Daniela Palaez
WATCH: Miami Honor Student Daniela Palaez Fights Against Deportation – Wins for Now
By Sugey Palomares | 03/07/2012 - 12:15

Daniela Pelaez immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 4. Now a high school student, the 18-year-old is the valedictorian of North Miami High School and was recently at risk of deportation after a judge denied her green card. Pelaez’s family has been living in the U.S. with an expired tourist visa from 1998. Pelaez was recently granted a two-year reprieve and will face deportation again in 2014.

DREAM Act Vote Imminent


Read more
Romney’s Tough Immigration View Is at Odds With His Church
By Jill Pankow | 02/03/2012 - 14:00

While Mitt Romney has taken a hard stance when it comes to the issue of immigration in the United States, the position of the Mormon Church, to which he belongs, has a more understanding approach.


Read more
Would Passage of the DREAM Act Have Saved Joaquin Luna?
Could Passage of the DREAM Act Have Saved Joaquin Luna?
By Viviana Hurtado | 12/07/2011 - 08:30

Despite being a good student with dreams of becoming an engineer, 18-year-old Joaquin Luna committed suicide the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Why?  His family insists that the Mission, Texas teen (who was brought illegally to the U.S. by his parents as a six month old baby) became depressed after the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act failed to pass Congress last December.  In a note addressed to Jesus Christ, he suggests he has no future:


Read more
California Signs Second Portion of DREAM Act
California Governor Signs Second Portion of DREAM Act
By Amaris Castillo | 10/11/2011 - 08:43

This past weekend, California governor Jerry Brown announced that he had signed the second portion of the state’s DREAM Act or AB 131. This part, which has been described as contentious, allows undocumented students to apply for scholarships financed by the state – as well as aid at state universities, according to The New York Times.


Read more
Education Officials Host Twitter Town Hall
Education Officials Host Twitter Town Hall
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/03/2011 - 17:01

Averaging only about 100 viewers during an hour-long live streamed Twitter Latino education town hall, Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined Juan Sepulveda, Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, in answering a wide range of education questions on Monday afternoon.

The Most Powerful Latinas in the World


Read more
Dream Act Passes in California
DREAM Act Passes in California!
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 09/01/2011 - 15:00

California is one step closer to making the DREAM Act a reality. The State Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow undocumented students to apply for financial aid and scholarships from the state.

U.S. Secretary of Education Says DREAM Act Critical for Realizing the Country's Goals


Read more
Deportation Suspensions Roll Out
Deportation Suspensions Roll Out
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 08/24/2011 - 17:14

A group from the Homeland Security and Justice departments have officially started reviewing 300,000 deportation cases following President Obama’s decision to suspend deportations for illegal immigrants with no criminal past.

Under Obama’s policy, which is part of his effort to focus deportation on undocumented immigrants who have committed felonies, all cases currently scheduled for court hearings—some 300,000—will be individually reviewed, as will new deportation cases.


Read more
California Signs Its Version of DREAM Act
California Signs Version of DREAM Act Into Law
By Amaris Castillo | 07/28/2011 - 13:00

California has made it easier for undocumented students to receive financial aid. California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 130 into law, which makes access to privately funded financial aid easier for the population. 

Senate Blocks the DREAM Act


Read more
WATCH: Rep. Luis Gutierrez Arrested for Protesting Deportations
WATCH: Rep. Luis Gutierrez Arrested for Protesting Deportations
By Mariela Rosario | 07/28/2011 - 09:43

Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) was arrested earlier this week for protesting in front of the White House. It must have felt like dejavu for the Chicago, Illinois rep.—he's been arrested twice before, first in in the mid-1990s for protesting the bombing of Vieques, Puerto Rico, and again just last year for speaking up against Obama's deportation record.


Read more
Latino Leaders Meet Obama Officials Face-to-Face
Latino Leaders Meet Obama Officials Face-to-Face
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 07/11/2011 - 14:08

In an event that is a Washington DC first, 160 Latino leaders will meet face-to-face with Obama administration officials for a wide-ranging two-day conference geared toward connecting Latinos directly with those who run programs that most affect the community.

President Obama Appoints Hispanic Education Commission


Read more