Category: DREAM ACT

Militarizing our schools leaves immigrant youth vulnerable

Thomas Kennedy

March 15, 2018 at 7:00 am

After 17 children were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is the answer to preventing gun violence in America arming teachers? Across the country, we have seen rhetoric turn from enacting sensible gun reform and curtailing access to weaponry to instead increasing the militarization of our society, particularly our schools. After meeting with […]

Their voices matter: Meet the #HumansOfDACA

Nancy Treviño

March 5, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Six months ago, President Trump broke a commitment when he ended DACA, a program supported by a majority of Americans and which gives 800,000 young people a chance to achieve their dreams. Since then, young immigrants from across the country have pushed back against a Congress and a President that would rather use their lives […]

Voting to protect our families is not a privilege; it’s a necessity.

Kica Matos

February 22, 2018 at 2:42 pm

There is a line in the opening scene of Goethe’s play Faust that reads, “A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” It is a sentiment that explains much of the vitriol the White House aims toward people who look like me. It explains why Donald Trump has acted like a […]

A Year of Fighting for our Families and Friends

Cristina Rayas

February 9, 2018 at 7:00 am

The Center for Community Change, in its work with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), has been standing steadfast against attacks against our family and friends. Even in the face of Trump’s non-stop barrage of hateful immigration policies, FIRM and its members did not hide in the shadows. FIRM members showed up countless times this year at rallies, at Congressional offices, held hunger strikes and never let their voices be silenced. And we are determined to continue to push forward in the year ahead.

Who are the DREAMers?

Mikka Macdonald

January 4, 2018 at 5:44 pm

Dreamers are the nearly 800,000 people whose immigration and work statuses are protected by DACA.

Trump’s War on Families Intensifies

Thomas Kennedy

January 15, 2018 at 8:54 pm

After a 17-year journey, my parents will no longer be undocumented. This was no easy feat to accomplish, I lived 11 of those years without papers along with them, and once I was able to adjust my status, it was five more years until I became a citizen and I could petition my parents for their residency. […]

DACAmented youth fast for DACA

Jamilah Sabur

September 11, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Raising their voices at the Latin Grammy Awards with Alejandro Sanz for #DreamActNow

Cristina Rayas

December 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

30 young leaders came together at The Latin Grammys to spotlight the urgent need for the Dream Act.

We Are Unafraid. We are #HereToStay.

Cristina Rayas

January 10, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Call 1-866-575-9410 to tell Speaker Paul Ryan to stand with immigrants and pass DREAM Act legislation that provides a permanent solution for dreamers without adding money to Trump’s deportation force.

CBU freshman ‘had a breakdown’ when she learned of DOJ plan to end DACA

Rebekah Marie Yearout

December 5, 2017 at 3:28 pm

Chantel Barcenas had an identity crisis when learning she was not a U.S. citizen. An Obama-era policy helped her find a sense of purpose — all now in flux

Almost 1 Million Immigrant Youths Are Realizing The American Dream. Don’t Steal It From Them, Trump.

Tarah Walsh

August 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

DACA has allowed DREAMers, who were brought to this country as children, to be spared from deportation while also allowing them to work and attend college.

Let’s Stop Donald Trump From Wielding His Budget As A Weapon Against Hardworking Immigrant Families

Thomas Kennedy

June 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm

This article first appeared on the Huffington Post. For a big chunk of my childhood, teenage years and early adulthood, my parents and I were undocumented immigrants in this country, working hard to realize the elusive American Dream. Yet even as my parents worked several jobs to make ends meet and I studied hard so […]

House Republicans: Our Deadline is August 2nd

Jingru Huang

July 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

As House Republicans debate whether or not they will act on immigration reform, they should remember the deadline of Aug. 2nd that the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) has set for the House to pass a bill containing a pathway to citizenship. Until then, and if House GOP members decide to ignore the deadline, FIRM […]

Voice of a (New) American

Jingru Huang

July 9, 2013 at 12:00 am

One of America’s treasures is the freedom we enjoy, the absence of restraints on our ability to think and to act. We the people, who live in this country, live this American value every day. We have the ability and the desire to make change. We believe in the power of even a single person’s […]

The Fight Continues

Jingru Huang

July 3, 2013 at 12:00 am

Last Thursday, the Senate voted to pass the bill 68-32, and focus shifted to the House of Representatives as they work on their version of the bill. It has been a long journey since the bill was dropped on the Senate floor, and there are lots of rallies, marching and pro-immigration activities have been done […]

Agenda for April 10th Rally

Guest Blogger

April 8, 2013 at 12:00 am

Wednesday, April 10th, tens of thousands of immigrants and supporters will unite on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol at 3:00p.m. in support of common sense immigration reform now that includes citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people living in this country.  The Rally for Citizenship will showcase multi-sector support for immigration reform […]

Is the RNC Ready for an Immigration Makeover?

Guest Blogger

March 19, 2013 at 12:00 am

By Alesia Lucas & Sarah English The Republican National Committee (RNC) has wrapped up their meeting and may be ready for a party makeover. Instead of playing the blame game, like they did after losing last November, Republicans took an introspective look and identified key flaws in their platform and campaign. This resulted in a […]

Tell your Representatives that you want immigration reform, now!

Alesia Lucas

March 18, 2013 at 12:00 am

Tomorrow is the final day of National Call-in week for immigration reform.  We need everyone to call their representatives and urge them to support immigration reform that keeps families together and creates a reasonable pathway to citizenship. We have the chance to fix our country’s broken immigration system which has torn apart so many people […]

A Bus Tour, Full of Stories and Strength

Emily Gelbaum

March 5, 2013 at 12:00 am

Last week, the National Keeping Families Together Bus Tour launched from Chicago, IL carrying families and individuals directly impacted by the current immigration system. The bus riders are calling on legislators and the American public to support just and humane immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship and keeps families together. These incredible events […]

The Immigrant Community Comes Together

Jingru Huang

March 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

Leaders of the Asian Pacific American community are supporting the Keeping Families Together mission. Comprehensive immigration reform is essential because families should never be separated. When mentioning the “undocumented immigrants”, people usually think of Latinos. 90% of Asian immigrants come to the United States through family-based immigration visas, so the biggest problem that Asian immigrants […]

Immigrants to Yale, “We aren’t Guinea pigs!”

Alesia Lucas

February 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

Yale recently suspended plans to create a center in conjunction with the Department of Defense that would train U.S. soldiers in the art of interrogation by using immigrants as their guinea pigs. The basis of this center raises serious ethical and moral questions. Although Yale has suspended their plans, a program like this shouldn’t get […]

Melissa’s Story

Community Change

February 20, 2013 at 12:00 am

Under our current immigration system, families are destroyed every day. Take what happened to Melissa McGuire-Maniau, for instance. Melissa is a wife, a mother of three, a full-time college student, an activist and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Her husband of seven years was brought to the United States from Mexico by […]

Alone on Valentine’s Day Because Of Deportation

Alesia Lucas

February 15, 2013 at 12:00 am

In December the Fair Immigration Reform Movement launched the Keeping Families Together campaign, the campaign collects the countless stories of families split because of our broken immigration system. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, a day where people spend time with their loved ones.  Imagine having to spend a holiday all about love without your sweetheart. Since […]

Immigration and LGBT Advocates

Alesia Lucas

February 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

When two Portland women renewed their vows in Oregon, living as a mixed-status couple, the moment was impactful for more than one reason.  The couple renewed their vows to illustrate interconnectivity of the immigrant and LGBT rights movement. Deepak Bhargava, Executive director of the Center for Community Change, has been speaking about the similarities between […]

Dishonesty is Not the Best Policy

Jingru Huang

February 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

When police ask for your help, most people are inclined to help them. Amber’s husband falls into that category. But Amber and her family were shocked at what happened after that. The police turned out to be immigration officials, and they were just playing a trick on Amber’s husband to detain him.The dishonest act performed […]

An Eye-Opener of a Week for Me

Community Change

February 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

I’ve been volunteering at the Latino Student Fund (LSF), a local nonprofit in Washington, DC, that provides “academic support to at-risk and underprivileged Latino youth,” for nearly two years. And it never dawned on me until this week that some of my students and their families may be suffering under our current broken immigration system. […]

Sharing the Stories of Immigrant Families

Alesia Lucas

January 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

The Fair Immigration Reform Movement recently launched the Keeping Families Together Campaign. The campaign was created to advocate for immigration reform that keeps families together and to collect the stories of families that have been hurt by our immigration system.  Countless parents have been separated from their children, husbands and wives forced to live separately.  […]

Immigration Is Still On the List

Alesia Lucas

January 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

President Obama’s second term has no shortage of key issues. While some feared that the important issue of gun control and the debt ceiling would overshadow the need for comprehensive immigration reform, a top administration official confirmed that the issue hasn’t left the President’s to-do list.  The President admitted during the campaign that the “biggest […]

A Holiday Without Your Parents

Alesia Lucas

December 19, 2012 at 12:00 am

Many US children will spend this holiday season without a parent. Why? Because they have a parent who isn’t a US citizen and has been deported. From 2010-2012 about 23% of those deported were parents of US citizens. More than 200,000 parents were sent away in the last two years despite having no criminal history. […]

Keeping Families Together in our Fight for Immigration Reform

Alesia Lucas

December 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

This year has been a huge one for DREAMers who earlier this year were granted deferred action status. But the fight for DREAMers is not over. Although they now have the ability to stay in the U.S. without fear, their parents and other family members do not live with same sense of security.   Keeping families […]

FIRM Statement: DREAMers Can Finally Achieve Their Dreams!

Marisol Bello

August 15, 2012 at 12:00 am

Deferred Action Application Process Begins Today!   Today, tens of thousands of young DREAM students began applying for the “Deferred Action” policy so they can work and live in the United States for up to two years without fear of deportation. As the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) began accepting applications, public education […]

Durbin’s DREAMers Dream Just Like Us

Logan Meltzer

July 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

As the DREAMers stood up one by one, beaming with pride as their stories were revealed to the audience, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) looked on like a proud father. He has stood by his “adopted” children for years; he has fought for them and protested with them. He has embodied the optimistic and undying spirit […]

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