Barrios & Virguez Dec. 2017

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.” –Walt Disney The legacy of Walter Elias “Walt” Disney is known across the world. Just the name “Disney” conjures up images of magical animated films, grand theme parks, and massively diverse entertainment. What better time to salute this incredible cartoonist and storyteller than December — Disney’s birthday month? Disney’s first job in cartooning was an apprenticeship with Pesmen-Rubin Commercial Art Studio in Kansas City at the age of 18. There, he met fellow artist Ub Iwerks, and the two struck up a lifelong friendship. Together, they created a series of cartoons based on “Alice in Wonderland” and worked with film producer Charles Mintz to distribute the cartoons. THIS MONTH IN HISTORY The Magical World of Walt Disney

2017 brought many changes within our government. In early September, President Trump rescinded DACA. Now, we are left wondering where DACA recipients stand. YOUR OPTIONS WITHOUT DACA 1. As of September 2017, no more DACA applications are allowed to go forward. If you were in the process of applying for DACA, your application will not move forward. No more renewals will be accepted, either. 2. The government is no longer letting people leave the United States on advance parole. This means if you applied for advance parole in August to help your sick family member in your home country, your application is no longer recognized. However, if you were outside of the country on advance parole before September 5, 2017, the U.S. government will recognize that and allow you back into the country. 3. Because we can no longer renew DACA, it’s time to look at other options. If you are marrying or are married to a U.S. citizen, you may be able to apply for a family petition. This is something we can help you with, so please reach out to us to file a family petition. While the president has rescinded DACA, it’s now in Congress’s hands to put something in place that will be more permanent. We’re still not sure what that will look like, but we will keep you updated as we find out more. There are a lot of questions for the coming year, and we’ll see the ramifications throughout 2018. We know it’s a scary and uncertain time when you’re an immigrant. If you’re looking for more information, we post updates on our Facebook page and our website. We also shared a Facebook Live video to explain more about DACA, which you can watch here: Here are three important things to know about the president’s decision for DACA.

You might be surprised to learn Disney’s first successful original creation wasn’t a certain mouse — it was a rabbit. The venturesome Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was a great hit, but Mintz sold the intellectual property rights of Oswald to Universal Pictures. After a falling out, Disney swore he’d never let someone else own his work ever again.

From this defeat, Disney and Iwerks created one of the world’s most enduring characters, Mickey Mouse. With this new character, Disney created the short “Steamboat Willie,” which debuted in 1928 as the first cartoon to feature sound. Mickey Mouse and “Steamboat Willie” signaled the beginning of Disney pushing the envelope with animation. In 1934, he began to work on the world’s first feature-length animated movie, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” His experiment would become the biggest movie of 1938 and the highest grossing sound film at that time. In addition to many other groundbreaking animated movies, Disney also ventured into live-action films and TV shows, and he even fulfilled a lifelong dream: opening his own theme park. Today, almost 150 million people visit Disney Parks all over the world every year. By the time he died in 1966, Disney had been involved in 81 feature films, won a record number of Academy Awards, and left the world with a legacy of magic and creativity that will never be forgotten.

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