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Birther Issue Dogs Ted Cruz, Days From Iowa Caucuses

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

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After School Citizens and Virtual Diversity: Harvard Report Comes Up Short

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 01.27.2016 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Turning the Tide, a report by the Making Caring Common Project at Harvard, reminds high school educators and parents that the common good is good, and...

Cruz Bill Eases Revocations of U.S. Citizenship Without Due Process

David Bier | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
David Bier

Sen. Cruz's Expatriate Terrorist Act would allow bureaucrats to strip citizenship from U.S. citizens on the dangerously vague grounds of "assistance" to a terrorist group. Americans could lose their citizenship without any trial, conviction, or review by another agency. For Americans abroad, the bureaucrats would even have the ability to deny the right to travel home while a lawsuit is pending in U.S. courts.

Diplomatic Passports For Sale, Claims Dominica's Opposition Leader

Till Bruckner | Posted 01.20.2016 | World
Till Bruckner

Lennox Linton is the Leader of the Opposition in the Commonwealth of Dominica, an independent island-state in the Caribbean with just 72,000 inhabitan...

The State of Our Union Is Strong (in Oregon)

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The state of Oregon has offered us nearly two weeks of a 21st century governing challenge. One that has demonstrated a durable, resilient democracy among American citizens.

Why Cities Should Invest in Citizenship: Helping Immigrants Achieve Citizenship Yields Major Returns -- and It's the Right Thing to Do

Bob Annibale | Posted 01.13.2016 | New York
Bob Annibale

Cities across the U.S. have a clear role to play in ensuring their immigrant communities have support during the naturalization process by creating programs that break down barriers.

The Law of Unintended Consequences

Stampp Corbin | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Stampp Corbin

I have to laugh as the Republican Party deals with the "birther" issue of Senator Ted Cruz. There is nothing more amusing than seeing Republicans hoisted by their own petard, or simply put, being hobbled by tactics they developed.

Top 9 Issues Latinos Want To Hear the President Address at the State of the Union

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 01.12.2016 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 40 of the nation's leading Latino advocacy organizations, shared its priorities for the president's final State of the Union. Here's the top nine list of things what we want to hear the president addres

Cruz Unsettled

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Despite his best efforts to brush the issue off, all of this has to be unsettling for Ted Cruz. Perhaps he can reach out to President Obama for some advice.

Donald Trump Hammers Away At Ted Cruz's Citizenship

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics

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Ted Cruz Is a Natural-Born Citizen

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Ted Cruz is a natural-born citizen and he can be president. There is no ambiguity, no legal question. It is very clear.

Ted Cruz and the Question of 'Natural Born' Citizenship

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Given the ever-increasing mobility and interaction of people of all nationalities, the odds of even more perplexing scenarios will only multiply in the future, so wouldn't it be a good idea to clarify once and for all the meaning of "natural born citizen"?

Welcoming the Stranger Q&A: Embracing Immigrants and Refugees

Stephen Seufert | Posted 12.29.2015 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

Welcoming the Stranger's name is derived from the Matthew 25:35 passage. Our mission is to welcome the strangers in our midst by providing free classes in English, computer skills, and citizenship classes to immigrants and refugees.

President Obama Speaks at D.C. Naturalization Ceremony

Anna Wilding | Posted 12.17.2015 | DC
Anna Wilding

It was a stunning warm winter's day in Washington, D.C. as a group of excited permanent American residents were about to become United States citizens at a naturalization ceremony.

America: Love it or Leave it

Karl Wilder | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Karl Wilder

Dear America, I think it may be time to leave. I used to love you, I try to love you. Without question I love the promise of us, but in your curren...

How to Become a Climate Negotiator Right Now

Lex Paulson | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Lex Paulson

LE BOURGET, FRANCE - Here in the Parisian suburb of Le Bourget, the mood is anxious and electric. Yesterday over 150 "high-level" negotiators -- mostl...

This Is Either the Best Idea or the Worst Plan Ever

Daniel Cubias | Posted 12.07.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

I've been following the advice of the Freakonomics guys, who advise us to think like a child and ask seemingly naive questions in the pursuit of higher truths. So I asked myself, "Would something like the Homestead Act for undocumented immigrants be a good idea?"

The Good Citizen in the Digital Era

Howard Gardner | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Howard Gardner

In the long run, our national system can only survive if we -- old as well as young -- see it functioning well and if individual citizens accept their responsibility to support it. But, it's wrong to conclude that today's young persons are bad citizens.

It Only Took 18 Years, But I'm Finally A United States Citizen

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Brown Girl Magazine

I was thirteen when 9/11 happened, just a few weeks into the start of the eighth grade. The series of events that that horrifying incident put into action are still playing out to this day, 14 years later.

Arab Region Needs to Separate Religion from State Affairs

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

The time has come for a new look at the role of religion in the governance of states. Jordan would do well to be a leader in this important process, as well.

Financial Access and Services Are Essential for Immigrant Integration

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.20.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Many Hispanic families lack access to safe and affordable credit or know their credit score, which often results in people seeking high-cost alternative financial services like check cashing or payday loans or relying on family and friends for financial help.

U.S. Schools Don't Fail at Test Performance, They Fail at Citizenship Development

Arthur Camins | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Arthur Camins

We need an education system intentionally designed to engage students to understand their values and to learn how to become effective citizens. Which questions teachers ask or do not ask influences how their students understand the world and their role in it.

Immigrant Rights Leaders Say This Is the Time to Act

Elena Shore | Posted 11.17.2015 | Latino Voices
Elena Shore

A day after the 5th Circuit announced its ruling against the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration, immigrant rights leaders said now is the time to act.

U.S. Citizenship: Does it Even Matter?

Michael Wildes | Posted 11.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Michael Wildes

Some people acquire U.S. citizenship immediately at birth, for others, U.S. citizenship is conferred later in life. Regardless of how it is acquired, there are very fundamental reasons why a person would want to be recognized as a U.S. citizen.

Operation Sending Hope: Making the Holidays Brighter for America's Military Families

Mia Toschi | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Mia Toschi

he average military child will attend between six and nine schools, according to the Council for State Governments. Being the new kid on the block is rarely easy but being the new kid every year can often lead to bullying issues as these boys and girls try and make new friends and fit in.