How a Dreamer Fell Through The Cracks

First Person, Miguel Garcia | We’Ced

If someone asked me what the proudest moment of my life has been, without a doubt I’d say the moment I received an acceptance letter from UC Davis. I vividly recall sprinting to the garage to tell my parents the big news. Two years later, I found myself back home in Merced, deep in student debt and without a degree, reflecting on where it all went wrong.


Undocumented Kids to Get Health Coverage in State Budget

News Report, Viji Sundaram, New America Media

Calling it one of the “best” budgets the state has ever had, California Gov. Jerry Brown said the $167.6 billion dollar budget the legislature passed Tuesday would pump more money into child care and education, pay down the state’s debt by $1.9 billion and provide health care for its undocumented children.


California Farmworker: Picking Peas Should Bring a Better Life

First Person, Rosalia Martinez, as told to David Bacon | New America Media

Editor’s note: In this last installment in a three part series on California farmworkers by NAM contributor, David Bacon, an undocumented Triqui Indian farmworker in Greenfield, Ca., speaks of poverty and health problems as the result of long hours working in the fields.