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Casting Call

Casting for a video in San Francisco

DEFINE AMERICAN LAUNCHES PLEDGE CAMPAIGN URGING MEDIA TO STOP USING TERM “ILLEGAL”

“Regardless of where an individual falls on the issue of immigration, we should not use language that is divisive and creates a hostile environment. The term has come to have racial undertones and has been used to denigrate fellow human beings; it is immoral to continue perpetuating it in the media,” said Rev. Ryan M. Eller, executive director of Define American.

DEFINE AMERICAN APPLAUDS CONGRESSIONAL BILL ENCOURAGING STATES TO OFFER DREAMERS IN-STATE TUITION

“By providing undocumented American students an easier path to higher education, regardless of their immigration status, Congress has given Dreamers an opportunity to continue to work hard and give back to their communities. This bill goes a long way toward recognizing that Dreamers are not a liability to our nation, but Americans who will contribute to our economy and help ensure our country remains internationally competitive.”

Statement on Birthright Citizenship

Today, Reverend Ryan M. Eller, Executive Director of Define American, released this statement regarding the amendment proposed by Senator Vitter to dismantle the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees that anyone born in the United States is an American citizen.

"Documented" Police Training

“We included a clip from ‘Documented’ in our training because Jose's story tells the same story of many immigrants living in Suffolk County that the new recruits will be protecting and serving” said Maryann Slutsky, Executive Director of Long Island Wins.


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