What mainstream Americans have failed to realize is that Hispanics have played and will continue to play a crucial role in our nation. Hispanics have contributed to every avenue of American life since the inception of this country.
Small businesses have been doing their part -- outperforming big business on the job creation front every month for the past year. But, they can do more if Washington will only step up and take a role in helping fuel this engine for growth.
Polling shows that Latino voters vote on issues, not on personalities. Polling also shows that Latinos are paying close attention to the immigration issue, and that they consider immigration reform -- and executive action by the president on immigration -- to be extremely important and urgently needed.
"When Our Troops Serve, Their Families are Serving, Too." So says the slogan of Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to bring attention to the needs of military families. But what happens if a family member is undocumented? Does this mean that they are serving their country any less?
My light olive hand clutched a pencil. The florescent lights might as well have been a spotlight. Before the test began, I was faced with every multicultural child's fear: the question of choosing my race or ethnicity.
Whatever the debates might be, both political parties cannot afford to play with the Hispanic vote. Immigration reform is a key tool to courting America's greatest political asset. How both political parties resolve the immigration debacle can be an important gauge on the future of American political process.
Italy has long been a country of emigrants rather than a destination for immigrants. One would expect that the plight of generations past and 30 years of political debate would have produced model laws and a concrete approach to immigration.
I, an immigrant, consider myself to be an American. But I hope being considered an American doesn't cost me my Bengali name.
I checked, and there's no relationship between bed bugs and undocumented immigrants. Nor is there any evidence that the respiratory illness at children's hospital has any connection to immigrants.
The president and his staff showed that he holds politics above the latino and immigrant communities, and continues to move forward with his efforts to lower the expectation for what is possible for him to do.
Educational and economic opportunities that allow children and youth to dream of a better tomorrow are integral to achieving peace.
DACA has given me a glimpse of life as a lawfully present American. The thrill of passing my learner's permit test, of being asked to come in for a job interview, or even of the satisfaction I felt when I submitted my taxes on time--these small instances felt tremendously rewarding.
Once it became clear that Senator Reid's office provided cover to the President's decision to delay, we knew we had to mobilize and send a clear message to both Democratic leaders and to our community: We will hold any politician accountable who stands in the way of our families' freedom.
Talking with the survivors, they all say the same thing: some of us have already died from the work we did at Ground Zero, and all of us are sick.
Immigrants are a vital force in the economic, civic, and cultural fabric of communities across the country. Consider the example of California, where undocumented immigrants make up nearly one in ten workers and contribute $130 billion to our GDP.
My son is too young to understand what is happening in the news, but one day I will have to tell him why our country is treating the children from Central America so inhumanely. I'm not sure what I will say about this shameful moment.