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Why Family Ties Matter in U.S. Immigration Policy

Michelle Tellez, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece first appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. "When I turned 15, my family put together a huge traditional birthday celebration for me, a quinceñeara in my mom’s ..."
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Supporting Guatemala’s anti-mafia fight helps the U.S.

Elizabeth Oglesby, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece first appeared in the Arizona Daily Star. "If Arizonans are concerned about migration across the U.S.-Mexico border, there is something we can do that is more effective and far less…
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The US doesn’t need to spend $2 billion a year detaining immigrants

Melanie Gleason, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece first appeared in The Hill. "I recently visited my asylum-seeking client in solitary confinement at the Eloy Detention Center in southern Arizona — where she has been detained for more…
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Sanctuary cities are not breaking the law, but Trump is

Negar Katirai, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill. "Shortly after signing his January 25, 2017, executive order threatening to cut federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities, President Trump said he was willing to…
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Who Are the Real Bad Hombres: Mexican Immigrants or Pocahontas’s Rapist?

Negar Katirai, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in Garnet News. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent memo directs Department of Justice attorneys to consider felony prosecution when a person is accused of entering into a…
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Four Things You Didn’t Know About the Border

Gabriela Cervantes, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in Latino Rebels. "Candidate Donald Trump said it over and over again, “I’m going to build a big, beautiful wall, and Mexico is going to pay for…
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We need unity in Arizona

Negar Katirai, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Arizona Daily Star. "My husband and I moved to Tucson after becoming enamored with it three years ago. I am Iranian-American, and my husband is Mexican…
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Fake it ’til you make it: living as a fraud

Gabriela Cervantes, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in Medium.  "As a Hispanic immigrant, I quickly learned that I needed to work twice as hard to show I was half as good. However, no matter how…
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Immigration Raids Keep Stoking More Fear and Hate

Dolores Duran Cerda, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in Latino USA. "The tweet read “Why deport? Just kill them.” It came from a third-grade private school teacher in Scottsdale, Arizona....."
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Building Bridges, Not Walls

Patricia MacCorquodale, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in TruthOut. "Ariel, the 11-year-old daughter of a friend, was riding the school bus in Northern Arizona when two Native American girls boarded the bus. A high school…
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