Dreamers out on a limb

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 […]

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Joaquín Magón: Why citizenship?

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 […]

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Young immigrants torn between their futures and their families

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 […]

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Magon: The Dreamer Chronicles, Part 3

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 […]

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Magon: the Dreamer Chronicles, part 2

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. […]

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The Dreamer Chronicles, Part 1

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, […]

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Why aren’t more youth applying for DACA?

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 […]

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