“I Was Raised to Never Give Up”. Exposing America’s Broken Immigration System as Experienced Through the Eyes and Advocacy of a Young DREAMer.

In today’s episode I sit down with Jose Arnulfo Cabrera to share his story of being a young DREAMer in America and one of the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently awaiting the decision being made on the DACA program that will determine the path of their immediate future. Jose has been involved in advocacy for human rights since he was a child, and has been tremendously involved in women’s rights and immigration reform efforts organizing and leading groups to create awareness and take a stand for their rights. 

José Arnulfo Cabrera was born in a small village in Mexico and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up, Cabrera remembers his mom organizing undocumented workers in Cincinnati for a just wage and safe working conditions. During this time, he learned organizing tricks and skills to keep people engaged and hopeful during disappointing moments. It wasn’t long until Cabrera started organizing for immigration reform issues, sharing his family’s story and how he would benefit from legislation like the DREAM Act. After high school, Cabrera, a DACA recipient, studied at Xavier University, while at the same time working at the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) in Cincinnati where he started a group called Youth Educating Society (YES). Through his work at IJPC and YES he became an advocate for DACA recipients across Cincinnati, particularly at Xavier, by training and working with staff members on making Xavier a DACA friendly campus. In 2017 Cabrera attended his first ISN program, the Ignatian Justice Summit on Immigration, where Cabrera fell in love with ISN’s mission. He spoke at the Advocacy Day Public Witness during the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in 2017 and the 2018 Ignatian Justice Summit, and has contributed to ISN’s online content. After graduation, Cabrera served as a government relations associate at NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice in Washington, D.C. where he enhanced his understanding and knowledge of furthering pro-immigrant policy.

In this interview Jose shares with us what it is like living in America as an immigrant, and gives us incredible insight on the issues in the current immigration system in the United States and how immigration has become “over-politicized”. This interview exposes some very interesting points that will no doubt provide a lot of insight and understanding regarding America’s perception and handling of immigration. 

Covered in this Episode:

  • The general public doesn’t understand why we have a broken immigration system.
  • Many myths about immigrants and our immigration system that are untrue.
  • The effects the current Immigration system is having on the next generation of contributors to society- first generation Americans.
  • People – throughout history – have always disliked immigrants.
  • Lack of understanding of the root cause of forced migration.
  • How Immigration has been over-politicized.
  • Trump’s role in influencing presidential candidates use fear-mongering immigrants as good campaign tactics.
  • Exposing how policies of immigration enforcement has brought fear and trauma to the immigrant communities.
  • Why education on immigration policies and reform is important.
  • How to get involved to reform our Immigration System.

How You Can Get Involved:

  1. Get Educated on Current Immigration Policies and Statistics.
  2. Be aware of what your elected officials are doing to try and solve our immigration system at city and state levels. Not only Federal. The policies that your city council and state legislators implement have a significant effect on undocumented immigrants.
  3. Advocate. Tell your elected officials what Bills and policies you support and which you do not by sending them letters, emails or visiting them at their designated offices.
  4. Get involved! Find a local organization that is educating and advocating to reform the current immigration system and seeking to find volunteers to help immigrants in the area.

Jose Cabrera and his Organization, Ignation Solidarity Network, are fighting to get the Dream Act of 2019 voted on so that hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients and their families can get a chance for a pathway to citizenship.

You can help! By following this Link and submitting the prepared letter to your Senator you will be standing in support of passing this Bill which could help so many deserving children and families win a chance for a better future.

TAKE ACTION NOW. The Supreme Court Begins Voting on NOVEMBER 12, 2019!

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The BIG VISION of Relentless Minds- Special Episode.

This is a special episode dedicated to announce to all current subscribers, and new ones, what the Relentless Minds podcast is striving to create in this world.

We have incredibly BIG VISIONS.

In February of 2019 the Relentless Minds podcast was created with the sole mission to inspire people to create the change they desire to see in their own lives and in the world, by sharing examples of those who were. These examples are the stories of people who share a common commitment, and that is that they refuse to accept their current circumstances for what they are, refuse to listen to society when they are told that nothing can be done, and instead they choose to fight for what they believe in. Our main objective with this platform is to inspire people around the world through the use of powerful stories, and to create a unified movement of change makers. We also strive to showcase the world-wide efforts being made on issues that are affecting people everywhere. This isn’t just a local news-focused platform, we want to raise awareness on issues including climate change, human rights, mental health, family life, relationships and more.

The reason this is so important is because people everywhere want change and this world is increasingly becoming more in need of it, but not enough people are speaking up and taking action. Our hope is that through the examples of others fighting for the change they believe in, listeners will also become empowered to follow in those same footsteps.

In this episode we share the exciting news of the 2 new series being launched called “Unbroken” and “Purposeful”. Find out about the new series, our movement, and why it should matter to you!

Thank you for listening!

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