So it’s this gorgeous girl’s 16th birthday and I don’t know who I’d be without her. Thank you so much for being my best friend through everything. I know I can always come to you with anything and you’ll be there to listen, laugh, and cry with me. You’re the best sister a girl could ask for… We’ve been through so much together and I’m so glad I was able to travel the Americas with you (aka Seattle and New York). I don’t know what I would’ve done without my best friend by my side. Even through the rough patches and huge amount of change this past year, you’re friendship means the world to me and I really hope you know that. Thank you so much for everything and I hope you have the sweetest 16 anyone ever had. LOVE YOU SO MUCH SISTER.

PS. Most of these pictures are from Seattle cause we look hella. But then I also added some photos of us being faded af because let’s be honest, we’re always faded af. 💁

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NUMBER ONE BAE! (Other than #dlind of course) 🎂🍰 (at birthday town 🎉)

anonymous said:

What if Edward had fallen for Rosalie and married her back before she found Emmett? What if it was Esme who dlind Emmett and not Rosalie? Do you think Emmett could have been Bella's mate?

Hmmm…I don’t know anon.  I think that, even given all of those circumstances, Emmett and Bella always had a great platonic relationship, but I don’t really see them ever working as a couple.  Like they get along okay, but Bella is always so serious I think she needs Edward  someone who understands and relates to her quietness and her gravity.

#immigration news digest (9/25/2014 edition): h/t @forbes, @DLind, @nytimes, @washingtonpost, @voicesny
Immigration: The Myth Of The “Anchor Baby” via @forbes

[we] often see comments on stories that talk as if a person can come across the border, have a child and stay in the country indefinitely. That isn’t the way it works.

  The child migrant crisis seems to be over. What happened? via @DLind
  • The surge of child migrants has declined sharply But by the time Congress returned in September, the crisis had completely dropped off the radar of policymakers, the media, and the public.
  • Quite simply, the surge of child migrants has stopped.


Mexico Makes Route Tougher for Migrants via @nytimes

under pressure from the United States and other Central American nations, Mexico in recent weeks has taken a rare step toward stemming the flow of migrants, sweeping them off trains, setting up more roadway checkpoints and raiding hotels and flophouses where they congregate on their journey north.

Obama and immigration: High hopes, a mixed record via @washingtonpost

Obama’s record on immigration is one of caution and deliberation punctuated by moments of determination amid some broken promises. With the president delaying executive action until after the November congressional elections, some Democrats worry that expectations have been raised beyond what he can deliver.

Children of Immigrants via @nytimes (photography) Excerpt:

In discussions about children of immigrants, scholars often deal with statistics, but rarely with the actual individuals who have their own voices and ideas of identification. We are more than numbers, more than the reports that analyze our educational attainment and economic standing.

This continuing portrait series is inspired by conversations I’ve had with children of immigrants over the past two years. The people I met talked about their childhoods and how they defined American culture. They reflected on self-identification and the imbalance of cultural identity. And they looked at how the label “children of immigrants” affects the members of that community.

  Mexicans in NY: The Promise of More Political Clout via @voicesny


There is growing evidence that Mexicans, the fastest growing Latino population in the city, may be on the verge of gaining more political power in the city and the state

But a number of hurdles – such as low citizenship and educational achievement rates – may slow the process down. What’s more, Mexicans are not concentrated in certain areas of the city as some ethnic groups are, but rather are scattered across the city.

Still, attention is increasingly being paid to the Mexican community, and it should be only a matter of time before Carlos Menchaca, the city’s first Mexican-American City Council member, is joined by other representatives of the community. Mexicans are the third largest Latino community in the city after Puerto Ricans and Dominicans.

Good reading,