For the past two years, longtime Ashland resident, businessman, and once undocumented immigrant, Laz Ayala has been producing a documentary about his life and the lives of fellow immigrants who come to the U.S. seeking better opportunities. He plans to release the film at independent film festivals across the country, including the Ashland Independent Film […]
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About Laz Ayala
Illegal The Project is a movement that seeks to provide the immigrant’s perspective on the topic of undocumented immigration. We seek to bring justice to and shed light on the facts and myths about immigration. Our goal is to humanize undocumented immigrants and to educate, engage, and organize Americans behind this movement. Together, demanding legislation that addresses a broken, unjust, and divisive system.
Entries by Laz Ayala
An immigrant/homebuilder’s assessment of the labor shortage impacting U.S. industries and the need for legal and humane guest worker programs that meet the needs of businesses and workers. Not Enough Labor Our country is experiencing an illegal employment epidemic fueled by a lack of blue-collar, domestic workers and functional guest worker programs.ill These two factors […]
Today, I am reaching out to long-time Southern Oregon resident, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Laz Ayala to share his perspective on the topic of undocumented immigration. The conversation comes from Laz’s point of view and his own story as a once undocumented immigrant. We discuss the core issues behind the current problem and look at how […]
Three years ago, when Donald Trump’s dehumanizing anti-immigrant rhetoric was escalating, I considered going back to where I came from almost 40 years ago. My dignity, humanity, and that of other immigrants of color, was and continues to be under attack; every day it is reaching new levels. Today, his demonizing politics are not only […]