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January 26, 2022

A Brief But Spectacular Take On Immigrant Justice In America

Ask students: What is Gaby Hernandez’s job? Why does citizenship not necessarily confer full rights to immigrants, according to Hernandez?

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Summary

Originally from Mexico City herself, Gaby Hernandez understands firsthand the challenges immigrants can face in the United States. As the executive director of the Long Beach Immigrants Rights Coalition in California, she empowers those in her community to push for better resources and protections at both the local and national level. She shares her Brief But Spectacular take on immigrant justice.

Five Facts

  • Who is profiled in this piece, and what is her background?
  • What is Gaby Hernandez’s job?
  • Where does she work? In what communities?
  • Why does citizenship not necessarily confer full rights to immigrants, according to Hernandez?
  • How do immigrants seek rights effectively, according to Hernandez?

Focus Questions

What do you think Hernandez means when she says that the immigration system “isn’t broken. It’s exactly working how it was designed to work”?

Media literacy: Why do you think this piece was set up as a single, uninterrupted monologue rather in a format like question and answer?

Additional Resources

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

PBS NewsHour Classroom

PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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