When Congress wouldn't pass a bill, the president had to act on immigration and deportation policy, to keep families intact -- a measure that affected 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the United States.
The increasing number of migrant children being apprehended at the US border has finally focused media and political attention on the humanitarian plight of Central American migrant families.
The border isn't along the border alone, it's everywhere in America. It lives along the frayed lines of battered nerves, those of American-born citizens who fear their parents' deportation could come at any time (in many cases, grandparents of now second-generation Americans).
After a U.S. Border Patrol agent in 2010 fatally shot a fleeing teenage drug smuggler twice in the back, a review by the Justice Department deemed the shooting death justified. But now that conclusion has been called into question by law enforcement officials.
Building a bigger fence may play well around the cable-TV studio desks where pundits gather to yak in faraway New York and Washington. But down in El Paso, it's a foreign concept.
This is when I heard those dreadful words, "We're denying you reentry into the United States and deporting you back to Mexico tonight." I was being treated like a common criminal without having committed any crime.
Boehner has gone from confidently touting his and his fellow House Republicans' upcoming leadership on the issue of immigration, to now doing nothing more than groveling for Obama to solve the problem using his executive authority -- which is an ironic enough stance for a Republican to take, these days.
I discussed Sarah Palin's call for the impeachment of President Obama and the causes of the crisis on the US-Mexican border on The Weekend Show with...
This ad will likely be followed by other companies' ads -- all competing freely in a marketplace for customers -- which means it does represent a historic turning point.
In all the fulminating going on about the children in the current border "crisis," there is one problem I have yet to hear addressed, by either side in the debate. Mostly, I suspect, because it would cost a lot of money to fix.
We now await a moral conscience moment in the welcoming of children and others escaping the violence in such countries as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
The wave of unaccompanied children from Central America flooding the U.S. border is a regrettable situation that is taxing many federal government agencies - none more severely than the U.S. Border Patrol.
This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.
The tolerance of child abuse by federal authorities violates our laws and our values -- it is both inhumane and immoral. Now is the time to put an end to it.
James F. Tomsheck's removal as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's chief of internal affairs has raised more alarms about the agency, which has witnessed a dramatic spike in shootings and violence in recent years.
Let us stop and reflect on where we are, how we got here, and where we are headed. Despite the fact that some of us being able to breathe a sigh of relief, the work to achieve a sensible reforms that will bring about change to immigration laws is far from over.