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News Entries in immigration

  • “I’ve been silent for 20 years—but I can’t be anymore.”

    One undocumented immigrant is risking everything to tell her story and stand up to Washington’s discriminatory, anti-immigrant policies.

    “I’m constantly stressed, constantly depressed. It’s a struggle to live life normally knowing that I could be separated from my children at any time, knowing that my family or friends could be taken away, too.

    “We live in a systematically oppressive system. I see that now. I don’t feel like the bad guy now, like I did when I was growing up. It’s time to take responsibility for my actions, but I have to expose the truth, which is that I’m not here to cause crimes. I came because I was extremely poor and ignorant. And so were my parents.”

    Read Laura’s story.

  • To immigrant families and those who support us

    This administration just rescinded DACA, threatening 800,000 young Americans. But it's not over yet.

    We are seeds that cannot help but grow. We are dreamers with warrior souls. We are daughters and sons of farmers, iron workers, and seamstresses who make this country strong. And we will not despair.

  • 800,000 American dreams

    The administration is threatening to end DACA, putting 800,000 young immigrants across the country at risk.

    We got people out of the shadows so they could contribute to our communities, and we used valuable immigration resources elsewhere. In exchange, we made a promise to protect DREAMers. This administration is threatening to break that promise by terminating DACA.

  • Battling misconceptions on immigration

    You don't need to take our word for it—check out these articles and make sure you're informed before Congress comes back in September.

    As Congress heads back to Washington to debate a budget, they're considering spending billions on an expensive and ineffective border wall and unnecessarily expanding deportation enforcement. But this agenda is based on politics, not facts.

    You don't need to take our word for it—check out these articles and make sure you're informed before Congress comes back in September.

  • Day of Action to #DefendDACA

    Organizers and activists stand up to defend DREAMers.

    From Tucson to Cincinnati, everyday Americans are standing up to fight for the rights of immigrant families. Check out what OFA volunteers were up to during yesterday's nationwide day of action to defend DACA.

  • Today: Defend DACA

    OFA supporters are standing up to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which provides hope and protection for DREAMers—undocumented immigrant youth who have been in this country since childhood and know it as home.

    Part V: Today is the day. Add your voice to help make an impact.

  • Help protect DACA and immigrant youth

    For nearly 800,000 immigrant youth, DACA means safety. Take action on their behalf on August 15.

    We've been talking about just how personal the issue of immigration is, whether or not you've had direct experience as an immigrant—because what the new administration is jeopardizing isn't just our families, it's the very idea that everyone has the right to dream. Now, in Part IV—translate these conversations into action.

  • My story

    The struggles of immigrants are part of our American story—what part of that resonates with you the most?

    We're getting close to a time when we'll have to make sure our legislators stand up for the immigrant community—but first, it's important to take a moment to each examine what the issue means to us and why. In Part III, Michelle invites people to share their reflections on The Dream Is Now and shares her own personal immigration story.

  • What you said about sacrifice

    We asked you to tell us about a time when you witnessed someone sacrifice something out of love. Here are a few of the stories we heard.

    Part II in the series about immigration and DACA continues with personal stories of sacrifice—because we can all relate to the experience of giving something up out of love or appreciation for another, whether or not it was in the context of immigration—and invites you to watch a short but powerful video.

  • What does it mean to sacrifice for love?

    Whether or not we're immigrants ourselves, we all know what it is to sacrifice for love. Here's what people said about their own experience.

    We asked OFA supporters about a time when they witnessed someone make a sacrifice out of love for someone else. Maybe a family member did something at a cost to themselves; maybe a friend made a hard choice for his or her family; or maybe it was a personal sacrifice made for someone they love.

    Read what they had to say.

  • American in Every Way

    Young people who have lived in the U.S. since they were small children deserve a chance at the American Dream.

    Young adults who have grown up pledging allegiance to the American flag, singing the Star Spangled Banner, and contributing to our society, shouldn't be persecuted because of their immigration status.

  • Common sense

    This month, House leaders released a budget proposal giving this administration everything they need to carry out their plans for indiscriminate mass deportation. We have to speak out.

    We live in a nation of immigrants. This administration's extreme agenda violates the very values that make us who we are as Americans.

  • They're even arresting DREAMers now

    A DREAMer with no criminal record was just arrested. He's 23 years old. He has no criminal record. He has a three-year-old son. He's been living in the U.S. for 16 years. But he was just arrested in his father's home.

    This is the latest escalation of the administration's deportation efforts, which have been marked by disturbing reports of largely indiscriminate raids. This isn't just an attack on a single individual—it's a foreboding sign of what's to come if we don't fight back, and a threat to the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers living in this country.

  • Get the facts: Truth Team Digest

    A special-edition deep-dive into U.S. immigration, refugees, and national security implications.

    Less than a week into their new session, congressional leaders are already taking steps to repeal Obamacare. Let's look a little more closely at what repeal would mean.

    Plus a couple of things you can do right now to make your voice heard on this issue.

  • A message from Secretary Madeleine Albright: America's core values

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright—a political refugee herself—shares a special message about the recent executive orders targeting some of the world's most vulnerable populations.

    "There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty, and today she is weeping."

    America has been made stronger by the value we've placed on sheltering those seeking refuge. Any misguided and discriminatory action to turn vulnerable people away from our shores goes against our core principles.

    Read Secretary Albright's reflections on last week's executive order on immigrants and refugees.

  • We won't be silent

    Yesterday, we learned that leaders in Washington, D.C. are moving forward with actions to target the vulnerable among us. Speak up if you agree that walls, bans, and divisive politics don't represent American values.

    Yesterday we learned about a series of actions coming from leaders in Washington, D.C. that violate our American values.
    But we are a nation of immigrants, and turning away from others won't make us stronger.

  • An update on the fight for immigration reform

    We're not where we need to be on the issue—here's why.

    Rewind to June of 2013: The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to reform our broken immigration system, but despite support from many members of the House of Representatives, Speaker Boehner refused to bring it up for a vote. Fast forward to today—here's where the issue stands.

    On Friday, July 10th, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for and against President Obama's actions to reform our broken immigration system, and in a few weeks they'll decide whether or not those actions can move forward.

  • Yumi believes in DREAMers

    Working with OFA helped her realize the power of we.

    Yumi is familiar with the experience of being an immigrant—her passion for helping DREAMers stems from painful periods in her own life. Read her story.