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Laura E. Enriquez
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Laura E. Enriquez is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles where she does research on the experiences of undocumented young adults. She is a dedicated scholar-activist and specializes in immigration, race/ethnicity, and gender. She has been mentoring, teaching, and organizing with undocumented young adults for the past five years. She is a contributor to the HuffPost LatinoVoices DREAMers Blog Series.

Entries by Laura E. Enriquez

Are Deportations Rising or Falling? A Focus on the People Affected

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 9:07 PM

For months articles have cited statistics that President Obama is on track to deport 2 million individuals -- the same amount of people as deported in the more than 100 years between 1892 and 1997. However, a recent article in The New York Times reported that...

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Stop Tearing Families and Communities Apart: A New Narrative for Immigration Reform

(28) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 1:16 PM

One of the main tenants of U.S. immigration law is the idea of family reunification. As a result, one of the dominant narratives about the need for comprehensive immigration reform revolves around the idea of family. For example, activists attempting to curtail the rise in deportations have rallied about the...

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Driver's Licenses: A Tool for Nativist Politics or an Opportunity for Incorporation?

(47) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 6:15 PM

Due to a lack of federal reform, state-level immigration policies have become common. While Arizona's SB-1070 is perhaps the most infamous of these state laws, driving-related laws, including access to driver's licenses, are a common means of addressing the presence of undocumented immigrants in our communities.

Over the years, some...

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Gendered Laws: VAWA, IRCA and the Future of Immigration Reform

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 2:56 PM

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was reauthorized last week as the House finally passed the bill and sent it to the president's desk. Since its inception in 1994, VAWA has been key in the battle to stop domestic violence by providing support for victims --...

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Deportations and Immigration Enforcement: It's Not All Obama's Fault

(13) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 2:46 PM

As the election draws near, candidates are going head to head to fight for the Latino vote. While Obama retains 73 percent of Latino registered voters, Republican campaign materials have tried to highlight his weak stance on immigration, citing his inaction on immigration reform and rising...

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Big Bird and Immigrant Families: Why I'm Voting for Obama

(72) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 12:01 PM

While there are countless reasons to vote for Obama this election season, Romney just gave us one more -- he wants to stop funding to PBS. And everyone knows that PBS means Big Bird, Sesame Street, and educational programing for children and adults.

Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster...

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A Nice Way to Start the Day: Administrative Relief for DREAMers

(7) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 4:42 PM

Like many mornings, I start my day by drowsily checking my email on my phone so I don't have to get out of my cozy bed. This morning, I was met with an email from a friend saying that Obama had come out for administrative relief from deportation and work...

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How DREAMers Made Me Reconceptualize My Citizenship

(86) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 7:15 AM

Sorting through the stack of mail that I hadn't checked in weeks, my heart sank as I picked up a letter from the Los Angeles Superior Court. I knew what it was -- a jury summons.

For most, this is one of the worst pieces of mail they can...

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Turning Oppression into Power: Fighting Pomona College and Community Division

(13) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 6:22 AM

Ever since graduating from Pomona College in 2008, I have proudly declared my connection to the college. When people compare their colleges and mascots, I am happy to say I am a sagehen, our odd yet loveable mascot, and even have a sagehen stuffed animal in my office. When Pomona...

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Citizen Guilt and the Struggle to Find My Voice as a Citizen Ally

(9) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 12:38 PM

When I was approached to start a blog for this series, I was hesitant. What do I have to say? Is my voice that important?

I have spent the past five years of my life as an ally to the undocumented community. I mentored undocumented high school and college students,...

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