Criminal Neglect of This Blog

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I haven't blogged in longer than I care to even recount.  It really is unfortunate because this is summer time, I don't have school, and I should be able to blog more.  My time has just been occupied elsewhere.  
It has been a nightmare to get approval from Harvard's Committee on Human Subjects Research to interview deportees for my senior thesis.  Don't get me wrong, I respect the process.  I appreciate that Harvard has a system in place hold research with vulnerable populations to high ethical standards.  At the same time, it's difficult to go through Harvard's bureacracy, especially when I deal with ethics of interacting with this "vulnerable population" everyday.  It's made even more difficult by the fact that the professor that I hope will oversee my research is on sabbatical.  So here I am, back in the U.S., not having done any research, yet.  It's just another way that Harvard is getting in my way, instead of supporting me.  Fortunately, I have found one very helpful professor that has supported me through all of this.  One person in two and a half years of education is not bad, eh?

So in the meantime I've been doing other things, no all of which I can blog about.  Sometimes blogging is just not where you're able to make the most change, but that's not an excuse for being neglectful.  I've missed so much that I've been involved with peripherally, but for which I should have at least updated this blog quickly.  Walter Lara's deportation was deferred, thanks in great part to the amazing work of dreamactivist.org.  Sonia Sotomayor's nomination looks like it's going to go through thanks in great part to the amazing work of presente.org.  I wish I could have supported them through this space a little bit better.

I've also got some original reporting that I have to write up, which I haven't, yet, and I'm unhappy about that.  I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things, though.  Right now, I'm in Boulder, Colorado, at the United States Students Association Congress where tommorrow USSA will be voting on making the DREAM Act a legislative priority for the coming year.  Tomorrow night I will be flying to Chicago to cover the National Council of La Raza conference, and we'll see where it goes from there.

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rachel said:

i feel you on the lack of blog time, kyle. but i know you're dong great work elsewhere and having a big impact too!

hopefully we'll find more blog time soon. should we start a pro-migrant blogger support group for those of us who are missing our blogs? :)

just wanted to stop by and say - ditto and give you props for the work you're doing outside of the blogosphere.

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

Thanks for stopping by, rachel! You're comment is much appreciated. Maybe we should start a support group. Thanks for all the work you do, too!

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