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

September 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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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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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.

Not the Land of Opportunity she expected: An Iranian refugee loses her father in a taxicab robbery

October 7, 2010 by · 14 Comments
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When it comes to crime and immigration, I usually hear about immigrants coming to the United States and committing crimes. To take a look at the other side of this equation, I decided to explore the story of an immigrant family whose taxicab-driving father was allegedly killed by Americans last year.

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Lida Vatanpour

On the summer evening before Lida Vatanpour headed for an organic chemistry make-up exam at the University of Texas at Dallas, the 29-year-old Iranian with reddish-highlighted black hair, dark eyes and a pretty smile called her father.

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