The State of Immigration in America

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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

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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

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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.

Lessons My Mexican Father Taught Me

Salvador Herrera, 40, from El Salvador, Jose Castillo, 58, from El Salvador and Gerasmo Perez, 63, from Mexico wait for work at a day laborer site in Los Angeles, California, on November 23, 2011. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

Alvaro Huerta: I was not used to seeing a grown man, especially my father, “begging for work.” Now I realize I was wrong to be embarrassed and ashamed. Instead, I should have been appreciative and thankful of my father.

Will Congress Kill Immigration Through Incompetence?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The inability of Congress to get its act together and address the issue of immigration will not only hurt immigrants but the state of our economy and our larger national security.

Panthers & Butterflies: Fighting Deportation, Detention, and Incarceration Together

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Unai Montes-Irueste: It is not only those who are undocumented who strain their wings constantly over the course of a finite life. It is everyone who has ever been stopped because of skin color, or sentenced more harshly because of it.

Disentangling Drugs and Immigration


Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Correlation is not causation and the phenomenon of immigration is not the cause of America’s problem with drugs.

Who Will Win Town Hall Immigration Battle?

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Randy Shaw: The future of immigration reform could well to be decided in the next three weeks. And this will occur not in the halls of Congress but in Congressional Town Hall meetings across the nation.

Here Comes the Border-Industrial Complex

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Jim Hightower: What we have here is the emergence of a full-fledged monster – a Border-Industrial Complex pushing a permanent, ever-expanding border war.

Their Dreams Ended in The San Fernando Massacre

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Two years ago, at an abandoned ranch in the Tamaulipas municipality of San Fernando, Zetas murdered 72 migrants who refused to cooperate with the mafia and were machine gunned to death.

Latino Voters Strongly Reject Anti-Immigrant Posturing from House Republicans


Matt Barretto: New polling results released today show clear evidence that Latino voters now believe that the anti-immigrant voices in the House are not isolated individuals but that many Republicans in Congress hold these views.

Immigration’s Heat Stroke

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The House will fail to vote before the August recess. Immigration will be left out in the sun during the politically hottest month–when members spend weeks at home face-to-face with their constituents.

The America I Know and Love

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Unai Montes-Irueste: I was born in the US. I had citizenship. But at six years old my only understanding of citizenship was that it meant potential separation from my family.

Boehner’s High-Stakes Game of Chicken on Immigration Reform

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Randy Shaw: Predictions that immigration reform will die in the House seem entirely based on taking Speaker John Boehner’s words at face value. That’s never a good idea.

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