At UnitedWeStay, we believe immigrants deserve:

  • A starting point for being valued for who we are, the work we do and our contribution to our community and this country.
  • A way forward for gaining the necessary documentation needed to not just survive but thrive in this country.
  • The economic and educational opportunities that every generation of immigrants has sought.
  • An online gathering place to get up-to-date trusted news and information and to share the learning experiences of others.


At UnitedWeStay, our mission has expanded over the years to become the ONLY dedicated immigrant advocacy, news and storytelling organization that keeps the public informed about immigration issues on a daily basis and provides a historical record of this news. UWS believes that immigrants are the embodiment of the American Dream and we are dedicated to making this country live up to its own ideals.

We want to inspire the Undocumented who’ve settled for a life of fear and uncertainty to stand up and tell the nation why they’ve earned a better life. We want to make their stories the news and stir the pot of complacency – to rage against social injustice and engage people in seizing the power of 11 million stories with one dream.

~Marcelino J. Miyares, Founder/Editor-in-Chief


All the thousands of articles republished on our website over many years are hand-curated and meant to provide the public, policymakers, academics and journalists with one source for daily and historically archived immigration news, opinion and stories.


At UnitedWeStay, one of our primary goals is to focus on the stories of Undocumented Americans — to be their publishing platform, to inundate the opposition with so many stories of determination and courage that stereotypes are forever extinguished. We will zero in on the humanity of the immigration issue by providing a welcoming space for real people to tell their raw, compelling and inspiring stories. 

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We ask that all submissions conform to civilized discourse with the purpose of sharing thoughts and stories that humanize and elevate the immigration discussion.


Though we’re eager to receive your stories, videos and comments and will give them the full attention they deserve, our replies may not be immediate as we staff up to meet growth. You WILL hear from us and your communications are greatly appreciated.


UnitedWeStay does not share data with any third party.  Our website has been established solely to help connect Dreamers, millions of Undocumented and parents of child citizens and their families and to provide ways to overcome whatever is holding us back.

Compelled to Act as a United Force

All of us at UnitedWeStay have a very personal stake in working for immigration reform, in helping Undocumented Americans find a path toward living the lives we’ve earned with the self-evident rights we hold. We are Dreamers, immigrants, first-generation Americans and human rights activists. We believe that justice will prevail if enough of us persist.

Marcelino Jose Miyares, Founder/Editor-in-Chief

With a BA degree from Northwestern University and 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial marketing experience, Marcelino now heads two downtown L.A. marketing firms, Direct2Hispanic and Integra Group Ventures. When Proposition 187 was put before California voters in 1994, Marcelino worked pro-bono to defeat the bill. Even though its supporters prevailed, the courts ultimately dismantled the law. From that point on, he has looked for more ways to grow public support for immigration as a human rights issue. Marcelino believes the most effective way to do this is by sharing the stories of America’s Undocumented. In 2014, he founded UnitedWeStay to provide a gathering place for the millions of stories that needed to be told, the immigration news lacking a centralized focus and the advocacy efforts requiring a larger spotlight. With the growth of UWS, Marcelino has added a weekly Immigration News Central newsletter and is hosting The Portraits of Esperanza, an immigrant superhero graphic novel he co-created and art directs. As a first-generation Cuban-American, Marcelino knows firsthand the immigrant story. His parents fled the Castro regime and made a new life for themselves and their family in the United States more than half a century ago.

Barbara Rabinowitz, Writer/Editor

Barbara’s work in marketing communications has spanned four decades and crossed corporate, educational, nonprofit and political platforms. Her most recent political work has involved growing public support for state and local issues and candidates, many of them first-generation Americans. Always an activist, she has used her writing skills to promote human rights and social justice. She has authored and edited several books and holds a master’s degree from the University of North Florida. At UnitedWeStay, Barbara works on crafting the organization’s message, gathering the news and helping tell the stories of the Undocumented. She is also the co-creator and writer for The Portraits of Esperanza, an immigrant superhero graphic novel unfolding weekly on UWS.

Tania Macín, Social Media Manager 

Born and raised in Mexico City, Tania completed her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Universidad Anáhuac México, then went on to complete a degree in digital marketing at UCLA. Tania’s father is a U.S. citizen who lives in Mexico, and Tania went through the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. She had not thought about living in the U.S. until she realized her desire to attend UCLA and begin a career with some sort of path that would lead to a stable retirement. Upon first arriving in the country, Tania believed her tri-lingual skills, college degree and international experience would lead to many job opportunities but she found that the first question asked regarded her citizenship even though her status is stated on her resume. She finds it very hard to start a new life in the U.S. without already having a track record here, without pay stubs and rental history, without established bank accounts and local references. So she’s putting down roots day by day. Tania misses her family in Mexico City and visits as often as she can, made more feasible with her ability to work remotely. Over her decade-long career in digital marketing, she’s worked in education, e-commerce, events and advertising. She is now using her marketing and design skills to spread crucial human rights news and stories through UnitedWeStay. Tania also finds time to volunteer in her community and to launch her own business, a pop-up taco stand open on weekends.

Monica Martinez, Content Manager 

Born and raised by an Mexican immigrant mother in Los Angeles, Monica has personally encountered the trials and triumphs of a first-generation U.S. citizen, as well as a first-generation Latinx-American. Like so many others, Monica has not let the obstacles faced keep her from attaining her dreams. Monica’s mother immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1990s and helped her and her sisters gain college degrees as a street vendor, later receiving her own master’s degree while remaining an undocumented citizen. Monica’s mom, her biggest inspiration and greatest hero, has shown her the importance of working hard and helping others. Monica believes it’s important to highlight immigrant stories and showcase their contributions so that one day soon her mom and millions like her will be granted a path to citizenship. This passion has driven her to become the media assistant for UWS and to work toward her paralegal license with which she can help even more immigrants.

Jossie Catalan, Founding Member

Before she became a founding member of UnitedWeStay in 2014, Jossie qualified for the DACA program and put her bi-lingual skills to good use by helping tell the stories of scores of fellow Dreamers as our first Social Media Manager. She was brought to the U.S. from Guatemala by her grandmother when she was only three — a 2,500-mile journey. Later, Jossie was able to reunite with her parents, attain a high school education and work at both UWS and D2H Partners, a Los Angeles marketing agency targeting Hispanic consumers. She has gone on to start a business with her husband and has a young child. Her fate as a DACA recipient still hangs in limbo after all these years.