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).
This is a momentous week for immigration reform advocates in Congress. As a nation we are taking a step forward in a collective fight for immigration reform that respects the dignity of immigrant communities and recognizes their contributions to making our country great.
President Obama may have been too far away on the campaign trail in Iowa today, but that didn't stop Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer from her latest finger-wagging media stunt of state's rights defiance.
I wonder if President Obama realizes what he did with that executive order -- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He may get some Hispanic votes but if you stop and think about it, he sure didn't help them.
Almost all of the young people I have talked to are eager to come forward. They fought hard for deportation relief and want to be able to work, drive, go to school, and fight on for broader, permanent immigration reform, including the DREAM Act.
It is important for people to know I am a contributing member in the United States, and that while my personal profile demonstrates a commitment to the communities in which I have lived, my communities have not always welcomed me.
President Barack Obama's move to prioritize the deportation of criminal immigrants, while giving exemplary undocumented immigrants the ability to remain in the country through deferred action, is smart and fair enforcement policy.
We know from multiple reports that many of those who will seek this type of relief from removal are some of the best and brightest students our country has to offer. They deserve to stay here and to become Americans.
The energy, entrepreneurship, innovation, access to global markets, family values and newly-minted patriotism of American immigrants has been a boon to this country.
There is nothing simple about immigration law; it has never been a matter of just filling out forms. To be successful, it is necessary to understand the underlying law and regulations behind each bit of information being elicited by each question of the application.
As we look to November and beyond, both Obama and Romney can and must do better by voters -- Latino and non-Latino alike -- around the immigration reform issue. Partisan politicking aside, our elected leaders have a responsibility to fix, not bandage, what is broken.