I've been following the advice of the Freakonomics guys, who advise us to think like a child and ask seemingly naive questions in the pursuit of higher truths. So I asked myself, "Would something like the Homestead Act for undocumented immigrants be a good idea?"
The fundamental reason that I was accepted into an MD-PhD program is because I was given a chance. And yet at one point in my visa application process, the chance of obtaining legal residence became non-existent.
It's not the year 2000 anymore and the DREAM Act hasn't passed, but over the last 15 years a movement has been brewing. One story changed the course of my life. Imagine if our collective stories can change history?
In the end, this is a group of people who have been slandered ruthlessly, kicked to the bottom of many arbitrary, nonsensical social pecking orders that any bully feeds off of. This is as true of the bully in the sandbox as it is the bully in Congress or State Assembly.
This weekend marked the third anniversary of the passage of DACA, yet the promise of deferred action and relief from deportation is still woefully out of reach for millions of undocumented and immigrant Californians.
While in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants continues to be a hot issue, particularly in states like Texas, state legislatures across the country are now dealing with a new immigration related issue -- driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.
The battle of the Texas Dream Act continues. A bill known as SB1819, sponsored by Texas Republican Senators Donna Campbell, Tom Creighton, and Lois Kolkhorst, is headed for the Senate floor to be heard and voted upon.
The release of one or two detainees out of detention is not enough. We must challenge the system itself. We need solidarity for those in our community, as well as for those who are not undocumented or LGBTQ.
When people hear me say that I grew up in two worlds, they think I mean white and Latino. Most of the time, I mean a world with power and one without it. I mean the lady who approved people for WIC and the women who actually needed the cheese and leche.
Ayotte's measure would only impact the undocumented immigrant community, a supposedly powerless, forlorn group that cannot respond to direct attacks from self-interested politicians and their right-wing sponsors.
It is quite easy to only blame Republicans for the lack of action on immigration. However, to challenge both parties to provide solutions to the country's pressing problems is the mark of an American conscious of our privileges and responsibilities.