We are on the edge of powerful moment. President Obama has an opportunity right now to make history, to take a stand, and to free millions of families from fear, and life in the shadows. He can open the door for millions of families to be fully recognized as part of this country. We haveContinue reading ““Be Bold!” Small Businesses Nationwide Call for Administrative Relief”
Author Archives: Fernando Mejia
In the New York Times, Make the Road N.Y. Members Tell Obama “Stop the Deportations”
Juan Carlos Valdez, a member of Alliance For a Just Society affiliate Make The Road New York, is featured along with his family in a new video on the New York Times site. From MRNY: While Juan Carlos’ sons are protected by the President’s temporary Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), unless the PresidentContinue reading “In the New York Times, Make the Road N.Y. Members Tell Obama “Stop the Deportations””
For the Children, We Must Transcend Politics and Do the Right Thing
One of the most inhumane things that a group of political players can do in this country – or any other – is to use children as a pawn in a political game. It is especially repulsive that Republicans in the U.S. have chosen this course rather than figuring out a humane way to reuniteContinue reading “For the Children, We Must Transcend Politics and Do the Right Thing”
Rural and Small Towns Calling for Immigration Reform Now
Over the course of our nation’s history, immigrants have traditionally moved to some of the U.S.’s largest cities consolidating the perception that immigration is an urban concern. But the truth is in the latter part of the twentieth century, immigrants have been moving to rural towns. And like waves of immigrants before them they areContinue reading “Rural and Small Towns Calling for Immigration Reform Now”
No More Delays, Two Million is Too Many
Delaying defense is one of the oldest tactics of war. It’s as much a psychological one as it is strategic. The goal is to wear down the opposition until they become weak, hungry or distracted. Our immigrant rights movement hasn’t been immune to it. Now there is no longer time for delay: two million deportationsContinue reading “No More Delays, Two Million is Too Many”
The Long Journey for Immigration Reform
Last week, “approximately 140 people, ranging in age from 7 to 80 years old, walked various distances along the 30-mile road from Wilder to Meridian raising awareness for the number of families affected by a lack of immigration reform. Along the way walkers said they celebrated their struggle for citizenship in the presence of family,Continue reading “The Long Journey for Immigration Reform”
11 years, 6 months, and 15 days
These were the first words from my mother to me after not seeing her for, “11 years, 6 months and 15 days.” That’s how long it took for us to reunite. Here on the cusp of immigration reform, a national policy that can take me from undocumented to citizen, from the shadows, to free andContinue reading “11 years, 6 months, and 15 days”
ICAN’s “Radio Voz de Magic Valley” to Go Live Soon
After more than two and a half years of preparation, KBWE Radio Voz de Magic Valley, a project of Idaho Community Action Network, is near completion. KBWE—and the campaign to establish it—will provide a focal point for the growing role of Idaho’s Latino and new immigrant community in Idaho’s Magic Valley.
DREAMers can Finally Achieve their Dreams! Deferred Action Application Process Begins
Nearly one million young DREAM students are now eligible to apply for the “Deferred Action” policy, allowing them to work and live in the United States for up to two years without fear of deportation.
The Immigrant & Latino Vote Matters in Idaho
Latinos are growing fast in both numbers and voting strength in Idaho. With over 11 % of the state’s population concentrated in specific counties, Latinos are the swing voters for some state races and the 1st congressional district. This power will only grow with time as age eligibility and naturalization rates increase for Latinos in Idaho.