• Tech industry preparing for virtual immigration march on Washington

    LatinaLista — Advocates for immigration reform have steadily expanded beyond the friends, families and clergy of the undocumented who lead those impressive mass marches of 2006 demanding Washington fix a broken immigration system. Nowadays, business owners, in all sectors, have joined in demanding that Congress act sooner rather than later to address...

  • Blog: Compromise on ‘Pathway to Citizenship’ is Short of True Reform

    By Nancy Landa Mundo Citizen We are only a few days away from legislation being introduced to formalize the national conversation on solutions to the immigration issue that the U.S. has unaddressed since the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. Although we are seeing some Republicans now forcibly crossing the...

  • My Story: Undocumented and being deported

    By Sorabji Swaraj My Deportation (Editor's Note: Sorabji Swaraj is a pseudonym for the writer.) Everyone who has ever been deported or is in deportation proceedings has a story. Some peoples stories are sad, others tragic, others are absurd. Mine, my friend, was the latter. How and where did I get “busted”?...

  • US-educated deportee doesn’t see herself as undocumented but “Citizen of the World”

    By Nancy Landa MundoCitizen (Editor’s note: Final post in a four-part series focusing on DREAMer Nancy Landa’s first-hand experience of removal proceedings by U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) 7.28.06 American Dream II ( Photo: M J M) The holiday season arrived. I sang through Christmas carols as...

  • Deportation to Shattered DREAMs: Friendship Has No Borders

    By Nancy Landa MundoCitizen (Editor’s note: Third post in a series focusing on DREAMer Nancy Landa’s first-hand experience of removal proceedings by US Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS)) I set foot on American soil as I got off the bus which had arrived at the San Ysidro-Tijuana border. U.S. Immigration officers were...

  • Election Day poll shows most voters supported DREAM students

    LatinaLista — Though Romney was only echoing his base when he declared that he would rescind DACA - the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a new Election Day poll shows that not everyone in his base agreed with his intention. According to the poll, a "substantial" number of Republicans support DACA. While...

  • Guest Voz: Push Obama to Expand Deferred Action

    By Bryan Johnson LatinaLista   Barack Obama won re-election. His actions on immigration in his first four years were indefensible and extremely anti-immigrant. Nonetheless, he did do one thing that concretely benefited immigrants: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Now that the election is over, immigration reform advocates must push the Obama...

  • Deportation to Shattered DREAMs: “Something is wrong with the U.S. immigration system”

    By Nancy Landa LatinaLista (Editor's note: Second post in a series focusing on DREAMer Nancy Landa's first-hand experience of removal proceedings by US Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) I sat for hours in that cell at the detention facility with a blank face staring at the colorless walls. Occasionally, I would glance...

  • American Dream: Southern Hospitality on full display during FL DREAMer DACA Clinics

    by Gaby Pacheco LatinaLista FLORIDA CITY, FL — It’s been two weeks since a group of dynamic DREAMers, along with their ally organizations, have carried out deferred action clinics in Florida City, Florida. Located about 35 miles from Miami, FL, in a mainly suburban and agricultural town, hundreds of people gathered outside the...

  • American Dream: The Road Much Travelled — From Deportation to Shattered DREAMs

    By Nancy Landa LatinaLista It is a typical weekday morning. As usual, I wake up 30 minutes after my alarm clock goes off and I am forced to hastily get out of bed, get quickly dressed and rush out of my apartment. I hit the road and as I drive my daily...

  • American Dream: Clinics helping DREAMers apply for “deferred action” creating newfound hope among next generation

    By Cristina Jimenez LatinaLista This past Saturday, August 25th, DREAMers at over 40 sites across America attended "Own the Dream" clinic and forum events. These clinics and forums helped undocumented Americans apply for "deferred action" and work permits under the new policy implemented by the Department of Homeland Security, and announced by...

  • Round-up of news coverage of undocumented youth turnout for start of ‘DREAM Relief’

    LatinaLista — Across the country yesterday, the sight of hundreds, and in some areas, thousands of young people waiting patiently in line would make most passers-by think that a new Apple product had been released or the latest action-packed film was debuting. Hundreds of young immigrants line up...

  • Immigration lawyers push back against Sen. Durbin’s advice to DREAMers to not use lawyers for deferred action

    LatinaLista — Excitement is mounting among undocumented youth who are eligible for the President's Deferred Action (DA) Program for Child Arrivals. Less than a week away, on August 15, undocumented youth who meet the criteria will be able to begin living just like their classmates and friends — apply for a driver's license,...

  • Comic journalism brings one DREAMer’s story to readers in drawings

    LatinaLista — The story of Jessica Colotl, the Kennesaw State University graduate, whose arrest as an underclassman, for being an undocumented student caused a nationwide firestorm among DREAMers, could easily be just another news story of an immigrant student fighting the nation's deportation policy — if it weren't for one thing. Unlike other...

  • USCIS releases final details on application process for undocumented youth

    LatinaLista — It's called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and it's what has rallied the undocumented community and Latino activists ever since its announcement by the President in June. With the DACA, undocumented youth who fit the criteria can apply, beginning August 15, for the paperwork that will allow them...

  • Illinois’ Rep. Gutierrez to announce launch of new site for DREAM-eligible youth and recognize DREAM Relief day

    LatinaLista — President Obama is still riding high with Latino voters since he announced deferred action for all undocumented youth who fit the criteria for the DREAM Act. While his critics have doubled down in trying to stir public outrage over his decision, supporters are doing their best to advise undocumented youth on...

  • Aspiring “new” Americans get help with history and civics via interactive web site featuring Smithsonian’s American History collections

    LatinaLista — All the 4,000 new citizens who took their oath of U.S. citizenship across the country worked hard to get to this day. They had to study American history and take tests. Before there was the Internet, aspiring U.S. citizens had to attend classes to learn about the U.S. Constitution, the role...

  • Texas school trustee admits his DREAMer past at school board meeting

    LatinaLista — Arlington, Texas is a southern suburb of Dallas and is home to the ninth-largest school district in Texas. Over 64,000 students are enrolled in the Arlington Independent School District (AISD) and the majority of the students are Latino. Arlington (TX) School Trustee Tony Pompa So when Arlington...

  • Like the new NBA champions, DREAMers too relishing a win but know the fight is not over

    By Gaby Pacheco LatinaLista As I was watching the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma Thunder, I drew the parallels between the Heat winning and the President's DREAMer policy announcement. A week ago, undocumented young Americans celebrated the bold move President Barack Obama made across the country. The policy ensures the 1.4 million...

  • TIME magazine lights the latest fuse in national debate over undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista — A few months ago, TIME magazine profiled Latinos in a cover story about how Latino voters will choose the next president. A by-product of that story had TIME wading into the immigration debate, an issue closely associated with Latinos. This time, the magazine is lighting a fuse to an issue...