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GOP legislation blocking brilliance
I joined with the Center for American Progress to host a screening of “Spare Parts,” a new movie that tells the true story of four students at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona. These students were undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. And they st....
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‘Self-deportation’ to ‘maximum deportations’
Last week House Republicans’ passed anti-immigrant legislation that would overturn last November’s executive actions, end the DACA program for DREAMers, and maximize deportations of undocumented immigrants settled in America. With this vote, the Republican Party has lurched even further to the ri....
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 ‘The United States is my country’

 
‘The United States is my country’
Ana Zamora joined the First Lady as a guest at the 2015 State of the Union Address this week. “As I write this letter, my heart pounds and tears roll out of my eyes as I remember all the sacrifices my parents have made through the years to procure me a better future,” wrote Zamora. This September....

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King’s comment offensive to all people
This Saturday, leading Republican presidential contenders will travel to Iowa to attend anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King’s “Freedom Summit.” As the Des Moines Register previews, the event is “already pegged by the campaign-industrial complex as the kickoff to Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential....
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Help shape strategy for immigrant integration
In November 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to fix our broken immigration system. As part of these actions, the President created a White House Task Force on New Americans. We are proud to serve as the co-chairs of this federal interagency Task Force, which will focus....
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The visa curse
Many American women are still told they have to choose between love and career. But for many immigrants, that outdated dilemma is legally enforced. “I am here legally but I don’t have the right to work or even open an independent bank account,” Rashi Bhatnagar, an accomplished journalist from Ind....
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Victim’s families protest Nieto Visit
Nansi Cisneros’ younger brother has been missing for 444 days. On October 19, 2013, four men allegedly beat and kidnapped Cisneros’ brother Javier, then 30 years old, at a neighbor’s house in Jalisco, Mexico, an area that has given way to violence by the Zetas and the Jalisco Nueva Generacion ca....
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Bait-and-switch: One closes, another opens
“When we arrived at the U.S. border, I felt relieved because I thought we were finally safe. But immigration officials took my daughter and me to a place out in the middle of nowhere in Artesia, New Mexico, where we were housed in trailers surrounded by barbed wire fences and cut off from the re....
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Enrollment for immigrant, mixed-status families
For many consumers, the 2015 open enrollment experience has been smoother than last year. For example, the website glitches that challenged many last year have been reduced, and a cleaner, more streamlined website has been developed. However, despite improvements, we are aware that some groups may....
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Applying for U.S. citizenship after 70
Claudia Jovel didn’t have to undergo a perilous journey to reach American soil when she came here 20 years ago from El Salvador. She was able to make the trip with a card that identified her as a U.S. resident. That’s because her sister is a U.S. citizen, and was able to secure the future of her ....
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Legal challenges to executive action
President Barack Obama announced executive action on immigration on Nov. 20th that includes, among other provisions, a policy that could provide temporary relief from deportation to approximately 4.4 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. But because only Congress can pass legislat....
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Stepping out of the shadows
My mother, Estela, and I arrived in the United States in 1988. I was two years old as she carried me in her arms across the Mexico-U.S. border. I was too young to understand what was happening, but my mom has told me many times why we left. Before immigrating here, we lived on a small farm in a r....
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Detained for the holidays
This fall, Zadia* and her son Jose* came to the United States to escape years of physical abuse by her common-law husband. With the help of members of their church, Zadia and Jose fled Honduras. But rather than find refuge, they have been locked up for the last seven weeks in Karnes City, Texas, a....
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USCIS dedicated to promoting citizenship, resources
On Dec. 15, I had the privilege of participating in the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Los Angeles, California. This was a dynamic convening of attendees committed to ensuring the successful integration of immigrants. I spoke to an audience of more than hundreds from across the count....
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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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