We speak to three self-styled “dreamers” about their hopes and fears just after President Obama announced an executive order that would halt the deportations of some young undocumented people.
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Prerna Lal is a student at The George Washington University Law School. She is the co-founder of DreamActivist.Org, and she also serves as a board member for Immigration Equality, an organization that advocates for the rights of LGBT immigrants.
Mohammad Abdollahi is originally from Iran. He came to the U.S. when he was three and became undocumented after en error in his paperwork process. He is one of the founders of National Immigrant Youth Alliance. He was also arrested in 2010 while protesting for passage of the DREAM Act at the Tucson offices of Sen. John McCain.
Lizbeth Mateo is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. She grew up in Los Angeles where she went to school and became the first in her family to graduate from Cal State University, Northridge. Lizbeth is co-founder of DreamActivist California and The National Immigrant Youth Alliance – an undocumented youth-LED network of grassroots organizations, campus-based student groups and individuals committed to achieving equality for all immigrant youth, regardless of their legal status.
The devil is in the details. We look into implementation and politics in the wake of Obama’s executive order allowing young people to stay and work legally in the U.S. We speak to lawyer and immigration columnist Allan Wernick about who is affected, who should apply and what to watch out for. And for a picture of the political landscape, we talk to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and DREAMer Jose Antonio Vargas.
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Allan Wernick is a professor at Baruch College and he is the director of Citizen Now program at the City University of New York. He is a published author on U.S. immigration and citizenship issues and he is also a columnist for the New York Daily News and King Features Syndicate.
Jose Antonio Vargas is an award-winning journalist who has worked for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia News, The Washington Post and the Huffington Post. Born in the Philippines, Vargas moved to the United States at a young age. His experience as an undocumented immigrant has influenced many aspects of his work. In 2008, Vargas and his team won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. Most recently, Vargas’ story, “Not Legal, not leaving,” appeared on the cover of Time Magazine.
For Vickie Cruz, coming out as a trans young woman in the 1960s meant learning to defend herself physically and emotionally. But with the support of her large Puerto Rican family, she used her experiences to help victims of sexual and domestic violence, earning her a Crime Victims Service Award this year from the U.S. Attorney General’s office. Von Diaz reports.
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Von Diaz is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. Her reporting focuses on immigration, Cuba, and LGBT issues. She was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Atlanta, GA. She is a Feet in Two Worlds fellow, and has published her work on PRI’s The World, WNYC, and New American Media.
Listeners comment on host Maria Hinojosa’s personal essay about her father and how Alzheimer’s has changed him and their relationship.
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Rep. Charles Rangel’s congressional seat is up for grabs in one New York’s historically African American districts. The main challenger: Dominican-American State Senator Adriano Espaillat. But could the district’s predominantly Latino voters actually swing the election? We speak to Roberto Perez, host of The Perez Notes, a blog that focuses on New York State and city politics.
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Roberto Perez is the host of a NY based political blog called “The Perez Notes.” The blog focuses on NY state and city politics. Roberto was born and raised, in the city of New York and is of Dominican descent. In addition to producing The Perez Notes blog, Roberto is also a weekly political columnist for El Diario La Prensa. You can listen to, and view some of Roberto’s work by going to www.thepereznotes.com