As far as immigration stories go, my personal one could be considered commonplace, perhaps even a bit boring: Almost forty years ago, my parents decided that the life they had built back in my native Dominican Republic did not match the ideals they had for their three young daughters. Leaving all behind, they packed up a few possessions, their hopes and aspirations for our future in a couple of suitcases. Lucky for them, they were given the legal right to make an honorable living in America. Yet, millions of families today are not as lucky.
[E]fforts targeting Congress are continuing as well. The group We Belong Together is holding a 48-hour fast on the National Mall next week, with 100 women expected to attend from around the country. They'll get support from nearly a dozen female members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to the organization.
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Three years ago, Dolores Lara was stopped by Yakima police on suspicion of DUI, jailed and turned over to immigration authorities, who deported him to his native Mexico.
The father of three, who had labored for more than a decade picking vegetables and fruit in Eastern Washington, struggled in Tijuana to find employment, occasionally picking up work at his nephew’s auto shop.
On Monday, Lara joined 30 other undocumented immigrants who showed up at a border crossing in San Diego seeking to re-enter the U.S. to join family they had left behind.
Jia Min "Carmen" Yang, 18, arrived in Chicago from China at age 7, speaking no English. She questioned her place in the United States. Eleven years later, that uncertainty has spurred Yang to become an immigrant activist, embracing the American ideal that every person can make a difference.
Mujeres trabajadoras del hogar se unen por una reforma migratoria.
Andrea Christina Mercado y Meches Rosales Solano de We Belong Together salen en Un Nuevo Día hablando sobre el impacto de la reforma migratoria a las mujeres y familias.
Leading women’s rights and immigration reform advocates announced Wednesday that they plan to turn up the heat on Republicans in the U.S. House who are standing in the way of immigration reform.
While House Republicans have been adamant that immigration reform is all but dead this year, a coalition of women’s groups is hoping to revive the issue, wrapping it into the “war on women” offensive.
Arguing that women and children bear the brunt of the burden from a broken system, and that women will be decisive in the 2014 and 2016 elections, organizers said that Republicans should reconsider their approach to immigration reform.
A coalition of women’s organizations announced Wednesday they will continue pushing House Republican leaders to vote on immigration reform this year, even as legislation before Congress is effectively dead.