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Undocumented and Unafraid

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Hello all you lovely followers of mine! I know it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted but I have something that I’m really eager to share with everyone! My freshman year of college (Fall 2013) I had to write a paper placing myself in the shoes of someone I couldn’t relate to. The assignment was called the Diversity Role and seeing how I never miss an opportunity to spread word about the DREAM Act, I wrote as though I was an undocumented immigrant. My professor was hesitant about my topic because it was “controversial” and a “political hot topic,” but I assured him I wasn’t going to offend anyone and that I knew what I was talking about. After I presented the paper to my class, everyone was so interested in it that I was able to answer a ton of questions and tell everyone about my experience volunteering with the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance. Here’s the paper that sparked a great discussion:

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Political Parties

Political Parties

In Government, my teacher was discussing how many Americans are uninformed when it comes to politics so he had us write a paper summarizing the stances of three different parties. We were to write about four issues from the party platforms of both Democrats and Republicans, as well as a summary of a third party of our choice.
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Deferred Action Intake-Day pt. 2

So far I have completed six deferred action applications, which I think will beat my record of  ten because  there are four hours left before the intake is over. Today is going a bit slow, but I think it will pick up around two or three o’clock. I’m excited! These DREAMers are taking the next step towards the rest of their lives. I wonder how many applications will be completed today? So far we have complete 370 applications over the last two intake-days, however, there are only three of us filling out the applications today. Nevertheless, we’re getting things done and it feels great! If you qualify for deferred action please do not wait to apply.  Go to the next intake-day near you or hire a lawyer. Visit www.iuya.org if you live in Indiana for more information.

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Benefits of Immigration

Many people have the idea that immigration is a bad thing, whether it’s illegal or not, but the truth is, immigration is generally good. People probably believe that it is bad because they don’t quite understand what comes out of it. Here are a few facts concerning  immigration:

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President Obama Signs Executive Order for DREAMers

It’s TIME to make this DREAM a reality!

Mark your calenders because history has been made! How does it feel to be a part of such a great advancement?

Yesterday marked the first day of Deferred Action, which prevents DREAMers from being deported. President Obama signed it after a series of hunger strikes & protests began in his campaign offices. This is what happens when DREAMers stick together; They can achieve anything.

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Say No to Wasted Talent, Vote Yes to the DREAM Act


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Help Save a DREAMer

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Please make a phone call for Yanelli.. she’s a DREAMer that is scheduled to be deported tomorrow that deserves a chance to stay in the US and she needs help. She has already tried to kill herself twice because she has no family in Mexico and they are trying to send her back.. People across the US are standing in solidarity with Yanelli. Have you made a call today? She’s from Ohio and is scheduled to be deported tomorrow, please make the phone call to help her.

Call ICE –John Morton @ 800-394-5855 or 202.732.3000 or 1-800-821-9358

Sample Script: “Hello I am calling to ask that Yanelli Hernadez (A# 205 012 525) be allowed to stay in the U.S. where she needs treatment. Yanelli is suffering from depression, has attempted to take her own life twice and should not be deported. This is wrong.”

Education, Not Deportation

The DREAM Act, or the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, was reintroduced on May 11, 2011.  It is a bill giving undocumented immigrants the opportunity to become legal citizens. The bill, however, is not open to all undocumented immigrants. There are set requirements such as the following:

  • Must be 12-30 years old at the time of enactment
  • Must have arrived in the U.S before the age of 16
  • Must have lived in the U.S for at least 5 years
  • Must graduate from a U.S high school, or get a GED
  • Must plan on going to college or serving in the U.S military for at least 2 years
  • Must not have any criminal convictions

As you can see, the DREAM Act is meant for those that are already here. It’s also more focused on children or teens. Those same children, who were brought here at very young ages, may not even know that they are undocumented until they are much older. Now they have to live in fear of being deported from the only place that they know and call home. Many don’t even know their home countries. These same kids have the same hopes, dreams, and aspirations as all other Americans: to succeed and be the best that they possibly can. They should not have to live in fear of being kicked out of the only place that they call home. They are indeed Americans, although not by birth. They are proud to be called Americans. They celebrate our independence day, they attend our schools and churches, and they contribute to our communities, and most importantly, they’ve become a part of us.

DREAMers are full of immense talent, just like everyone else. The only difference is their civil status. Denying DREAMers is like saying that they can’t cure the sick, although they’re perfectly capable of it. That they can’t start  a successful business. All because they were brought here over something that they had no control over. These talented DREAMers can and will help our economy prosper, if given the opportunity:

  • DREAMers like Walter Lara, an honor student who found out he was “illegal” when he was applying for college.
  • DREAMers like Stephanie, who started at UCLA when she was 16 and works two or three minimum wage jobs to pay for her schooling.
  • DREAMers like Eric Balderas, a Harvard biology major who has been in America since he was 4 and was detained when flying back to school after visiting his mother.

I’ve recently attended Senator Lugar’s symposium, and while there I was able to ask him a few questions.One of the questions was if he anticipated the DREAM Act being passed any time soon. He told me that it would probably not be passed this year, but he also informed me that 55 of the necessary 60 votes were in favor of the DREAM Act. That’s about 92% of the needed votes.

Come on DREAMers and let’s make this dream a reality! What do we want and when do we want it?