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This Letter Jorge Ramos Penned To DREAMers Is Exactly What We Need To Read Right Now

Jorge Ramos: “Be bold. Don’t sit down. Don’t shut up. Don’t be a victim; change the rules of the game. And don’t go anywhere else. This is where you belong.” Yes, our community is hurting from the Supreme Court’s indecision yesterday on United States v. Texas. But we also know we are more determined than … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Kenia Calderon: “Four Years After DACA, Our Fight Is Not Over”

Ahead of the upcoming United States v. Texas Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, Kenia Calderon, a DACA-mented student at Drake University, reflects on the impact the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has had on her life in a new piece for the Des Moines Register.   Calderon notes that, regardless of the Supreme … Continue reading »

ICYMI: On Anniversary of DACA, Juan Escalante Reflects On Life-Changing Effects of Program, What More Can Be Done

“As I heard President Obama speak in the Rose Garden, I knew that I could still fight, that my voice still mattered, that immigration reform was still possible.” Today marks the four year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). As similar programs—expanded DACA and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and … Continue reading »

“Because Of DACA I Am Here”: Mi Familia Vota Celebrates Immigrant And Latino Grads

Millions of Latino and undocumented immigrant youth from around the nation are graduating from school and taking their first steps into the professional world. Mi Familia Vota is honoring six of them in a new post highlighting their stories of perseverance, grit, and success. One of the youth highlighted, Ahtziria Barrera, is a graduate of … Continue reading »

Brave Valedictorian Comes Out As Undocumented During Graduation Speech — And Gets A Standing Ovation

There’s bravery — and then there’s moments like these. Valedictorian Larissa Martinez had no idea how the hundreds sitting in the audience would react to what she was about to announce in her graduation speech, but she knew the time had come to be true to herself. “I’m not going to stand here and give … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Applauds Dreamers and Litigators Standing Up for American Ideals

National Immigration Law Center (NILC) announced today that the private information of certain individuals who received three-year work permits under the 2012 DACA program will remain confidential, for now. Last week NILC, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Texas filed a lawsuit on behalf of four individuals whose personal information was at risk … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Ian Millhiser: “A Federal Judge Just Ordered a Dox Attack Against 100,000 Innocent People”

Ian Millhiser, Editor of Think Progress Justice, has deconstructed the “strange order” issued by Federal District Court Judge Andrew Hanen yesterday. Hanen’s order, a broadside against the Department of Justice, also takes a disturbing turn by ordering the collection of names of recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA.) In a tweet for his piece,  Millhiser wrote of … Continue reading »

In NY, DACA Recipients Win Teaching Licenses; In CA, 170,000 Undocumented Kids Win Health Care Coverage

Two huge victories this week are poised to dramatically change the lives of thousands of undocumented immigrants in New York and California. In New York, the state Board of Regents rejected opposition from Republicans and approved plans to allow DACA recipients to apply for teaching certification, medical-related licenses, and over 50 other professional licenses. “These … Continue reading »

Nebraska Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto: DREAMers Win Professional Licenses

More than 100 Nebraska DREAMers broke into cheers yesterday as the state legislature overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts veto of a bill that would allow DACA recipients to apply for professional licenses. 30 votes were needed to override Ricketts — undocumented youth won 31 in the end. Though the legislation had the support of business, religious … Continue reading »

Nebraska DACA Recipients A Step Closer To Winning Professional Licenses

DACA recipients in the red state of Nebraska are a step closer to being able to work as teachers, nurses, and doctors. Yesterday, the unicameral legislature passed a measure 33-11 allowing DREAMers to apply for professional licenses that would let them work in more than 170 professions, “from electricians and pharmacists to tattoo artists and … Continue reading »