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Opinion: It’s Time to Stop Messing With Families in Texas

Opinion: It’s Time to Stop Messing With Families in Texas

After the inauguration of the new president, and with clear signs in my opinion that he intends to bully immigrants, the children of immigrants woke up afraid. One mother, here in South Texas, told me that her son came home after school, weeping, claiming that he didn’t want to go to Mexico. His mother, holding […]

DREAMers Contribute to America. Now, It’s Time for Congress to Help

DREAMers Contribute to America. Now, It’s Time for Congress to Help

Those of us who have fought in the struggle for immigrant rights are accustomed to both stunning victories and crushing defeats. Here in Florida, we have won in-state tuition for undocumented students, stopped the construction of a large, private immigration detention center and halted a variety of draconian anti-immigrant bills, including an Arizona-style “show me your […]

At Immigrant Rights Rallies, One Message: ‘We all Are America’

At Immigrant Rights Rallies, One Message: ‘We all Are America’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters gathered Saturday to support immigrant rights at rallies around the U.S., denouncing President-elect Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and his pledges to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and to crack down on Muslims entering the country. “We are not going to allow Donald Trump to bury the Statue […]

America’s Next Leaders: Youth Leaders, Just as Important as Adult Ones

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

America’s Next Leaders: A Youth Fights Oppression by Engaging

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

Immigration Stop at Texas Ball Park Prompts Call for Change

Immigration Stop at Texas Ball Park Prompts Call for Change

U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted opening day at a new sports complex in South Texas this month to detain two spectators, a woman and child, leading families and advocates to demand a meeting with local immigration officials. In La Joya, Texas, community groups want changes after Border Patrol agents aggressively questioned the woman and child […]

Citizenship and Texas: Moms Win Fight for Kids’ Birth Certificates

Citizenship and Texas: Moms Win Fight for Kids’ Birth Certificates

The refusal by officials in Texas in recent years to accept certain types of identification to issue birth certificates for U.S.-born children confused and angered immigrant parents in the Lone Star State, especially in Latino communities. Last year, dozens of immigrant families, led largely by moms, took action and sued the state of Texas in […]

Special Report: The Strange Death of José de Jesús, a Parent of 3

Special Report: The Strange Death of José de Jesús, a Parent of 3

In a special two-part radio series, NPR’s Latino USA investigates the unusual death of a man in an U.S. immigrant detention center, and what his death tells us about conditions —especially mental health services— inside the immigrant detention system. This investigation was reported with assistance from The Marshall Project. Equal Voice News is sharing it […]

Fla. Immigration Advocate: U.S. Will Thrive Once it’s Free of Racism

Fla. Immigration Advocate: U.S. Will Thrive Once it’s Free of Racism

With Immigrant Heritage Month having ended last month, I’ve taken the time to reflect on my humble beginnings and all the opportunities this great country has provided me. As director of policy and advocacy for the Florida Immigrant Coalition, I have worked with many immigrants who have made America their home in order to escape […]

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