Ron Bilbao


To dream the possible DREAM

This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., re-introduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would afford children of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before the age of 16 and have no criminal record the chance to attend college or serve in the military.

The immigrant economy

Fresh off their victory in the midterm elections this month, Republicans in Congress are prioritizing their agenda for the 112th session. At the top: jobs, debt, and the economy. Meanwhile all signs of addressing real and necessary immigration reform are fading quickly. In light of this, let’s take a look at how immigration reform could aid in growing the U.S. economy.

Sticks and Stones: Let's erase the I-Word

In a globalized world in the midst of a social media revolution, the things we say have become increasingly impactful. Words may start as just that, but they may shape the way we think and soon the way we act. What happens when the words we say turn into the things we do?

America: the story of some of us

These are the true stories of three American youths. Each has his or her own tale, but today when we hear their stories they are underscored by one descriptive factor: the immigrant experience.

From defeat, a unified struggle

This week, we witnessed an example of American government at its worst. In a hasty attempt to garner votes for the midterm elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., attached two controversial amendments to an otherwise incontrovertible piece of legislation.

The birthright of a generation

What does it mean to be a citizen? As the immigration debate heated up this summer, some Republican lawmakers proposed denying babies born of undocumented parents their birthright citizenship, a dangerous idea considering what it could mean for the civil liberties of all Americans. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States … are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Four ?ght to make DREAM a reality

How far would you go for a dream? I know four who will go the distance.On Jan. 1, Juan, Carlos, Felipe and Gaby started their 1,500-mile journey from Miami to Washington, D.C., on the Trail of Dreams. Today they arrive at UNC. Their goal: to raise awareness about the need for immigration reform and the DREAM Act.