Author: Romy Espósito

Latino Immigration to The United States

The History of humankind is a history of migrations. All through history people have moved from one area to another in search of better living conditions. Sometimes they have moved peacefully into vacant lands. Many times their migrations have been forceful, by moving into and conquering lands previously claimed by others. But how rightful were those claims?

The United States was built by immigrants. Except for those with full Native American heritage, everyone living here has ancestors came from. Others, due to geographic moves, intermarriage, or other reasons, cannot really tell where their ancestors originated.

Spanish speakers were established in the United States before English speakers. Some Latinos today are descendants of those first Spanish-speaking settlers; others immigrated later. Latinos continue to immigrate to the United States in significant numbers, in many ways and for many reasons.

Some Latinos come to study. They intend to return to their countries, but while in the United States they receive a job offer, get married, or simply decide to stay.

Some Latinos come for what they think will be a short visit to relatives or friends. Once in the United States, they like the idea of spending a longer time. They may eventually get a job or buy a house, and leaving becomes a distant thought.

Some Latinos have come because of political unrest in their home countries –war, dictatorships or insecurity. Since the United States often has influence in the events in their home countries, they find it appropriate to seek asylum here.

Just like previous immigrants to this country–British, Scottish, Irish, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Danish, as well as Jewish people of many nationalities–the majority of Latinos come in search of better living conditions.

The reasons for global poverty, both for individuals and for countries, are complex and must be addressed. But all people need to have enough to feed and cloth their children, to keep them safe and healthy, and to give the and education that will lead them to opportunity. The United States became a great nation through the work of immigrants from many parts of the world. Today there is still much work to be done. New immigrants want to do that work, just as the immigrants of the past have done.

Crossing the border without papers or with false papers is breaking the law. But not all laws are just, moral or ethical. The law that allowed people to be held as slaves was wrong. The laws that prohibited enslaved people of Africa descent to learn to read was wrong. The law that prohibited women to vote was wrong. The law that segregated blacks from whites in the southern states, so that African children could not go to the same schools as white children, was wrong.

The United States has one hundred senator, four hundred thirty-five representatives, and fifty state governments to enforce, debate, amend, and repeal our laws. When laws are insufficient or unjust, due to realities or new understandings, we look to our lawmakers and fellow citizens to change those laws for the better. Today we recognize as heroes people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez and Fred Korematsu, who challenged unjust laws of the past.

Immigration is one of the most important issues in the United State. Our country could not function without the work of immigrants. How many immigrants can the country admit? How can we ensure that those who come into the country will obey the laws and became productive citizens?.

Many people are debating these issues. In the meantime, thousands of immigrant families continue to live, work and study as they seek a better life.

Source : “Yes! We are Latinos” by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

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El Objetivo de los Activistas Deberia ser Reforma Migratoria Integral

Muchos activistas a favor de la reforma migratoria ya están diciendo que gracias a la presión que ellos han puesto sobre el presidente Obama, éste tomará medidas en cuanto al tema de inmigración. Lo cual en parte en cierto, pero seamos realistas que también se debe a su buena voluntad, porque él hubiera podido haberlos ignorado completamente. ¿Se imaginan, que hubiera pasado si estos activistas hubieran ejercido esa misma presión sobre el congreso? Probablemente el presidente estaría firmando la tan ansiada Ley de Reforma Migratoria Integral, en vez de una Acción Ejecutiva. Definitivamente no hacerlo, fue una estrategia errada.
El presidente Obama ha prometido tomar medidas administrativas en el tema de inmigración, luego que reciba las recomendaciones de su equipo de consejeros y del Secretario de Seguridad Nacional Jeh Johnson.
La acción ejecutiva que el presidente pueda dar, permitiría detener las deportaciones de cierto grupo de inmigrantes indocumentados que cumplan determinados requisitos. Eso significaría que no existe manera alguna por la cual el presidente Obama pueda ayudar a los 11 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados en el país. Sólo el congreso tiene la potestad de hacerlo a través de una modificación de la ley actual de inmigración. Y aun así, tal vez algunos inmigrantes quedarían exceptuados.
Los activistas han insistido en que el presidente debería permitir el alto de las deportaciones de todos, de los 11 millones de indocumentados, pero esa solicitud es inexacta e imposible de atender mediante órdenes ejecutivas. Lo que ciertas organizaciones han pedido al presidente que haga, es lo que los reyes hacen. El presidente ya lo ha expresado, sólo el congreso puede ayudar a número mayor de personas indocumentadas.

El presidente tomará medidas. Todos debemos estar agradecidos por lo que el hará, sea lo que decida hacer, mientras sea beneficioso sólo para algunos inmigrantes indocumentados viviendo en esta país. Ya que será mucho mejor que aquello que el Congreso, particularmente la Cámara de Representantes, hasta ahora ha hecho: tratar de aprobar proyectos de leyes anti-inmigrantes, y acabar con la acción diferida DACA que beneficia a un grupo limitado de jóvenes traídos a este país siendo menores de edad. Recordemos, el congreso lo trató de hacer no una, sino hasta en tres ocasiones.
Al tomar esta decisión, el presidente Obama está poniendo en riesgo su relación con el Congreso, la gobernabilidad del país o más bien la falta de ella, y procederá a pesar de las amenazas ya expresadas en contra de su gestión, que van desde evitar el funcionamiento normal de las agencias del gobierno hasta enjuiciarlo para removerlo de su cargo. Aun así, él está decidido a proceder, simplemente porque dados los hechos (la Cámara de Representantes ha tenido más de 500 días para someter a votación el proyecto de ley de reforma migratoria aprobado en el Senado S.744 y no lo han hecho), debe ser así.
El trabajo de los activistas a favor de una Reforma Migratoria no termina, mientras no se cambie la ley existente. Las medidas que el presidente tome, buscando corregir el sistema de inmigración disfuncional actual, serán limitadas y provisionales, ya que podrán ser revocadas por el próximo presidente.
Realmente esperamos que en los próximos meses, esos activistas ejerzan presión sobre el congreso. Si continuamos viendo manifestaciones, solicitudes para enviar mensajes o hacer llamadas telefónicas, o publicaciones con críticas sobre “promesas incumplidas”, dirigidas al presidente por no haber incluido “a todos” en su acción administrativa, no tendremos ninguna duda de que esas organizaciones estaban alineadas con el partido Republicano luchando en contra del presidente y de los intereses de nuestra comunidad.
Necesitamos crear un nuevo liderazgo entre los activistas y los defensores de los inmigrantes que represente adecuadamente a nuestra comunidad y vele por sus intereses de manera transparente y cabal. ¡Y debemos hacerlo ya!

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Determine su Elegibilidad

Las primeras preguntas que uno debe  de hacerse son: ¿Soy elegible para aplicar? ¿Cómo puedo ser elegible para iniciar el proceso de naturalización?

Hay cuatro requisitos básicos para ser un ciudadano estadounidense:

  1. Tener 18 años de edad o más.

  2. Haber vivido en los Estados Unidos como Residente Legal Permanente por un tiempo determinado.

  • Usted debe haber sido un Residente Legal Permanente por cinco (5) años y haber cumplido con los siguientes requisitos:

  1. No haber salido de los Estados Unidos por un periodo mayor de 6 meses.

EJEMPLO: Héctor ha vivido en los Estados Unidos como Residente Legal Permanente por 7 años pero hace 3 años el hizo un viaje de trabajo a Buenos Aires por 8 meses. Resultado: El periodo de cinco años comenzó de nuevo el día en que el regreso de Buenos Aires, debiendo esperar 2 años más para aplicar.

  1. b. Usted debe de haber estado presente físicamente por un total de por lo menos 30 meses en los Estados Unidos.

EJEMPLO: Maria ha sido Residente Legal Permanente por 6 años, pero cada año ella ha hecho dos viajes de 4 meses cada uno fuera del país. Resultado: Ella ha estado físicamente presente en los Estados Unidos solo por 4 meses al año, o 24 meses en total. Ella debe de estar en el país por otros 6 mese para aplicar. 

  • O haber sido Residente Legal Permanente por tres (3) años estando casado (a) con un (a) ciudadano (a) estadounidense y haber vivido con la misma persona por lo menos 3 anos; su esposo(a) debe haber sido ciudadano (a) Estadounidense los tres anos.

También debe de cumplir con los siguientes requisitos:

  1. No haber salido de los Estados Unidos por un periodo mayor de 6 meses.

  2. Usted debe de haber estado presente físicamente por un total de 18 meses en los Estados Unidos.

  3. Ser una persona de buen carácter moral

¿Cómo el USCIS determina el buen carácter moral? Principalmente se basa en el record criminal y en la honestidad que usted demuestra durante el proceso de aplicación.

Ciertos delitos pueden determinar que su solicitud le sea negada. Por ejemplo:

  • Manejar bajos efectos del alcohol o drogas (DUI o DWI)

  • Violencia Domestica

  • Involucrado con prostitución

  • Mentir para obtener beneficios de inmigración o impedir la deportación o expulsión

  • Dejar la de pagar manutención infantil ordenada por la corte

  • Dejar de cumplir cualquier libertad condicional, libertad bajo palabra o sentencia antes de solicitar la naturalización.

Si usted ha sido arrestado o condenado por cualquier delito, debe de reportarlo en su solicitud. Incluso si ha sido eliminado de su record criminal o si éste ocurrió antes de que cumpliera los 18 años de edad. También debe de enviar copias certificadas de los informes del arresto, disposición judicial, sentencia o cualquier otro documento relevante. Si usted no dice la verdad en su solicitud o durante la entrevista, el USCIS puede negarle su solicitud.

Estos delitos no necesariamente le impedirán ser un ciudadano pero tal vez requiera contratar a un abogado.

  1. Demostrar conocimiento de la Historia y Gobierno de los Estados Unidos y ser apto para      leer, escribir y entender Inglés.

Usted debe demostrar en su entrevista que: a) puede hablar, leer y escribir inglés básico y b) tiene conocimiento elemental de la historia y gobierno de los Estados Unidos (Civismo).

Inglés. Hay tres excepciones importantes para el examen de inglés basadas en la edad y tiempo como residente permanente:

  1. Si usted tiene 50 años de edad y ha sido residente permanente por lo menos 20 años.

  2. Si usted tiene 55 años de edad y ha sido residente permanente por lo menos 15 años.

Civismo.  Para aprobar el examen de civismo debe obtener 6 respuestas correctas de un total de 10. Se le solicitara que estudie de una lista de 100 posibles preguntas. 

  1. Si usted tiene 65 años de edad o más y ha sido residente permanente por lo menos 20 años, usted debe         estudiar solo una lista seleccionada de 20 preguntas.

Si usted padece ciertas condiciones médicas tal vez usted no tenga que tomar ningún examen. Debe completar la forma N-648 (Certificado Médico para excepciones por discapacidad) si cree que usted tiene una de estas condiciones.

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Advocates Goal Should be Comprehensive Immigration Reform

By Claudia Longo

Many immigration advocates are already saying, that thanks to them and their pressure put on President Obama, he will act on immigration…which in part is true, but without the good heart of our president their pleads would have been ignored. Can you imagine had they put the same pressure on the Congress? Obama would be signing Comprehensive Immigration Reform Law instead of an Executive Action.
Wrong strategy.
After getting all the recommendations from a team of advisors and Secretary Jeh Johnson, President Obama said, he will act as broad as possible on immigration the next coming weeks.
The Executive Action, that the president can take, would grant prosecutorial discretion on deportations only to a certain group of undocumented immigrants under certain categories. This means, there is no way for Obama to help all 11 million undocumented in the country by executive action. Only Congress can do that by changing the existing immigration law. And even then, it is possible that not all of them, enter the criteria the law would cover.
Advocates have been saying  he should give deportation relief to all, the 11 Million, but that is inaccurate and impossible to achieve through administration orders. What he has been asked to do by this organizations, is what kings do. That is why the president had said only Congress can help a bigger number of people.

President Obama will act. We should all be thankful for what he will do for the immigrant community. Whatever it is, so far it will help some immigrants living in the country without documents. Much better than what Congress and particularly The House of Representatives with a Republican majority, has done so far, which is nothing but try to pass anti immigrant bills and try to end DACA for young immigrants brought to the country as minors, not once but three times.
Obama is risking the next two years of partnership (or lack of it) with Congress by acting on his own, despite all kinds of threats coming from Republicans, including impeachment and government shutdown. And he is still willing to act because it is the right thing to do.
The job is not done until we get Reform by law. What the president can do to fix the system, is just a very small part of the real solution and it can be revoked by the next president.
I really hope we see some real pressure on Congress the next few months and even years from all the Pro Immigration Reform organizations and Activists.

But if we continue to see more “Obama didn’t deliver” bashing, there would not be no doubt that those organizations were fighting with the Republican Party against the President and our community interests, untrustingly and completely not representing the undocumented community. It is time for new immigration leadership.

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Why Anti-immigrant Candidates Don’t Deserve Our Vote

Why Anti-immigrant Candidates Don’t Deserve Our Vote
By Faby Aguilar

My state of Texas has two anti-immigrant rhetorical candidates – GOP nominee for Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick and GOP candidate for Governor, Greg Abbott – time after time these two have bullied and rallied against our Latino community. Slamming immigrants, whether they are legal or illegal, is repulsive! I encourage all Latino and non-Latino Citizens to shut their anti-immigrant rhetorical mouths by voting against them! Whether you live in Texas, Colorado, Arizona, or anywhere across America, let’s NOT vote for “Pete Wilson” cynical ideologies. If we, as Latinos, who are the target of derogatory comments don’t stand up and VOTE, then this pathetic anti-immigrant oppression will not stop. Want to see change? Act! Vote early or on November 4 against anti-immigrant candidates!

Texas is a crystal clear example of bigotry exposed in front of our noses; it is factual to witness how Dan Patrick attacks the immigrant Latino community by accusing immigrants of bringing “third world diseases with them.” And he also claims there’s an “illegal invasion,” and links undocumented immigrants to be a menace of “drug-smuggling, murder, and terrorism.” Dan Patrick stated that Latino immigrants “Threaten your life. They threaten your business. They threaten our state.” Also, like a parrot, he campaigns the “secure the border” overstatement injecting fear in Americans by stating that ISIS group can come in through our Southern border. I ask myself, what about Canadian borders, why isn’t there a border security commotion up North like our Southern borders? Hmmm… are Latinos a bad case of political strategy to motivate anti-immigrant registered voters to vote for these radicals? Apparently it’s easy to attack Latinos since their lack of voting participation will not affect these extremists who spit against our Latino community. Wrong! At least from my part, my family members who are able to vote, and I will NOT vote for these cynics who disrespect our Latino community. Fortunately, I am not alone; many voters who see the discrimination behind all these verbal attacks will validate their voices at the voting booths!

Furthermore, Greg Abbott is another extremist, who ironically is married to a Latina, yet he justified doubling border security spending by comparing the South Texas border region to a “third-world country.”Abbott offensively stereotyped a region where millions of Latinos live. He also carried the “stop the invasion” rhetoric just like Dan Patrick. In addition, both, Patrick and Abbott strongly oppose a Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR), Dream Act, Drivers’ License issuance for immigrants, and college in-state tuition for Dreamers. Instead of bringing solutions to the table, they reject all pro-immigrant proposals because they simply don’t respect community and because they are not threatened by our vote. Our vote is the best defense and antidote to suppress their anti-immigrant apathy to help and to try to stop their constant harassment!

Unfortunately, this anti-immigrant rhetoric has spread like a vicious disease across America among other right-winged candidates who also campaign Patrick’s and Abbott’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. The time has come for Latino and non-Latino citizens to voice their objection towards anti-immigrant and Latino community oppression. Don’t we all know a friend, a neighbor, and acquaintance, or even a mother who is an immigrant but who is NOT the stereotype person profiled by discriminating people like Patrick and Abbott who have tagged on our immigrants as though they are some rare and dangerous “illegal alien” species from out of this world? What can you expect from these candidates who have dreadfully attacked the Latino ethnic group with distasteful comments? It is obvious that their anti-immigrant advocacy reveals their ethics are too weak to lead a State!

The oppression from SOME anti-immigrant Americans, groups, and government officials is extremely nauseating. Yes, schemes like Republicans voting to deport Dreamers is a form of oppression. Yes, anti-immigrant armed militia groups at the borders and Murrieta’s protestors’ against refugee children demonstrate oppression, discrimination, and lack of humanity. I can go on listing but the truth of the matter is that these types of malicious signs of oppression affect our families, our country, and our society. If you’re not against immigrants obviously this doesn’t apply to you. However, some Anti-immigrant candidates and anti-immigrant Americans argue that “illegals break the law.” Well, these immigrants are NOT felons; some of them may carry a misdemeanor or civil offense for illegal entry, an eye opener fact reveals that most immigrants enter the country legally with a Visa – so STOP labeling ALL immigrants of being criminals! Still, the smart solution lies in implementing a Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) for the 11 Million immigrants already residing the U.S. soil.

Without forgetting that being “legal” or “illegal” immigrants are humans; America is a country of immigrants, these lands belonged to Native-Americans once, remember? I say to all the anti-immigrant extremists groups and government officials – how would you feel if your immigrant ancestors underwent through all the injustice, prejudice, stereotypes, oppression, family separations, labor inequality, and deaths at the deserts/borders that modern immigrants have endured? Didn’t your ancestors escape from their native countries in search of a better economic life and freedom of oppression just like modern immigrants? You see, implementing a Comprehensive Immigration Reform would reinforce immigration laws, help non-criminal immigrants with legal status and diminish or stop other immigrants from coming to America. Immigration system is NOT working, is in it wise to fix it?

In addition to my strong Latino community defense, I also oppose Dan Patrick and Greg Abbott because they stand against equal pay for women, they have cut educational funding from our schools, they stand against A.C.A. Medicaid expansion knowing that this benefit doesn’t cost a penny to Texans because resources are provided by Federal funds, and because they’ve shown carelessness towards our veterans. Even if you’re a reading this but are careless about our immigrants, I say to you: be smart and get involved with your communities wellbeing. Surely there must be something in your community you don’t like. Whatever triggers you should be enough reason to motivate you to vote because directly or indirectly government representatives’ decisions affect your environment.

To the resentful and misinformed Latinos, activists, and media who promote boycotting our vote or who only focus on deportation halts, and to the ones who have stopped striving for a Comprehensive Immigration Reform passed in Congress; I stress to all in a respectful but loud manner:

My parents have lived in the immigration shadows for 25 years with good moral conduct, paid taxes every year, having never asked for government assistance. Although they contribute to the economy, they currently carry deportation status over their shoulders, my mother first in line. I have two brothers who came to this country at ages four and five and are protected (still) by DACA. Never again have they gone back to our native soil; America is the only home they know and remember. Cases like mine are a representation of the millions of non-criminal immigrants who migrated to work hard but still live in the immigration shadows, some suffering from family separations, pay inequality, civil rights injustice among many of the long list of hardships immigrants go through simply because a group of anti-immigrant government officials oppose implementing a Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Some of you need to stop grieving and motivate others to vote instead of boycotting! I voted, so can you! I’ve heard all your arguments ranging from “Obama’s broken promise,” to ”Democrat inaction deception,” but we can’t give up, we have continue in the CIR fight and play all the cards on the deck. If you are too proud to vote for whatever blinding sentimental reasons, then STOP confusing our Latino community by propagandizing boycotting our Latino vote! Want to really teach a lesson? VOTE against anti-immigrant candidates! It is obvious that Obama made a mistake signaling a date for an executive order, but he didn’t remove it! Many of you seem to miss the real struggle should be to obtain Comprehensive Immigration Reform as a law in Congress instead of conforming to obtain Obama’s revocable executive order. Study how our government works and you’ll understand that Obama has limited power and that he is hand tied by anti-immigrant Republican representatives because Obama has no power in the legislative branch. Don’t you see Obama is trying to get the legislative branch to pass CIR as a law? He is asking you to vote and send him a Senate he can work with to get it done, yet you turn your back? It is also fundamental to understand the difference between a law and an executive order. CIR law equals permanent relief for our immigrants while an executive order implementation is vulnerable to be revoked. DACA is a perfect example of an executive order situated the Limbo of removal. You tell me isn’t wise to strive for CIR? Latinos remember this: if November 4 comes and you didn’t vote or didn’t motivate others to VOTE and anti-immigrant candidates overtake the Senate, then you better not complain, cry, or throw tantrums if DACA and CIR suffer the consequences. Our actions or inactions will have an effect; hopefully you’ll be smart enough to keep fighting and not stay home begging for a miracle. Do both, pray and vote! Let’s work together and stop this anti-immigrant nonsense! Our immigrants deserve respect! Don’t surrender, vote!

Let’s help our immigrant community, whether they are Latino, Philippino, Chinese, etc., they contribute to our economy and most are non-criminals who have lived in the dark shadows of our broken immigration system for years. Do your research in your state, find out who supports a Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) and vote for them! Please let’s think objectively and take off the political party fanatic blindfolds, pessimism, or discard the fox news brainwashing junk. Evidence, not ideologies, reveals that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, from the Republican Party refuses to bring a vote on immigration Reform and facts demonstrate that Republican majority oppose a Comprehensive Reform. Republicans and Democrats toss back and forth CIR issues like inept circus clowns because Latinos vote at a ridiculously low rate compared to their massive demographics. Let’s be proactive by voting to make these anti-immigrant representatives listen to us instead of attacking us!

As in independent voter, and as a normal citizen just like you, it is my conclusion, that on Nov. 4 we have to vote in favor of the lesser of the two Blue or Red devils, and in this moment in time, given the FACTS that the Republican Party has repetitively underscored that they will NOT act on Immigration Reform, my vote is against them. If the Democratic Party wins majority of the Senate, Immigration Reform has more probabilities of becoming a legislative law passed by Congress providing permanent relief to immigrants rather than simply getting a temporary executive order band aid fix from Obama. This is NOT about red or blue political parties; this is about our community who deserve respect and legal status to the non-criminals and hard-working immigrants who contribute to our economy. For all this, my vote goes to Leticia Van de Putte and Wendy Davis who do not carry an anti-immigrant rhetoric and who are willing to work for solutions for our immigrant community. Even if you are not sure to cast your vote to a Democratic or Republican political party, I can respect that, but please at least vote blank and cast your Latino presence in a ballot so politicians recognize our participation. As a result, in future they’ll think twice before continuing with their anti-immigrant rhetoric! Our Latino vote will determine who controls the Senate. Please vote wisely!

By Faby Aguilar

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Can Civic Culture influence on how a country votes?

By Claudia Longo

Uruguay will celebrate a new Presidential Election tomorrow (Sunday October 26th). It’s a celebration of democracy. Everyone, young and old, women and men, right wing , centrists and left wings are eager to have this privilege come to a reality every five years.

At least one year earlier all three parties will start working on their electoral campaigns by slowly painting the streets of the city with the colors of each party and candidates start showing up their faces on TV spots and their voices on radio shows. The whole city turns into a political discussion. At school, at work, at the corner store, at the dinner table, long “tertulias” (discussion) take place every time more than two citizen get together.

Everyone has a favorite candidate. This form of civic behavior doesn’t discriminate between social or economic classes. Wealthy, Middle class and poor, will gather in every corner and expose their reasons why their party or candidate should be elected.

After many years I realize this practice is nothing else but Civic lessons uruguaians practice, in a natural way almost since birth. You get sucked up by the conversations, your learn from your elders since the time you are in diapers only by being present on those conversations, and you learn how the democratic system works without even knowing you are being gifted with this skill that will help you practice your privilege and right to vote as an adult.

Me as many others, would get annoyed at some point by this constant single-issue conversations that takes place for so long, which gets very heated as we get closer to Election Day, making entire families and friends to temporary get mad at each other for not sharing the same opinions only until after the last ballot is counted and life goes slowly back to normal.

I have been living in the US for the last twelve years and with only ten days away from Midterm Election here, I miss the political noise. I miss the constant discussion about what the outgoing president and congress has done good and bad for the country to take in consideration at the moment of casting your vote.
Here, it doesn’t happen that way. Most of my friends don’t even know we are on an election year or how important it is to register and vote or even what is the process to get it done. I hate to compare, but today, on the eve of an Election Day in my home country, I feel homesick.

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“Can’t see the forest for the trees”

By Claudia Longo

 

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I’m one of the 11 million, speaking not just for myself, but for others like me. We believe immigration advocates have made a big mistake by not seeing the forest for the trees. Their sole focus has been on stopping deportations. Deportations are only the tip of the iceberg for us. The undocumented community feels neglected by the advocacy groups by ignoring the voice of those of us in the country working every day, paying taxes, taking our kids to school, having to drive without a legal driver’s license, paying higher prices to have our cars insured, not being able to access healthcare, among many other inconvenient situations undocumented people face every day.

Not all undocumented are JUST worried about the possibility of deportation. The vast majority are not even facing immediate deportation, which means they are still here, adding to our economy, paying taxes without returns and making America better, but at the same time, paying a high price for the “mistake” of overstaying a visa or crossing the border illegally in search of a better life for themselves and their families. That price is having to live in the shadows and without a voice in this society.

More than being angry at Republicans, who have truly hurt us badly by ignoring us and calling us names (illegals, dogs, drug dealers, drug mules, dirty, carriers of diseases, criminals, etc), I am angry at those who are supposed to be on our side. Many DREAMers and so called “pro immigration” organizations have focused on those facing deportations by saying this administration has deported more than any other in the last few years, not telling people that most of those deportations are border removals and not interior, meaning ICE IS NOT FOCUSED ON most hard working undocumented workers.

I think time has come to speak for those who are here and dream of being American. Those here who are proud of the country that opened their arms and gave them a second chance. It’s time to fight for full rights not just a temporary relief that will keep us, still, as second class citizens and continue to keep us in fear because it could be revoked at anytime. I and we … the other millions of undocumented people would like to see the advocates who say they care for us and fight for our cause and humane treatment to listen to our voice and fight for comprehensive immigration reform. We don’t have time for half measures. The time is now.

Written by Claudia Longo
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La Union Hace La Fuerza y Nosotros Somos la Fuerza que lo Hara Posible

by Claudia Longo

Siempre creí que la unión hacía la fuerza. Lo difícil era cómo lograrlo… ¿Cómo se hace? ¿Por qué grupos de activistas que pelean supuestamente por la misma causa no logran la fortaleza que les dará el poder para llegar a ese objetivo común? ¡Creo que nunca encontraré esa respuesta! Y como no está muerto quien pelea, puedo especular y eso es lo que haré…

Hace un año me di cuenta que si me involucraba, podía hacer algo para cambiar las cosas. Yo quería una reforma migratoria y empecé por el principio: a investigar, a leer que estaba pasando y analizar sobre cuáles eran las chances. Me di cuenta que por el lugar en donde vivo, Cleveland, OH, mucha acción no había. Entonces indagué en las redes sociales. Descubrí un mundo de personas igual a mí… buscando lo mismo: una solución, un camino de participación desde nuestro lugar y con nuestras limitaciones.

De toda esta experiencia aprendí que las redes sociales son utilizadas por un gran número de Latinos en Estados Unidos y que esta modalidad va en incremento constante. Por eso creamos un grupo orgánico que trabaja en diferentes comunidades virtuales. Lo primero y más lógico que se me ocurrió fue entrar en contacto con las organizaciones “Pro Reforma Migratoria” que ya estaban establecidas. Las mismas hace muchos años que pelean por esta causa y decidí ofrecerles mi ayuda. La respuesta de estos acercamientos fue CERO, NADA, MUTE. ¡Qué tristeza, qué desilusión! ¡¡¡Creí ilusamente que podríamos lograr algo grande. Que seríamos los nuevos Martin Luther King del Movimiento Pro Migración!! Pero me olvidé que existe algo llamado EGO. Muchas de estas organizaciones sufren de ese maldito pecado (no sé si es un pecado pero debería serlo). En el afán de ser los protagonistas de la historia se olvidan de la causa y terminan dañándola.

Con muchos de ellos intercambie opiniones en varias ocasiones, pequeños “debates” en Twitter y Facebook. A muy poco tiempo de haberse aprobado el proyecto del senado, la S744, le pregunté a una señorita que dirige una de estas organizaciones: ¿por qué se dan por vencidos? A mi entender, dejar de presionar al congreso  y poner todo el foco en  presionar al Presidente, les quita a los Republicanos la responsabilidad de actuar, y eso es lo que ellos quieren.

Abogar para que el Presidente actúe unilateralmente NO ES LA MEJOR ESTRATEGIA, y más aun cuando lo que el Presidente podría hacer es temporal, revocable y limitado… ¿por qué dejar de pelear antes de tiempo? … y sólo me contestó que SU ESTRATEGIA era diferente a la mía y que solo íbamos a acordar en no estar de acuerdo. FIN.

Y aquí estamos… en cero. Más de un año después, sólo esperamos a que el Presidente actúe para dar un alivio que será temporal y seguramente revocado por los Republicanos que ya amenzan con consecuencias políticas y para el país haciendo que años de esfuerzo y lucha de miles de cuidadanos se vayan por la borda.

 

 

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Claudia Longo

@ClauVale77

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Mujeres y el Derecho al Voto!

By Romy Esposito

Nuestro derecho al voto ha sido atacado, discriminado, aprobado y revocado en diferentes ocasiones alrededor del mundo.

Estados Unidos

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A principios del siglo XIX, las mujeres de Estados Unidos eran consideradas ciudadanas de “segunda clase”; sus quehaceres se limitaban al aseo del hogar, la educación de los niños y la atención de su marido. Vivian en una época en donde opinar, hablar en público o viajar solas, era “provocativo”.
Un grupo de “mujeres valientes” se atrevieron a encabezar el movimiento del “voto femenino” el cual se innaguro oficialmente en 1948 dando paso a la primera “Convención Por Los Derechos De La Mujer,” en Seneca Falls, New York.

 

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Fue un largo proceso, la campaña por conseguir el voto femenino se desmoralizo; diferencias de estrategias entre las activistas, el comienzo de la primera guerra mundial y ajustadas agendas políticas hicieron que el movimiento se opaque en muchas ocasiones. Sin embargo, ELLAS no se conformaron con menos; les tomo mas de  100 años ganar sus derechos, hasta que finalemente llego el dia tan esperado, el 26 de Agosto de 1920, la enmienda 19 de la constitución fue ratificada.

Las Mujeres de Estados Unidos ya podian VOTAR!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   América Latina

En Latinoamérica la lucha fue igual de intensa; Uruguay sin duda fue la más radical; se puso a la vanguardia, marcando el sendero para el resto de los países.
El 3 de Julio de 1927, la lucha contra la desigualdad y exclusión política de la mujer llego a su fin, por primera vez mujeres acudieron a las urnas!! Uruguay aprobó oficialmente  el “voto femenino” en 1938 y así se convirtió en el primer país latinoamericano que lo logró y el sexto en el mundo!!
La emancipación femenina alcanzo su victoria en los años consecuentes extendiéndose al resto de América Latina. México fue ejemplo de una lucha incansable; donde “mujeres valientes” alzaron sus voces combatiendo la idea de que la política era solo para hombres. Yucatan como estado clave tomo la iniciativa; las mujeres Mexicanas vieron la posibilidad de salir de la marginación política, nuevas ideas y vientos de cambios las movilizaron hasta alcanzar la victoria el 17 de Octubre de 1953, convirtiéndose en el último país de América Latina en consolidar este derecho.  Hace tan solo 60 años, las mujeres Mexicanas tienen VOZ en las urnas!!

Ahora si, a Votar!

 Estas historias que nos han remontado al pasado de nuestras madres y abuelas, nos sirven para recordar la importancia de ejercitar nuestro derecho como ciudadanas.
Regístrate a votar!!! Acude a las urnas y elige a tus gobernantes!!! Recuerda cuando estés votando, a todas esas “mujeres valientes” que lucharon para que hoy tú tengas el privilegio de votar y conviértete en una de ellas.

                                                      Siéntete orgullosa como mujer de participar activamente en nuestra democracia!!!

 

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