This case unmasks the ugly side of the immigration debate, including the antics of restrictionist immigration attorney Kris Kobach and ICE Union Boss Chris Crane.
Two years ago, Georgia passed one of the most stringent immigration laws in the country, House Bill 87. Both supporters and opponents of the bill now agree that it has a major flaw which needs to be fixed quickly.
The president is going to Las Vegas Tuesday to bet on the American people. He's betting that Americans are ready to fix the broken immigration system that inhibits business, hurts families, and relegates millions of mothers, fathers, and promising youth to a life in the shadows.
Sopuruchi "Victor" Chukwueke got a gift which he describes as the "best Christmas present ever." He is a step closer to fulfilling his dream of attending medical school, thanks to a private-relief bill introduced on his behalf by Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) last year which passed both Houses of Congress earlier this week.
We have created an environment that hampers the integration of immigrants who could otherwise contribute more to our economy, engage more fully civically and politically, and strengthen our society. We have turned our backs on our immigrant history and legacy.
The role of minority voters, the presence of immigrant candidates on the ballot, and candidates' attempts to address policy concerns of minority communities are trends that are not unique to 2012 campaigns. In an increasingly diverse country, they are the new normal in American politics.
Regardless of the election results for president and congressional races, we will continue to push for permanent solutions that provide a path to citizenship for our families, ending enforcement polices that have broken up so many families, and focusing on action at the state level.
Until recently, Florida has denied some parents the ability to pay in-state tuition for state colleges. However, two weeks ago, Ruiz v. Robinson found that a the Equal Protection Clause forbids this kind of discrimination.
By refusing to outline his stance on DACA, Gov. Romney is walking a fine line between placating his anti-immigrant base and not further alienating Latino voters, a dubious tightrope dance that leaves all sides unhappy.
The narratives on the convention stage aimed to make those third-rail issues palatable to a prime-time audience, not to advance a progressive political discourse.
The Latino voting bloc is nuanced, and I don't pretend that my perspective is representative of that of my fellow community members. But the bottom line in the in the circles I run in is that people are frustrated--and even worse, apathetic.
Certainly every American can see the value of Congress forging an immigration policy that keeps America's borders secure, its families together, its businesses globally competitive, and its workers gainfully employed. Well, not every American. Enter Kris Kobach.
These aspiring citizens strengthen our economy, enrich our culture, and share our values. And yet deportations remain at an all-time high, leaving the mothers of some of our best and brightest unsure if they'll even be back to pick them up at school at the end of the day.
The Obama administration made a careful political calculation when it offered Deferred Action. Now it's time for DREAMers to cautiously weigh their fears against their dreams. Temporary relief from deportation could open the door to more exploitation of young immigrants.
I count myself among those who are affected by this new policy because even though I'm a U.S. citizen today, I didn't start out as a legal immigrant when I came into this country.
Yesterday was the first day the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).