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Mayte Lara and Larissa Martinez Define American

The first-person accounts of two graduating Texas high school seniors are changing the way people are talking about undocumented immigrants. On Friday, June 3, Mayte Lara of Crockett High School in Austin, TX tweeted that she was undocumented, as well highlighting her accomplishments: …

Superman is an (Undocumented) Immigrant

The tale of Superman is a classic American story: a small town boy from Kansas saving the world with his amazing powers and incredible courage. Traditionally, it could be seen as the epitome …

Define American club sparks dialogue about identity, social responsibility

“I’m undocumented myself,” Orozco said. “I have a master’s degree. I’m a professor. I’m a fraternity adviser. I’m not the only one on campus. We exist. People say, ‘Well, that happens at the border,’ but we’re here. We’re your teachers. We’re your colleagues.” …

The language used by media outlets influences public perception and frames the national dialogue around contentious issues. As host of tonight’s GOP debate, please join us – and more than 14,000 other Americans – in calling on CNN to recognize that ‪#‎wordsmatter‬ by …

Many in the media agree that using “undocumented” instead of “illegal” isn’t just semantics: it affects how we perceive others. Click the petition to sign up: http://www.care2.com/go/z/27146636 …

#‎WordsMatter‬ in the conversation about immigration. Through humanizing language, we can find solutions that are humane.  Sign our petition to help: http://www.care2.com/go/z/27146636 …

Sarahi Salamanca, a DREAMer, recently became a legal resident. Her first act of exercising this hard-won achievement was visiting her mother in Mexico after 10 years of separation. Eight months pregnant, she allowed two videographers to travel with her to document this incredible …

Define American :: Lorenzo Santillan

“I just want to challenge everyone to get to know an undocumented person, and to see how criminal they are not.” Lorenzo Santillan, subject of the film “Underwater Dreams” about a team of undocumented …

Becoming American Is No Walk in the Park

“What being an American is, is messy, complex and it’s nuanced. It’s partially due to the fact we do not live in a homogenous society.” – Carlos Vera, CA …

“I’m an undocumented immigrant. I was about 14 when I crossed the border. I came here with my family …everything my family has, we have earned it by working.”

Local man on mission to change perception of undocumented immigrants

“Kelly pays taxes and into social security, neither of which he will be able to benefit from.” Watch the story of Gareth Kelly, an undocumented immigrant hiding in plain sight.

The phrase “illegal immigrant” is offensive – so we’re trying to change the conversation

Did you know the term “illegal” is not just offensive, but inaccurate? Fusion created a Twitter bot to help educate those who are behind the times: http://fusion.net/story/165089/we-built-illegal-immigrant-bot/.

How do you 'Define American'?

“There is no pathway. There is no line to stand in for undocumented people like myself … I would become an American today if I could, but there is no system in place that allows me to do that.” WATCH more of …

Great progress to hear a conservative icon admit it’s wrong to paint all undocumented immigrants with an inaccurately broad brush. See Jose’s interview on FOX News with Megyn Kelly, talking about the nature of sanctuary cities, and MTV’s White People. http://bit.ly/1Sk2WzI …