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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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