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Manuel Portillo, the director of community engagement at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. Photo: Samantha Laub / AL DÍA News

Manuel Portillo, the director of community engagement at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, is a survivor of the brutality that Guatemala suffered in the armed conflict. Today, he is a weaver of life in Philly.

[OP-ED]:DACA Opponents Are American Dream Killers

 08/22/2017 - 10:14
Prudence Powell (right) with his sons Jalen Latiner (left) and Bryana Nunes (center). Photo: Edwin López Moya AL DÍA News

Among the persons that provided poignant testimonials on positive benefits from DACA during the recent ceremony in Philadelphia’s City Hall commemorating the fifth anniversary of that fair-minded initiative instituted by former President Obama were two persons from countries that few ever connect with the controversy around undocumented immigrants in the United States.

[OP-ED]: Los opositores del DACA son asesinos del “sueño americano”

 08/22/2017 - 10:11
Prudence Powell (a la derecha) junto a sus hijos Jalen Latiner (a la izquierda) y Bryana Nunes (en el centro). Foto: Edwin López Moya/AL DÍA News

En la ceremonia llevada a cabo la semana pasada en la alcaldía de Filadelfia para celebrar el quinto aniversario del DACA, hubo dos personas en concreto que aportaron testimonios muy convincentes sobre los beneficios de este programa, instaurado por el expresidente Obama para dar estatus legal temporal a los inmigrantes que entraron ilegalmente en el país siendo menores.

[OP-ED]: America & me: A love story

 07/06/2017 - 14:05
A group of deported veterans protested in honor of deported veterans who have died outside the United States, and demanded changes to laws that would give veterans deported access to medical benefits. EFE

At the risk of setting off more fireworks, I’ve spent the days surrounding the Fourth of July trying to answer a question that has perplexed U.S. Latinos for generations. Whether the yardstick is starting businesses, creating jobs, spreading opportunity, serving in uniform or displaying optimism in hard times, America’s largest minority has shown time and again that we love this country. 

But does the country love us back?