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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 But for many immigrants, that outdated dilemma is legally enforced.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 

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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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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