The website has become an important voice in tackling unjust immigration laws. It was started by Axel Caballero, an activist for over 10 years on diverse issues ranging from nuclear disarmament, environmental protection, immigration tohuman rights and Latin American affairs.
Mr. Caballero says efforts to pass an immigration reform bill in recent years have stalled as a result of the anti-immigrant rhetoric and the negative perceptions of undocumented immigrants. He believes that instead of moving forward with a sensible solution to fix the nation’s broken immigration system, there’s been a recent wave of harsh enforcement tactics. These tactics, he said, have led to a record number of deportations, the separation of families, the exploitation of undocumented workers and the unjust treatment of unauthorized immigrants.
"We’re sick and tired of the anti-immigrant rhetoric," he said recently. "It’s loud, it’s noisy and it’s really not helping anyone." Mycuéntame.org offers a place for immigrants’ stories to be shared and the public to learn about what impact immigration law and policies have on real people.
In what activists call a victory for Latinos, the U.S. government has resolved allegations relating to a series of warrantless home raids by immigration agents and must now follow new guidelines for conducing similar operations in the future.