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Why the Women of America Are Calling for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

March 21, 2013
Like so many other Americans, I am proud of my immigrant roots. My mother came to this country as a child with her family from Austria. She never finished high school because she had to work to support her family. My dad was the only one of nine children to be born in America, and the only one to...

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Undocumented reform: What D.C.'s new immigration mojo means for Washington State

February 4, 2013
This article first appeared in . It’s game on for immigration reform in 2013 . Prospects for a real immigration bill this year took a big step forward last week as a bipartisan “Gang of Eight” Senators released its framework for an immigration bill , and President Obama staked out his...

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President Obama’s immigration speech in Vegas; thinking about families and our nation’s economy

February 3, 2013
What happens in Vegas shouldn't always stay in Vegas. Earlier this week, in a crammed high school basketball stadium in Las Vegas, I heard President Obama speak about the need to finally, truly fix our broken immigration system so that it's fair and also brings economic strength to our entire...

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We have to fix this

February 2, 2013
A few years ago I saw a video that shocked me : Two young children crying, alone in a car, reaching out for their mother who'd been taken away by armed deputies wearing ski masks after being stopped for a minor traffic violation. The images haven't left me. A nightmare, right? Never in America?...

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Immigrants are People Who Move

February 1, 2013
For my grandmother, Obdulia Olivella, moving was a part of life. She was born in El Salvador and moved to Panama as a young woman to help her U.S.-born husband start a business. Over the next couple of decades, they would move with four children in tow to the United States, back to Panama, then to...

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"I don't want to leave my school and this country."

January 31, 2013
As I listened to the barrage of news this week on immigration, I kept thinking about an 8-year-old girl I met in Georgia in 2011. Melanie is a star student and Girl Scout. Her mother bravely spoke to a group of women delegates about how Georgia's treatment of immigrants was affecting families...

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Immigration = Diversity & Strength

January 23, 2013
How different would the USA be if we weren’t a land of immigrants? (you could say that if no one ever migrated the land would be mainly inhabited by the Cherokee, Iroquois, and so forth, but for this purpose, let us imagine what USA would be like with no immigration after the Revolution). Think...

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Arrest, Detention of DREAM Leader’s Mother Shows Why We Need Immigration Reform—And Administrative Change—Right now

January 14, 2013
Immigration reform will be a top legislative priority this year, and it won’t be some vague policy or philosophical change that we’re asking for. The coming battle to change our immigration policy is personal, and we fight it every day to protect our mothers, fathers, children, and family members...

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Children Take their “Wish for the Holidays” to Capitol Hill

December 19, 2012
By Emily Butera, Senior Program Officer for Migrant Rights and Justice, Women's Refugee Commission and Kate Kelly, Washington College of Law Distinguished Fellow, Women's Refugee Commission “Children need to be with their parents so they can succeed. I just want to be with my family. Please don’t...

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How the DACA Health Exclusions Harm Immigrant Women, and What You Can Do To Help

December 18, 2012
On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced a new policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that allows undocumented youth who meet specific requirements to apply for a two-year protection from deportation and for work authorization. When the policy was announced, advocates for...

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