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Dreamers Blog Series

The Intricacies of My Undocumented Life

Gaby Pacheco | Posted 05.20.2013 | Latino Voices
Gaby Pacheco

Even though I was doing something good and positive, my actions, my activism, had caused my family to be put in deportation proceedings.

Campus Borders: Forcing Good Students Underground is a Lose, Lose for Higher Education in Georgia

Vanessa Perez | Posted 12.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Perez

That organizations like Freedom University even have to exist is a shame and Georgia can correct the error by reaffirming a commitment to educating all of its people, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or background.

President Obama, Immigrant Families Need More Than Deferrals

Mallika Dutt | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Mallika Dutt

These aspiring citizens strengthen our economy, enrich our culture, and share our values. And yet deportations remain at an all-time high, leaving the mothers of some of our best and brightest unsure if they'll even be back to pick them up at school at the end of the day.

The Right Thing To Do

Prerna Lal | Posted 08.19.2012 | Latino Voices
Prerna Lal

We have won a tiny victory -- a simple reprieve -- but the war is far from over. My own personal thoughts go out to everyone who has aged out, everyone the Obama administration has deported ruthlessly, everyone who has grown tired of waiting.

A Movement Starts with a Few Fed Up Souls

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 08.19.2012 | Latino Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

A movement of mostly working class people of color forced the most powerful man in the world to listen. This is proof that organizing actually works and this victory came about because of the personal sacrifice of the most affected.

Celebrating the Victories: Deferred Action for DREAMers

Katharina Obser | Posted 08.16.2012 | Latino Voices
Katharina Obser

Yesterday's announcement reminds us: progress is being made. It may feel too slow, and it may face more setbacks. But let's allow the tremendous success of the DREAMers and their allies to be a moment to pause, reflect and draw inspiration for the future.

Despite Nod to Dreamers, Latinos Still Stuck Between a Deportation and a Nativist

Dr. Chris Zepeda-Millan | Posted 08.16.2012 | Latino Voices
Dr. Chris Zepeda-Millan

By "coming out of the shadows" and identifying themselves in order to acquire a work permit, undocumented youth will be helping create an official database with their names and addresses that could be used (if Romney wins) to deport them.

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

Laura E. Enriquez | Posted 08.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Laura E. Enriquez

I hear too many stories about undocumented college graduates working at fast food restaurants or in jobs where they don't have the opportunities to use their skills. Of being offered supervisor positions and having to turn them down.

More Than an Empty Announcement? Why DREAMers Must Continue to Rally

Rosario Quiroz | Posted 08.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Rosario Quiroz

This seems like little more than a political ploy by a president seeking reelection who's faced increasing pressure from undocumented youth to do something, pressure which ultimately resulted in various of his campaign offices shutting down.

The DREAM Lives On

Jazmin Chavez | Posted 08.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Jazmin Chavez

I was undocumented up until my junior year of high school in 1999 and back then, there was no coming out of the shadows. It was all about keeping your head down, working hard and trying to blend in with mainstream.

The Government Has to Do A Much Better Job If It Wants to Deport Me

Prerna Lal | Posted 08.14.2012 | Latino Voices
Prerna Lal

With my entire family here, I'm not sure where I'm supposed to go. Due to the ten year bar for unlawful presence, if I leave the U.S., I cannot come back for ten years. Those who ask me to "go to the back of the line" should know that I'm in three different lines.

The President Can Wake us up from our Nightmare

Gaby Pacheco | Posted 08.05.2012 | Latino Voices
Gaby Pacheco

What temporary administrative relief from President Obama means to me is the ability to wake up from the nightmare I live in. It means being able to be a complete human being doing what 27-year-old people do.

Stalled Potential in New York Continue Pushing for the New York Dream Act

Angy Rivera | Posted 08.03.2012 | Latino Voices
Angy Rivera

While there continues to be inequality and exclusivity within the distribution of financial aid, there will be youth fighting to access it. While there are undocumented, and immigrant, youth willing to go to college, there will continue to be a push for change. The ask is loud and clear: Pass the New York Dream Act.

Operation Cross Check and the detention of Martin Berrospe Yepez

Fernando Romero | Posted 07.30.2012 | Latino Voices
Fernando Romero

I am not arguing for, or trying to prevent ICE from removing batterers, gang members or actual violent criminal offenders. I argue that we allow people like Martin to have the opportunity to legalize their status in this country so that he's able to get up on a Saturday morning and go to work without the fear of being torn apart from our community.

A Romney Administration Perilous For Latinos

Cesar Vargas | Posted 07.25.2012 | Latino Voices
Cesar Vargas

While Latinos are already familiar with Mitt Romney's own position on immigration, the make up of his administration is not yet evident. However, with Kris Kobach shaping Mitt Romney's immigration policy, the verdict is clear that he or others like him will be top candidates at the helm of Romney's immigration policy and enforcement.

HB 56: How the People of Alabama Fought Back Against the Worst Anti-Immigrant Law in the Country

Victor Palafox | Posted 07.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Victor Palafox

Alabama has an opportunity to right a wrong and ridding ourselves of HB 56 is our only solution.

The Saga of Immigrant Youth

Gaby Pacheco | Posted 07.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Gaby Pacheco

As we mark the Supreme Court's decision on Plyler vs. Doe, it's fitting that the DREAM Act and access to higher education are again at the forefront of the contentious conversation on immigration reform.

HB 56: How Alabama Won the Anti-immigrant Race by Beating Arizona at Its Own Game

Victor Palafox | Posted 05.03.2012 | Latino Voices
Victor Palafox

I remember having to sit down with my brother and mother, looking up apartment prices, schools, universities, and humorously sitting aghast when I noticed the lack of Southern restaurants. My family was not the only one.

The Political Game of Marco Rubio and Undocumented Students

Elena Shore | Posted 06.19.2012 | Latino Voices
Elena Shore

In "coming out" as undocumented, DREAMers - undocumented students who support the DREAM Act -- took a page from the LGBT rights movement.

From an Arizona Dreamer

Erika Andiola | Posted 06.27.2012 | Latino Voices
Erika Andiola

We should no longer tolerate individuals like Mitt Romney, Senator Rubio -- and even President Obama -- who talk about the DREAM Act for political purposes, but support the criminalization and deportations of people who we love and care about.

Taxation without Representation

Matias Ramos | Posted 06.20.2012 | Latino Voices
Matias Ramos

If immigration is the sincerest form of flattery, the nation's politicians are showing they can't take a compliment. But there's something worse than a country anyone can enter to seek a better life. It's a country where no one wants to go.

Living In A Mixed-Status Home

Nancy Meza | Posted 06.14.2012 | Latino Voices
Nancy Meza

Undocumented immigrants do not live in isolation; we are integral members of of our communities. We are people's brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

Who Cares About the DREAMer Experience?

Orin Abel | Posted 06.13.2012 | Latino Voices
Orin Abel

Sometimes I fear that Atticus is right, and that without the magnanimous effort that is required to step into another's shoes, our pains are fated to merely scratch the Ishtar Gates.

From Mexico to El Otro Lado

Luis R. Cabrales | Posted 06.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Luis R. Cabrales

During my ten years working to protect the environment, I have witnessed the power of the law to bring about positive change in communities of color. This has encouraged me to pursue the kind of career I could only "DREAM" of as an undocumented teenager.

I Am Undocumented

Juan Escalante | Posted 06.11.2012 | Latino Voices
Juan Escalante

Our lives, my life, cannot continue to be put on hold, and our communities cannot continue to be criminalized by mere fractures within our political system.