Documented

http://act.defineamerican.com/page/m/4e9010c3/ca6e91e/242011a7/5fa931f0/274731379/VEsHAQ/

The documentary film written and directed by Jose Antonio Vargas where he chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as a journalist and then as an immigration reform activist; and his personal journey reconnecting with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.

Check it out if you’re in one of the limited release cities
Opening May 2, New York, NY Village East Cinema
Opening May 9, Los Angeles, CA Landmark Regent Theatre
Opening May 9, Tempe, AZ Harkins Valley Art
Opening May 15, San Francisco, CA Roxie Theatre
Opening May 16, Berkeley, CA Rialto Cinema Elmwood
Opening May 16, Sebastopol, CA Rialto Sebastopol Cinemas
Opening May 23, San Diego, CA Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15
Opening May 30, Washington, DC West End Cinema
Opening May 30, Seattle, WA Grand Illusion Cinema
Opening June 5, Miami Shores, FL O Cinema Miami Shores
Opening June 13, Chicago, IL Gene Siskel Film Center
Opening June 20, Denver, CO Sie Film Center

New Scholarship Opportunities for Undocumented Students!

TheDream.US is a new multimillion dollar National Scholarship Fund for DREAMers, created to help immigrant youth who’ve received DACA achieve their American Dream through the completion of a college education. If you have received DACA you may be eligible!!

The deadline for the upcoming year did already pass, but there’s a lot more going on with TheDream.

Read more about this great organization.

 

 

In an open letter to more than 1,200 university and college presidents across the country, the presidents of Cornell University, Arizona State University, and Miami Dade College urge their fellow leaders in higher education to join them in pushing for smart immigration policies that will help attract and retain the world’s best and brightest. Specifically, the three presidents make a strong case for visa reform for students who are earning advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

 

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The Dream is Now

http://www.thedreamisnow.org/#the_dream

…send a clear message to Washington: ACT NOW on the Dream Act — create a path for undocumented youth to earn their citizenship. We won’t rest until Congress hears our voices, with momentum building for immigration reform, the time is now. Tell your story, send in a picture, sign the petition and become a part of a living, breathing call to action that Congress can’t ignore. Story by story, voice by voice we will make it happen.

There are an estimated one to two million undocumented young people living in America who were brought here as children. These young people have grown up here, attended our schools and learned to speak English just like their classmates. The U.S. is the only country they’ve ever known.

Current law provides no path for them to remain in the country lawfully. There is no line in which to wait or application for legal status to complete, no matter how exemplary their behavior, how young they were when they arrived in the U.S. and no matter how valuable their potential contributions to our country.

Both the President and Congress have signaled that immigration reform will be a top priority in 2013.  The DREAM Act, which would give undocumented young people raised in the U.S. the chance to earn a path to citizenship by going to college or defending America in the armed forces, is one essential piece of this legislative effort. While the President has suspended deportations and authorized work permits for qualified undocumented youth through an executive action, these are only temporary fixes. There is still the need for Congress to change our immigration laws and with momentum building behind immigration reform, DREAM can become a reality.

Emerson Collective, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in the areas of education and immigration reform, and social justice, is working to advance the principles of the DREAM Act.  Fifteen years ago, Laurene Powell Jobs, chair of Emerson Collective, founded a national after-school program called College Track that helps students from underserved communities get into and graduate from college.  Over twenty percent of the students in the program are undocumented.  Through her work at Emerson Collective and College Track, Powell Jobs has worked closely with DREAMers and is committed to advancing immigration reform that includes the principles of the DREAM Act.

Emerson Collective has partnered with Davis Guggenheim, the award-winning director of “Waiting for Superman” and “An Inconvenient Truth,” to convey the challenges confronting these courageous young people and help create a path to earned citizenship for those willing to work hard and earn it.

Our hope is that these personal stories will demonstrate the need to keep families together, offer aspiring Americans a chance to make better lives for themselves and ensure that our economy enjoys the full benefits of those who live here.

We would like to thank the following partners who echo the need for sensible immigration reform:

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Sunrise
  • Asian Law Caucus
  • ASPIRE
  • California Charter Schools Association
  • Center for American Progress
  • The Center for the Next Generation
  • President William Jefferson Clinton
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
  • College Track
  • Communities in Schools
  • Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
  • A Dream Come True
  • Educators for Fair Consideration
  • East Bay Community Law Center
  • Equal Justice Initiative
  • Greenlining Institute
  • High School Dreamer
  • Human Rights Watch
  • I.D.E.A.S
  • Immigrant Nation
  • Latin American Youth Center
  • Let Us Serve
  • MALDEF
  • MinKwon Center for Community Action
  • Mytonomy
  • National Council of La Raza
  • NAACP
  • National Immigration Law Center
  • NewSchools Venture Fund
  • Parent Revolution
  • Spark
  • Stand for Children
  • Student Immigrant Movement
  • Students Matter
  • Teach for America
  • UCLA Labor Center
  • UC Santa Cruz, Educational Opportunity Programs
  • Undocumented Student Program, UC Berkeley
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • United We Dream
  • Voto Latino
  • Youth Speaks

I was brought t…

I was brought to this country from Mexico when I was 2 years old.

I am an undocumented immigrant — and I am living proof that our immigration system is broken.

For the first 17 years of my life, I slept on a couch. My mom worked three jobs to support our family.

I worked hard, too. I did my homework, participated in class, and earned the opportunity go to college. But after I enrolled, state law changed and many undocumented immigrants were forced to drop out. Suddenly they could no longer afford the education they were eager to work for.

We started organizing. We’d go up to people on campus, and ask them if they’d heard about the DREAM Act, which would allow hard-working immigrants who grew up in the U.S. to earn a path to citizenship. For those who opposed it, we’d tell them what happened to us.

It was amazing: Just telling our stories would change people’s minds.

This is exactly how we’re going to persuade people across the country to get behind President Obama’s plan for comprehensive immigration reform.

Everyone has a story — I’m sure you do, too. As the President said last week, “Unless you’re one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you.”

At this critical moment, will you share your immigration story? Organizing for Action will use these stories to move the conversation forward.

Now, almost six years later, I’ve completed law school and was fortunate to receive deferred action. I consider myself an American, and I want to play by the same rules as everyone else. But, as it stands, I can never become a citizen. I can’t adjust my status. For most of my life, I could have been arrested, detained, and deported.

I’m not alone. Millions of undocumented immigrants like me live in fear of being deported permanently to a country we may have never even visited. Our entire lives could be erased.

You might not live under the same shadow. But the best thing about this country is that we are more alike than we are different. We all have a story of a mother, or grandfather, or great-great grandparent who came here to find opportunity or safety.

Through this grassroots movement, we can raise our voices, tell our stories, and make sure Congress and all Americans better understand the ties that bind us. Our stories can drive our organizing. Share your own story today, and help Organizing for Action get the word out on why this matters:

http://my.barackobama.com/Share-Your-Immigration-Story

The majority of Americans agree we need to fix our badly broken system, and we saw major progress last week. But it’s on us to keep up the momentum and make sure it gets done.

Thanks for speaking up.

Jose

Jose Magana

Everyone has a story…

I see things through the lens of an immigrant, like many of those I try to help. The difference between them and me is that I was fortunate enough to enter the country legally through my father’s Cuban exile status that gained us amnesty and expedited residency. Each of us has a story that explains who we are and what we are capable of.

We should listen when undocumented students speak for themselves and tell us their stories of how they got where they are. We need to embrace their talents and encourage their continued growth. One of them could easily be the nation’s next hero.

Enjoy learning a bit about my history