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Your life as an undocumented Dreamer

Your life as an undocumented Dreamer

Imagine this: You are six months old. Your mother wraps you in a hand-knit blanket her sister gave you and heads off on a long trip. Maybe she’s hungry, tired of struggling. Maybe she fears her life and yours are in danger from the violence all around her. Or maybe not. You don’t know. You’re […]

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Irreverent Illegal Girl’s Rant on Independence Day

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I love the 4th of July.  Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, I had a conflicted relationship with it.  On the one hand, I loved everything about it – the flags, the red, white and blue on everything, the fireworks and, of course, the story.  On the other hand, I knew that it was just […]

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Gotta love the “Superman is an Immigrant” campaign

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I have always had a thing for Superman.  I remember going to see the original Christopher Reeve movie when I was 8 years old and being enthralled.  I mean, tights, people.  And truth, justice and the American way.  What’s not to love? The irony did not strike me until I saw this campaign by Define […]

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Immigration and the Boston Marathon bombing

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One of the reasons I began to tell my story about having been an undocumented immigrant was 9/11.  More specifically, the way it became acceptable to talk about immigrants following the terrorist attacks.  The fear following the most horrific attacks on American soil was cultivated by some to further their own agendas.  They screamed out […]

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The Journey from Illegal

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In the jumble of feelings and paperwork that is a divorce, my naturalization certificate disappeared.  My ex said he didn’t have it.  I knew he did.  Last week, 5 years after it went missing, it wordlessly appeared in a manila envelope along with my monthly child support check.  No, “Oops,” or “My bad.”  Such is […]

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Watch Maria on Immigration

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      Watch Maria on the topic of immigration.     http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2603636212423893556    

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Watch Maria on NY1 on Immigration

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Watch Maria on NY1.

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Denied the Dream

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Every year, thousands of undocumented children graduate from high school in the U.S., into the abyss of social security number-less existence, no reliable path to higher education, and a life of exclusion and low-paying, off-the-books jobs.  As one former such child who benefited from a fortuitously-timed amnesty in 1986 that made my future bright, I […]

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