The Canyon Nest, a school 30 minutes from the U.S. / Mexico border, will soon provide education for children of families waiting in Tijuana while seeking refuge in the United States.
Immigrants and refugees often do not have access to local news—and central Ohio teen Saideepika Rayala created a solution.
The Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles Immigrant Rights Network, a coalition of organizations committed to the education, mobilization and protection of immigrants in Boyle Heights; and Promesa Boyle Heights, a collective of residents, young people, schools and community organizations in the neighborhood, are standing firm in their fight for immigrant justice.
At the March for Life today, so-called “pro-life” activists will undoubtedly celebrate the strides that have been made by the Trump administration on behalf of their anti-abortion cause. But if the movement is truly driven by the value of respecting the dignity of and preserving human life, they should reconsider celebrating Trump as their champion.
Consular officials now have the authority to deny a visitor visa to any pregnant women if they have reason to believe that she intends to travel to the U.S. for the “primary purpose” of giving birth.
As an immigrant woman, I am proud to have raised my own child in the United States. I know that to achieve true access to abortion, we need a government that works on solutions that reflect the needs of families like mine.
There is a lineage. Let their names be sung and recited over and over again. Let the change they strived for be named. These change-makers were my sisters, my friends, my chosen family and my support system. We were responsible for changing the nation’s sentiments about undocumented migrant young people. We amplified our narratives and forever shifted migration discourse even if we weren’t held up publicly. We did the work to claim our lives.
“Orwellian” is the only word to describe one of the administration’s latest assaults on asylum, which would deem the northern triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras—which all experience crisis levels of violence—to be “safe third countries” to which the U.S. could “outsource” its obligations to refugees.
Our choices may not have been as desperate or tinged with the fear of life or death, but at certain moments in our lives, we’ve all felt the maddening, aching need to protect those we love.
There is no question that DACA makes our country stronger—yet Donald Trump continues to push a cruel anti-immigrant agenda to strip young people of their rights and the opportunity to achieve their full potential.