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In the fight for immigration equality, it is easy for people who are both directly and indirectly affected by the directives of immigration reform to find themselves lost and overwhelmed by the ever-changing climate of this issue.
"Media" is a poem that was written to be an of-the-moment piece. The poem portrays the way undocumented youth may feel in a time where their futures are uncertain and they experience much criticism from the media and online.
Introduced only days apart, two new bills—both bearing names similar to the original DREAM Act — have raised hopes as well as suspicions. Those who will be affected by the bill are wondering how the bills differ, why two were introduced, and most importantly – which should they support.
Last Thursday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton threatened to sue the Trump administration in an effort to abolish former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Through Daniel’s Vita Shoes, not only is he providing stylish shoes at a low price, he is also committing to giving portions of the profits to philanthropic endeavors.
Currently, Pablo attends college out of state. He is among five undocumented students chosen every year to attend college with nearly full-paid tuition.
Even moving to the United States from a U.S. Territory like Puerto Rico, can be daunting.
I am a Dreamer. And a designer, and a believer, and a creator. When will America open its arms to me again?
Regardless of the success Taiwo has had thus far, however, she still feels that she has only scratched the surface and is in pursuit of a calling that eclipses anything that a job title can provide her.
“Five years ago, I would have never imagined myself studying mechanical engineering in New York, let alone traveling across the pond to study abroad. Life is full of surprises and I love it.”
Marissa recalls walking to school with her sister and staying there longer than needed while her mother woke up early to get to work at three or four in the morning
Yousaf being chosen as one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients out of a pool of 52,000 applicants. This meant that every component of his college education would be fully financed. Given his circumstances, Yousaf could not have been more grateful.
Born in Apatzingán, Mexico in 1999, Alejandro was only eight years old when he was forced to leave behind the life of childhood bliss, protected from the harsh realities of his family’s struggles, and enter the life of an undocumented immigrant.
It was during the 1980’s that a terrible civil war rattled the country of El Salvador. Seeking temporary sanctuary from the violence and turmoil, Natalie and her family fled to the United States.
Carlos received his invitation to the American Dream after being accepted to four ivy-league universities: Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia, along with various state universities.
After years of visiting back and forth, he decided to continue his education in the U.S. and made the 7,000-mile move from Africa to San Bernardino, CA in 2005.
Natali’s compassionate soul paved the way for her future, working as a Patient Care Ambassador for the local county hospital.
“I call it the 48 hours,” Sandra remembers being 6 years old, not really understanding what was happening as she watched her parents sell almost everything they owned."
“I have been given so much by this country, and I want to help improve the education system both here and in Cameroon and just provide more opportunities and pay it forward.”
Anntonio launched DACA Network, an organization that aims to improve interactions between DACA recipients and corporations while providing resources and community to more effectively integrate DACA professionals into the workforce.
"You’re six and in the blink of an eye you’ve been brought from halfway across the world into a strange new country."
Ivan is the first person in his family to graduate from high school and will be the first to graduate from university
“Living under Saddam was like living in constant fear,” he explained, but joining the Marines meant he had to lie to his family to protect them.
"I know the sacrifices my parents made so I could build a future in the United States, and I have worked very hard the last 18 years to make them proud.”
“A lot of my motivation comes from being able to do something [my parents] can be proud of,”
“My mom always taught me that if life throws you down, dust yourself off, get back up and keeping going. I hope someday I can have permanent legal status to fulfill my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner and be able to make a secure future for my girls."
As an immigrant, she knows the importance of “making people feel like they have a place where they belong.”
“I believe that [nothing] will ever stop immigrants from coming to America and doing great things, and I believe that this is what makes America,” he said. “People achieving their dreams.” Hyungsup, too, is America.
Placed in an orphanage immediately after being born, Viorica was adopted by two Michigan Americans when she was 15 months old from Braila, Romania.
“Immigrants have to learn how to recalibrate themselves. There were many times I would see pictures of friends hanging out or events like weddings and think, ‘wow I want to be there,’ and then I realized, I was not there. I am here. That is not my reality anymore, and I need to accept my new reality.”
“It is almost impossible to succeed without the help of others, particularly when the system is against you.”
“Coming out as undocumented (yes, that’s a thing), is not easy. You wonder who will support you, who will condemn you, who will attempt to dehumanize you, who will uplift you."
Ramon Romero Sr. was a migrant farm worker from Zacatecas, Mexico. He was chosen to receive a U.S. work permit in the 1960s through the Bracero program “because he was the fastest to pick two tons of cotton.” Decades later in 2014, his son Ramon Romero Jr. would become the first Hispanic Representative in Tarrant County history after beating an 18-year incumbent.
It was a long road to where he is now, but he, like many other immigrants across our nation, proudly gives back to the country he now calls home.