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Not Your Model Minority

That’s my mom. I snuck the snapshot of her when I said I had to pee really badly waiting to pick her up after work. She is usually really private…

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Locking Up Immigrants Is A For-Profit Business

By Jill Nguyen ’13 My friend Micajah Cooper could not believe what he saw and heard during his visit to the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA in mid-February. Micajah,…

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Spiritually Nationless: Shattering My Confinement

By Mani Martinez ’13 I have come to understand that in the world we live in, there is a periphery and a core. As people grow up, they oscillate toward one…

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Our Immigrant Roots

By Valeria Carranza FLLA ’12 My family immigrated to the United States from El Salvador during the violent Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s.  During that time, anyone who spoke up against…

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Our Broken Immigration System is No Game

On Monday, the University of Texas at Austin chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas – a student-led organization at my school – decided that the best way to spark…

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Why the National Conversation on Immigration Reform Is about My Family

I am a 24-year-old, proud Floridian. My parents came to the U.S. from Colombia many years ago, looking for a safe and opportunity-rich place to raise their daughters. From the…