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A Surprising Issue Will Change the Way Moms Vote in 2012

October 2, 2012
This op-ed originally appeared in ABC News / Univision . Lily Eskelsen is a mother, grandmother and teacher with 20 years of classroom experience. While she's not an immigrant, she has passionate views on immigration because many of her students have dealt with the struggles of being undocumented. "Some of those kids live in the shadows given the absence of a roadmap to citizenship," she says. "They are good kids who work hard in school, play on the team, join the chess club, and sing in the musical...if we care about making our communities financially stronger, we must place these precious...
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Raising Kids Who Care

September 25, 2012
It was one of those mornings when I was in a hurry, but the universe had other plans. I sat my groggy four-year old down with a buttered bagel so I could rush to get ready while she ate, but when I came running back to her, I saw that she had placed a favorite coffee-table book in front of her and was quietly, deliberately dropping crumbs on the page. Not only was Sophia oblivious to my urgency to get out the door, but there was a new mess to clean, right on top of a cherished book. When I demanded, “What is going on?” She gently answered, “Mommy, I want to share my bagel with them.” I looked...
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Deporting Loving Moms Hurts Us All

September 21, 2012
My three daughters are asleep in their rooms as I write this. I was fortunate to eat dinner with them, help them with their homework, and read them a bedtime story this evening. But many immigrant mothers in the US are being cruelly and forcefully torn away from their children. As a mom, I am appalled by what the Federal “Secure Communities” (S-Comm) deportation program is doing to parents and children across this country. Take the situation of Maria from Lodi, CA, mother to two young children, ages 2 and 3 months. Maria had endured repeated physical abuse by her boyfriend. Finally, out of...
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Lack of Paid Sick Days for Immigrant Caregivers Risky For Workers, U.S. Economy

September 5, 2012
SAN CARLOS, Calif. – Considering that Paula Osorio has multiple jobs and no paid sick days, the nosebleed could not have come at a worse time: right before her shift caring for an elderly woman in a private home. In a nursing home or hospital, she would be able to lean on other caregivers. But the patient in her care, 91-year-old Elda Frank, has just her – Osorio, an immigrant from El Salvador. Thankfully the two women, who have spent a lot of time together for five years, share a deep bond. Osorio cooks Frank’s favorite meals, bathes her and reminds her to take her medicine. Sometimes Osorio...
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Women Riders on the “Undocubus” Show the Power of Courage

August 24, 2012
A small bus is making waves as it rolls across the country, showing us all what is possible when communities that are being pushed into the shadows come out and reclaim their human rights and dignity. The riders of the “Undocubus: No Papers, No Fear Ride for Justice” are mothers, students, and sisters. They are leaders in their communities and workers whose labor fuels this country. They are also undocumented immigrants who are tired of living in fear and have recognized that their voices are their greatest strength. As they travel across the country, the riders of the Undocubus are publicly...
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No Child is "Illegal"

August 20, 2012
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 caused a great deal of confusion and fear. A new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) takes a comprehensive look at the detrimental impact of federal and state immigration enforcement policies on children and families. The report, written by Joanna Dreby of the State...
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Ten Reasons Young People Should Come Forward For Deferred Action

August 16, 2012
On August 15, the first of perhaps a million or more people who qualify for the DREAM Act began stepping forward to apply and pay fees for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a form of temporary deportation relief for undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria. Each case will be evaluated individually, but I am encouraging those who meet the basic criteria to consider applying for DACA or at least get all the information they can about whether it is the right thing for them. Thousands will join me and Senator Dick Durbin, the author of the DREAM Act, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
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DREAMers: Mothers look forward to your success with the Deferred Action process, and we urge caution when applying !

August 10, 2012
While we continue the momentum towards passage of the DREAM Act, mothers across the country are standing in support of the 1.76 million immigrant youth who will be able, starting August 15, 2012, to seek a form of administrative relief from deportation. This first step in the long-awaited deportation relief for youth who came to our country as children is an immense victory for families across the nation. With that said, MomsRising , an online and on-the-ground family-oriented advocacy group of more than one million members across the nation, urges people to be very careful and thorough when...
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When Immigration Enforcement Equals Inhumane Enforcement

July 20, 2012
Cross-Posted at America's Voice: I'd like to believe that most Americans, perhaps with the exception of the hard-core nativists, like Rep. Steve King and Romney advisor Kris Kobach, knows our nation’s immigration policies need to be fixed. But behind these failed policies are real human beings: those who make decisions about how to enforce the law, and those whose lives are affected by their decisions. Two disturbing stories from this week show how bad decisions at the hands of the bureaucracy can have extreme consequences for real people. And, while no parent should lose his or her child --...
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#ImHere For Immigrant Women. Are You?

July 12, 2012
For millions of immigrants, here — the U.S. — is home. But for many immigrant women, home is not safe. The last few years have brought a steady decline in the human rights of all immigrants to the United States. Our broken immigration system and cruel anti-immigrant laws have had particular impact on immigrant women and the families they’re raising. Many immigrant women are sole breadwinners — yet they earn 13 percent less than their male counterparts and 14 percent less than female U.S. citizens. Many families have already been separated by deportation or indefinite detention, often without...
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