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Juan Escalante
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Juan Escalante is an undocumented immigrant, and a Masters in Public Administration Candidate at Florida State University. He has served at various capacities within the online organization DreamActivist.org, and continues to his advocacy work via various online platforms.
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What Obama's Immigration Announcement Means to My Parents

(27) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 10:54 PM

"Juan, que sabes de lo de Obama? Que va a pasar con nuestros papeles?"

It has been a little over two years since President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). I still remember getting my work permit in the mail, months after joking with both of...

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Two Years Later, Deferred Action Is Renewed Without Future Guarantees

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Two years after being enacted by President Barack Obama, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been renewed by the Department of Homeland Security for a second round. The program, which thus far has provided relief to 560,000 undocumented immigrants, has been recognized by...

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Will Florida Grant In-state Tuition to Undocumented Students?

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Florida is the latest state to go "all in" on the issue of in-state tuition for undocumented students.

With less than a month until its legislative session begins, the Sunshine State may be gearing up to follow in the steps of New Jersey and Washington State, the most recent...

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White House Refuses to Answer 'Tough' Questions on Immigration During Skype Chat

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 10:28 PM

A recent article, published by Politico, signals that the White House received pre-screened questions for their immigration #AskTheWhiteHouse segment this past Wednesday. The event, which was publicized as a way to speak directly to the White House, received a lot of buzz via social media --...

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Immigration Reform Requires You to Interrupt, Speak Up

(51) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 5:20 PM

As Congress prepares to go on break once again, there is still plenty uncertainty regarding the fate of immigration reform. It seems that every week politicians from both parties, activists, and advocacy organizations alike declare the proposal either dead or alive - most of the time at a whim, just...

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El viacrucis de una madre indocumentada

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Desde que me acuerdo, mi madre siempre ha estado de pie y dispuesta a sacrificar cualquier cosa con tal de que nosotros, sus hijos, salgamos adelante. Ella ha siempre sido el apoyo moral y espiritual de todos en la casa, y aún más desde que yo personalmente vivo fuera de...

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Undocumented In Florida: We Need Bi-Partisanship From Our Politicians

(24) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 8:09 AM

It's an interesting time to be an undocumented immigrant in the state of Florida.

The Sunshine state is currently battling against the construction of one of the nation's largest immigration detention facilities, one that ironically has the support from two federal DREAM Act supporters,...

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The STARS And ARMS Acts Need A Full Review

(30) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 9:53 AM

During a Republican debate in January, Mitt Romney announced that "self-deportation" would be a part of his immigration policy -- a position that has earned him much criticism and continues to haunt him to this day.

It also eclipsed something Newt Gingrich said.

While both...

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