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via FirstFocus: GOP Immigration Reform Principles Fall Short for Kids

Posted January 31st, 2014 by

On January 30, 2014, the House GOP released their principles on immigration reform. The principles emphasize border security, tougher enforcement, reforms to the immigration system, and a pathway to citizenship for those who entered as children. While the principles are a step in the right direction for kids and families, they fail to reflect several [...]

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Celebrating DACA’s First Anniversary

Posted August 15th, 2013 by

This blog post originally appeared in First Focus. Today marks the first year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(DACA) program, an initiative introduced by the Administration last summer which provides certain DREAM Act-eligible youth with a renewable two-year reprieve of deportation and the ability to obtain social security cards and work authorization. In just [...]

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Diverse Children: Improving Outcomes for America’s Non-Majority Child Population

Posted August 2nd, 2013 by

This week First Focus and the Foundation for Child Development hosted a congressional briefing in cooperation with Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Black Caucus focused on improving outcomes for America’s increasingly diverse children child population. The briefing focused on the Foundation [...]

How Did Children Fare in the SJC Immigration Reform Markup?

Posted May 28th, 2013 by

This past Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) voted to advance the immigration reform bill (S.744) onto the Senate floor, representing a historic step forward for immigrant children and families. The committee considered numerous amendments over a period of five days, and the First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) determined that many amendments had the [...]

United to Keep Our Families Together

Posted December 10th, 2012 by

Since the election the headlines have been all about immigration reform and the urgency for Congress to finally get serious about it. As someone who works on immigration policy, I’ve been excited about the momentum that is building. But more importantly, as an advocate for children and as a daughter of immigrants, I’ve been mostly [...]

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No Child is “Illegal”

Posted August 20th, 2012 by

Anyone who has spent time with children knows that even the youngest kids are quick to absorb all that is being said around them. Thus, it is no surprise that children have caught on to the use of the term “illegal immigrant” when adults talk about immigration, and for children of immigrants, this has increasingly [...]

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What the Supreme Court Ruling On SB 1070 Means For Children and Families

Posted July 9th, 2012 by

In April 2010, Arizona passed SB 1070, the first state law aimed at enforcing immigration laws in an effort to reduce the undocumented immigrant population. A federal district court enjoined the law one day before its implementation, and a final appeal reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Since the passage of SB 1070, five other states [...]

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Stop the Attacks on Children

Posted June 13th, 2012 by and

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Plyler v. Doe Supreme Court ruling, a statute that embodies our belief as Americans that all children should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The ruling established that every child, regardless of their immigration status, is entitled to a public K-12 education. Specifically, the ruling [...]

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What the Youth of Alabama Taught Me

Posted April 3rd, 2012 by

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in First Focus, an advocacy organization for children and families. Last week I had the honor of joining women leaders from around the country as part of the We Belong Together human rights delegation to Alabama, whose recent passage of the most draconian immigration law in the country has [...]

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My Mother’s Story and Why I’m Going to Georgia

Posted September 27th, 2011 by

This week I’m going to Georgia, and I’m excited and hopeful. I’m honored to be joining several other women from around the country as part of the We Belong Together delegation. We’re tasked with documenting the impact of Georgia’s new anti-immigrant law on children and families. Their suffering is very real, yet their voices are [...]

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