The University of California on Thursday took a first step toward allowing the hiring of undocumented students for jobs across the 10-campus system, a move that follows months of pleas from those students. The action by the system’s board of regents Thursday does not immediately authorize the employment of undocumented students. Instead, UC plans to create a working group, proposed by President Michael V. Drake, that will spend the next six months considering the proposal.
Six months since my Dad was forced to move to back Mexico, things will never be the same
It’s been almost six months since the last time I saw my father. On November 2022, he left behind Los Angeles and returned to his home in Queretaro, Mexico. After 17 years of being in the United States without papers, my dad decided it was time to go back to Mexico and reunite with his family.
COLUMN: My undocumented father went back to Mexico, making holidays so hard
It has been a little more than a month since I had to say my goodbyes to my father, who left the United States for his hometown in Queretaro, Mexico. The last time I hugged him was on a late-November evening as he entered my cousin’s truck, the car that would take him to the Tijuana airport. “God bless you mija, take care of yourself, and do not be eating too much salt,” he told me as he was getting ready to board the truck. I held his hand and told him not to worry about me. He gave me his blessing and told me that he loved me. What followed was the longest hug I have ever received in my life.
COLUMN: My undocumented father went back to Mexico, took my heart
Ever since I left my hometown in Queretaro, Mexico, building a place that feels like home in the U.S. has been an ongoing task. Today, the idea of home feels even further away because my father, an immigrant who spent almost two decades in the U.S., will be returning to Mexico. He bought a one-way ticket, not knowing that part of my heart will also be boarding the plane with him. Like him, I’m also undocumented, therefore leaving the U.S. legally, or traveling in and out of the country, is not an option for me. I will soon say goodbye to him, not knowing when I will see him again.
JUAN HERNANDEZ, undocumented entrepreneur building a startup company to help others like him
Hernandez’s business provides undocumented students and undocumented immigrants with videos that explain how to make money as an undocumented immigrant, as well as how to apply for DACA for advanced status. In addition, the Prepare website allows users to ask each other anonymous questions and answers them as well.
EDITORIAL: Democrats should fight for voting rights for undocumented
Giving the undocumented the right to vote in Los Angeles and in California would be transformative. It would force more political leaders to pay attention to the concerns of Latino/a/x voters. It’s also not unprecedented.
COMMENTARY: Abortion rights are at risk even in blue states like California
State legislators in California have proposed a package of bills to address an influx in women seeking access to abortion in the state if Roe is overturned. The goal is for California to become a sanctuary state for women seeking abortions. But we can’t assume we will be safe in California.
COMMENTARY: My journey as an undocumented college student
The government needs to understand it is not meeting me and other DACA recipients halfway by fully recognizing me with a pathway to citizenship when I have sprinted a marathon for this country. I have a work permit but no permanent status. Will my career be limited?