Tag: immigration

Fast Action

Filed in Secretary Perez by on November 22, 2013 0 Comments
Fast Action

In 1968, in the thick of the farmworkers’ struggle to gain basic rights and relief from brutal mistreatment, Cesar Chavez didn’t just march or strike or demonstrate − he fasted in order to raise awareness about his movement and highlight the importance of nonviolent resistance. Today, a new generation of activists is going without all […]

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Building Ladders of Opportunity for Immigrant and American Workers

Building Ladders of Opportunity for Immigrant and American Workers

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in Spanish as an op-ed on Univision.com. I am the son of immigrants. My family’s story is an immigrant story. It is an American story. My parents were born in the Dominican Republic, and my maternal grandfather was ambassador to the United States until he spoke out against […]

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform: a Moral and Economic Imperative

Filed in Jobs, Workforce Investment by on March 28, 2013 3 Comments
Comprehensive Immigration Reform: a Moral and Economic Imperative

“Our beautiful America was built by a nation of strangers. From a hundred different places or more they have poured forth…joining and blending in one mighty and irresistible tide. The land flourished because it was fed from so many different sources – because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and people.” — […]

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Today, We Serve

Filed in Secretary Solis by on January 19, 2013 2 Comments
Today, We Serve

What inspires us to serve? What is it about our national character that makes service to others such an essential part of what unites us as a people? Many would say that it comes from the founding principles that were enshrined in our Constitution. Or that it was instilled in us by people who changed […]

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A Day to Dream

Filed in Secretary Solis by on July 3, 2012 0 Comments
A Day to Dream

My parents raised me to believe in the American Dream. They grew up in different countries—Mom in Nicaragua, Dad in Mexico—but they met and fell in love in an American citizenship class in southern California. From this storybook beginning, they raised their seven children to believe that if you work hard and give back, you […]

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Telling Stories

Filed in Secretary Solis by on July 6, 2011 8 Comments
Telling Stories

A few weeks ago, I went back home to Los Angeles to host a conversation on immigration reform. More than 300 people packed the auditorium at East Los Angeles College (ELAC). The immigration issue in communities like this one is about a lot more than numbers. For families in this neighborhood, it represents a daily […]

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Exhibit B in Case for Immigration Reform

Filed in Education by on May 20, 2011 2 Comments

For the latest proving ground in the debate over whether to fix our country’s broken immigration system, America should turn its attention tomorrow to Brownsville. In a border city that once housed a military outpost during the Mexican-American War, the potential of immigrants to contribute to the American economy will be on proud display. Standing […]

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