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Undocumented mother sees power in telling her story

Griselda Nevarez | Voxxi

Ingrid Vaca is out to tell her story of what it’s like to be an undocumented mother living in the United States, because she believes it is the best way to build support for immigration reform.

“We need to put our voices out there so that people can hear us and see that we’re not all bad people,” Vaca told VOXXI. “We are hardworking people, and we have children who’ve grown up here and are contributing a lot to our society.”

Democrats, faith groups make last push for immigration reform this year

Immigration reform supporters give their blessing Tuesday to people who are fasting in tents on the National Mall near the Capitol. Five volunteers have committed to fasting for an immigration reform bill that includes to citizenship. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

Immigration reform supporters give their blessing Tuesday to people who are fasting in tents on the National Mall near the Capitol. Five volunteers have committed to fasting for an immigration reform bill that includes to citizenship. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

There’s still time, reform proponents say

Andres Rodriguez | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – Members of Congress, along with faith and labor groups, are making one last push to pass comprehensive immigration reform by the end of the year, despite warnings that the House leadership has no plans to cooperate.

Two ‘Dream 30′ activists arrested at congressional offices

Griselda Nevarez | Voxxi

Two immigration activists were arrested Monday while participating in sit-ins at the offices of Latino members of Congress. A third activist was arrested Monday evening.

Statewide caravan part of national day of action for immigration reform

Renee Blake

Public News Service – NM

HOBBS — Over the weekend, a statewide caravan converged on Hobbs, in Lea County, the hometown of Congressman Steve Pearce. The “On the Road to Citizenship” caravan marked the end of a series of events to contest Pearce’s refusal to support a path to citizenship as part of immigration reform. Immigrant families, faith leaders and their allies from across the state have held protest marches, prayer rallies and town hall meetings in Pearce’s district.

New Mexicans have rallied through the summer to convince Congressman Steve Pearce of Lea County to support immigration reform in the U. S. House of Representatives. This is the On the Road to Citizenship parade float that was part of that effort. (Photo courtesy of Somos Un Pueblo Unido.)

New Mexicans have rallied through the summer to convince US Rep. Steve Pearce of Lea County to support immigration reform in the U. S. House of Representatives. This is the On the Road to Citizenship parade float that was part of that effort. (Photo courtesy of Somos Un Pueblo Unido.)

Marina Piña, community organizer at Somos Un Pueblo Unido, said Pearce supports a guest worker program, but she says that won’t work.

“That doesn’t meet the need of our families. Having a guest worker permit, families would continue living in limbo without knowing exactly what’s going to happen to the future of that family, Piña said.

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Hundreds turn out in Cruces

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Supporters of immigration reform rally Sunday in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Annette Bernhardt via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

Supporters of immigration reform rally Sunday in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Annette Bernhardt via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

Jessica Rodriguez led an enthusiastic crowd in a chant that resonated October 5 in the downtown streets of Albuquerque. “What do we want?” shouted the emcee for the National Day of Action for Dignity and Respect demonstration. “Reform! When do we want it? Now!”

Set below the stage holding the activist leader from the Albuquerque-based El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, a big banner emblazoned with the words “Let Our Dreams Soar!” expanded on the theme of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which kicked off this past weekend. Large drawings depicted hot air balloons bearing messages like “Respect” and “Path to Citizenship.”

The August strategy — Immigrant rights activism heats up

Photo courtesy of Alliance for Citizenship

Photo courtesy of Alliance for Citizenship

Elena Shore

New America Media News Report

About 40 leaders of immigration reform advocacy organizations were arrested Thursday on Capitol Hill. The group was there as part of a protest aimed at pressuring the House GOP into passing an immigration reform bill with a pathway to citizenship.

Lively House debate over immigration reform draws protesters

Republicans and Democrats accuse each other of being irresponsible as the House Judiciary Committee met Tuesday to amend a bill on immigration reform, which focuses on strengthening enforcement of federal immigration law. (SHFWire photo by Deanna Del Ciello)

Republicans and Democrats accuse each other of being irresponsible as the House Judiciary Committee met Tuesday to amend a bill on immigration reform, which focuses on strengthening enforcement of federal immigration law. (SHFWire photo by Deanna Del Ciello)

“This bill is heavy-handed and irresponsible. It is so extreme and heinous that this committee can do nothing but reject this bill.”

— Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.

Deanna Del Ciello

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – Debate over immigration reform took a contentious turn Tuesday as Republicans and Democrats accused each other of being irresponsible, and protesters shouted for reform before being taken out of the room.

The scene was the first meeting of the House Judiciary Committee to “mark up” or amend a bill to get it ready for a vote

Spectators don graduation robes as they watch the proceedings of the House Judiciary Committee’s first meeting to amend an immigration bill. Rep. Bob Goodlatte R-Va., told them that if they wanted to stay in the room, they should remain silent. (SHFWire photo by Deanna Del Ciello)

Spectators don graduation robes as they watch the proceedings of the House Judiciary Committee’s first meeting to amend an immigration bill. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., told them that if they wanted to stay in the room, they should remain silent. (SHFWire photo by Deanna Del Ciello)

in the House. Markup sessions are usually dull affairs, but that was not the case in a hearing that lasted all day, with recesses so committee members could go to the House floor to vote on other matters.

The bill, commonly referred to as the SAFE Act, focuses on strengthening the enforcement of federal immigration law, which committee Republicans cite as the cause of the broken immigration system. They would give state and local governments the ability to enforce the laws.

The bill would expand the definition of criminal activity that allows people to be deported to include drunk driving, manslaughter and rape. Currently, the law states that crimes such as theft, violence, fraud and prostitution are grounds for deportation.

Transforming ‘deferred action’ into true opportunities

(Photo courtesy of New America Media)

(Photo courtesy of New America Media)

Edward Kissam

EdSource via New America Media

President Obama’s announcement of a new immigration program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), last June makes 2013 a year of hope for undocumented immigrant youth and young adults. However, a key factor in determining whether their dreams become reality will be their ability to enroll in adult schools and community college programs.

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