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Migrants Are Iowans, And We Stand With Them

Migrants Are Iowans, And We Stand With Them

How it would feel to walk fifty days to save your unborn child, only to be locked in a cell so cramped you and a dozen other pregnant women had to sleep standing up?   WATCH: the full story of @JulianCastro escorting José Robinson to his ICE check-in. “If I...

Get Ready For Unnatural Disasters

Get Ready For Unnatural Disasters

Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton Donald Trump discusses immigration as if the benefits of residence in the U.S. are a pie. When immigrants get more, the people who were already here get less. In general, that’s not true. When...

We Dare Defend Our Right To A World Without ICE

We Dare Defend Our Right To A World Without ICE

Photo credit: Hometown Action / cc Last week, I dropped my kids off for their first day of school in our small Alabama town of not even 7,000 people. The kids were excited, but I was a nervous wreck.  My kids - eight and eleven - are my heart and joy. Would they have...

What ‘Abolish ICE’ Really Means

What ‘Abolish ICE’ Really Means

As I stepped inside the Cannon House Office Building on a Tuesday in July, I felt like I was taking a step towards a more just world. The night before, when I told my mother I planned to participate in a “Never Again” protest as part of #JewsAgainstICE, she had one...

Don’t Send Refugees Back To Danger

Don’t Send Refugees Back To Danger

Tijuana, where I live and work, has been thrust into the center of the Trump administration’s attack on migrants. It’s the first site of the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their U.S. claims are processed. Since January,...

This Fourth Of July, We Need To Talk About Family Separation

This Fourth Of July, We Need To Talk About Family Separation

My family - like many of yours - is preparing for a holiday weekend spent celebrating our nation’s birthday with friends. I’m looking forward to going swimming with my kids and watching fireworks.  The awful truth is that while we’re celebrating, thousands of migrant...

Fund Head Start, Not Internment Camps

Fund Head Start, Not Internment Camps

I came to this country from Mexico as a small child because my mother was escaping poverty and wanted to give my sisters and me a better life. She worked hard to make sure we had food on our table and a roof over our heads, often doing two and three jobs at a time....

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