OFA Wants Personal Stories for Immigration Push

Donovan Slack, Politico, February 6, 2013

President Obama’s former campaign organization is sending out a heart-rending appeal asking for undocumented immigrants to share their stories publicly in an effort to galvanize support for immigration reform.

The appeal from Organizing For Action is signed by an undocumented immigrant who says his parents brought him to the United States at the age of 2 and he went to high school, college and graduated from law school and was a recipient of deferred action.


Here’s the full appeal:


I was brought to this country from Mexico when I was 2 years old.

I am an undocumented immigrant—and I am living proof that our immigration system is broken.

For the first 17 years of my life, I slept on a couch. My mom worked three jobs to support our family.

I worked hard, too. I did my homework, participated in class, and earned the opportunity go to college. But after I enrolled, state law changed and many undocumented immigrants were forced to drop out. Suddenly they could no longer afford the education they were eager to work for.

We started organizing. We’d go up to people on campus, and ask them if they’d heard about the DREAM Act, which would allow hard-working immigrants who grew up in the U.S. to earn a path to citizenship. For those who opposed it, we’d tell them what happened to us.

It was amazing: Just telling our stories would change people’s minds.

This is exactly how we’re going to persuade people across the country to get behind President Obama’s plan for comprehensive immigration reform.

Everyone has a story—I’m sure you do, too. As the President said last week, “Unless you’re one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you.”

At this critical moment, will you share your immigration story? Organizing for Action will use these stories to move the conversation forward.

Now, almost six years later, I’ve completed law school and was fortunate to receive deferred action. I consider myself an American, and I want to play by the same rules as everyone else. But, as it stands, I can never become a citizen. I can’t adjust my status. For most of my life, I could have been arrested, detained, and deported.

I’m not alone. Millions of undocumented immigrants like me live in fear of being deported permanently to a country we may have never even visited. Our entire lives could be erased.

You might not live under the same shadow. But the best thing about this country is that we are more alike than we are different. We all have a story of a mother, or grandfather, or great-great grandparent who came here to find opportunity or safety.

Through this grassroots movement, we can raise our voices, tell our stories, and make sure Congress and all Americans better understand the ties that bind us. Our stories can drive our organizing. Share your own story today, and help Organizing for Action get the word out on why this matters:

The majority of Americans agree we need to fix our badly broken system, and we saw major progress last week. But it’s on us to keep up the momentum and make sure it gets done.

Thanks for speaking up.


Jose Magana

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  • NeanderthalDNA

    Hi, I was brought to this country when I was two. Unfortunately my little sister was the anchor baby and is lucky enough to thereby be a US citizen. Regardless, despite my status I have been the recipient of Dios sabe cuanto…God knows how much evil white people tax money for two decades now and feel like since you kind of de facto recognized me as a citizen by giving me money, why not go all the way?

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this great country it’s this.

    If someone gives you something for nothing – you’re ENTITLED TO IT!

    Go home INVADER.

  • Puggg

    Fight fire with fire.

    We have sob stories, too.

    • JackKrak

      Right. Why don’t we just plaster every news outlet with stories about what D’Shawntarius and La’Marcus get up to in their spare time in order to “galvanize support” for race realism?

      • Puggg

        I take this to mean that you think my idea is underpowered.

    • bigone4u

      Whites will have even more sob stories after amnesty: crime victimization, higher taxes, loss of community, diseases, job losses, … and most important of all, more of the illegals coming to join their relatives.

  • Unemployed

    I used to have a good job but it was offshored to China, I couldn’t find work of any kind after that because the immigration networks had such as stronghold on the state I live in that I was left among the long-term unemployed.

    • The__Bobster

      I’m familiar with that story with one difference: I had to offshore my own job and hundreds of others by transferring the technology I created.

      • Triarius

        And I now have to deal with those Indians and Chinese. Fyi, most are not that smart.

  • Greg Thomas

    For every Jose Magana, we get thousands of welfare breeders, gang-bangers, and ignorant
    peasants, dependent upon abundant social services for the entire lives. These
    people are like an invasive species, destroying local habitat wherever they
    congregate in large numbers. Why are we not hearing those stories?

    • Xerxes22

      Our enemies, who control the media, are not going to allow any stories like that. We do not have an open impartial news media in this country.

    • Triarius

      You just described locusts. Interesting. Reminds me of the movie Independence Day, when the alien tries to kill Bill Pullman and he “sees” their plan.

    • Sloppo

      Invasive species are harmful if they’re displacing some plant or animal. On the other hand, when they’re displacing the people who created western civilization we should celebrate for some reason.

  • The__Bobster

    This appeal looks like the boiler plate crap Yahoo! has been running all week.

    BTW, the people aren’t buying it.

  • Sam

    So full of lies…

    Millions of undocumented immigrants like me live in fear of being deported permanently to a country we may have never even visited. No, he has visited Mexico. He was born there. He may not remember it, and that is not his fault. That is the fault of the US school system not doing eligibility checks. He should have been deported straight back to Mexico immediately after he arrived, and then he would have grown up with the benefit of being in his own society. He sounds like a great guy with a lot to offer, and Mexico needs people like that.

    The majority of Americans agree we need to fix our badly broken system,

    I do agree with that! I can think of some fixes that involve airplanes, boats and buses.

  • seek

    The word “undocumented” in connection with immigration is always a call for open borders. It’s the ultimate tipoff. Shame on any journalist who panders to this emotion. Brenda Walker of vdare.com, by the way, has provided excellent critiques of these manipulative “Mommy, daddy (sniff, sniff), do we really have to leave America?” newspaper stories of illegals or visa overstayers being forced to return to their country of origin. My answer: Yes, you have to leave.

  • NYB

    “As the President said last week, “Unless you’re one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else.”

    Someone should set Obama straight on this. Whites are one of the two indigenous races of America. The Native stone-age hunter-gathers from Siberia who roamed the land after the last ice age have no greater claim to ‘America’ than the European civilization builders.


    • mobilebay

      ….and Mr. President, where did YOU come from?

  • Sanson Carasco

    NO path to citizenship. Why are our politicians listening to the criminals instead of law-abiding citizens? The country does not want these people. The country does not need these people. They are here only for the freebies.
    If our country can’t take care of its own people, then our leaders have no moral right to bring more people in who’ll be a burden on the system.

  • IstvanIN

    Millions of undocumented immigrants like me live in fear of being deported permanently to a country we may have never even visited. Our entire lives could be erased.
    My country is being erased. You are not my problem.

    “Unless you’re one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you.”

    The big lie. I didn’t come from someplace else. Nor did my parents or grandparents. Nor did my daughter or grandson. We were born here, of legal citizens. Most White-Americans were born here, of legal, natural born citizens. That is what makes me so angry, some fool will say “my nationality is Irish”, when in fact their nationality is American, all because some relative way back when came over from Ireland, a country they have never been to.

    As for Indians being the first Americans, that is also a lie. 1) The Indian’s forebears came over from Asia; and 2) America was founded by native born Americans of largely British stock. Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, etc. were natives, not immigrants. They were born here, legal citizens and British Subjects of their respective colonies. Washington did not immigrate or sneak in.

    Furthermore the native born citizens should be able to say who should and should not be allowed to immigrate.

    Finally, if you are here because you or your parents BROKE THE LAW, you should be punished, not rewarded, like any other lawbreaker.

    • kjh64

      Another lie is that White people “stole” North America. Indians only occupied about 1% of North America at any given time. There were only an estimated 500,000-1 million of them in an area the size of a continent. They were nomadic tribes who fought against each other brutally and had no concept of land ownership. Most of North America, around 99%, was an empty wilderness not owned or occupied by anyone. Yes, Whites treated Indians badly and that was wrong but they didn’t “steal” North America from them, at least not 99% of it. This is a tired old guilt trip used to get Whites to give up their country. Any issues are between those two groups within the US and have nothing to do with Mexicans or any other non-Americans or immigration today.

    • Anna Tree

      Let’s compare with the children of a thief: they may not have stolen the goods but… it is not theirs and should never be!

  • bigone4u

    Jose Magana?
    Is there really such a person? Does his story check out? Breitbart do your stuff and investigate. Sorry, but I’m always suspicious of liberals and their ancedotal sob stories. Also, I object to blatant appeals to emotionalism. I prefer the rational.

  • odious liberal

    Yahoo is running these jibberish articles and it seems all they are achieving is to increase the anger among American citizens. Hey obama tell some wonderful zeituni and omar stories.

  • Tim

    “In an avalanche, each exquisite snowflake pleads not guilty…”

  • Felix_M

    Amigo, I live in the metropolitan area of what is considered one of the most liveable cities in the United States. Yet, whenever I’m there, I always see the homeless Americans, the families evicted because one or more of the breadwinners couldn’t find a job to pay the rent, those left to fend for themselves in their old age, and I’m supposed to worry about the poor of another country??? Gimme a f***in’ break!

    It’s because I care for my fellow citizens and care for my family that I oppose amnesty more than I’ve ever opposed ANYTHING ever before in my life. I do NOT want the United States to become North Mexico. I do not want Pittsburgh to become the American Mogadishu. I do not want Boston to become an American Calcutta.

    The 1986 amnesty was an abysmal failure. Many of us then said it would only make the situation worse AND IT DID. Another amnesty will make a very bad situation still worse. (If the a**holes in Washington won’t enforce the laws now on the books, why the hell would someone with more than half a brain believe they’ll enforce new ones?)

    We’re being told we have to accept austerity, but the a**holes in Washington want to add tens of millions who never paid into the system to the government’s welfare rolls? Where is the sense in that? Where is the justice?

    Those of us who oppose amnesty do not do so because we’re greedy, we do so because we know that it will not only NOT work, (as the 1986 amnesty did not), it will only make a terrible situation worse. There are neighboring countries the United States can never bring up, but in dumping their responsibilities unto us, they can sure as heck help to bring America crashing down.

    We who oppose amnesty are only asking for justice. Amnesty advocates are effectively asking our government to put tens of millions of new people on the welfare roles, to allow the further suppression of American wages, to put new-comers at the front of the line with programs of affirmative action. We who oppose amnesty are asking only that the rule of law be enforced, something basic, nothing special and one that won’t cost the already over-burdened American taxpayer.

    You business owners who want cheap labor, do you think when they get the vote all those new McCitizens aren’t going to demand they be given a piece of your pie? Get real.
    We need to stop being “citizens of the world,” and return to being citizens of the US and resume taking care of this country, not every 3rd world dunghole on the planet. That is something no one and no country can ever do.

  • Triarius

    I have one. A friend of mine went to the best high school in the state of Michigan and did not get into MSU with a 3.6 GPA. About 6 years later I met an anchor baby that went to Michigan State on an ACADEMIC scholarship with a 2.8 GPA from a trash high school.

  • kjh64

    “Millions of undocumented immigrants”
    I love the play on words “undocumented immigrants”. Let’s see, I guess that means that:
    Burglar- Uninvited guest
    Assault- Uninvited physical contact
    Rape-Unrequited love
    Robbery-Unauthorized financial transaction
    Embezzelment-Undocumented financial withdrawal

    • Illegal immigrant = criminal who disregards immigration law & demands rights, free benefits and citizenship.

  • IKantunderstand

    I was born into this country at the age of 0. Most of my ancestors came into this country before it was a country. Some of them fought in the Revolutionary War, (in the interests of full disclosure, they were on the losing side). Some of my ancestors fought in the Civil War (in the interest of full disclosure, they fought for the Union). So, I too, was brought to this country. The difference is this, Jose, my ancestors fought their White butts off to make this country what it is. We did it without welfare, affirmative action, medicaid, Section 8 housing. You, on the other hand, Mr. Whiney Jose, have done nothing but complain. Oooh, I worked so hard at school! I did my homework! I participated in class! You know what you sound like? Black guys who think they are special because they pay for their babies! Guess what, Jose? People are supposed to work hard at school, and do their homework, and pay for their babies! Why is this crap that people used to be EXPECTED to do, now is all of a sudden special? I’ll tell you why , Jose. We are living under a shadow, and it sure as hell isn’t the one you are referencing.

    • Black guys who think they are special because they pay for their babies!
      Guess what, Jose? People are supposed to work hard at school, and do
      their homework, and pay for their babies! Why is this stuff that people
      used to be EXPECTED to do, now is all of a sudden special?

      Because in their universe, that IS special, and indicative of the far right end of the bell curve, because it doesn’t happen that often. It’s like professional athlete or team that brags about how he or they “worked hard” and “gave 100%.” Which is what they’re supposed to do, the bare minimum of expected behavior. That’s nothing to brag about.

      • IKantunderstand

        Well, thanks to you Question Diversity. You made my case even better than I. We don’t need immigrants who occasionally make it to the right hand side of the bell curve. We need immigrants whose normal, unspecial, do the right thing behavior, falls exactly in the middle of the bell curve. The norm, QD, the norm.

  • mobilebay

    Why don’t illegals and their supporters tell the truth? “We demand that we be able to break the laws of your country and be rewarded for it. We do not think we need to go throught the proper channels to apply for citizenship correctly. After we’ve sneaked in, we want jobs, education for our many children, food stamps, rent vouchers, and free medical aid. Unless we are heeded, we will march in your streets and wave our flags until you surrender. Your government already has.”

    • Since enforcement of laws is optional—I will remember that when the govt passes gun control…. Adherence to laws will be optional in my mind….I will NOT comply.

  • sbuffalonative

    Doesn’t the MSM do this every day in every paper and on every broadcast?
    People make choices. I don’t want to hear their sob stories.