Young Immigrants Fight for a Place, and for Access to Health Care

“Thousands of young people throughout California can only dream about health care. They want to live healthy responsible lives. But that’s hard to do when you can’t see a doctor or you don’t have health insurance.

Check out this 60 second video, “Dreaming of Healthcare.” We made it in partnerships with a group of young Californians. They’re all undocumented. Technically that means they’re not US citizens. But we think they couldn’t be more Californian.

California should not be a place that says some young people deserve health care and some don’t. Access to screenings and checkups helps people prevent problems before they start. When health care includes everyone, and we mean everyone, that keeps us all healthy. We’re in this together.

Check out #Health4all and help us spread the word that California’s health depends on everyone. Everyone. Learn more about us at”
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Immigration Reform 101 : Unmasking S.744

A video that takes a closer look at the main provisions of this bill: status, militarization and interior enforcement. The video focuses on the so-called path to citizenship.
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¿Qué onda con la Reforma Migratoria?La Reforma Migratoria : Desenmascarando la S.744 Proyecto de ley del senado (S.744):
Militarización, Estatus de RPI , Enforzamiento Policial

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How Queer Undocumented Youth Built the Immigrant Rights Movement

How did we build an immigrant rights movement? As undocumented queer immigrants, we learned from our own experiences.

Frank Sharry’s latest opinion piece in The Washington Post extols the gay rights movement for teaching the immigrant rights movement how to fight, and in doing so, he places himself in the center of the movement as someone who has learned and used the tactics of the gay rights movement to win immigrant rights. This is a naive and inaccurate thesis, which marginalizes the work and existence of queer immigrants.

Queer undocumented youth have been at the forefront of fighting for immigrant rights for more than a decade. We learned to fight for our own spaces based on our experiences of exclusion from the country where we grew up, from our communities, and from both the mainstream LGBT and immigration reform movements.
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Time to Rethink Immigration Detention

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
Border Wars, from
March 27, 2013

Last month’s sequester-related release of immigrants from immigration detention centers brought praise from immigrants’ rights advocates and impassioned criticism from conservative politicians. House Speaker John Boehner decried the decision to “let criminals go free,” and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte added, “By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives.”

Photo Credit: International Business Times

Photo Credit: International Business Times

It was no surprise that the White House quickly distanced itself from last month’s events. The Obama Administration has expanded the immigration detention population like no other. Last year’s 429,247 detainees represent the highest number of people ever detained in a single year by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, the Department of Homeland Security unit responsible for detaining people who are waiting to learn whether they will be allowed to remain in the United States. With a population of this size under its control, ICE is the largest imprisoning agency in the country and spends about $2 billion a year on immigrant detention.
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Cuéntame Releases New 30-Minute “Immigrants for Sale” Video About Private Prison Industry

As more and more details are being reported about GEO Group’s private prison and immigrant detention business, Cuéntame has now produced an extended 30-minute video of its’ original viral “Immigrants for Sale” production. For more information about this story, which has gotten very little attention from the U.S. mainstream media, you can visit the official “Immigrants for Sale” site.

Petition Against Texas Copycat Bill To Ban Ethnic Studies (Stop Senate Bill 1128)

Senate Bill 1128 is a bill by which college courses in Mexican American history and African American history would not count towards a college degree in Texas public universities. We must stop this bill because college courses that teach about Mexican American history and African American history teach undergraduate students from a critical standpoint; students understand the meaningful contributions from individuals of color that help make this state and our country a great one. Further, students are given a multicultural educational perspective that not only underscores inclusiveness, dismantles stereotypes, and provides an opportunity for students of all racial backgrounds to collaborate towards social justice. Educational research by Gary Howard, Sonia Nieto, Paul Gorski, Tara Yosso, and Dolores Delgado Bernal illuminate that courses in Mexican American history and African American history are at the heart of educational reform; when students take courses in Mexican American history and African American history, individuals are moved towards personal transformation and educational equity is possible for students and educators of all racial backgrounds.


Texas Senator Dan Patrick, R-Houston

Texas Senator Dan Patrick, R-Houston

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