Victims of the Border: Husband of U.S. citizen disappears after attempted desert crossing

September 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Immigrant Stories 
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Lesli and Fabio Aceituno fell in love after a chance meeting at Kmart.

The last time Lesli Aceituno heard from her husband Fabio was when he called her from Reynosa, Mexico, on June 7, 2011. Fabio was at a safe house with 14 other people planning to cross the desert into the United States.

“He told me he loved me,” Lesli recalled. “He would see me in a couple of days, and that we just had to trust God. He said he was desperate to see me and to get home.”

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Does he look illegal? American activist fights for immigrant rights

January 31, 2011 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Arizona, Immigrant Stories, Podcasts 
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Roberto Reveles is an immigrant rights activist in Phoenix, Arizona.

Click here to listen to a podcast of the entire interview with Roberto Reveles.

When I met immigrant rights activist Roberto Reveles on a blazing hot summer day in downtown Phoenix for an interview, he was wearing a shirt that said, “Do I look illegal?” And I thought to myself yes, you do. But as I would soon find out, there is much more to this American son of Mexican immigrants than his sense of humor.

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Is the term ‘anchor baby’ the new N word?

January 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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The immigration debate has recently provided an upsurge in the popularity of an old and politically incorrect term—the anchor baby. It refers to the notion that foreign family members can gain citizenship through U.S.-born children.

Of course, the baby must turn 18 or 21, earn a certain amount of money and wait about 10 more years before putting a relative (who has to be living outside the United States) on the path to citizenship. And let’s not forget about the 88,000 parents of U.S. citizen children who have been deported in the last decade. But what critics call “chain migration” still scares people.

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Undocumented and college educated: Mexican student hopes for passage of the DREAM Act

November 7, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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After losing funding for his college education three times due to his undocumented immigration status, Marco, a 22-year-old senior at Arizona State University, will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in December 2010.

Risking exposure and possible deportation, he tells his immigration story to spread awareness of the plight of undocumented youth in the United States and to encourage the passage of the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform.



Why Jose jumped the fence: A story of illegal immigration

October 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Arizona, Immigrant Stories 

Jose Montes says he jumped the fence when he came to the U.S. illegally 30 years ago. He then went back to Mexico a year later to play in his band. When he returned to the U.S., he got caught by U.S. Border Patrol, but was able to get back into the U.S. on a subsequent trip. He is now a U.S. citizen.

Watch the video below as Jose explains why he chose to enter the United States illegally. Also, Jose shares his views on Arizona’s controversial immigration law SB 1070.


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