“A 19-year-old undocumented student — authorized to be in the US — was detained and then let go by federal agents”

This article is about Josue Romero, a 19-year-old boy from Honduras getting arrested for possession of marijuana and being detained because he was undocumented but he has DACA so he should not have been detained. DACA is “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an American immigration policy started by the Obama administration in June 2012 that allows certain immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.” The article says “Romero was brought to San Antonio from Honduras when he was 4 years old. He is currently a student at the Southwest School of Art.” Teachers and mentors of his said they were shocked he was detained because he is a very good student and did not deserve that. The article says that “In one of the executive orders that Trump signed in January, he set priorities for whom immigration officials should put at the top of their list for deportation. The list includes undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of crimes, but it is much broader than it was under Obama. It includes those who have been charged but not convicted; those who have been suspected of crimes; and those whom agents simply deem to be threats.” It also says “What this shows is that the Trump administration does not care what’s illegal and legal,” says Fischer. “They chose to detain someone with legal status, and that’s not right and we’re ready to fight back.”” It says Fischer is the policy director at RAICES which is a organization that “provides legal services to refugees and other immigrants.” This article is a real life situation for a undocumented student that should be protected by DACA but wasn’t in this case, it will help me explain how important immigration is and how we should all stand together to protect our undocumented friends.



“College ‘dreamers’ are unrelenting in fight for immigration reform”

This is a article tells the reader how some of the Mason Dreamers has impacted students lives. It talks about how Ana Tobar, Martha Zavala Perez, and Rodrigo Velasquez have changed the lives of other undocumented students through all the challenges of their own undocumented lives. It says about Ana that “One way she has done so is by organizing training sessions to raise campus awareness about the financial and emotional struggles of students without immigration documents, hoping to stir empathy that might translate into action.” Ana just became a United States citizen two years ago, despite that long and rough process she overcame and still helped other students. The article says that Martha couldn’t have made it to the states without DACA which is “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy started by the Obama administration in June 2012 that allows certain immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.”  It says “While Perez, who holds a master’s degree in communication, would not have gotten through college and found a job in the US without DACA, immigration advocates recognize it is not a perfect solution for children brought to the United States without immigration documents; as an executive order, it can be rescinded easily.” about Martha. The article talks about Rodrigo and how he said ““I’m willing to fight for my community,” he said. “If my community tells me this is something they genuinely want … I’ll listen to them, and I’ll navigate the clash of my values and that legislation. But I will not end my advocacy, and Mason Dreamers won’t end its advocacy until there is comprehensive reform.”” This article will help me explain what the present and past Mason Dreamers do for undocumented students.


“Advocates Call for Schools to Stand By Undocumented Students”

This article is about calling universities to advocate and stand by undocumented students due to the recent election and the changes he is making about undocumented people in the United States, this article is written by Jamaal Abdul-Alim and it is about a recent panel that was at George Mason University talking about how we should stand by undocumented students and do everything we can to help them. It says “Being an ally is not an identity. It’s an action,” Vaquera said. “Those educators that want to be there and support the students, we need to do the homework, be with them, make ourselves available, and make yourselves available in your university and make it known that you are a person who wants to help, learning, staying up to date and providing support.” which is very true, this article will be a big help because not only is based off of a event at George Mason University but it is also talking about a major topic right now that relates to my topic. This article is the heart and soul of what the Mason Dreamers believes in so this article will be extremely helpful to explain what Mason Dreamers stand for and their mission.


“The gift of education”

This video is very reliable because it was on the Mason Dreamers and it was made by the members of the organization. It talks a little about what Mason Dreamers is and what they stand for, it also compares the financial aspect of college with undocumented students and students that were born in the United States. It give multiple stories of actual undocumented students and how much of a struggle college is for them, there is one guy that talks about how his mom was a janitor for Mason when he was little and she would bring him to work sometimes to show him the campus and she told him that he would eventually be student and he is about to graduate from Mason very soon. They also talk briefly about a student that couldn’t keep attending Mason because they couldn’t pay for college and since they are undocumented they can’t get many scholarships or much help financially. This video will help me with my research because it taps into your emotions and shows real life stories about real lives of undocumented students.


The official Mason Dreamers website that the organization made themselves is a very helpful and a reliable source. This website was made in 2011 when the organization was developed, it contains content on the current executive board members (the internal and external presidents and vice presidents, Treasurer, webmaster, public relations chair, student support coordinator,  etc.), they also have a intern team which are students that are not part of the executive board but they still help the organization and still have a “title”,  the history of Mason Dreamers (when it was developed, why and there mission), and like all websites it contains contact information, for undocumented students to contact them or for people that want to be involved in the organization. This website will be useful to my research when I talk about the history of Mason Dreamers, what they stand for and what resources they have have for undocumented students.