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Family separation? Not in our name!

June 23, 2014
While I was thinking about writing you this note, I remembered that when my daughter was a little girl she'd run to the door to hug me when I came home from work. Her smiles lit up the room as she'd chant, "Yay, mommy's home, mommy's home!" She never doubted I'd return home at the end of the day. But an estimated 5.5 million children who are in mixed-immigrant status familieslive in fear that their mom or dad might not come home at the end of the day. [1] Every day. Every. Day. This has got to change. Now. *I'm signing on to an open letter to our national leaders, and I hope you will too,...
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La reforma migratoria no puede esperar

May 14, 2014
Por Rosa El domingo pasado, por undécimo año consecutivo, llamé a mi madre para desearle un "feliz día de la madre", pero no pude verla. Soy una de los 12 millones de personas indocumentadas en Estados Unidos. Por más que quisiera ver a mi madre, ir a mi casa en Honduras podría significar no regresar a Estados Unidos. Como principal sostén de mi familia, no puedo dejar que eso suceda. Honduras es uno de los países más pobres en América Latina; un tercio de las personas que viven mi país sobrevive con menos de un dólar al día. En casa hay muy pocos puestos de trabajo y pocas oportunidades;...
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Immigration Reform Cannot Wait

May 14, 2014
Last Sunday, for the eleventh year in a row, I called my mother and wished her a “Happy Mother’s Day,” but I wasn’t able to see her. I’m one of the estimated 12 million people living in the United States without documentation. As much as I want to see my mother, going home to Honduras could mean I would not be able to return to America. As my family’s primary breadwinner, I can’t let that happen. Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America; one-third of the people living in my country survive on less than one dollar a day. At home there are very few jobs and little opportunity;...
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This Week Let's Think About Mothers and Children....Everywhere

May 12, 2014
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and caregivers out there. I hope you were able to have one of those priceless “me days” that are so restorative. There’s one group of moms I hope you’ll think about this Mother’s Day week: immigrant mothers who are separated from their children through deportation or detention. Immigrants have moved to this country to make a better life for themselves and their families, seeking the promise of opportunity that America represents. But every day more than 1,000 people are deported, tearing apart immigrant families, even forcing 17 children a day into foster...
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An act of love

May 10, 2014
What my mother did that day was the toughest act of her life--and it was an act of love.
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One Phone Call Could Reunite an Immigrant Mom with Her Kids

April 29, 2014
Mother's day is less than two weeks away. And right now, a family in California's Antelope Valley is wondering whether they'll be together to embrace and celebrate their mom on that day, or whether they'll be torn apart by broken policies. The decision could be made in hours. And if we take action to support this family, we moms could make all the difference. Maria Isabel Zavala lived in Lancaster, California for ten years, where she sought to provide the best life possible for her three younger children. The family is part of the fabric of their community. Two of Maria's children now have...
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Blog Carnival

Women Fast for Immigrant Families: A Blog Carnival

April 9, 2014
Today April 8th, 2014 marks the second day of a 48-hour fast by 100 women who have come together in D.C. to urge our elected leaders to vote on an immigration reform bill that is fair and inclusive of women, children and families. The fast in the "Courage Cafe" tent on 4th and Jefferson in D.C . is part of a nationwide movement by the We Belong Together women's coalition, in which 1,500 women in 35 states fasted in 24-hour increments in the last month. Three-quarters of all immigrants to the United States are women and children. 5.5 million children live in mixed status households , which...
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I am fasting for my family

April 9, 2014
I am a 25-year-old UC San Diego graduate and I taking on my second fast for fair immigration reform. I was born in Oakland and have waited all of my life to meet my family from the Philippines. My mother obtained her citizenship before I was born and one of the first things she did was file for family visas for my aunts and uncles. After 25 years, we are still waiting. It has been a particularly hard road over the past five years. After the death of my father, my mother has suffered from depression, and longs for the comfort of her siblings. The visa situation is just another barrier that...

My fast will last past the We Belong Together delegation in DC

April 8, 2014
I am originally from Mexico and studied electronic engineering there until I moved to Grand Rapids in 1991. My family has been living and working there since 1945 when the United States was doing all they could to get workers from Mexico to come to this country to work during the war effort. My husband, two daughters, and I have a comfortable life in Grand Rapids. But when I think of the hard-working immigrants who came to this country in an effort to make a better life for their families back in Mexico, I know that I must act. I think about what is must be like for them to go to a job and...

I fasted for comprehensive immigration reform that helps families thrive

April 8, 2014
Editor’s Note: More than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly this month. The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th, 2014 when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours. Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April. I was really excited to participate in the fast with other advocates of immigrant survivors. During the day when my tummy would give a little rumble I was able to reflect on all the immigrant families I've met in my...