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Three keys to the immigration reform debate
In the fast-moving discussion of immigration reform, here are three keys to the current debate: 1. Despite Republican Rhetoric, Immigration Enforcement & Border Security Are Already in Overdrive: Here are the facts: President Obama has presided over a record-high number of deportations; the U.S. ....
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GOP needs to take action on immigration reform
Last week marked the two-year anniversary of Mitt Romney’s infamous embrace of “self-deportation,” the immigration policy he first articulated during a Republican primary debate in Tampa. While many Republicans have recognized the political damage inflicted by Romney’s immigration stance and have....
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Once undocumented, now an immigrant advocate
As a first-generation American whose own family emigrated from the Philippines, I always relish the opportunity to hear personal stories of immigration. As Filipino American History Month comes to a close, I want to share a story from Angelo Mathay, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ....
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A letter to my brother
Editor’s Note: For many young people who are undocumented and gay, everyday reality is defined by struggle, uncertainty, and hardship. That was the case for Diego Sandoval, who after living for a year in Florida, moved with his family to Merced, Calif. Since the fourth grade, Diego has attended fi....
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Borders can’t restrain true love
Every year on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, my partner Richi dons an impeccable Cat in the Hat outfit he made himself and drives 40 miles to work, the same drive he makes every school day. He could work closer to home, but the kids in the impoverished Hispanic neighborhoods where he has taught for 10 years....
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Immigration: This time is different
Two thousand thirteen has been an historic year for immigration reform. An extraordinary coalition of supporters from across the political spectrum came together to successfully push for legislative action that addresses many of the complicated issues present in our current immigration system. In ....
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Arizona violates law for DACA students
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), together with the Ortega Law Firm and Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, PLC, recently filed a motion in Arizona’s Maricopa County Superior Court seeking permission to intervene and defend Deferred Action for Childhood Arri....
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US deported 369,000 immigrants in 2013
The U.S. government deported about 369,000 immigrants, including a number of Filipinos, during fiscal year 2013, according to new statistics from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released last month, showing a 10 percent drop from the previous year — the first since President Barack O....
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GOP: Where is immigration proposal?
There is a consensus among most political observers that immigration reform will be on the agenda for the House in 2014. However, an essential question remains unanswered: where is the House Republicans’ specific immigration proposal? Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said this past weekend, “If the Dem....
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Butterfly Effect: Connecting LGBT, immigrant rights
I’ve always been intrigued by the element of chaos theory known as the butterfly effect. It is the idea that everything is connected, and a small change in one place can result in large changes later. For example, a hurricane's formation can be contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly ....
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President Obama: Stop the deportations
Editor’s Note: Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) joined Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and other Members of Congress (Reps. Schakowsky, Rangel, Holt, Titus, Doggett) last month in releasing a letter from Members of Congress to the President asking him to use his executive power under current law to dial ....
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NAFTA’s not delivered, except for corporations
In the twenty years since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, millions of Mexicans have been pushed by NAFTA to make the dangerous journey across the border into the United States, many without legal authorization. The U.S. government has responded by turning the bo....
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Lead on immigration or get out of the way
In the face one of the most devastating periods for Latino and other immigrants in U.S. history, thousands of community members and numerous Latino community leaders from across the nation delivered a message to Congressman Ruben Hinojosa and the leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CH....
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Eight immigration wins in 2013
Despite a landmark comprehensive immigration reform bill that cleared the Senate in June, a corresponding bill that addresses the 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States has yet to come to a vote in the House. In fact, the only immigration-related bill that House members brought ....
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Notes from the Fast for Families Tent
Though the Fast for Families tent sat in the shadow of the Capitol on the National Mall, entering it is a decidedly non-Washington experience. The tent didn’t have the pristine floors of Capitol Hill or the meticulous displays of the Smithsonian. Hand-scrawled notes on colorful paper from well-wis....
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