21 November 2014 ~ 13 Comments

Executive Action on Immigration: Good, Bad, and Ugly

I went to bed last night mentally doing a checklist of everyone I know who qualifies and does not qualify under the President’s immigration action. As a community advocate and formerly undocumented immigrant, the word that most aptly describes last night is “bitter-sweet.” While the announcement is not enough, we do need to celebrate our […]

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15 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Executive Action On Immigration – Who You Should Thank Before the Party Gets Out of Control

For more than a year now, I have worked with the grassroots movement trying to secure broad administrative relief from President Obama on immigration. I co-authored the Not1More Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations to the President in the Spring. Just a few months ago, we were quite unpopular amongst advocates in the Beltway, who were asking […]

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26 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Community Voices: Pretexts

I’m thinking a lot about pretexts nowadays. In the U.S., when people demand to know where you are from, what they mean is that you couldn’t possibly belong here because of your skin-color or accent. When people inquire as to how your family took your coming out as gay, they are harboring false assumptions about how […]

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20 April 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Keynote Speech at Hampshire College: “Crimmigration – We Are All Criminals”

For a primer background, see “But We Are Criminals: Countering the Anti-Racial Justice Framework of Immigration Reform” I received a call from my friend Farzana yesterday. Farzana has been in the country since she was 5 years old. She is 35 now. She’s from Pakistan but she has basically lived here for most of her […]

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21 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

While President Obama Takes 90 Days To “Review” Deportations, Here Are Some Deportations To Stop

While the President sits with his hands tied behind his back even as he deports people in record numbers, and Congress remains as ineffective as ever, here are some cases of deportations that need your immediate attention: Ana Cañenguez & her four sons face deportation to El Salvador, where they fear for their lives. Alfredo Reyes, an […]

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