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Ignorance and Immigration Reform

By Claudia Longo

Part of the problem with immigration is the lack of understanding of how broken the system is. I have seen tons of comments on social media or in real life of people who are not directly affected by the issue (although I have to confess I have seen some people very close to the issue clueless too) who have no idea what they are talking about, making comments and giving their opinion on the problem of immigration and what would be the perfect solution to an extremely complicated system by saying things like “why don’t they come the right way?” “Go back home and come back legally” “illegals are taking our jobs” “they don’t want to adjust to our country” “deport them all”. 

This are all misconceptions growing in people’s minds like bad weeds taking over reality without even trying to inform themselves of the facts behind their comments.
The truth is, the system is so complicated and obsolete, that has created the largest “sub class” of citizens living and working in the country since the dark years of slavery and until people understand the issue well enough to wanting to change it, we will continue to have this mess of a system.

So instead of correcting and trying to convince people with facts that the best economic and moral thing to do for our country is to reform our immigration system, politicians on the right side of the isle are capitalizing that ignorance and turning it into votes; of course this tactic is not new nor a crime but by knowingly letting lies and myths turn into shape , they are being responsible and contributing to the problem. 

When some Republican candidates say things like “illegals are taking jobs from U.S. citizens” , when they say they will end birthright citizenship, build walls and send 11 million people all back home, (including their U.S. Born citizen children) even though home is here now, what they are really saying is “vote for me even if what I’m promising is impossible to do” and that is as immoral as keeping 11 million under the rug while taking their tax money, their talent and their children who are the future of this nation.

We were very close to find a solution in 2013 when the Senate passed an Immigration Reform bill that had bipartisan support, which Speaker John Boehner refused to bring up for a vote. But the problem has not gone away and 11 million people are still living in limbo.

I’m not scared or worried about Trump or Carson or even Rubio’s electoral promises  (Rubio now saying he will end DACA ,the program for young immigrants brought to the country as kids), I’m scared of ignorance being the voice in politics and no one trying to stop it.

Idea, Plan, Accion

Por Mauro Kennedy
Luego de varios debates sostenidos en las redes sociales , saludables por cierto, que se ha generado en los ultimos dias en relación al apoyo o no que hubiera que darle a demócratas y/o republicanos de cara a las próximas elecciones presidenciales teniendo en cuenta la postura que tomen frente al tema de inmigración, quisiera puntualizar dos o tres cosas.

Lo primero, entender quiénes estamos interesados en que se resuelva el tema y cuáles son nuestras metas como comunidad. Existe la percepción o creencia de que si amenazamos a uno u otro lado con quitarles nuestro voto podremos lograr lo que buscamos, en mi opinión esta es una fantasía que no se sostiene en la realidad. Hemos visto a líderes del partido republicano llamando a la sensatez y a la necesidad de apelar a una base más amplia incluidas las minorías a partir del resultado de las últimas elecciones presidenciales donde Obama fue reelecto. Les duró un par de meses, al día de hoy el discurso predominante es aún más xenofóbico y nativista que en aquellos tiempos. Se tiene la ilusión de que no, de que van a entender la importancia del voto latino, de que somos buena gente, trabajadores, etc. La realidad demuestra lo contrario. La ideología predominante en el partido republicano vuelve una y otra vez a sus guerras culturales, dentro de las cuales el tema de inmigración tiene un lugar predominante. NO NOS QUIEREN. Invito a que lean este párrafo del artículo (más abajo está) y si pueden todo el articulo para entender lo que digo.

El otro tema es el de la representación que tenemos. Hay por allí varios grupos, cada uno con sus propios intereses: Están los “Dreamers”, muchos de ellos ya beneficiados por DACA, muchos de ellos súper valiosos en su contribución liderando esta lucha con inteligencia y creatividad. Otros, ya absorbidos por la maquinaria lobista, quienes trabajan para quien les paga, se han convertido en voceros de un discurso vacío y anodino, manejan dinero y son objeto de adulación por parte de organizaciones y personas necesitados del mismo. Están las organizaciones, un universo complejo donde todo cabe, desde la lucha de base hasta el notario sin escrúpulos, los voluntarios que trabajan a sol y a sombra y los aprovechadores listos a anotarse con el próximo que traiga un subsidio, sea demócrata o republicano. A mi modo de ver, se han equivocado en sus estrategias y mucho, el año pasado desalentaron el voto de la comunidad y confundieron el mensaje, con el slogan del “Deporter-in-Chief”, la meta era lograr que Obama pare las deportaciones nos decían y para eso hay que atacarlo, nosotros decíamos hay que concentrarse en sacar a la gente a votar y lograr una reforma integral por la vía legislativa. Por supuesto dos meses antes de las elecciones salieron desesperados a tratar de impulsar a los demócratas porque con lo otro estabámos fritos.

Los resultados: Obama dio DAPA y la extensión de DACA, los republicanos ganaron el congreso, trataron 13 veces de pasar leyes para deportar a los “Dreamers” y a sus padres, DAPA termino bloqueada por vía judicial, en fin, al día de hoy no tenemos nada.

Entonces, de nuevo, aparecen los mismos personajes, los que supuestamente nos representan a tratar de impulsar las mismas estrategias fracasadas. Pues bien, a mí no me representan, y me contengo de dar nombres, pero estoy harto de gente que tiene papeles y todo solucionado tratando de imponerme lo que tenemos que hacer, lo que han decidido ellos, que al fin del día son republicanos más o menos encubiertos, burócratas más preocupados en cuidar la fuente del dinero que reciben que en tratar de llevar adelante esta lucha de una forma sincera. Tenemos que sacudirnos a esta gente de arriba de nuestros hombros si queremos llegar a buen puerto. Somos NOSOTROS LOS QUE NO TENEMOS PAPELES, somos nosotros los que tenemos que decidir cuáles son las estrategias a seguir. Les invito a leer el artículo, que explica claramente lo que podemos esperar de uno u otro partido.

http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/rise-gops-culture-war-zombies-why-party-right-wing-extremism-will-never-give-it

La Reforma Migratoria seguirá Dependiendo del Congreso

Por Claudia Longo

Actualizado 2/2/2016

Los candidatos a la presidencia por el partido Democrata, Hillary Clinton y Bernie Sanders podrían ser la única esperanza para los inmigrantes indocumentados en Estados Unidos que esperan hace muchos años regularizar su estatus migratorio, ya que son los únicos candidatos  que apoyarían una Reforma Migratoria Integral y Comprensiva con camino a la ciudadanía para 11 millones de personas viviendo en las sobras.

Pero, es posible lograr tan ansiado objetivo tan solo con la voluntad política de un presidente?

La historia mas reciente nos indica que la respuesta es NO.

En su camino hacia la Casa Blanca , el actual presidente, Barack Obama, prometio en su  campaña electoral, modernizar y reformar el sistema migratorio del pais, el cual mas de un 70% de la población en general , acepta esta roto y debe hacerse algo al respecto.

Por mas de 7 años , Obama ha abogado, en cada ocasión que se le ha presentado, para que el congreso trabaje en forma bipartidista para lograr un proyecto de Ley que fuera satisfactorio para todas las partes y que el pudiera firmar como ley.

Pero el presidente Obama, al  momento de hacer sus promesas de campaña no contaba con la obstrucción en el congreso del liderazgo Republicano en la Camara baja quienes nunca , ni siquiera trajeron a votación el proyecto de Ley del Senado, y es muy probable que el próximo presidente o presidenta, tampoco lo pueda lograr a menos que logremos cambiar el congreso.
Activistas y organizaciones pro inmigracion, tras la incapacidad de Washington de ponerse de acuerdo en votar una Ley , exigieron al presidente que actuara solo, para solucionar un problema que solo podría cambiarse legislativamente.

El presidente actuó, utilizando una herramienta constitucional, Acción Ejecutiva, para que las agencias gubernamentales (ICE) puedan implementar discreción a la hora de deportar personas indocumentadas. Hasta el momento de publicada esta nota, seguimos en limbo, gracias a una demanda presentada por 26 Governadores Republicanos , esperando que las Cortes decidan el destino de mas  de 5 millones de familias viviendo y trabajando entre nosotros, siendo parte de esta gran Nación pero viviendo en un limbo migratorio.

Pero la historia puede volver a repetirse mientras sigamos ignorando como funciona el sistema democrático del pais y no nos demos cuenta que debemos ser parte de la solución y no del problema.
Las leyes se crean , se reforman y modifican solamente en el congreso. Un presidente solo, no puede lograr los cambios que deseamos.

Es así que debemos recordar que en esta campaña electoral ,no solo debemos prestar atención a las promesas de un candidato con aspiraciones a ser presidente , debemos saber como votaría nuestro representante estatal (Senador) y nuestro representante de Distrito sobre los temas que nos interesan, en este caso, inmigración. Todos los candidatos tienen un sitio web y números a los que se puede llamar y preguntar cual es su posición sobre inmigración.

Debemos informarnos para saber, si quien será nuestra voz en Washington, realmente nos representa. Llamar y cuestionar a nuestros representantes electos y aquellos que se postulan y piden nuestro voto, haciéndoles saber que no Lo obtendrán si mantienen posturas que no nos benefician como comunidad y como individuos.

Los Latinos debemos realmente reflexionar y entender que si no participamos inteligentemente en política, la Comunidad no avanza, las familias seguirán siendo afectadas y 11 millones seguirán estando en las sombras por muchos años mas.

Dejemos las emociones de lado por un momento y utilicemos las herramientas democráticas con las que contamos, una de ellas, el Voto.

Claudia participa en las redes sociales Como parte un movimiento que ayuda a motivar e informar a nuestra comunidad Latina en Los temas politicos que nos afectan .

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¿Qué significan las acciones migratorias del presidente?

IMG_1635By Claudia Longo

Durante años hemos venido luchando por una reforma migratoria integral, es decir por una ley aprobada por el Congreso, que reemplace la ley de inmigración vigente. Lamentablemente la reforma migratoria ha fracasado, debido a la oposición de los líderes del partido republicano en la Cámara de Representantes que se negaron a traer el proyecto bipartidista del Senado a votación a pesar de existir los votos necesarios para aprobarla.
Ante esta situación, el presidente Obama decidió actuar y hacer lo que estaba en sus manos, dentro de un margen constitucional, para solucionar temporal y parcialmente el problema migratorio de los Estados Unidos.

Es así que el 20 de Noviembre del 2014 son anunciadas “medidas ejecutivas” que darían alivio de deportación a unos 5 millones de indocumentados que cumplan con ciertos requisitos para poder calificar.

El presidente anunció que pondrá en vigor medidas (Acción Diferida) para proteger indocumentados de una posible deportación y además permitirles seguir viviendo y trabajando en el país legalmente. Parte de las medidas incluye la extensión del programa DACA que daría alivio a indocumentados traídos al país como menores y un nuevo programa (DAPA) para padres de ciudadanos americanos, quiénes deben haber vivido ininterrumpidamente en el país desde 2010 y no tener récord criminal. Estas nuevas medidas otorgan a quiénes califiquen un permiso de trabajo renovable por tres años. Es importante aclarar, que ni DAPA ni DACA ofrecen un camino para la obtención de una residencia legal permanente o ciudadanía.

A partir del 18 de febrero USCIS comenzará a recibir solicitudes para la extensión de DACA. Mientras que los padres de ciudadanos americanos podrán hacerlo a partir de mediados de mayo de 2015, fecha aún por confirmar. Por más información por favor visiten la página en español de USCIS http://www.uscis.gov/es/accionmigratoria

La reacción del partido Republicano no ha sido de apoyo a las medidas del presidente. Por el contrario lo han acusado de actuar “fuera de la ley” y varios gobernadores republicanos han iniciado una demanda contra las acciones.
Sin embargo varios asesores y abogados constitucionales han afirmado que la demanda no prosperará ya que los Estados no pueden demostrar que dichas medidas los perjudicarán económicamente. Por el contrario, éstas permitirían a la población de indocumentados trabajar legalmente y significarían millones de dólares de ingresos en impuestos e incremento del consumo de bienes y servicios en dichos estados. Así mismo, la cámara de representantes aprobó una ley que para financiar el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional que incluye lenguaje para eliminar los programas anunciados por el presiente, ley que no cuenta con suficientes votos en el Senado. A pesar de todo esto, las medidas siguen firmes y listas para ser implementadas.

Si bien es cierto que estas medidas no son la solución ideal al problema de un sistema que no funciona, representan un alivio al sufrimiento por el miedo a las deportaciones para millones de familias. Su implementación será el primer paso en el complicado camino que debemos recorrer para obtener una reforma migratoria que sólo el Congreso nos podrá dar.

Esta es una gran oportunidad para millones de personas viviendo en las sombras, algunas hace décadas. Personas totalmente integradas a la sociedad, que aportan cada día a este gran país haciendo los trabajos más duros, sin contar con los “papeles” que les den legalidad pero sobre todo dignidad. Para muchos, el momento de salir de las sombras ha llegado y está aquí para quedarse.

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’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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