College Graduation 2017

Karen Zapien is the Chief Policy Analyst for DREAM Team Los Angeles. She was invited to speak at the DREAMer graduation commencement at California State University Fullerton where she graduated this year with a BA in Business Administration Accounting. These are her reflections. I think about the traditional American university graduation ceremonies, the usual speeches, that I am beyond honored and genuinely happy to be part of such a strong, educated, and caring college community. That my ...
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On Being Queer, Undocumented and Unafraid

"What does being a queer have anything to do with the DREAM Act? Probably not the immediate meaning people want to see when they don’t immediately understand something. It’s about being part of a community that is constantly marginalized and finding strength in what others see as our weakness. It’s about finding a common ground and becoming a huge fist to punch the one bully we have in common. If you cannot see the connection, I don’t know what to tell you." Folks know Julio Salgado for his ...
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UndocuQueer Troubles: A Jotas Journey To Saving Her Father

The following is a letter from Roberto Carlos Herrera to an immigration judge. Dear Honorable Immigration Judge, My name is Roberto Carlos Herrera and I am the fifth son of Jaime and Guadalupe Herrera. I am writing this letter regarding Jaime Herrera (A #358-246-73) who is being detained in Eloy, Arizona. Over the course of this letter I will discuss the relationship with my father and the reasons why he should be released back to our family. Most importantly I will discuss the reasons why...
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