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Citizenship

Immigrants Yearn to Be Americans, Not a Permanent Underclass

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Frank Sharry

This question of citizenship vs. residency is no mere technical policy dispute. This idea of denying citizenship to 11 million people -- a population the size of Ohio -- goes to the heart of who we are as a nation.

Elise Foley

Jeb Bush Book Leaves Citizenship Out Of Immigration Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a new book, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) makes a notable reversal on immigration reform, arguing that creating a pathway to citiz...

Nurturing Naturalization

Manuel Pastor | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Manuel Pastor

With the sequester threatening economic stability and gun advocates and opponents squaring off for a battle, it seems increasingly likely that the only policy area where Democrats and Republicans may agree this year is immigration reform -- and now even that seems chancy.

National Service Not Military Service

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are indeed at a pivot point for the "success or failure of our great experiment" in government." Schools and families must play an essential role in building citizenship and the character of the nation. So too should national service.

Revolutionary Days

William E. White | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
William E. White

"We the People" create the institutions that serve us. It's easy to forget that we -- individual citizens -- are the ones responsible for our children's education.

Stand in What Line, Mr. President?

Aggie R. Hoffman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Latino Voices
Aggie R. Hoffman

It should now be clear that immigration reform cannot demand that the applicant go home and stand in line; there is no line for them to stand in, unless Congress creates a new visa category for them.

Obama Plan Defended As Backup For Congressional Failure

AP | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics

BY PHILIP ELLIOT, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The White House is downplaying its draft immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawm...

President Obama: Don't Delay Citizenship Another Generation

Gordon Whitman | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Gordon Whitman

Now that we are moving ahead with immigration reform, we should embrace citizenship as a positive value that strengthens the nation rather than putting unnecessary obstacles and long delays in the way of immigrants becoming citizens.

Higher Education and the Movement for Citizen-Centered Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 04.16.2013 | College
Harry Boyte

Obama's vision is broad, challenging the good versus evil, hyper-moralized political scripts which dominate today on both right and left. In contrast, today higher education leaders often contribute to the latter.

Family Unity Must Be Part of the Immigration Debate

National Council of La Raza | Posted 04.10.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

America will be stronger with immigration laws that focus on both allowing Americans to reunite with their closest family members and allowing employers to bring in the skilled workers that they need.

Obama Could Trump Republicans On Immigration

Daniel Simon | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Daniel Simon

The president and Republicans are looking to move forward with an immigration debate that may not be as divisive as once thought. Recently, President...

Getting to We

Bob McKinnon | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Bob McKinnon

President Obama will give his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening. And while the state of our economy may be improving and the state of our standing in the world strong, if he is truly honest he should admit that the state of our union is not where it should be.

The Real Debate Over American Citizenship

Robert Reich | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

All these issues are pieces of the same larger debate: Are we more fearful of "them" out there, or more confident about "us"? Is our goal to constrain and limit citizenship, or to enlarge and fulfill its promise?

How the Politics of Immigration Reform Have Changed

Darrell West | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Darrell West

With the Senate moving towards action, House Republicans indicating we should be open to immigrants, and President Barack Obama making immigration reform a top priority, the country appears close to taking meaningful action on this important issue.

Senators Reach Agreement On Immigration Reform

AP | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

BY ERICA WERNER, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping over...

A Brief Thought on "American Duty"

Meredith Hutchison | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Meredith Hutchison

It is my right to exercise free speech and it is the government's duty to uphold that right. So, what are my minimum duties as an American to my government, my nation, and my fellow citizens, and how do I know those are my duties?

In Troubled Times, a Democratic Revival

Scott J. Peters | Posted 03.25.2013 | College
Scott J. Peters

The Dream Freedom Revival's performance is one example of what Imagining America is all about: catalyzing and organizing a revival in American higher education that emboldens scholars and students to join with others in their communities to do the public work of democracy.

Obama's Second Inaugural Address: Required Reading for the Next Four Years

Jim Downs | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

Those subjects were not part of my high school curriculum in the 1990s. With the exception of black history, women's history and especially gay history remained virtually absent from my graduate training at Columbia in the 2000s.

A Leader in Cooperative Education: Profile of Lois Olson

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.24.2013 | College
Harry Boyte

Cooperative education is a method of combining academic study and classroom learning with practical work experience, for which students often receive academic credit. Lois Olson was hired in 1985 to help implement a Cooperative Education grant from the Department of Education.

Inaugural Is a Timely Moment to Reflect on President Obama and Immigration Reform

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 03.24.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

What America needs now is not a new guest worker program but genuine immigration reform. Most Americans who aren't wealthy don't ask "guests" into their homes to do work on an almost permanent basis. Likewise, let's be honest about the term "temporary" worker.

Service: Citizenship in Action

Wendy Spencer | Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Each of us can play a role in making our communities and our country stronger. In fact, it is those moments when everyday citizens step up to be part of the solution that America is at its best.

Kiasu: Does It Still Hold True?

Naomi Troni | Posted 03.17.2013 | Travel
Naomi Troni

It has been described as a mix of selfishness, pushiness, and competitiveness, plus a fear of losing or missing out, and is said to be characteristic of the people of Singapore and Malaysia.

6 Politicians Who've Opposed A Pathway To Citizenship

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.14.2013 | Latino Voices

With the news that the Obama administration will push forward with comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for the...

Choose Citizenship

Gordon Whitman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Gordon Whitman

The choice will be between legalization of residency along the lines of European countries or providing immigrants a pathway to citizenship.

Putin Grants Russian Citizenship To Gerard Depardieu

AP | Posted 03.04.2013 | Celebrity

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has cast Gerard Depardieu in one of the most surprising roles of his life — as a new Russian citizen. The...