The State of Immigration in America

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Children Seeking Asylum and Finding Antipathy

Children Seeking Asylum

Tina Dupuy: I might be the only syndicated columnist in the country who was raised by the state. So when lawmakers and public pontificators discuss the welfare of unaccompanied minors who’ve been dropped on our proverbial doorstep, I should probably speak up.

Obama’s Defining Moment

Obama Undocumented Immigrants

Randy Shaw: President Barack Obama has a chance to define his presidency and vindicate the ideals of his 2008 campaign by one decisive act: issuing an Executive Order granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.

Alida Garcia On Immigration Reform Being About People Not Votes

Alida Garcia

At PowerPAC+’s Race Will Win the Race conference, Alida speaks up for the countless families and communities impacted by our broken immigration system and challenges progressive leaders to go beyond campaign promises to enact meaningful immigration policy change.

Hijos de las Guerras

Central American children

Tom Hayden: The tens of thousands of Central American children streaming towards the US border are refugees from violence and economic crisis fostered by decades of wrongheaded US foreign policy.

Putting Children’s Migration in Context

Child Refugees

Beatriz Manz: What is troubling, however, is that the debate over what the U.S. should do with these children has centered on how to deport them as rapidly as possible. The naive notion is that deportation will send an unmistakable message not to attempt the dangerous journey north.

Children Shouldn’t Be Left Alone in Immigration Court

immigrant children

Sandra Hernandez: These children facing life or death consequences in immigration court shouldn’t suffer because there are not enough volunteer attorneys to ensure they receive a fair hearing in court.

Conspiracy? Who Said Conspiracy? “Oops Perry” Rides Again

Rick Perry

Larry Wines: Even with your new professorial glasses on. Maybe you need little screens in them so your handlers can type answers to send you.

Immigration Crisis: Obama’s Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Obama Immigrant Children

Nativo Vigil Lopez: The mutual acrimonious rhetoric and foot-dragging between the Democrats and Republicans related to “comprehensive immigration reform” has come to naught as the country moves closer to November’s mid-term elections.

Casualties in the War on Immigrants

war on immigrants

Rev. Hannah Petrie: The Obama administration’s order to review deportation procedures must be bolstered by our own response as tax-paying citizens and fellow human beings to demand that such fascist and un-American policies be amended immediately.

California: Let’s Put a Hold on ICE

ICE Holds

Jennie Pasquarella: Detaining people by the droves without justification in some of the worst jails in America, like those in L.A. County, is bad enough. But it gets worse.

Life on Hold: Asylum Delayed

asylum delayed

Carmen Iguina: Like Marco, there are hundreds of other immigrants, languishing in detention, waiting for the government to complete their “reasonable fear” determinations.

Latino Principles of Immigration Reform


Latino Principles: The challenge for Republicans today is that they must actually “get to work.”

Republicans Foolish to Ignore Immigration Reform


Republicans Ignore Immigration Reform:George W. Bush and Karl Rove understood the need to reach out to Latino voters.

Immigration Reform Groups Vow ‘Electoral Punishment’


Electoral Punishment: Immigrant rights groups’ strategy: “electoral punishment” of any lawmaker who gets in the way of immigration reform.

Boehner Invites Hispanic Wave to Vote Democratic in 2014


Boehner Hispanic Voters: Boehner changed course again because the right, angered at his shift toward immigration, demanded he change again.

Border Complaints Drop – Thanks to Organizing


Border Complaints Drop: No one filed a report alleging a civil rights or abuse violation involving the US Border Patrol in the El Paso area.

The State of Our Union: Immigration


State of the Union Immigration — A lack of movement could augur resentment. Latinos might stay home if immigration remains unaddressed.

No White Christmas for Brown Immigrants


Brown Immigrants will have something less to celebrate this year, since no one has taken meaningful action to resolve their status.

Y’all Come Back, Now. . . Please?


Self Deport — Make their lives so miserable that they’d run back home, wherever “home” was, just to get away.

Labor Ads Nail Republicans with Latino Voters


Matt Barreto: Messaging on immigration could well be a critical and effective tool to mobilize the Latino vote in 2014 with significant partisan implications if the GOP continues to stall or block immigration reform.

Unlikely Allies: Immigration, LGBT Groups Seek Equality


Maureen O’Hagan: Immigration reform groups noticed that gay rights groups were able not only to change laws but also to refocus the debate: Gay marriage wasn’t only a sexual orientation issue; it was an equality issue.

Immigration Reform Failure Déjà Vu


Victoria Defrancesco Soto: If recent history has taught us anything it is that immigration must come from the bottom up. If there is any hope of comprehensive immigration reform, it must start with the House of Representatives.

Pasadena City Council Says “Sí” to Immigration Reform


Rachel Young: Members of Congress ‘Clearly not doing their job,” declared one Councilmember.

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions


Selena Teji: Under current immigration laws, even legal permanent residents can face deportation and bars on reentry following a conviction for a low-level drug offense.

Did Federal Shutdown Boost Immigration Reform?


Randy Shaw: Will Tea Party Republicans let Boehner hold a vote on Obama’s top priority issue — immigration reform — or will their increased post-shutdown animosity toward the President prevent such action?

America’s Skepticism about Diversity Not New

american diversity

Victoria Defrancesco Soto: According to a recent survey, Americans are leery of the nation’s increasing diversity — some “very anxious,” most simply feeling uninspired by the increasing diversity in this country.

Arrested for Following the Law

ice raids

Michael Kaufmann: ICE agents have repeatedly raided Kern County courthouses in recent years, rounding up residents waiting to pay fines, appear in court, get married, and even – in one case reported to the ACLU – get a domestic violence restraining order.

New Anti-Immigrant Campaign Kicks Off


Victoria Defranceso Soto: Even if a path to citizenship didn’t make it through, at least it looked like there would be some type of immigration reform. But now even partial reform seems impossible.

Missing Movements?


Peter Dreier: For the most part, however, reporters for the mainstream media cover the political maneuvering in Washington, D.C., or state capitals, or city halls. They don’t cover the day-to-day lives of ordinary workers and immigrants, nor the movement groups that help give them voice.

Lots of Wind, Lots of Thunder, No Useable Rain


John MacMurray: The picture we are given by groups with axes to grind in a particular direction, shamefully abetted by a shallow and sycophantic media, shows immigrants massing along our southern border, poised to rush across and take jobs away from the Americans who are rightfully entitled to them.