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Immigration reform: Step forward
Our immigration system has been broken for decades -- and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country. So on November 20th, President Obama will address the n....
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 Actress describes her parents' deportation
Actress describes her parents' deportation
Prison life is tough for Maritza, Diane Guerrero's inmate character on the Netflix hit "Orange is the New Black." But real life has dealt Guerrero some serious problems, too. She's the daughter of Colombian immigrants who were living in the United States as undocumented. When Guerrero was just 14....

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Reducing poverty through immigration reform
There is a potential for immigration reform to create a pathway out of poverty, by enabling undocumented immigrants to work legally and maximize their earnings. Today, there are an estimated 11.3 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. Under current immigration law, these individuals ar....
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Critical moment for immigrant families
After several months of delay, President Obama is on the brink of announcing administrative relief for millions of immigrant families. Although all the buzz across the country indicates that this will happen as early as this week, we know that our families can take nothing for granted. We need to ....
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The Latinoamericanización of U.S. politics
After the recent elections, Roberto Lovato, a writer and a visiting scholar at University of California Berkeley’s Center for Latino Policy Research, discussed the impact of Latinos in the political system. Lovato is also an active member of Presente.org and launched the Move the Game campaign. ....
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How can a 3-year old represent himself in court?
Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo,* a three-year-old who arrived at the United States border in April ....
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Pentagon leaving DREAMers behind
Pentagon officials announced in an email last week that it would allow some undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children to enlist in the military through a limited program that recruits immigrants with critical language and culture skills, the Military Times first reported. The Dep....
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DACA recipients grateful, uncertain about future
Manuel Martinez thought his future would follow the life of his father. When he was 17, he thought he’d work in construction after high school. Despite living in the US since the age of one, Martinez didn’t think he had many options because of his undocumented status. Yaquelin Valencia, a high sc....
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By the numbers: Executive action on immigration
Since Congress first passed a comprehensive immigration law—the Immigration and Nationality Act—in 1952, each of the 11 subsequent presidents, from President Dwight D. Eisenhower through President Barack Obama, have used their broad executive authority to address unanticipated situations affecting....
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Hanging in the balance: A tale of two Latinas
This is the story of two young Latinas with the same name, living in the same Southern city, one having recently graduated from college, the other just beginning there, both in the same field. The women immigrated to the United States as children with their parents and both learned as teenagers th....
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Do we need to reassess our immigration reform strategy?
ISIS beheadings. The Putining of the Ukraine. The Ebola pandemic. The police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The 2014 midterm elections. And then there is immigration reform. The immediate big question is whether President Obama will be taking decisive executive actions to stop and slo....
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E-coyotes take advantage of Facebook
Ten years ago, if you lived in Central America and were looking for a guide to help you sneak across the US-Mexico border, you'd ask your neighbors and call your relatives in the US to see if they knew any coyotes, or people-smugglers. Now, you can just log onto Facebook. Social media is playing....
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Migrant children need access to lawyers
In 2008, 15-year-old Wilmer Villalobos Ortíz fled his native Honduras. The previous year, the 18th Street Gang that controlled his neighborhood tried to recruit him and threatened him with death if he refused. Ortíz’s journey to the United States included a month and a half riding on the infamous ....
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A nation of immigrants, where is our leadership?
Protesters to the current immigration crisis and particularly those highlighted in nearby Murrieta, California recently have sparked some very sad days for the USA, a nation of immigrants. One may recall that the protesters initially blocked two busloads of immigrant children from a border patrol ....
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Latest crack in our broken immigration system verde
In a bustling room at the Third Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico a group of white and Latino parishioners gathered for a workshop on immigration. They wanted to learn more about the issue. Julio Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant, was there to answer their questions. “Why can’t immigrants....
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