Category Archives: Immigration

What’s in a name? A battle for a transgender immigrant’s rights

While the United States continues to grapple with transgender rights—including the right to restroom access—transgender individuals across the globe often face severe persecution and torture on account of their gender identity. One difficulty transgender people encounter both domestically and abroad concerns the ability to ensure that their official documents bear the chosen names that match their gender. When trans immigrants seek to have their cases heard in U.S. immigration courts, it is important—but not always easy—to ensure that orders affecting their rights include both the name they were given at birth and the name that corresponds with their gender.

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Ze’s Struggles as an Immigrant Detainee

Since the birth of America, our nation has been known for being a culturally diverse society that welcomes people from everywhere in the world, regardless of race, creed, and background. Given the importance that has been placed on creating this diverse society, one would expect that America’s open-minded and welcoming repute towards people with different backgrounds would translate into the values, aims, and sentiments of the American legal system. Instead, the American legal system has evolved into one that is based on the need for absolute, rigid and identifiable categories with a distaste for ambiguity, particularly as applied to transgendered/transsexual immigrant detainees.
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California Dream Act Allows Illegal Immigrants Access to Education

The California DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act) which was introduced in the U.S. Congress more than a decade ago is now enacted into law. The DREAM Act was brought forward by Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), was introduced as two bills earlier this year: AB 130 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on July 25, 2011 allows undocumented students to apply for non-state-funded scholarships. AB 131, which was signed by the governor on October 9, 2011, allows undocumented students to apply for public financial aid to attend California public colleges and universities. The Act will be implemented in January 2013.
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