My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant {NYTimes}

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My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant One August morning nearly two decades ago, my mother woke me and put me in a cab. She handed me a jacket. “Baka malamig doon” were among the few words she said. (“It might be cold there.”) When I arrived at the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport with her, […]

Why Undocumented Immigrants Matter {HuffPost}

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Why Undocumented Immigrants Matter I can’t discuss immigration without getting upset. There are times that the topic makes me want to cry and/or flip a table over. When people refer to “illegal immigrants,” they are referring to my family, so it’s much more than a political issue for me. And I’m not ashamed to appear […]

Undocumented Mother Loses Child in Custody Battle with Missouri Couple {NBC Latino}

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Undocumented Mother Loses Child in Custody Battle with Missouri Couple A Missouri judge recently granted parental rights to a couple who wants to adopt a little boy — despite the objections of the boy’s undocumented mother. The Guatemalan mother had been jailed following an immigration raid, but judges ruled she had abandoned her child. The […]

Asian Americans Respond to Pew: We’re Not Your Model Minority {Colorlines.com}

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Asian Americans Respond to Pew It’s not every day that deep and rigorous research about Asian Americans is released to the public. So when the well-respected Pew Research Center released “The Rise of Asian Americans,” a comprehensive report on the community on Tuesday, it should have been reason enough to celebrate. Instead, the report, which hailed Asians […]

BREAKING NEWS: A Halt to Deportations for DREAMers

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A Halt to Deportations for DREAMers [Last updated: 6/15/2012 at 12:57pm EDT] BREAKING NEWS – Today, President Obama announced prosecutorial discretion will be expanded to allow DREAMers to remain in the U.S. and continue their education.  This announcement means a halt to deportations for all those who qualify. “The policy, effective immediately, will apply to people who […]

Undocumented Immigrants Paid $11.2 Billion in Taxes in 2010!

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Undocumented Immigrants Paid $11.2 BILLION As many of us who participating in the immigration debate already knew, undocumented immigrants contribute a lot to this country.  In 2010, they contributed approximately $11.2 billion dollars, despite the fact that most Americans believe their being undocumented prevents them from paying into the system. The point is, the majority of Americans […]

Saying “Thank You” for the Little Things

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    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite celebrations. Why do I love it? I love it because it’s a holiday that sets aside religions, cultural or political differences to allow us to say thank you to the good things, moments and experiences we have enjoyed and learned from during the year. In the last […]

FRONTLINE Presents “Lost in Detention” {Airs Tonight – Oct.18}

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  FRONTLINE Presents “Lost in Detention” Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS www.pbs.org/frontline/lost-in-detention www.facebook.com/frontlinepbs @frontlinepbs Last year, the Obama administration set new records for detaining and deporting immigrants who were inside the country illegally. The government plans to best those numbers in 2011, removing more than 400,000 people. In partnership with […]

Word Power (Part 4)

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  Welcome back to our series on words and their meaning as it relates to race, ethnicity, culture, and the like. In case you missed them, you can go back to read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.   Undocumented Workers and Migrant Workers There are a lot of terms floating around as it […]

A Puerto Rican in Paris: Expat Nightmares

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A Puerto Rican in Paris: Expat Nightmares Here in the United States, we are constantly criticizing our immigration system, the inhumane politics of a wall to keep people out and the lack of a coherent policy. These criticisms are all valid, but we sometimes forget to ask ourselves how our immigration problems in the United […]

Avoid Fraud: Understanding the “NEW” Immigration “LAW”

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  As an attorney and educator, one of my favorite activities is providing community education about the laws that govern our lives and their developments.  I practice civil and immigration law, and in the past two weeks I have been bombarded with many calls from immigrants all over the country asking me how the “new” […]

A Brief History Lesson on U.S. Immigration

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  Indigenous Native Americans, arriving from Asia, have lived in the Americas for over 9,000 years as evidenced by cave paintings in South America. Next the Spanish arrived and mixed with the locals left and right. Not long after, the French arrived and peacefully traded goods with Native Americans for 100 years. Then the English arrived […]