An Undocumented Immigrant Reflects on 2013: No Immigration Reform, But the Movement Keep Building

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Community organizer Cesar Juarez

Immigrant rights groups gave a good fight, but immigration reform didn’t happen this year. There’s nothing surprising about immigration reform not passing because House Republicans repeatedly stated their intent to block it. We won various victories in many states, including in California. The disillusion of years of heartbreak takes a toll on people. A consequence I’ve experienced like many undocumented people is becoming immune to the negativity of nothing happening. The pain is there but we move on to our everyday life. For many families it’s very difficult to move on due having a love one deported. Close to two million deportations have occurred under the Obama administration.

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