Tag Archives: family

A letter to my brothers: our ancestors defied borders, and so must we

For my brothers, who know our family, but few of our stories. Dear boys, We are neither refugees nor their children. We are their grandchildren. The first time I learned the proper noun, the verb ‘Partition’, I was five. Dad nestled a plate of sliced apples between us on the couch and allowed me to […]

Family Detention: Are We Repeating the Mistakes of Hutto?

While much recent media attention has focused on the influx of 62,998* unaccompanied Central American children seeking refuge in the U.S., the number of family border crossings has spiked as well. In fact, recent reports from Customs and Border Protection show that the number of family units apprehended in 2014 has reached over 62,000,* which is a 471% […]

Paperless Ghosts

by Manuel Montenegro There was no single moment of clarity. No shocking revelation. No screaming matches with my mother berating her for keeping it a secret. For as long as I can remember, I always knew I was an undocumented immigrant. My status was as much a part of my life as my family’s daily balancing […]

For Bi-National Couples, the U.S. Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision Opens Immigration Doors

Ask someone from the United States what ideals the U.S. holds as a nation, and he or she will likely tell you: freedom, equality, liberty, and justice. Yet the U.S. in many ways has a long journey ahead toward arriving at those lofty values, including within the areas of immigration and LGBT rights. Up until […]