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Why allow racial profiling at or near the border?
At a moment when the federal government is taking racial profiling seriously, it was gratifying to read that Attorney General Eric Holder "told colleagues that he believed that border agents did not need to consider race or ethnicity." Racial profiling is demeaning, offensive to American values, a....
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GOP intends to reverse steps on immigration
Eighteen months after the Senate passed a comprehensive, commonsense bill on immigration reform with bipartisan support; House Republicans still don’t have a plan to fix our broken system. Instead, House Republicans passed a bill last week that intends to reverse steps the President took to hold u....
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Be aware: Diversity Visa Lottery scams
Many people around the world dream of getting a “Green Card” that allows them to live and work in the United States. The U.S. Department of State runs the Diversity Visa Immigrant Program, also known as the Diversity Visa Lottery. People from certain countries who apply and are selected in a lotte....
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Many LGBT families left out of Executive Action
Recently, President Obama took bold action to grant relief to an estimated five million undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the United States. This step represents a huge victory after Congress refused to pass legislation to overhaul and repair our broken immigration system. But w....
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We are a nation of immigrants President Barack Obama
We are a nation of immigrants. It has always given America a big advantage over other nations. It keeps our country young, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. But today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it. That’s why, nearly two years ago, I came to this school and laid out princ....
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Executive action on immigration: Good, bad, and ugly
I went to bed last week mentally doing a checklist of everyone I know who qualifies and does not qualify under the President’s immigration action. As a community advocate and formerly undocumented immigrant, the word that most aptly describes last week is “bitter-sweet.” While the announcement is....
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Immigration reform: Step forward
Our immigration system has been broken for decades -- and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country. So on November 20th, President Obama will address the n....
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Actress describes her parents' deportation
Prison life is tough for Maritza, Diane Guerrero's inmate character on the Netflix hit "Orange is the New Black." But real life has dealt Guerrero some serious problems, too. She's the daughter of Colombian immigrants who were living in the United States as undocumented. When Guerrero was just 14....
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Reducing poverty through immigration reform
There is a potential for immigration reform to create a pathway out of poverty, by enabling undocumented immigrants to work legally and maximize their earnings. Today, there are an estimated 11.3 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. Under current immigration law, these individuals ar....
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Critical moment for immigrant families
After several months of delay, President Obama is on the brink of announcing administrative relief for millions of immigrant families. Although all the buzz across the country indicates that this will happen as early as this week, we know that our families can take nothing for granted. We need to ....
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The Latinoamericanización of U.S. politics
After the recent elections, Roberto Lovato, a writer and a visiting scholar at University of California Berkeley’s Center for Latino Policy Research, discussed the impact of Latinos in the political system. Lovato is also an active member of Presente.org and launched the Move the Game campaign. ....
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How can a 3-year old represent himself in court?
Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo,* a three-year-old who arrived at the United States border in April ....
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Pentagon leaving DREAMers behind
Pentagon officials announced in an email last week that it would allow some undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children to enlist in the military through a limited program that recruits immigrants with critical language and culture skills, the Military Times first reported. The Dep....
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DACA recipients grateful, uncertain about future
Manuel Martinez thought his future would follow the life of his father. When he was 17, he thought he’d work in construction after high school. Despite living in the US since the age of one, Martinez didn’t think he had many options because of his undocumented status. Yaquelin Valencia, a high sc....
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By the numbers: Executive action on immigration
Since Congress first passed a comprehensive immigration law—the Immigration and Nationality Act—in 1952, each of the 11 subsequent presidents, from President Dwight D. Eisenhower through President Barack Obama, have used their broad executive authority to address unanticipated situations affecting....
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