Peaceful protesters gathered outside Representative Devin Nunes’ office on Dec. 20 to ask that he support undocumented youth living in the U.S. Much to their dismay, however, they were forced to leave, leading many to question which politicians will support their own communities. “While someone is dreaming about a nice car or a nice dinner […]Read More Central Valley Residents Ask for a ‘Clean’ Dream Act
After President Donald Trump announced his plan to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many supporters of the policy have voiced their outrage over the announcement. DACA recipients, who number over 800,000, continue to pressure the government for a more permanent solution. “With DACA ending, the future for Dreamers remains a gray […]Read More Dreamers out on a limb
Republican members of Congress recently unveiled their “Immigration Standards,” a lengthy list of requirements that undocumented immigrants must meet in order to become legal residents – but a path to citizenship is not included on this list. A Coachella Unincorporated contributor argues that granting more citizenship benefits not only immigrants, but the whole country. “There are new, growing global […]Read More Joaquín Magón: Why citizenship?
Undocumented college students across the country are applying for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” a two year reprieve from deportation that could allow many undocumented youth to obtain work in the U.S. for a period after graduation. But students who apply for DACA know that their parents are still considered “illegal.” “They feel a sense […]Read More Young immigrants torn between their futures and their families
Reporter Jesús E. Valenzuela Félix chronicles the struggle for comprehensive immigration reform as he talks to children of farm workers. These DREAMers are determined to go to college and become “the platform for which they, as a family, can achieve the American dream… They want to become a lawyer, a teacher, a marriage counselor. In other words, they want […]Read More Magon: The Dreamer Chronicles, Part 3
Many undocumented youth graduate high school only to discover that their options for higher education are strictly limited. But the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the California Dream Act could grant citizenship to many undocumented students, allowing them to apply for financial aid. But educating youth about these policies is proving a challenge. […]Read More Magon: the Dreamer Chronicles, part 2
With meaningful immigration reform still out of reach, youth-led immigration activism bolsters other, more localized groups looking to secure paths to citizenship for undocumented minors. Their efforts have spawned new debates over national policies like the DREAM Act and put pressure on President Obama to do something for undocumented students in the United States. So, […]Read More The Dreamer Chronicles, Part 1
Over a year after the Obama administration announced a temporary citizenship program for undocumented immigrants, roughly half of those eligible in California have yet to apply. The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), offers qualifying immigrants temporary legal status, but carries restrictions and hurdles. Many don’t earn enough to afford the fee of $465, while others say […]Read More Why aren’t more youth applying for DACA?
Dr. Gonzalo Santos, a social science professor at Cal State Bakersfield, joined a small group of activists to walk 285 miles, from Sacramento to Bakersfield, to press congress to vote for immigration reform. “The source of my inspiration to join this pilgrimage was my students. I teach a large number of DREAMERS. I hear their […]Read More CSUB Professor walks 285 for his DREAMER students
Zacil Pech was brought to the U.S. by her mother at the age of 4. A recent beneficiary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Pech is studying accounting in junior college. But she has made it her mission to help other undocumented immigrants achieve the same goals by sharing what she learned from her […]Read More No longer in immigration limbo, a ‘dreamer’ now helps others