This week, advocates are rallying on the Mall in Washington, D.C., committing acts of civil disobedience, fasting, and filling the halls of Congress to urge House members to vote for immigration reform.
On October 8, I was arrested along with faithful partners, committed organizers, and community leaders in Washington, D.C. We stood together, were handcuffed together, and led away together for one purpose -- to tell Congress to get back to work on compassionate immigration reform.
The separation and destruction of families must stop. So today, alongside 200 other people, we will engage in civil disobedience and say to Congress: the time is now for immigration reform.
With Congressional leaders refusing to see eye-to-eye, our communities are paying the price. I'm not simply referring to the effects of the government shutdown. I'm talking about our elected leaders' inability to pass immigration reform.
The threat made by the Grumpy Obstructionist Party (GOP) is simple: "Gimme what I want or I'll kill the government." Democrats refused to pay the ransom by defunding the Affordable Care Act, so the GOP defunded the federal government.
Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.
This is still a democracy. Together we can bring sanity and reasonableness back but only if our voices are heard.
Thanks to the mainstream media and hypocritical politicians, the phrase "immigration reform" has become so politicized, so polarizing that the term itself distracts from what is truly at stake.
On Oct. 5 I will join others across 80 cities in mobilizing for the National Day for Dignity and Respect on behalf of our nation's undocumented men, women and children. With one voice we will say that the time for comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform is now.
Immigration law enforcement continues to separate migrant families through deportation. In the meantime, employers profit from a legally vulnerable workforce.
There is one critical gap in Obamacare. To build a healthy society and economy, lawmakers must allow everyone -- regardless of immigration status -- the opportunity to participate in the insurance exchanges.
Although most Americans are exasperated by the stalemate in Washington and by the extreme tactics of the Tea Party, students of history will recognize the symptoms of generational change.
We want to give aspiring citizens an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. We want an immigration policy that reflects our values. Speaker Boehner, we want a vote. Listen to your friend Paul Ryan. Listen to reason.
On Monday, September 30, thirty individuals who were raised in the U.S. but were deported or forced to return to their countries of origin in Latinoamérica, turned themselves in to immigration authorities at the Laredo, Texas port of entry.
Immigrant women and children have waited too long for comprehensive immigration reform that brings them out of the shadows, allows them to become full contributors to their communities and enables them to live without fear.
As a gay person, I remember hiding, and it was not a good way to live. I know there's a difference between orientation and legal status, and hiding who you are is different from literally hiding, but the feeling of being an outsider, I think, is very similar.