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....
In Harms Way: Undocumented Youth
In Harms Way: Undocumented Youth
by Jennifer Patino– While in detention at Butler County Jail in Ohio, Yanelli Hernandez attempted suicide twice. Instead of being released while her case was pending, she was detained for nine grueling months, which kept her from receiving the comprehensive treatment and family...
The Senate must pass the DREAM Act
The Senate must pass the DREAM Act
By Maria Pesqueira — Maria Pesqueira As an immigrant brought to this country at a young age myself, I can relate to the stories of young men and women who desire better opportunities for themselves and for this country. I can remember being brought to this country from Guanajuato,...
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...
My sister needs the Dream Act
My sister needs the Dream Act
By Jenny Patiño — I was three years old and my mother took me to my tia’s classroom on the rancho. My tias were teachers and needed my mother to make student costumes for a baile folklorico. Walking into their classroom, I thought I was in a scene from “Carrusel,”...
Let Young Immigrants Achieve Their Dreams
Let Young Immigrants Achieve Their Dream
By Lisa Cisneros — The DREAM Act would benefit America as a whole and I find that ignorance and fear are two of the factors keeping it from being passed.  Ignorance, because not everyone understands that the requirements to qualify are strict and hardly a cake walk, and fear,...