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Not Fair

Not Fair

When I was about six years old, I was visiting with my grandmother.  She was driving one of her out of proportionally large Cadillacs.  Miles away, in the front passenger seat, sinking in the overly plush leather upholstery, I gazed out the window.  I don't recall whether a conversation or something I saw outside prompted me, but I was protesting,

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Frozen: The Story Of A Deportee Who Couldn’t Talk

Frozen: The Story Of A Deportee Who Couldn’t Talk

My name is Ella. I am from Uganda. I identify as lesbian, and I have been in a long term relationship with my girlfriend. Uganda is not tolerant of such relationships so we had to keep things secret. Things were okay until the night of 23rd October 2016. We were in a lodge making love and people in the city

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Donald Trump’s Useless Eaters: #FreeRosa in the era of ascendant Fascism

Donald Trump’s Useless Eaters: #FreeRosa in the era of ascendant Fascism

In 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. In the same year, his National Socialist (Nazi) Party began a systematic campaign of public ridicule and private sterilization, isolation and murder of the disabled in Germany. When the Nazis were not stopped from claiming these first of their victims, the most vulnerable population among their citizens, the way was paved for

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#FreeRosa

#FreeRosa

Imagine a ten-year-old girl is suffering from critical gall bladder pain.  She’s been nauseated, maybe vomiting. Oh, and she has cerebral palsy. Her family takes her to the hospital, she’s changed into a hospital gown, and as the doctors place her under the fog of general anesthesia, a nurse reassures her everything will be okay. Now imagine that same little

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#MuslimBan3 Blocked: FAQ

#MuslimBan3 Blocked: FAQ

What does this mean? On 24 Sept Trump announced the third version of his travel ban, EO-3, affecting nationals of 8 countries. Part of it went into effect that day, but was to be fully effective on 18 Oct. This ban was swiftly challenged in court, both in Hawai'i and Maryland, and both courts agreed that an injunction (an order

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HOW TO ENTER TRUMP’S UNITED STATES

HOW TO ENTER TRUMP’S UNITED STATES

On October 18, the new travel ban - aka "Muslim Ban 3.0" - will be fully effective (unless recently-filed court challenges are successful.) Trump's third try to ban Muslims works like this: 1. The affected countries are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Each country has their own restrictions - but no new immigrant visas (green

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Remembering What The Anthem Stands For

Remembering What The Anthem Stands For

We all have memories that stick with us. Some are happy, some are sad, and some are our proudest moments. This past week's focus on kneeling NFL players and the national anthem has brought back some of these memories for me. In watching the games and the news coverage, I was reminded of my first anthem. I learned my first

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Using Immigrant Policy To Create Solidarity

Using Immigrant Policy To Create Solidarity

As an immigration lawyer, I have proudly served immigrants from over 115 countries and counting. But two of these groups have been very visibly targeted for years, and certainly under the current administration: Muslims and Latinos. As I wrote over a year ago when the divisive 2016 campaign was still heating up, the time for a strong alliance between these

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A Paper-Thin Line Separates Us;  We Are All Dreamers

A Paper-Thin Line Separates Us; We Are All Dreamers

One of my favorite teachers in high school had a great saying that I still use today as a reminder of our choices in life. He would mention some aspect of our lives we had no say in-our parents' wealth, for example - and he would say, "if you're not happy with it blame yourself, you chose the wrong parents."

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#DACApolypse: What Dreamers Can Do After The Demise Of DACA

#DACApolypse: What Dreamers Can Do After The Demise Of DACA

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of #DACA on September 5. DACA was never more than a band-aid. It's time to start talking about a cure. I preface this by saying don't let up advocacy and working with allies on the ground, and in the halls of Congress. Ultimately we need our leaders to act. But as a lawyer,

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Why America Needs “Dreamers”

Why America Needs “Dreamers”

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an administrative program designed to protect immigrant youth that came to America when they were under the age of 16. These immigrants are called "Dreamers". This program was started in June of 2012 by the Obama administration. In addition to the age requirement, you must also be currently studying or a graduate of

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FROM THE FRONTLINE

FROM THE FRONTLINE

Today, participants in the 118-mile-long March to Confront White Supremacy made a previously unscheduled stop at the Loudon County office of Representative Barbara Comstock to demand that Rep. Comstock publicly oppose the end of DACA, the deferred action program for immigrants who came to the United States, and to Section 287(g), which deputizes local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal

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Trump Set to Kill Dreams

Trump Set to Kill Dreams

Diego watched his teenage brother murdered with a machete in Honduras when he was 12-years-old. Their father belonged to the wrong political faction in the Central American nation and his son died at the hands of a police sponsored 'death squad' that roamed Honduras in the early 2000s. Diego hid with his mother's family in a small village after the

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DACA and The American Dream

DACA and The American Dream

800,000. Eight hundred thousand fellow humans and young adults, living the American dream just as you and I. Eight hundred thousand immigrants who came here illegally as children, but not through their own action. Who were brought over America's borders by their parents at a young age. They did not deliberately defy our laws. They did not try to pull

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Our Next Step, Our Choice, Our Time to Take A Side

Our Next Step, Our Choice, Our Time to Take A Side

I watched a bride and groom exchanging vows in view of the sun setting on their life apart. The groomsmen entering the reception to a song by The Weeknd. The bridesmaids dancing in to a Bollywood classic. And the bride and groom slowly slipping into their new life to a traditional processional. I danced on a dance floor filled with

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Why You Need To Know Dr. John Tanton, Grandfather Of The Anti-Immigrant Movement

Why You Need To Know Dr. John Tanton, Grandfather Of The Anti-Immigrant Movement

Have you ever stopped to wonder where the Trump administration is getting its ideas on ramped up deportations, banning Muslims, and vilifying refugees? Trump didn't come up with them on his own. There is a purposeful and intentional anti-immigrant movement that has been working to spread these ideas for a long time. Now they have a sympathetic ear in the

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Us vs Them: How To Stay Friends While Trump is On Top

Us vs Them: How To Stay Friends While Trump is On Top

I'm a left-leaning immigrant who has recently graduated from UC Berkeley. And, to the surprise of many, I now live harmoniously with a Trump supporter. I know; everyone makes that face when I tell them. But it's actually not as heart wrenching as you may imagine. For either of us. In fact, there's been some really eye opening and faith-in-humanity-restoring

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Tired of politics? You may want to check your privilege

Tired of politics? You may want to check your privilege

Let's go back to November 9th, 2016. Liberal or conservative, I think we can all agree that it was a pretty crazy day and most of us were feeling very passionate. Some were ecstatic, some were devastated but there was also an overwhelming amount of people that either "didn't care" or expressed how they wished everyone would stop posting about

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The Need For Immigration Lawyers is Now Playing Out in Tragic Ways During the Trump Administration

The Need For Immigration Lawyers is Now Playing Out in Tragic Ways During the Trump Administration

Immigration lawyers generally fly under the radar. But despite many who are heroes in the truest sense, how many of us know the names of any of them? You don’t see them on television dramas or the silver screen. Maybe its because there aren’t that many - there are 15,000 members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association versus 1.3 million

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The Conversations I Can’t Believe I’m Having with My Son Thanks to Donald Trump

The Conversations I Can’t Believe I’m Having with My Son Thanks to Donald Trump

Dad, I know Trump is bad but I was talking with my friends and when the illegal people come to the wall, we really should shoot them because that means they’re terrorists. Perhaps the most insidious thing about Donald Trump’s presidency is the sheer pervasiveness of the hate, ignorance, and mean-spiritedness that is choking our country. And if you think

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