How My African Immigrant Heritage Shaped My Life, “When I Was Your Age!”

One day I was eating dinner at the table with my family and my mom started to talk about the time she was my age, about the school she went to in Cameroon and how she worked all the way through college. She started off with this, “When I was your age, I did not wear the braids you had, I had to have my head shaved…” As she went on through her talk all I kept telling myself, “This is it. I have a few months and I am headed off to college.”

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Uncle Sam Wants DACA Recipients to Avoid Tax Scams

Uncle Sam Wants DACA Recipients to Avoid Tax Scams

A new scam targeting immigrants has gotten the attention of Uncle Sam.

Health advocates are concerned that tax preparers have been misinforming, and some even outright scamming, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries by making them pay a penalty for not having health insurance. On Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a statement clarifying that there is no such penalty for undocumented immigrants or for DACA recipients. DACA is a program announced by President Obama in 2012 that gives temporary protection against deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children.

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Getting a Driver’s License Is Economic Lifeline for Immigrants

Why Getting a Driver’s License Is Economic Lifeline for Immigrants

OAKLAND, Calif. – Between his full-time job as a paid caregiver and being a parent, Sonny Villar has little time for anything else, especially because of the hours he spends commuting to and from work by bus.

“It’s very, very tiring,” the Filipino native said

Now, Villar is going on line late at nights and cramming for the California driver’s license test, scheduled for March 5, so he can get behind the wheel of a car, something he has been wanting to do since he arrived in the United States in 2003.

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Family Secrets Travel With You: A Review of Sandip Roy's Debut Novel 'Don't Let Him Know'

Family Secrets Travel With You: A Review of Sandip Roy’s Debut Novel ‘Don’t Let Him Know’

Two former lovers stand awkwardly in a house in Calcutta, in a room full of junk and dust. They’re quiet, in private thrall to schoolboy memories of what they once were to each other. Then they speak, groping for halting accusations and stark truths about the separate lives they now lead. “You got away,” one man says to the other, “I got married. That’s just the way it is. It’s just something that happened.”

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Would you like to REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY AT THE PEOPLE’S UNITED NATIONS (pUN)?

Would you like to REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY AT THE PEOPLE’S UNITED NATIONS (pUN)?

Would you like to REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY AT THE PEOPLE’S UNITED NATIONS (pUN)?

The Hammer Museum and Mexican artist Pedro Reyes are reconvening the United Nations—using regular people rather than diplomats, and theater games, group therapy techniques, and humor rather than diplomacy. With 195 nation states represented, this is a great opportunity to meet an extraordinary range of people, laugh a lot, and learn about global issues and alternative conflict-resolution and social change techniques.

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Why Immigrant Rights Advocates Aren’t Worried About Texas Judge’s Ruling

Why Immigrant Rights Advocates Aren’t Worried About Texas Judge’s Ruling

A federal judge this week blocked Obama’s executive actions from going into effect, a move immigration reform advocates are calling only a “temporary setback.”

Texas U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction on Monday, siding with Texas and 25 other states that signed on to a lawsuit against Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The White House announced on Tuesday that the Department of Justice is appealing the decision.

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Indigenous Leaders Call for Driving Test in Their Own Language

Indigenous Leaders Call for Driving Test in Their Own Language

Leaders of the Mixtec community of Oxnard, Calif. are asking the Department of Motor Vehicles to offer the written driving test in indigenous languages so they can get licenses under California’s AB60. The law, which went into effect in January, allows Californians to apply for a driver’s license regardless of their immigration status. But indigenous Mexicans fear that the language barrier could stand in their way.

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