Jessica Cobian

Immigration Campaign Associate
Jessica Cobian was raised in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico, until the age of 12. Her exposure to immigrant issues and economic inequality inspired her to advocate for underserved communities. 
 
Jessica earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on International Affairs from the University of California, Riverside. While at UCR, Jessica was a Resident Advisor for the Chicano/Latino Hall and a community leader with the Inland Congregations United for Change, where she learned about faith-based community organizing. 
 
In 2013, Jessica became involved in research meetings and actions for immigration reform. After graduating, she went on to become a Community Organizer with PICO National Network in Riverside, where she enjoyed working with agricultural workers in the Coachella Valley for immigration and health care justice. Before joining Sojourners, Jessica was a Lead Organizer for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment in San Diego, where she worked developing community leaders from low-income and working families. 
 
Jessica is pursuing her master’s in Public Policy at American University. In her role at Sojourners, Jessica is advocating for the reunification of families and a more comprehensive immigration reform by lifting the stories of immigrants and refugees through legislative meetings and community actions.

Posts By This Author

Undocumented and Unashamed: DACA Recipients Share Their Stories

by Jessica Cobian 09-06-2017

We are calling on the people of faith to stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters and tell Congress to the DREAM Act — and we are inviting DACAmented youth to share your stories. We will be publish these at Sojourners and sharing them with our members of Congress.

Lives in Limbo: Faith Leaders and Activists Rally for Young Immigrants

by Jessica Cobian 08-17-2017

Photo by Jessica Cobian / Sojourners

Thousands gathered in front of the White House on Tuesday calling on the administration to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the executive action signed by President Barack Obama that protected 800,000 young people from deportation. They were able to receive work permits and stay in the U.S. in exchange for providing their information and going through background checks. Now, DACA is in the hands of the Trump administration — and the program is under threat by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and nine other state-level officials who plan to sue if the Trump administration does not cancel DACA by Sept. 5.

How Does Deporting a Pastor Make Our Country Safer?

by Jessica Cobian 07-27-2017

Under the Trump administration, ICE has requested an additional $185.9 million to recruit more than 1,600 new ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers, Homeland Security Investigations agents, and additional support personnel. This is part of a larger 1.6 billion ICE request that would also include funding for the new border wall and detention beds.

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