American Dreams articles

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 that has become,

Son of Mexican immigrants graduates as college Valedictorian on his way to a Harvard PhD

By Carlo Alaimo CSI Today Irvin Ibarguen, College of Staten Island Valedictorian for 2012, is the first CSI undergraduate to be admitted into Harvard University’s prestigious PhD History program. Irvin, a senior History major with The Verrazano School honors program, began his college career as a Marketing major. When asked why he made the switch

Report: Undocumented youth turn to civic activism to fight for their right to stay in the U.S.

LatinaLista — UC Irvine anthropologist Leo Chavez and Roberto Gonzales, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service, have co-authored a study showing how undocumented immigrant youth, faced with dwindling options in life due to their citizenship status, resort to political and civic activism. The study, “Awakening to a Nightmare”: Abjectivity

The Saga of Immigrant Youth — the gap between feeling American and becoming American on paper

By Gaby Pacheco LatinaLista Next month, the country’s educational community celebrates the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Plyler vs. Doe. In Plyer vs. Doe, the high court ruled in June 1982 that it was against the law to prohibit primary and secondary education to an undocumented student. Although the decision