they base it off of a sliding fee scale. I was confused when reading what it is and how it is based on income because I don’t understand how this whole system works.

"U.S. Citizen Children Impacted by Immigration Enforcement." American Immigration Council. November 27, 2018. Accessed January 25, 2019.

What people don’t realize is that the reason why I’m focusing on this capstone is because I want to inform people that if they don’t know their rights, then they might be deported. Therefore, I want to educate people of the negative outcomes/results if families were deported. This source talks about statistics that I can include on my potential website, about how many children have been left without a family member. This source is talking about previous studies have been conducted and their results that have occured. I want to use this source to provide as many current examples so that people can understand why this is important to support these communities.

"What Legal Rights Do Undocumented Immigrants Have? (With Lesson Plan)." KQED. March 29, 2017. Accessed January 25, 2019.

This includes a video that I wasn’t sure how to cite but I also wanted to include the writing in it because it lists more rights that these undocumented people have. I think that this source is important to include because it will list out what people need to know when placed in this situation so that they can speak up for themselves.

"Why We Need Social Security." Princeton University. Accessed January 25, 2019.

The reason why I chose to use this source is because I want to know some background information in order to understand why it is that some clinics don’t accept people who don’t have any social security. I don’t understand why it is that some clinics enforce it very harshly, understanding that some people, for example those who are undocumented, don’t have the ability to apply for this. This source mainly talks about the background of how this system came to be and was created. This source is talking about the pros in having the social security, so I can include this to show how people see this as such a positive but there are those that don’t have the opportunity to get one.