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Building on California's Immigrant Rights Blueprint

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 11:23 AM

This year, California must break new ground for immigrant rights

California was the original "Arizona" of the immigration debate. More than twenty years ago, Prop 187 whipped up a frenzy of fear and hate.

But now, the Golden State is building a blueprint of pro-immigrant policy-making that's...

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This Women's History Month, How Can We Honor Immigrant Moms?

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 3:45 PM

As women's history month comes to an end, I'd like to honor a courageous immigrant mother who leads by example.

Betty Jaspeado is a force of energy in the immigrant rights movement. With a firm gaze and equally engaging demeanor, she inspires bravery in the hearts of politically active parents...

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Deferred Action For All: A Common-Sense Step to Honor Immigrants' Contributions

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 7:27 PM

President Obama's short-sighted decision to delay deportation relief for undocumented immigrants has rightly sparked outrage and indignation. Ultimately, the fallout from this latest broken promise will only strengthen our determination and expectations for broad and inclusive deportation relief.

Immigrants are a vital force in the economic, civic, and cultural...

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Obama Must Abandon 'Tougher than Bush' Approach on Immigration

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Will the president stand with hateful minutemen -- or with our nation's best values?

Recently, President Obama not only threatened to deport thousands of refugee children, but also asked Congress to gut key legal protections for youth fleeing severe violence. Interestingly, the president who signed those protections into law wasn't...

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Meddling with Driver's Licenses and Rebooting S-Comm: Sec. Johnson Failing Key Tests on Immigration

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 5:15 PM

It's no secret that President Obama could heal the pain of immigrant families facing separation today with the stroke of a pen. Using his indisputable executive authority, he could halt deportations, provide temporary relief to millions, and put powerful pressure on Congress to finally get its act together.

But instead...

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The Undocu-Care-Van Heads to Sacramento

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 1:37 PM

I'm excited to join a caravan of immigrants, activists and leaders tonight to head into Sacramento to speak out for health for all. For nearly a week, immigrants and their allies have been tirelessly caravanning from San Diego to Fresno with multiple stops in between to share their stories and...

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California's Historic Immigrant Rights Victories Build Momentum

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 1:18 PM

Nearly twenty years ago, I remember sitting down with my immigrant parents to watch the ominous vote count roll in for California's extreme, anti-immigrant Proposition 187, with county after county sadly voting "yes." I remember the fear, anger and confusion that swept immigrant communities. And I remember that everyday people...

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What Immigrant Moms Want for Mother's Day

(9) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 10:56 AM

Like most moms, Mother's Day for me is an opportunity to celebrate with my children and family, and reflect upon how deeply I cherish motherhood. While supporting our children as they grow and adapt to the world is joyful, we moms face so many challenges along the way -- the...

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