So exciting to work with Education Austin and University Leadership Initiative (ULI) to serve immigrants, whether helping people apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or U.S. citizenship. Looking forward to DACA renewal season.
1) That you are who you say you are, preferably by showing “official” — usually government-issued — identification 2) Proof of entry before 16 years old 3) Presence in the U.S. on June 15, 2007 4) That you had no legal status on June 15, 2007 (you entered the U.S. without inspection, or, if you […]
I can’t sleep tonight, thinking about Antoinette Tuff. What do I learn from her? Certainly not how to “handle” or “deal with” or “manage” or, much less, “confront” a distraught man with guns and ammunition ready to kill a lot of people including himself. In the first place, I don’t expect to ever be in […]
What a joy to work with energetic, dedicated immigrants, advocates, and allies who organized an immigration forum and fair at Consuelo Méndez Middle School on Saturday, June 1st. Thank you to the AISD Family Resource Center staff Leonor Vargas, José Carrasco, and Lizzy Bowen; Montserrat Garibay and Education Austin; University Leadership Initiatives (ULI) organizers Juan […]
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote in 1962 that many people favor the idea of justice in the abstract, but praise of the ideal is not nearly enough. “That justice is a good thing, a fine goal, even a supreme ideal, is commonly accepted. What is lacking is a sense of the monstrosity of injustice…Justice..is not […]
In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Public Intellectuals
In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Public Intellectuals. Michael A. Olivas, Editor. Houston: Arte Público Press, Hispanic Civl Rights Series, 2013. Yesterday, I was very pleased to receive my copy of In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Public Intellectuals. Michael A. […]
Foro Comunitario de Inmigración (gratis) Sábado, 1 de Junio, 2013 1 – 5 p.m. Escuela Intermedia Mendez Información sobre – DACA – Peticiones para familiares – Como puedo ser ciudadano de los E.E.U.U.
Texas Law Fellowships has honored me with its 2013 Excellence in Public Interest Award (EPIA) in the private attorney category. David Hinojosa of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) won the award in the public lawyer category for his considerable civil rights work on behalf of students in low-income districts, immigrants, and […]
The Texas Jail Project works to improve conditions in jails of the 254 counties of this state. A non-profit organization with a staff of one person and a small number of volunteers, the Texas Jail Project: Responds to inmates’ loved ones. It answers questions, provides information and forms on its website,here, and contacts officials. It […]
Recently, I was privileged to receive an invitation to speak on a panel to a group of students at the University of Texas at Austin who are enrolled in its Bridging Disciplines Program. The program, “Social Justice in Practice,” will take place just over a week from now, and today I sat down to review […]