Undocumented and unreported
Undocumented and unreported
Sylvia Oben— Many immigrants are fearful to admit they have been victims of a crime, mainly because they believe they will be deported from the U.S. if they file a report. One mother feared for not only herself, but also of leaving behind her children. Nereyda Santos, 34, is...
Grasping at straws
Grasping at straws
Marlin Bucio— A colleague of mine, 23-year-old Dennis Hernandez, is a full-time student at Malcolm X College. He works two jobs, one at Pizza Hut and one working for a valet parking service. He is a very studious person who is undocumented, and he has striven to continue his studies....
DREAM deferred
DREAM deferred
By Jenny Patiño — My sister is the one who told me about the Immigrant Youth Justice League’s DREAM Act “DREAM Deferred, Life Denied” vigil taking place on Dec. 7, 2010 at Federal Plaza. It’s a long and complicated family story, but I was born in Chicago whereas she...
Ugly history repeated
Ugly history repeated
By Jenny Patiño — There is no need to sound Orwellian about Arizona’s SB1070. It’s not some futuristic violation of human rights. It has happened before, and it is simply happening again. During the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, thousands of Mexicans and...
Cost of citizenship
Cost of citizenship
By Angelica Jimenez– Jose Gonzalez, an immigrant from Mexico, became a U.S. citizen in 1997. For Jose and his wife, Adela, the journey to U.S. citizenship was possible because the costs weren’t as high and the requirements not as strict as they are today. Immigration officials...