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 Muñoz missed a valuable opportunity

Muñoz missed a valuable opportunity
Cecilia Muñoz, the White House’s Director of Domestic Policy Council, was met with silence, jabs and jeers, and booed off the stage at the annual American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) conference recently. Several immigration attorneys and advocates who have been at the frontlines of t....

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Top facts about current immigrants
Woven together, stories of immigrants form the backbone of the United States. This month marks the second annual Immigrant Heritage Month, when Americans celebrate their immigrant roots and tell their families’ stories of sacrifice and contribution. To mark Immigrant Heritage Month, we offer a few....
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Three years later: DACA’s impact
This week marks three years since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would implement a policy to make our immigration enforcement policies smarter and more representative of our values as a nation. The policy, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA), has al....
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Honoring and celebrating new Americans By President Barack Obama
One of the remarkable things about América is that nearly all of our families originally came from someplace else. We’re a nation of immigrants. It’s a source of our strength and something we all can take pride in. And this month – Immigrant Heritage Month – is a chance to share our American stori....
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Bed quota traps LGBT immigrants in detention
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, has taken steps in an attempt to improve the immigration detention system, including an automated tool to improve transparency and uniformity in detention-custody decisions and recent guidance on prosecutorial discretion issued by DHS Secretary Jeh....
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The immigrant threat narrative is real
Vengeance is poison; it sneaks up without notice and debilitates you. Some of its toxicity has recently infiltrated the American public consciousness. The analysis on the latest research on immigration points to a backlash by white citizens upset with the direction President Obama has taken on im....
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DACA turned this nurse’s dream into a reality
When José Aguiluz was 15, he was involved in a severe car accident in his native Honduras. Desperate for help, his aunt contacted doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The staff were able to perform the required surgery, and it wasn’t long before José and his aunt traveled from....
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‘Never intended to protect Latinos from Latinos’
According to Locke Bell, the district attorney of Gaston County, North Carolina, the ethnicity of a domestic-violence survivor can disqualify that person from equal protection under the law. The Charlotte Observer reports that Bell refused to certify a domestic violence survivor’s visa application....
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Without DACA, we all lose fierce advocates
As a gay undocumented youth, Jesús Chávez understands well the challenges of living with secrets. He grew up in California’s Central Valley always aware of his immigration status but forbidden from speaking about it. At 14, Chávez vividly recalls watching coverage of the 2006 immigration reform r....
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Economic benefits, electoral implications of DAPA
Six months ago, President Barack Obama announced several actions to improve América’s immigration system, including a program dubbed Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, were scheduled to begin th....
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DACA: A positive impact on community, economy
When María Pacheco lived in México as a young girl, she only saw her father once a year during vacations from his job at a nursery in Northeast Ohio. During the years of separation, María’s dream was to have her family together again. Fourteen years ago, that dream seemed to be coming true when Ma....
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Welcoming, integrating immigrants and refugees
Immigrants and refugees have come to our shores in search of opportunity and freedom since before the founding of our nation. The process of integrating into a new land – to achieve self-sufficiency, political and civic involvement, and social inclusion – can be difficult but the rewards can be im....
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DACA helping immigrant youth realize her dream
Though María García has lived in the United States for 20 years, it is only during the past couple that the pursuit of the American dream seemed within reach. In 1995, María’s mother fled México to escape an abusive and alcoholic husband. She brought the three youngest of her seven children to De....
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Helping DACA recipients to avoid tax scams
A new scam targeting immigrants has gotten the attention of Uncle Sam. Health advocates are concerned that tax preparers have been misinforming, and some even outright scamming, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries by making them pay a penalty for not having health insuranc....
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Truth or consequences for ICE Director Sarah Saldaña
Last week the new director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Sarah R. Saldaña, made two things clear: she needs a refresher course on Constitutional Law and she needs to reread the immigration enforcement priority memorandum written by her boss, Department of Homeland Security (DH....
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