Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Immigration Reform for My Mom

By Kandace Vallejo, Never Neutral
Posted on January 10, 2013

When nationally syndicated CNN columnist Ruben Navarrette declared last month that DREAMers (you know, the kids who brought us Deferred Action last year) “deserve a scolding,” people responded strongly to Navarrette’s analysis of the DREAMers as a group of “entitled” brats who were risking the movement for everyone else (including their parents). For many people, DREAMers are viewed as heroes, aligned with Martin Luther King and others as the potential vanguard of the civil rights revolution for Latinos. And I think these folks are right. DREAMers absolutely do need to be congratulated, placed in leadership roles, and listened to.

But the fact of the matter is, the battles they’ve won so far aren’t enough. Any version of DREAM Act, any amount of Deferred Action approvals, any number of Provisional Stateside Waivers granted – will still leave out thousands. Thousands of sisters, grandmothers, uncles, and brothers who won’t qualify for these piecemeal protections. My mother is among those. [...]

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