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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14 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

I Was Supposed To Get My Lawful Permanent Residence Today

The stage was set. The Immigration Judge gave us this date at my last hearing. It was supposed to a warm and fuzzy weekend, with my U.S. citizen partner and I flying out to San Francisco from the East Coast to attend the short ceremony. My family, from all over California, had promised to take […]

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12 October 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Immigration Court, Take II

My partner and I both woke up at 5 a.m. and we made our way down to San Francisco for my second Master Calendar hearing yesterday. It takes about 1.5 hours to get from Antioch to downtown San Francisco in the morning. We were there at 7:30 a.m. and grabbed some breakfast from a cafe […]

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06 July 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Obama’s Immigration Announcement Creates New Generation of “Undocumented and Unafraid”

President Obama’s directive to affirmatively issue deferred action to DREAM Act eligible youth is fostering a new generation of “undocumented and unafraid” students who will be spared from deportation. But it isn’t just young people who are coming out in throes. It is also our parents. At the┬áNational DREAM Graduation in Washington D.C., which was […]

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24 September 2011 ~ 5 Comments

FOIA: Lets Make Up Dates!

I finally got my FOIA documents from the Department of Homeland Security, courtesy my brilliant lawyer. There’s nothing of interest or importance in the stack of 300-something pages besides this one page, where the officer puts down that I entered the country on May 12, 2010, with the right to remain till November 12, 2010: […]

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