War, predatory capitalism, imperialism, colonialism and global climate change are driving thousands of people to leave their home countries in search of community, economic security, and physical safety. At YP4, we know the demographic shifts catalyzed by today’s human migration have the potential to change the economic, linguistic, and racial landscapes of entire regions and will require critical conversations around the ways our movements conceptualize and articulate issues of empire, national identity, and the construct of borders. As a program dedicated to forging international solidarities in an era of pronounced globalization, we are committed to holding institutions in this country accountable to incorporating migrants into U.S. society while educating our peers about the foreign policy decisions made in our names which force so many to migrate in the first place. With this reality in mind, we support Fellows and alumni organizing visionary projects to support young undocumented people, efforts to expand and protect immigrants’ access to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), as well as campaigns to halt the deportations of undocumented peoples and families, honoring future waves of migration as well as humanitarian migrant crises in various regions of the world.
An example of immigrant rights work is that of Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez ‘07, who advocates passionately for the rights of undocumented immigrants and LGBTQ+ immigrants through direct actions that raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by the immigrant community.
Many thanks to Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez ‘07 and People For the American Way Foundation staff for their help in the shaping of this issue area. Photo of 2007 YP4 Fellowship alumnus Felipe Sousa Rodriguez during a GetEQUAL protest (third from the left).