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The Jell-O President and the Shutdown

US Immigration Reform Forum - 2 hours 47 min ago
The Jell-O President and the Shutdown

Now Donald Trump and the Republicans must do right by the Dreamers.
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More Green Cards Are Always Good for Some, but What About the National Interest?

US Immigration Reform Forum - 2 hours 47 min ago
More Green Cards Are Always Good for Some, but What About the National Interest?

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The Trump administration's proposal to cut legal immigrat...

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The Hazards and Costs of Defying Federal Supremacy in Immigration Matters

US Immigration Reform Forum - 2 hours 47 min ago
The Hazards and Costs of Defying Federal Supremacy in Immigration Matters

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Immigration Courts Sets New Priorities, Performance Measures

US Immigration Reform Forum - 2 hours 47 min ago
Immigration Courts Sets New Priorities, Performance Measures

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The director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the agenc...

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Planned Gift Contact Form

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More El Paso Times Follies - locally owned and operated

Refuse the Juice - 5 hours 28 min ago
Twice in the last week or so the El Paso Times has written/printed/communicated defamatory or misleading content. In both situations you know that Susie and Vero were behind the effort. Which is why I'm claiming the El Paso Times is... Brad Kanus
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West side street resurfacing

ElPasoSpeak - 9 hours 36 min ago

The city is starting to think about fixing some of our local roads.

We frequently hear that the west side of El Paso “gets more” than other parts of town.

Take a look at this slide:

There are two other slides in the presentation.  They list streets in districts other than the west side district (number 1).

The city is thinking about doing work on three streets on the west side of town.

The three streets are all in the Kern Place/Cincinnati area of town.

The rest of the neighborhood streets in the west side will get nothing.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Planned Gift Contact Form

US Immigration Reform Forum - 10 hours 35 min ago
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Why the DACA Debate is Important

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:00pm
Immigration reform has been an ongoing issue for many decades with both US political parties using immigrants as […]
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UTEP strives to give students an ‘Edge’ before and after graduation

Borderzine - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:56pm

The University of Texas at El Paso offers a vast array of services to students that will not only help them while in school but to prepare them for lifelong success as well.

Besides course work, UTEP further prepares students by providing research experiences, creative activities, study abroad, student employment, and student internships, among others. This fall semester, UTEP gathered all of these activities under a new initiative called UTEP Edge, which helps students get involved in school and in their career planning by focusing on research projects and extracurricular activities while they are enrolled.

“The Edge is really centered around three core statements which are talented students, enriching experiences, and lifelong success,” Marc Cox, director of the Center for Faculty Leadership and Development, said.

According to Cox, the fact that the majority of UTEP students are bilingual is an asset. Bilingual graduates, he said, have an edge when they apply for jobs. In addition, providing students with opportunities to engage in research and extracurricular activities while pursuing a college degree produces life long career-enhancing benefits.

“Studies show that students that graduate having had at least two of these Edge experiences go on to have much greater success in the future,” he said.

UTEP graduate Karla Ramirez, now manager at the Center for Faculty Leadership and Development, said that having worked as an undergraduate at the library gave her the push she needed to be where she is now. But she now wishes she had taken advantage of other opportunities outside the classroom to learn and grow as young professional.

“When I was an undergraduate, I didn’t know… you could get a certain internship or do a study abroad class until it was too late,” Ramirez said. “And right now, with the UTEP Edge, that’s our main focus, to get people involved.”

She says that every incoming student should focus on taking any education enhancing opportunity that comes their way.

Betsy Castro-Duarte, director of the University Career Center, said that getting involved in activities like study abroad, research projects, internships, on campus employment and other opportunities the minute students arrive at UTEP is key for a brighter future.

“The Career Center starts really early on. We know that if we’re talking to students by the time they’re juniors or seniors that’s too late. So we actually try to go to every new student orientation,” Castro said.

The Career Center helps student find campus employment, hosts “Work at UTEP” job fairs and Graduate School fairs.

“We partner with a lot of the instruction that’s happening around campus. We typically average over 100 class presentations in the fall,” Castro said.

Aldo Delgadillo, who graduated from UTEP with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology in the fall of 2016, now works as a residential advisor at Job Corps where he is responsible for keeping 43 students on track by monitoring their progress toward their technical education program and checking up on their physical and psychological well being.

The 26-year-old said he considers this job to be related to his major, but admits he never really used the career services offered by UTEP.

“I would see the flyers for career services but I guess it fell upon me that I never approached them and I guess it would’ve been a good pointer to, maybe, look for something else,” he said.

Arlene Chavez, 23, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in the Spring of 2017. While in school, she worked as a front desk staff for the Sociology department. She was then hired as a nurse at Providence Hospital a month after graduation.

She says she made use of the Career Center services. “They helped me fix my resume and they were always accessible in my classroom. Therefore, it was very easy for me to find a job right away.” Chavez said.

For currently enrolled students it’s important to know that UTEP graduates receive a free year of career services counseling while they are part of the alumni association. For more information about UTEP Edge you can reach them at edge@utep.edu.

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How I worked my way through anxiety

Borderzine - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:51pm

In mid-August of 2014 with a new semester just around the corner, everything was going according to plan.

During a beautiful afternoon on Aug. 14, my father, brother and I were all waiting for mom to come home to make plans and have dinner. Mom walked in at around 20 minutes after 6 p.m., said hello and closed the window next to the sofa where I sat texting.

I was unaware of what was coming my way. Within a matter of seconds I was in a state where time froze still. It seemed like an eternity; my mother was having a seizure.

I tried to stand up and help dad, but my legs were wobbly and my chest felt like someone was pressing down on it, I don’t know how but I managed to walk toward my dad. He was sobbing, saying “no mija, tu no,” (no honey, not you in English) as he looked at his wife broken inside as he held her. I realized my brother was at he other end of the hallway; a look of fear in his eyes, he held his phone unsure what to do.

My body and mind were not in sync – nerves, shivers and dizziness had taken control. There was a moment when my brother and I found ourselves talking to the emergency operator trying to follow instructions and facilitate access for the paramedics.

My mother’s seizure brought consequences to my health and my state of mind. I would drive to campus with no strength and I felt ill all the time. I would eat because I had to, but I had no appetite.

In class and while walking the hallways I was always zoned out. It was as if my body was there but my mind was in another dimension. Somehow, I still managed to pass my classes. I also stopped going out with my friends and enjoying myself because I didn’t feel comfortable and those days that I managed to go out, I was not present.

Confused and unsure of what I was feeling, I decided to pay a visit to the campus counseling center, hoping they could shine some light and help me move forward. Talking to the psychologist was in one way a relief as It helped cope but I still couldn’t sleep, I felt stiff and out of tune. I learned that what I felt was my body’s way of reacting to what had happened. Things didn’t change much throughout that year.

A few months into 2015 while walking with a friend on campus I began to feel dizzy, my legs became wobbly and my chest was hurting – that would be my first of many panic attacks. The panic attacks occurred more frequently and time after time I would say to myself, “It’s nothing, it’ll go away” until one day I was driving and I feared for my life. That drive home was the worst night of my existence and my wake-up call to seek help.

Managing my anxiety was not an easy process but with a positive mindset and the help of a professional, support from friends and family, I was able to get through. Day-by-day I worked on myself and confronted my anxiety, closely following Dr. Edna Reyes Wilson’s advice, which is why I share with you how I did it.

1. Exercise

Being told to walk every day for at least 30 minutes seemed impossible. It seemed impossible because I couldn’t so much as walk outside of my house without feeling frightened and my body was always shaking. Take baby steps, walk short distances and increase as you go. This will help you build up your confidence and when you least expect it you’ll be walking a whole mile or 2. If you’re very afraid you don’t have to do it alone; take your dog with you or tell a friend to accompany you.

2. Keep a journal

Keeping a journal was not hard for me as I have always kept one. Writing what you feel situates you in the present and it may be hard to believe but it helps a great deal. Not only do you liberate yourself and rid the weight off your shoulders but it also serves to monitor your progress. It can be a great reference when looking back on what you’ve accomplished and how much you have endured. You will be victorious.

3. Envision yourself succeeding

You may say, “that is the last thing I can do” because you feel so overwhelmed by all the different emotions but trust me, our brain is very powerful and we can flip a switch to a positive one. For me, thinking positive comes a little less harder, but I sticked to it even when I doubted myself. After enduring my first panic attack while driving I was terrified of getting on I-10 and would take the long way everywhere I went. My counselor then said to me “envision yourself succeeding,” “get on the freeway and stay on the lane in which you entered, if you feel scared or anxious pull over or get off. Try driving further each time and see how that works for you.” That was hard but I managed to do it. Now every time I get on the freeway, I envision myself succeeding.

4. Be social, go and do the things you love

Being social is in my genetics. I can strike a conversation with just about anyone but while dealing with anxiety this can be complicated. I became isolated from others, letting fear take the best of me was hindering the relationships I had with my closest friends and family, because although I explained to them what was going on many of them saw it as an excuse and others told me: “You don’t want to hang out with us.” I kept them close and I asked them for help. I told them to push me to go out and to be there for me. Yes, there were times where I had panic attacks while I was them and I wouldn’t say anything simply because I needed to prove to myself that I had the strength within me to overcome it, and I did.

5. Take deep breaths and meditate

Taking a couple or even one breath helps a great amount. Being aware of your surroundings and situating yourself in a place where you feel at peace is the best way to meditate. My counselor advised me to close my eyes and think of a place that gave me tranquility. If you are unfamiliar with meditation you can always search for helpful videos on YouTube or seek a class in your community. Practicing this once or twice a day gains positive results, it revitalizes your lungs and gives you a boost of energy.

6. SING, Dance, Let the music shake you

Music is the everyday dose of medicine for me. I sleep, eat, and breathe music. Find a place with no distractions and pump up your radio and just sing your lungs out. Take a moment to take in how the different music styles change your mood and appreciate it. They say singing is only for the shower, forget that. Sing as you bathe, walk or even while cooking or doing homework.

7. Don’t give up on yourself

You are your best company and no one will care more for you than your own self. Search within you and find what makes you the person you are. Set goals for yourself and allow those goals to raise you higher than you were the day before. Pamper yourself often, whether that means buying yourself a new book or having your favorite dish. Reward yourself for your continuous efforts.

 

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Supreme Court Will Hear Case Challenging Trump's Travel Ban 3.0

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:49pm
Supreme Court Will Hear Case Challenging Trump's Travel Ban 3.0

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Trump Is Killing the American Dream

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:49pm
Trump Is Killing the American Dream

It has been endangered for some decades now, but his racist policies are hastening its demise.
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The Government Is Dead. Long Live the Government!

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:49pm
The Government Is Dead. Long Live the Government!

Shutdowns and stopgaps are no way to deal with the Dreamers or any other aspect of our immigration policy.
Source: [url=https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/22/opinion/government-shutdown...
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The Pundit Fallacy

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:49pm
The Pundit Fallacy

How to understand a confusing government shutdown.
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The Hazards and Costs of Defying Federal Supremacy in Immigration Matters

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:49pm
The Hazards and Costs of Defying Federal Supremacy in Immigration Matters

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Several days ago, after reading a few articles asserting that it...

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The Democrats Are Right ? and Should Settle

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 5:04am
The Democrats Are Right ? and Should Settle

A tactical retreat could help put the focus back on economic issues.
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Shutdown, Showdown, Sure Thing

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 5:04am
Shutdown, Showdown, Sure Thing

Donald Trump proved himself woefully inept at making tough deals.
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A Warning for Democrats

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 5:04am
A Warning for Democrats

With polls looking better for Republicans, it?s time for Democrats to return to an economic critique of Trump, not a cultural or personality critique.
Source: [url=https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/opinion/d...
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Planned Gift Contact Form

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