If you're dark-haired, brown-skinned and have the misfortune of living in Arizona in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in State of Arizona v. United States of America, get ready to be stopped, searched and questioned.
The authors of SB1070 hoped to make the life of a migrant so unpleasant that it would cause a mass self-deportation movement. Instead it has caused the people to become inspired, informed and involved. Not only are we not leaving, were fighting!
The immigration debate in the United States often centers narrowly around people who cross a border, and their social impacts on the "destination" country. But what if we viewed migration as a social phenomenon, or as a natural process?
Kansas attorney Kris Kobach has been urging municipalities and states for years to pass the draconian laws he writes that are aimed at so badly punishing undocumented immigrants that they will "self-deport." Woe to those who believed his fairy tales.
Romney's speech at the National Association of Latino Elected Official's (NALEO) conference had been billed as an opportunity for a candidate, who is struggling to connect with Hispanic voters, to re-orient his message to this core voting block. He did not.
Selfishly I have a soft spot for Latinos who serve because I see in them what I saw in my dad - pride and commitment. It warms my heart to hear Latino military personnel share their stories. I see a little bit of my dad in each of them.