Mayra Melendez graduated from Maryland's Salisbury University last month with a degree in international studies. On campus, Mayra has been a leader of immigrant student activism. While there, she helped organize the Undocumented Students Forum with the hope of increasing undocumented student resources at the university
Because of their inability to let this issue go, and their willingness to continue to demonstrate that immigration will be the defining issue of 2016, Republicans have resorted -- once again -- to stall the inevitable.
For much of her early life, Yazmin was not aware of her immigration status. She struggled some in school, though not with her academics. Rather, Yazmin had difficulty socially. In middle school, Yazmin discovered that she was an undocumented immigrant. That revelation would affect how guarded she was about many details of her private life.
Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), much like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), is a patchwork program created as a Band Aid to help alleviate some of the problems of our broken immigration system.
Before June 15, 2012 I knew what it's like to live in the shadow of a constant paralyzing fear. The fear that I could lose my home, my friends, and my life as I knew it at any moment.
When Jose Aguiluz was 15, he was involved in a severe car accident in his native Honduras. Desperate for help, his aunt contacted doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
At the age of four, Nadia Rivera and her parents embarked on a journey familiar to most American immigrants: the search for a better life. As many have done before us, Nadia's parents arrived in the United States full of dreams for their daughter.
The following advice should not be taken as replacement for that of a seasoned attorney. However, from one undocumented immigrant to another, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding DACA.
According to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the president's executive actions on immigration would increase the gross domestic product by $90 billion to $210 billion, signifying a major boost to the economy. Maria Pacheco's case is a real-life example of how that happens.
Activism can take on many forms. For some, it takes the form of community organizing or leading demonstrations. For others, it might take place online or at the voting booth. For Ana Angeles, a 30-year-old DACA recipient from Orange County, California, that activism has taken place in her home, assisting would-be DACA recipients with their applications.
As women's history month comes to an end, I'd like to honor a courageous immigrant mother who leads by example.
The most recent snow storm to hit the Washington, DC, area could not stop Karina Velasco, a 25-year-old DACA recipient, from meeting with her congressional representatives and advocating for administrative relief.
The Latino community will remember that the interests of more than 4 million of its children were sacrificed so a few politicians could pander to extremists. We hope candidates remember this episode in 2016, when they experience a record turnout of Hispanic voters.
Though Maria Garcia has lived in the United States for 20 years, it is only during the past couple that the pursuit of the American dream seemed within reach.
Yes, President Obama highlighted that his administration would appeal the judge's ruling during a nationally televised immigration town hall last week, but what exactly does that mean for the beneficiaries of the DACA+ and DAPA program in the meantime?
The expansion of DACA and DAPA has brought hope to millions of immigrants and families, including those who were initially unable to apply for DACA because they were over the age of 31.