February 25th, 2018 | 46 mins 36 secs
arizona, arizona dream act coalition, border, daca, dream act, immigration, patrick morales, phoenix
At the young age of 21, Patrick Morales was elected to the Tempe Elementary School District Governing Board with a desire to change the status quo. But entering politics isn’t the only way to make a difference. He is also an activist for immigrant rights and our guest for the second installment of our three-part series on DACA. Like our previous guest, Morales is on the forefront of the movement to reform immigration in Arizona. And, now 25, he is running for re-election this year. But it is a delicate balance – fighting for immigration rights while operating within the world of politics. Take a listen to what it’s like trying to make a difference in seemingly divergent landscapes.
February 15th, 2018 | 40 mins 27 secs
arizona, arizona dream act coalition, border, daca, dream act, immigration, karina ruiz
Wishing deportation on an immigrant is really easy if you’ve never actually spoken to one. This sentiment comes from Karina Ruiz, Arizona Dream Act Coalition president. She instead urges people to learn about those who were brought to this country by no choice of their own. You may be surprised to learn she had no interested in being uprooted from her friends in Mexico City, where she grew up. Ruiz is our first On the Grid guest in a series of episodes about immigration and DACA. The mercury on this issue is bubbling and a movement supporting immigrants’ rights is afoot. But after a week of failed immigration talks in Congress, the movement remains in limbo. But Ruiz is one of its leaders in Arizona, and says she'll never give up on the movement. Her story is powerful. If you’ve never gotten to know a DACA recipient, this episode is a great opportunity to do so.