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

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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

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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.

Undocumented Youth Living in the Shadows

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Unai Montes-Irueste: According to the Congressional Budget Office, if Congress were to create a reasonable pathway to citizenship for undocumented Americans this year, it would add around $1 trillion to our country’s GDP over the next decade, and reduce our deficit by an additional $1 trillion over the next two decades.

Why Republicans Can’t Allow Gay Couples in Immigration Bill

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: In practical political terms, there is no way a conservative Republican member of Congress would be able to sell immigration and an untraditional conception of marriage.

Why Border Enforcement Plan Will Fail

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Much like the game of whac-a-mole, border enforcement pushes down the flow of crossings in one sector but then sees it pop up in another.

Immigrants and Historical Amnesia

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Claude Fisher: Whatever position one has on the the current immigration debate, if we are going to invoke history in that debate, let’s invoke the real history: European immigrants a century ago did get help, distinctively high levels of help, on their way to assimilation and success in America.

Latino Voters View Congress Through Immigration Bill Lens

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Matt Baretto: Overwhelmingly Latino voters are following the immigration reform debate in Congress and that actions taken on the immigration bill directly influence how Latinos evaluate both political parties.

Latinos Leaving Republican Identity Behind

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The correlation between the GOP’s Latino communications and outreach strategy is linear. The harsher and more racially negative the messaging, the fewer Latinos will stand by your label and vote for you. It’s not a complicated concept.

Mamás and the Undocumented Experience

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Blanca Guillen-Woods: For women, supporting or reuniting with family is the primary factor; a majority of undocumented Latinas said they came to the U.S. either to build a better life for their family, or to reunite with loved ones.

What If Immigration Reform Fails?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The last thing we should do is keep banging our heads against the D.C. wall or just sit around strategizing for the 2014 or 2016 election.  If immigration reform fails at the federal level then the emphasis must move to our state capitals and city councils.

From Gun Control to Immigration Reform, Grand Distractors Winning

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Anthony Samad: Just as communities have their interlopers and obstructionists (blockers) misrepresenting complicated scenarios, Congress has its interlopers and obstructionists misrepresenting already complicated policy discussions, like gun control and immigration.

Time: Friend or Foe for Immigration Reform?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The most rational response to the domestic terror attack is to push forward immigration reform—policy that makes us safer by better tracking those immigrants who are here and who are seeking to enter.

Texas, Congress Go Blue If Immigration Reform Goes Down

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Brent Budowsky: Texas is indeed going Blue. The only question is when. If Republicans sabotage immigration reform, Texas Democrats may not have to wait for a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016.

And the Xenophobia Begins

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Robert Reich: The horror of the Boston Marathon is real. But the xenophobic fears it has aroused are not. I would have hoped United States senators felt an obligation to calm public passions than pander to them.

After Immigration Reform: The Good, Bad and Ugly

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The current immigration legislation holds out the opportunity for only good coming out of the reform. However, unintended consequences can and do arise.

The Immigration Paradigm: The Shell Game

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Rudy Acuña: We are taking a bath on immigration: it looks as if a guest worker program will be part of the grand bargain, and it is likely that there will be a long, slippery and tenuous pathway to citizenship.

Rubio Coy on Immigration

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Rubio’s two-stage strategy of showing the GOP he’s conservative while signaling to the general population that he is also compassionate is the reason for his recent coyness on the issue of immigration.

Happy Ending for “Barking Dogs” Deportation Case

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This past Friday, ICE closed the deportation case of Ruth Montaño, the Bakersfield mother who faced deportation following her arrest for having dogs that barked too much.

Is Immigration Reform a Progressive Priority?

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Jan Tucker: The truth be told, immigration reform has never been a high priority among American progressives; as a consequence, no clear vision of what immigration reform should look like was developed outside the Mexican American community.

Guess What Senators Saw at the U.S.-Mexico Border

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Michael Dear: As the US debates immigration reform, it is vitally important to remember how much the prosperity of both countries depends on the well-being of our borderland “third nation.”

Death of the Chicano Left

Rudy Acuna: immigration reform has never been a high priority among American progressives; as a consequence, no clear vision of what immigration reform was developed outside the Mexican American community.

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