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Living the American Dream

Advancing American DREAMs

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.18.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Today marks the last post in our series. To mark the occasion, we have developed a compilation of all the stories that have been featured in this space.

DACA Allays Fears and Brightens Futures

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.11.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

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

Determined to Achieve the American Dream: Yazmin Abreu

National Council of La Raza | Posted 05.29.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

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.

DACA Made a Future Nurse's Dreams Become Reality

National Council of La Raza | Posted 05.22.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

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.

Without DACA, We Will Lose Fierce Advocates for Justice

National Council of La Raza | Posted 05.15.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

As a gay undocumented youth, Jesus Chavez understands well the challenges of living with secrets. He grew up in California's Central Valley, always aware of his immigration status, but forbidden from speaking about it.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

If DACA Works, Why Not Implement DAPA?

National Council of La Raza | Posted 05.03.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

DAPA would provide opportunities for millions of skilled immigrants to work in fields where they can earn and contribute more. If DACA recipients have demonstrated in just three years what this program can do for communities like Raleigh, perhaps it's time to consider something more stable.

Living the American DREAM: Joel Sati

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.23.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

If there is something more impressive than Joel's academic résumé, it's his story. Rewind a few years and we'd be meeting a different Joel: a high-school student reeling from the discovery of his undocumented status just a few weeks shy of graduation. Facing a new set of financial roadblocks, he would no longer be a college-bound senior but one facing a life of uncertainty.

Living the American DREAM: Katherine Perez

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

When Katherine Perez arrived in the United States from Colombia in 2005, she had one goal in mind: to get a great education that would pave the way to a better life.

President Obama, Don't Give Up!

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.09.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

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.

Living the American DREAM: Ana Angeles

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.02.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

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.

Living the American DREAM: Maria Garcia

National Council of La Raza | Posted 05.19.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

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.

Living the American DREAM: Emilio Vicente

National Council of La Raza | Posted 04.27.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

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.

Is the American Dream Still Worth It?

Toni Emerson | Posted 12.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Toni Emerson

I'd like us to ask ourselves if our quality of life and our level of fulfillment are as good as we had hoped it would be, or if instead we are letting ourselves be ruled by greed vs. goodness and compassion toward others.