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House Votes on Immigration: An Opportunity for Bolder Executive Action

(3) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 11:58 AM

Last week, the House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill that demonstrates how out of step they are with the public on immigration. House Members passed a series of amendments designed to stop the Obama administration from pursuing humane immigration policies, voting to block funds for any prosecutorial discretion activities,...

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American Heritage Dictionary Redefines "Anchor Baby" as "Offensive" and "Disparaging"

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 5:30 PM

The firestorm around the inclusion of the term "anchor baby" in the new edition of the American Heritage Dictionary has led to a dramatic reversal in the definition. Not only did the executive editor, Steven Kleinelder, emphatically apologize for the initial definition, he promised swift action to change...

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"Anchor Baby" Added to New American Heritage Dictionary

(6) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 9:19 AM

The degree to which the immigration debate has coarsened over the last few years is no more evident than in the pages of the recently released fifth edition of the New American Heritage Dictionary. Among the new entries is the term "anchor baby." You might think that the definition would...

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How to Talk Turkey on Immigration

(8) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 3:32 PM

Washington, D.C. area schools participate in the Urban Debate program, which gives middle school children the opportunity to learn the art of debate. My sixth grader signed up right away. She was surprised to learn, however, at her first tournament that many people have no qualms debating either side of...

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President Obama's Very Legal Move on Immigration

(6) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 7:07 PM

DHS's recent announcement on enforcement priorities suggests that the agency, along with the Department of Justice, is serious about trying to target those persons who pose a threat to public safety. Unfortunately, there has been little official communication from either agency about the initiatives underway to review current...

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Like Previous Administrations, Obama Is Using Existing Laws to Improve our Immigration System

(3) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 4:06 PM

The attacks on the Obama administration from some immigration restrictionists are likely to escalate when Congress returns from its August recess, given the recent announcement that DHS intends to put muscle behind its prosecutorial discretion guidelines. The plan to review 300,000 immigration cases to assess whether they fall...

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Dear Mr. Smith, Our Broken Immigration System Requires Solutions That Embrace Discretion, Not Eliminate It

(20) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 3:21 PM

Over the last six months, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), along with other members of the House Judiciary Committee, have engaged in an all-out effort to turn back the clock on our immigration laws through a series of bills that may tackle one issue at a time, but equal a comprehensive...

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What ICE's Latest Memo on Prosecutorial Discretion Means for Future Immigration Cases

(54) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 3:39 PM

Last week, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton reminded ICE officials of their duty and obligation to use good judgment in the prosecution of immigration cases in a new memo. In a culture where many people still believe that "enforcing the law" and "removing people"...

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