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César Chávez restored our faith in humanity President Barack Obama
We are here to celebrate the life of an American hero. César Chávez was a man who devoted this brief time that we have on Earth to making sure that this country lived up to some of its lofty ideals, the words of our founding, the idea that all of us are created equal -- a man who organized others ....
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Fast for Families leaders arrested, released
Following a meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Joe García in Miami last week, “Fast for Families Across America” leaders attempted to deliver a letter to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart’s Congressional Office calling on the U.S House of Representatives to bring immigration reform to a....
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Florida Gov supports in-state tuition for undocumented
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said last week that he would back a Senate proposal to allow undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition, so long as they meet certain requirements. “I want tuition to be lower,” said Scott. “It’s unbelievable how much tuition has gone up.” Scott said that....
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One year after RNC ‘autopsy’ report
This week it has been one year since the Republican National Committee (RNC) issued a post-election “autopsy” analyzing the GOP’s shortcomings in 2012 and making recommendations on how the GOP can ensure a different outcome in future presidential elections. Notably, the RNC autopsy captured that t....
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Crossing U.S. border to highlight deportations
In an effort to renew focus on the Obama administration’s handling of deportations, between 150 and 200 immigrant activists are attempting to cross the U.S.-México border this week. The group, consisting of both undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens who had once lived in the United States, sho....
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Failure to act will be a shameful legacy
As a community — and as an organization — bipartisanship is a vital part of who we are. Latinos offer a broad variety of experiences, cultural histories, and political views that long to be represented in American politics. We don’t adhere to one party, one ideology, or one point of view. We, o....
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Obama urged to use executive order on deportations
Nearly three dozen bishops, church leaders, and undocumented immigrants were arrested this week in front of the White House for protesting President Obama’s record on deportation. Advocates urged Obama to use executive action to halt deportations before his administration deports its two millionth....
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Will Phoenix document the 'undocumented'?
It was tough to convince Viridiana Hernández to call the Phoenix police when her house was broken into. She now has a work permit, under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan, which temporarily protects her from deportation. But when someone broke into her house in 2012, her ....
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Legalization and citizenship: where do we go?
Now that Republicans in the House of Representatives are preparing to unveil their “principles” for immigration reform, speculation is raging over how broad the “legalization” they will propose might be. There are plenty of paths to take. There are certain things we know, and many things we don't,....
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Undocumented immigrants at State of the Union
When Cristian Avila was rejected for a college scholarship a few years ago, his mother “fell to her knees” crying and profusely apologized. That was the moment Avila found out that he was undocumented. He had been rejected for a scholarship “not because of bad grades, but because I was missing nin....
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Three keys to the immigration reform debate
In the fast-moving discussion of immigration reform, here are three keys to the current debate: 1. Despite Republican Rhetoric, Immigration Enforcement & Border Security Are Already in Overdrive: Here are the facts: President Obama has presided over a record-high number of deportations; the U.S. ....
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GOP needs to take action on immigration reform
Last week marked the two-year anniversary of Mitt Romney’s infamous embrace of “self-deportation,” the immigration policy he first articulated during a Republican primary debate in Tampa. While many Republicans have recognized the political damage inflicted by Romney’s immigration stance and have....
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Once undocumented, now an immigrant advocate
As a first-generation American whose own family emigrated from the Philippines, I always relish the opportunity to hear personal stories of immigration. As Filipino American History Month comes to a close, I want to share a story from Angelo Mathay, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ....
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A letter to my brother
Editor’s Note: For many young people who are undocumented and gay, everyday reality is defined by struggle, uncertainty, and hardship. That was the case for Diego Sandoval, who after living for a year in Florida, moved with his family to Merced, Calif. Since the fourth grade, Diego has attended fi....
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Borders can’t restrain true love
Every year on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, my partner Richi dons an impeccable Cat in the Hat outfit he made himself and drives 40 miles to work, the same drive he makes every school day. He could work closer to home, but the kids in the impoverished Hispanic neighborhoods where he has taught for 10 years....
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