New York State Youth Leadership Council

Opinion Piece

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05

Jul 12

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Deferred Action: Band-aid Relief Only For Some

For months, undocumented youth have been pressuring Obama, and those around him, to stop the deportations of Dream Act eligible youth. One of the best examples is when over 5 Obama for America offices were successfully “undoccupied”, by youth from the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, some weeks ago. Some offices were shut down ...

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05

Jun 12

0

Seeing STARS: What About Me?

The recent introduction of the republican bill, Studying Towards Adjusted Residency Status Act (STARS) by Congressman David Rivera of Miami continues the tradition of insincerity with which republican politicians bewilderingly approach issues, that they would clearly prefer to ignore or reject altogether. There is always a reluctance ...

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01

Jun 12

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Summer Fun for The Undocus

Now that it’s summer time, it’s also vacation time for many. Yes, undocumented people like to take vacations too! However, this season is also very uncomfortable for many of us, at least for me it is. Many of my friends are citizens, and as such, they will be traveling, working and overall spending tons of […]

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May 12

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Deportation Machine Being Forced In New York

When the deportation machine, also known as Secure Communities, was first introduced, the immigration enforcement branch told states and local officials that it was optional to use. So, New York , along with other states, did the right thing and opted out of integrating such program. Apparently, the feds were lying; the program is ...

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08

Apr 12

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I Hope To Meet Myself Someday

I just came back from walking my dog and two of the adjacent houses are celebrating Easter today. There was loud music playing, a lot of laughing and the smell of different kinds of foods lingering in the air. While my neighbors celebrate I can’t help but feel jealous for them. My mother’s pregnancy lead […]

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27

Mar 12

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Undocumented Youth in New York and Education

Did you know that of the more than 4,500 undocumented students who graduate from New York high schools every year, only 5-10% pursue a college degree due to tremendous financial obstacles? Only 5-10% pursue a college degree. That’s not counting the undocumented youth that do not graduate from high school, still want to go to ...

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06

Mar 12

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Why Go Upstate?

Sitting in an open area, filled with newly registered students, I hear my name being called. I step into the financial aid office at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the hopes of finding answers to the many questions, doubts and uncertainties a soon to be college freshmen can have. I am welcomed by […]

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