Providing a path for DREAMers while promising to perpetuate and expand the policies that detain and deport their family members is insulting and shortsighted; this approach to reform does nothing to fix our current system.
I cannot accept S744, and I refuse to sell out millions of other undocumented immigrants in the process. I am tired of the conversation orbiting around what is obtainable instead of what is right.
Several immigrant youth, who have been leaders in the undocumented youth movement in the United States, have crossed the border into Mexico, and plan to turn themselves in alongside other undocumented youth who left or were deported from the United States at a border crossing.
If immigration reform passes, we cannot leave out the millions of people whose families have been separated by deportation. They deserve to be home, and if we win, they may come home soon.
We would rather risk deportation ourselves than let the deportations of our communities in California continue. What could happen to us, if arrested, is what happens everyday without the TRUST Act in California.
The current immigration bill falls short of overhauling our broken immigration system. The heart of the bill is clearly the pathway to citizenship, but what's missing from the conversation is the number of individuals who will actually be barred from this path.
I have lived in this country long enough to know that I love it. But when our families, friends and neighbors work hard everyday and still have to be afraid of raids in their own neighborhoods and homes, it feels a lot like the countries we came from.
Conservatives hastily called for delay of the Senate's upcoming immigration reform debate, perhaps with the intent of proposing more extreme immigration measures and scoring political points with immigration opponents.
Narratives that focus on families run the risk of excluding invested community members and allies who are also, although differently, affected by the need for immigration reform.
For a majority of Latinos, immigration reform is personal, even for those whose legal status is resolved or was never in question.
Remember when a big takeaway from the 2012 elections was the changing political calculus behind immigration reform?
Marco Rubio and the Republican Party are wrong to support the H2-B guest worker program because it allows employers to hire expendable and easily exploitable workers without following the same guidelines that they do with U.S. workers.
In 2013, the president can solidify his legacy with Latinos by delivering on not only immigration reform, but also an enforcement policy that is intelligent, reasonable and accountable.
In his second term, President Obama must drastically change his administration's deportation policies and work towards a comprehensive, and fair, path to citizenship for undocumented workers.
CNN host Piers Morgan was never in danger of deportation. Yet, as ridiculous as the petition was, the very notion that any American would demand his deportation for expressing his views on an issue of public concern is disturbing.
Earlier this week, the Migration Policy Institute issued a report that shined a spotlight on just how much our federal government spends each year to detain and deport immigrants.