Daughter of a Working Man
Daughter of a Working Man
It was weekday just after 3pm. The final bell had rung and students were filing out of the building heading toward the parking lot. Kids pushed and shoved one another as we squeezed through the double doors toward freedom. I couldn’t wait to get home and rip off the uniform that...
Author Sonia Nazario discusses own unfinished journey
Author Sonia Nazario discusses own unfin
Danielle Dwyer— Every day journalists work to seek the truth, tell the story and be a watchdog for society. Goals that take hard work, determination and perseverance to achieve. For Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Sonia Nazario, these were traits she said she felt were...
Thank you for your stories
Thank you for your stories
“Hijo, we’re taking a big chance, we can be robbed , even killed. Remember the stories we’ve been hearing since we left home. But what can we do?” —Luz, In Search of Bernabe   By Elizabeth Giadans— Thank you for your stories on how you migrated to the land I was born...
Mexican Latina finds refuge in Little Village
Mexican Latina finds refuge in Little Vi
By Sylvia Oben — Unable to get out, even to go to the corner to wash laundry, Beatriz Santiago-Ramírez, an undocumented immigrant from Veracruz, has lived in the sanctuary at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Little Village for a month and a half to avoid being deported. Beatriz Santiago-Ramírez,...
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....
My Great-Grandfather’s Mexico
My Great-Grandfather’s Mexico
By Veronica Rios — In her essay “My Mother’s Mexico,” Ana Castillo described how her grandparents came to the U.S. because her grandfather worked as a railroad worker. She described the poverty stricken area outside of Mexico City that drove its residents to the...
Working on the minimum wage
Working on the minimum wage
By Patricia Boscan — Her day starts before the sun can make its appearance in a poorly lit factory, with fixtures illuminating everything a different shade of gray. “The years pass and pass, and instead of earning more, I make less and without any kind of benefit either,”...
Separated at the holidays
Separated at the holidays
Adriana Velazquez speaks to crowd on the importance of stopping the deportation and separation of families. By Veronica Rios —This Christmas, Mayra Hernandez will miss her cousin. “My cousin Guillermo submitted to voluntary deportation after being detained for driving without...
From Jersey to Mexico
From Jersey to Mexico
By Elizabeth Giadans — When I was younger, I never really wondered about my heritage. I felt I was simply myself, all I knew was life on the East Coast, in Passaic, New Jersey. My parents are Mexican. My father arrived in the 1980s but the rest of my immediate family and I...

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