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De la Fuente vs. Escalante
Flavia has been a good friend of mine since we first met online. Our online friendship has always been a bit… well, crazy to say the least. Based of Gchats, memes, and .gif sets - I only have but admiration for this passionate ally.
Here is a recent interview she asked me to participate in for Distilled magazine. Check it out!
(yes, this is how we talk to each other - hence the laid back tone of the interview)
Interview in full HERE for Distilled magazine.
Flavia de la Fuente and Juan Escalante are both involved with immigrant advocacy and policy reform. So in order to get an inside perspective, Distilled Extra wondered what would happen if one interviewed the other
Hello, Distilled readers! My name is Flavia de la Fuente, and today I’ll be interviewing Juan Escalante. You should Google him. Anyways, Juan and I met on the internet on March 1st, 2010 when I joined DreamActivist as the editor. We discovered we both have a mutual love for Star Wars. He made a “that’s what she said’ joke. I asked him whether gators are really everywhere in Florida. And since that day we have met in person exactly once, and yet we are best buddies.
Hey Juan. What’s up?Not much, you know… wondering why am I being interviewed like this. Are you teaching me? Are you trying to expand my creative juices? Is this a way for you to teach me? Are you a teacher? OMG, I suck don’t I? I knew it, I let this sit too long and now you think I suck. SIGH…
So. You’re undocumazing. I mean undocumented. How did that happen?
Well, it’s kind of a funny story. My parents applied for a professional visa, an L1, which provided a passage to become a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR, and eventually a citizen. We arrived in the United States on August 29th, 2000 and after six years of paperwork, litigation, application fees, lawyer fees, and waiting in the so called “line” that all immigrants are expected to wait in, we came to the realization that our lawyer filed the wrong paperwork at the wrong time. All those years, and all that effort — wasted. Our case was closed by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), with no appeal.When people ask me about my immigration status, when they hear this story, they often respond “Oh wow, so you are not like those other border crossers who come mooch off our county!” I don’t respond, rather I stay silent — because rather than bury the ignorance with my fact checked knowledge, I rather just convince myself that I ought to work even harder to achieve a comprehensive reform to our current immigration system.
When people ask me about my immigration status, when they hear this story, they often respond “Oh wow, so you are not like those other border crossers who come mooch off our county!” I don’t respond, rather I stay silent — because rather than bury the ignorance with my fact checked knowledge, I rather just convince myself that I ought to work even harder to achieve a comprehensive reform to our current immigration system.
Read the rest HERE for Distilled magazine.
I had a great time at the Village Square’s discussion on immigration. Excited to witness such a positive dialogue, and glad to have met some wonderful individuals.
I always dreamt of traveling “for work” purposes. Now that I am actually doing it, I can’t help but feel happy and excited about it!
To close off April Fools, meet Troll @BarackObama -
Oregon becomes the latest state to offer in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants! Congratulation @ORDreamActivist.
Sen. Leahy states the Immigration Reform will be “delayed” for a month.
Without legislative language, there is nothing for the Judiciary Committee to consider this week at our mark up. The upcoming recess period would have allowed all Members of the Committee and the American people to review the legislation. Now that process and our work will be delayed at least a month.
-Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Who is gonna kiss me ;)
A month ago my DACA was approved. I haven’t written about it, as I promised, mainly because things have been moving so quickly that I’ve had barely any time to sit, think, and let it all soak in…
The District of Columbia DMV oversight hearing is beginning now. Don’t forget to SIGN THE PETITION and make a call: (202) 727-2200
Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to support driver licenses for immigrant in the District. Director Babers has the responsibility to keep DC safe with licensed and insured drivers. We must put the safety of all residents over politics.”
If you’re on twitter, then tweet at @dcdmv in support of issuing licenses to all residents of DC, regardless of legal status.