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May 2016 Archives

Discrimination Leading to 2nd Class Citizenship!

At the time of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, I was a teenager, completely unfazed by the events unfolding. My brother and I were both going to school in the U.K. and my older sister had already immigrated to the U.S. When the revolution peaked in late 1978, my parents were visiting my sister in Los Angeles. Tragically, within two months, our 2500-year monarchy was replaced with a repressive and regressive Islamic system of governance in February 1979. I was the last one of my family who was able to arrive in the U.S., later in 1979 to complete high school.

Discrimination!

At the time of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, I was a teenager, completely unfazed by the events unfolding. My brother and I were both going to school in the U.K. and my older sister had already immigrated to the U.S. When the revolution peaked in late 1978, my parents were visiting my sister in Los Angeles. Tragically, within two months, our 2500-year monarchy was replaced with a repressive and regressive Islamic system of governance in February 1979. I was the last one of my family who was able to arrive in the U.S., later in 1979 to complete high school.

The Coming Out of Undocumented Immigrants - NOT LGBT

Despite my career-long advocacy for immigrant rights and for the overhaul of our immigration laws, I never quite understood the idea of "coming out" as an undocumented immigrant - until I heard the powerful story of Angy Paola Rivera - a fierce immigrant advocate from Colombia.

The Power Of The Latino Community In The Upcoming Elections

The latino community is more powerful than ever.  This is true - not only in California, but throughout the country.  A recent study by the Pew Research Center estimated that eligible U.S. latino voters will reach 27.3 million by election day, or roughly 12% of all U.S. voters.  This increase of about 40% since 2008 may prove determinative in who will occupy the White House in 2017. 

In The Context Of Immigration Reform, Amnesty Is What We Need!

 Exercising amnesty is a tradition in American history.  Perhaps its because one grants amnesty from a positions of strength and generosity which are universal American characters.  Presidents and Governors have granted amnesty and pardons since the founding of our country.  Within the immigration context of course, Ronald Reagan was the last U.S. President to grant amnesty to about 3 million undocumented immigrants. 

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