Category: In the Media
"Today, 11 million undocumented people live in a state of constant uncertainty and fear that they could be ripped from their lives and the people they love at any moment. And yet these aspiring Americans continue to work, live, learn and pursue their dreams—strengthening the communities and institutions they’re an integral part of."
Liliana Campos, Mental Health Advocate at Immigrants Rising and a member of the California Psychological Association’s Immigrant Task Force, shares how her personal story of being an undocumented immigrant has allowed her to connect and build trust with the communities she helps.
"Grecia will keep marching forward, undeterred. She now knows that she’s not alone in the struggle. She’s found solace in groups like Immigrants Rising and her community of friends, and she has even decided to launch her own small business..."
Federal law will chill online platforms from hosting constitutionally protected speech about immigration, including information and resources immigrants need to navigate life, make informed decisions, and pursue educational and career goals. Along with Electronic Frontier Foundation, Internet Archive and Daphne Keller, we're asking the Supreme Court to strike it down.
Read what we have done this year to transform fear and uncertainty into hope and opportunity for undocumented young people nationwide.
“Their parents encourage them to keep their heads low, not share their stories, not speak out about immigration issues,” said Katharine Gin, executive director of Immigrants Rising, a San Francisco-based advocacy organization that works with undocumented youth. "Especially if they’re not from Mexico or other parts of Latin America, no one suspects them of being undocumented.”
“We basically had a piece of legislation that gave us a purpose — gave us energy,” said Dean Santos, who works at Immigrants Rising, a San Francisco nonprofit that helps undocumented young people achieve their career and educational goals. DACA “helped define us and started getting some of us involved in fighting for our rights. But honestly, there’s still not enough involvement.”
Reflection on the historic day, the strength of the undocumented youth movement, and what we can do next while we wait for the decision.
"Now that Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 1645 into law, California Community Colleges are required to expand resources for undocumented immigrant students. However, there is one major problem with this law: the lack of funding to implement...Earlier this year California Community Colleges reported that only 35 of the system’s 115 community colleges have Dream Resource Centers. The existing centers are supported by a combination of the colleges’ own funding as well as external dollars."