Nine DREAMers Detained in Eloy, Arizona

By: Saturday August 3, 2013 1:10 pm

On Monday July 22nd, nine DREAMers, six of whom had been previously deported or had been forced to leave the United States, presented themselves at the Nogales [AZ] port of entry demanding to re-enter the United States on humanitarian parole. Three of the participants had returned to Mexico just a week prior as an act of solidarity with the 1.7 million people deported by the Obama administration.


#BringThemHome: Undocumented Organizers Leave the United States and Plan to Return in an Act of Civil Disobedience

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 11:15 am

In the first of a series of videos to be released by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), Lizbeth Mateo, an undocumented organizer from California, reveals she has left the United States to see her family in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is the first time she has seen her family in over 15 years.

Interview: Presente Responds to Obama Administration Arrests of Member’s Family

By: Sunday January 13, 2013 12:20 pm

Last week U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the home of prominent immigrant rights activist Erika Andiola, and took away her mother, Maria, and her brother, Heriberto. Erika and her family had been working in Arizona organizing for immigrant reform in the days leading up to the raid. Erika previously had a leadership role in working on their elections campaign.
I spoke with Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of, about the arrests.

Come Saturday Morning: Gregory Pratt and the DREAMers He Knows

By: Saturday December 22, 2012 6:45 am

Stellar reporter Gregory Pratt takes CNN’s Ruben Navarette. Jr. to task, in a gentle yet relentless way that should leave a mark, if Navarette Jr. has a conscience.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Pilar Marrero, Killing The American Dream: How Anti-Immigration Extremists Are Destroying The Nation

By: Sunday December 16, 2012 1:59 pm

The people Marrero views as extremists to the right in the immigration debate of recent years have both crushed the ability of many immigrants to progress and hamstrung the country’s ability to harness the energy and labor of this generally younger immigrant class that is essential to the country’s long-term economic health.

These ideas would seem particularly relevant these days, as an incoming Congress is expected to take up the issue of immigration reform.

Republican Version of DREAM Act Just Elongated, Hoop-Jumping Version of Original Bill

By: Friday November 16, 2012 9:55 am

My understanding is that Republicans oppose the DREAM Act because they oppose a path to citizenship for any undocumented immigrant, regardless of their circumstances. They don’t really care if the individual came into the country as a child, brought by their parents, with no recollection of their former country.

So I’m puzzled by this attempt to craft a Republican alternative to the DREAM Act, led by Florida’s Marco Rubio, which seems to be merely a weaker version of the original bill, with all of the path to citizenship elements that would make anyone disinclined to support an “amnesty” bill scream.

Senate Democrats Will Make Public Effort on Immigration in 2013

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 12:20 pm

Given the changing demographics of the country and the prominence of what you could frankly call identity politics in this week’s election, it would be political malpractice for Democrats not to press their advantage and work to build their support among the Latino community. It’s not just that comprehensive immigration reform would foster goodwill among Hispanics, it’s that at the most crass level, it would smooth the flow of millions more Democrat-friendly, non-white potential voters into the country legally. That’s true of not just the Hispanic community but the Asian community, which is actually growing faster and which swung 72% for Obama.

Senate Democrats have signaled that they will make this a top priority in 2013.

Borderline Crazy: CA Prop. 32′s Anti-Immigrant Allies

By: Friday October 19, 2012 1:10 pm

In October of 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Dream Act—which allows undocumented but high-achieving immigrant students to receive state funds to help pay for college. It was a monumental victory for tolerance and the culmination of a long fight—Arnold Schwarzenegger repeatedly vetoed similar measures during his tenure in the California governor’s office.

Come November 6, however, that fight could begin all over again if California’s Proposition 32 passes.

Romney: I Won’t Cancel Deferred Action Status for DREAM-Eligible Immigrants

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 9:45 am

In a move that could increase participation in the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Mitt Romney said in an interview with the Denver Post that he would not deport those young immigrants approved for the program.

DREAMer Deferred Action Suffering From Low Application Submissions

By: Monday September 10, 2012 1:40 pm

The first day of the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program saw thousands of DREAM-eligible youth line up for the chance to apply for two years of temporary legal status. This policy shift was touted heavily at the Democratic National Convention. After the initial flush, however, applications have slowed amidst a variety of issues.

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