There Are Alternatives to DACA for Undocumented Youth

After President Donald Trump announced his rescission of DACA, thousands of Dreamers across the country now face uncertain futures. But Boyle Heights’ Ricardo Diaz wants these DACA recipients to know their alternative options. “It’s important to know what alternatives to DACA—paths to lawful permanent residency and citizenship–are available.” Read more at Boyle Heights Beat.

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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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Activists call on courts for action on DACA and DAPA

In November 2014, President Obama announced an expanded version of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and a new program (DAPA) permitting the relief for the undocumented parents of U.S. born children or permanent residents. But after two courts in Texas challenged the programs as unconstitutional, the case will now be taken up by the Federal Supreme Court. What does […]

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‘We were strangers once, too’: photo profiles of undocumented youth

Media has the power to help us hear and understand the voices and stories of undocumented and unaccompanied minors, and at the same time relate what’s happening on in national policy. This photo essay has profiles of undocumented youth and information and analysis of DACA and other policies at play for undocumented families. The title is from a speech President Obama gave […]

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Some left in the shadows despite Obama’s actions on immigration

Miguel Garcia, 20, is president of the Merced College chapter of the chicano student group MEChA. He says that despite Obama’s expansion of some terms of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the core of U.S. immigration policy ensures that many in his community remain in the shadows. “[While] Obama’s executive action will benefit a great many, it […]

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Does Obama’s immigration plan impact people you know?

Reactions from the undocumented community to Obama’s executive order on immigration have varied: Some say this will bring the relief they’ve been waiting for, others say it’s not enough. Boyle Heights Beat collaborated with Alhambra Source and Intersections South LA in a survey asking locals what they think about Obama’s executive order. Read what people had to say, on Boyle Heights Beat.

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East Valley residents give mixed reviews for Obama’s immigration action

In the agricultural Eastern Coachella Valley, an overwhelmingly Latino and immigrant population, many residents are personally impacted by Obama’s executive immigration order, or they have family members who are affected. A large group gathered at a community center to hear the announcement, and voiced mixed reactions. “The President’s executive actions can be seen as a positive sign of his good will. However, […]

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