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What does the new immigration bill mean for women and families?

May 29, 2013
As Asian Pacific American Heritage Month comes to an end, and summer plans kick off, we as Asian American women must take the time to reflect what’s at stake for our families in the comprehensive immigration reform bill. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted S.744 out of committee and now...
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The youngest in our community say yes to immigration reform

May 29, 2013
For the first time in many years, we have an opportunity to pass common sense immigration reform legislation. Last week, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, passed from the Senate Judiciary Committee in a bipartisan 13-5 vote. As the bill heads to...
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The best way to celebrate API heritage month: Fighting for our families

May 29, 2013
I love the month of May. The flowers are in full bloom and the promise of beach days ahead is tantalizing. But there’s another reason May is so special – it’s a celebration of the heritage of Asian Pacific Americans and our long and diverse histories. Amidst the incredible diversity of Asian...
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Why It’s Important to Teach Kids About Asian American History

May 29, 2013
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: Dorothea Lange picture of Japanese-American children reciting the pledge of allegiance May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. But in my family, we try to learn about Asian American history year round. Because they are multiracial Asians, my kids...

How Did Children Fare in the SJC Immigration Reform Markup?

May 28, 2013
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...
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Latinas commend passage of immigration bill from Senate committee

May 22, 2013
The organization of which I am the Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health , released this statement following the immigration reform bill that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. While we commend the Senate Committee for doing so, we still have deep concerns that...
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Women are a Critical Part of Immigration Reform: Let’s Include Them This Time

May 20, 2013
By Michelle Brané and Emily Butera This blog was originally posted on May 17, 2013 on the Huffington Post On April 17, we at the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) welcomed the introduction of S. 744 , the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.” For those...
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What Immigrant Moms Want for Mother's Day

May 10, 2013
Like most moms, Mother's Day for me is an opportunity to celebrate with my children and family, and reflect upon how deeply I cherish motherhood. While supporting our children as they grow and adapt to the world is joyful, we moms face so many challenges along the way -- the pain of watching our...
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Mother's Day: Bittersweet Reminder of Immigrant Women's Struggles

May 8, 2013
May 12 is the day to celebrate not only our mothers and motherhood, but also the many wonderful women who have touched our lives in one way or another. For me, this day is even more special this year because it marks my first Mother's Day. I'm a proud mother to a young son. He is my heart and soul...
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A Family Remains Torn Apart This Mother's Day

May 7, 2013
Jennifer Martinez will not be celebrating this Mother's Day because her family remains torn apart. Here is Jennifer's story: Jennifer Martinez and family "A little over a year, my family was ripped apart when my husband of 16 years was suddenly taken away and forced to leave the country. My husband...
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