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Cesar Vargas
Cesar Vargas is a national advocate with the DREAM (DRM) Action. Cesar graduated from the City University of New York School of Law. From New York, California to Washington D.C, he has actively been involved in the fight for the DREAM Act including the 2010 Lame Duck Session and state wide battles for equal access to state financial aid for undocumented students.

Entries by Cesar Vargas

Trump Does Not Represent NY Values

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:08 AM

In the 1840s political parties and secret societies, such as the Know-Nothings and the Order of the Star-Spangled Banner, sprang up in American cities with members sworn to keep Irish and German immigrants out of America.

Donald Trump is the modern-day incarnation of these dark periods in American...

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Eliseo Medina Is No Champion of Immigration Reform -- But He Could Be

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:45 PM

As we approach June, millions of children from around the country are taking out their scissors, glue-sticks, and color paper ready to make crafty creations for Father's Day. Not all will be joyful, however, as some will be without their father, many of whom have been deported or in immigration detention.

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Democrat Leadership Not Fighting Hard Enough for NY DREAM Act 

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Over the past four years the New York DREAM Act has been at the center of Albany politics. The DREAM Act would grant access to our state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to the 3,500-plus undocumented students that graduate from NY public high schools each year. While various reports indicate economic...

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Dreamers Loyal to Our Communities, Not Political Parties

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Over the past years, the immigrant youth movement has become an integral part of the body politic of this nation. From working with civil rights leaders to working in Congress, Dreamers -- undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children -- are now a formidable voice in the...

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'Bipartisan' Task Force Wrong on Deportations

(15) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 8:49 AM

Despite the shutdown, the politics of immigration has not stopped; rather, the Latino community has been escalating the seriousness of demonstrations. As the acts of civil disobedience have stepped up, so have the arbitrary deportations that are breaking families apart and leaving U.S. citizens without their loved ones. This is at...

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Texans Need Sen. Cornyn's Leadership on Immigration

(6) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 5:50 PM

While Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex) may have used "colorful" language recently to dismiss my Houston Chronicle Op-Ed, DREAMers stick by the points made, especially that Texans and the Latino community need Senator Cornyn's leadership to finally modernize our country's outdated immigration system.

Immigration is a complex legal and...

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Obama Legacy: Broken Families or Real Immigration Reform?

(44) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 10:52 AM

The question of legacy confronts all second term presidents. President Obama's signature healthcare law, for example, will be of sensational academic interest to scholars. Other issues like immigration, however, will be assessed more intimately and immediately by those most affected. With legacy looming over a second term, the president can...

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I Have a Voice Through Your Vote

(6) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 10:14 AM

Last year, I found myself walking across a red carpet on a well-lit stage in front of friends, family and colleagues at one of the most memorable events of my life: my graduation from the City University of New York School of Law. As I was being hooded to signify...

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Howard Berman: A Standard of Leadership on the DREAM Act

(30) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 4:54 PM

As the issue of immigration and the Latino vote takes center stage in the 2012 election cycle, Democrats are not shy about touting their support for the DREAM Act legislation that would create a path to legal status for undocumented students through college or the military. While the Republican Party...

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Mitt Romney: Show Us Your Papers!

(23) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 10:42 AM

Last month, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) announced on the Senate floor, at a time where billionaires are avoiding taxes by denouncing their citizenship, that its the American way to avoid taxes. The speech was an attempt for the Senator and the Republican party to shield their presidential contender,...

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Politicizing the DREAM Act and Immigration

(89) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 9:55 PM

Over the past months, the country has seen the DREAM Act and immigration in general being used by both Republicans and Democrats to savage each other politically. With the Arizona ruling, Justice Antonin Scalia demonstrates the Supreme Court gradually becoming an extension of the political branches to join the melee...

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A Romney Administration Perilous For Latinos

(48) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 8:00 AM

SB 1070, the promised DREAM Act veto, and "Self-Deportation". These are immigration stances Mitt Romney's has embraced in the primary and, needless to say, also three big problems that he has with Latino voters, problems which he cannot Etch-A-Sketch his way out of. But what makes Romney's immigration stances perilous...

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Governor Cuomo Must Step Up for the DREAM Act Because 2016 Voters Are Watching

(58) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 11:56 AM

Historically, New York has been a mecca of immigration, with countless stories of the Statue of Liberty being the first thing that the denizens of established Irish and Jewish neighborhoods arriving in New York City saw after suffering in steerage class across continents. New York was that destination that proceeded...

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Jeb Bush: Endorsing Romney Is an Endorsement of His Cruel Immigration Policy

(65) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 3:37 PM

Former Governor Jeb Bush has claimed that his endorsement of Mitt Romney is not on any particular issue. Unfortunately for him, this endorsement cannot be seen in any other way but as an endorsement of Romney's cruel "self-deportation" immigration policy. For a while, Jeb Bush has been a prudent voice...

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