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Crossing Over: An Eye-Opening Read

crossing overAfter finishing the book Crossing Over by Ruben Martínez, there was one story that I couldn’t get out of my head. The nonfiction book follows the journeys of many immigrant families as they embark on their trek from their small hometown in the south of Mexico to different destinations across the United States. While many of the stories were heartbreaking and tragic, the story of Rosa Chavez stood out in my memory.

Rosa experiences extreme hardship in her hometown of Cherán, Mexico, including death, poverty and an unhealthy marriage. When her husband, Wense, decides to make the journey north without bringing Rosa and their young daughter, Rosa is determined to save enough money to cross the border herself in order to reunite her family and start a new chapter in her life.

Her courage is inspiring, not only prior to her journey, but during and after it as well. She collects enough money to finally pay a “coyote” (a person who smuggles migrants across the border), despite her husband’s protests. While carrying her toddler and the few possessions she is able to manage, Rosa attempts to cross the border at least fifteen times, and...

Roadblocks And All, We Will Win Immigration Reform

This post orginally appeared in Fox News Latino.

Rudy Lopez, Senior Organizer at the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, participated as a core faster in the Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship, going without food for 22 days. Yesterday, Rudy wrapped up a six-week, cross-country bus tour with a rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 

rudy lopezI am not an immigrant. I was born and raised in the small Midwestern town where I still live today. And though the undocumented experience is not my own, I grew up seeing first-hand the toll it takes on the human spirit to be separated from your family. Our house was a place where undocumented relatives would stay after they migrated to the United States for the first time. I watched members of my family live in fear, and I witnessed others treat them as second-class citizens.

And because of our broken immigration system, I have experienced the tremendous grief of losing a loved one. In 2005, my cousin Martin died as he was attempting to cross the border in search of a better life. Martin became sick along...

Of Love And Politics, And Jeb Bush’s Surprising Statement

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in Fox News Latino.

Immigration Reform Ra_Garc(1)It was the immigrant and Latino vote that helped President Obama win the White House in 2008 and 2012 because of his promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform. After five years of relentless deportations under his administration, our President is destroying the immigrant communities who brought him to office.

Candidate and later President Obama captured the love of our communities because he spoke to us from a similar place as an aspiring former outsider in America. Yet that love has not been returned to our communities – instead, his administration is close to having deported two million people.

So I was surprised to hear words of love recently from Jeb Bush, a potential GOP presidential candidate who said that yes, people break the law entering the United States illegally, but he added “it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.”

On this, Jeb Bush and I agree. But love and politics apparently do not mix.

As we’ve seen, the Obama administration has made many promises that have, as of yet, gone unfulfilled. President...

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