The surge of immigrants on our Southwestern border underscores what we know to be true: We need immigration reform and we need it now. We need the U.S. House. We need the Republican Party to listen to business, and act now.
An estimated 5,000 children have been placed into foster care because their parents were deported. Hard to believe that this statistic is true, but it is; and as mothers, we knew that this was the story we had to tell.
This is indeed a humanitarian crisis that deserves a humanitarian response. Let's take a deep breath and stop playing politics with children's lives.
Mr. President, as leaders, we do not always get to choose the burdens we bear. And the burden of the lives of thousands of needlessly deported mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, rests squarely on your shoulders.
We know that there are many like Daniel in Tucson, and in every community in our nation. We know that we need to be prepared. Our congregation has begun to pray and talk about what God is calling us to do, and what it means to be a sanctuary church in 2014
Latinos, like me, rewarded Obama with our vote. In 2008: because he warmed our hearts. In 2012: because we believed his second term would free him to get immigration reform done, regardless of Republican obstructionism. But the hope he inspired has spiraled into hopelessness.
Even more absurd and unjust are the constraints placed on immigration judges to limit their ability to judge when deciding cases.
We have many things in common, however, there is a major difference between us: I have been refused the right to raise my children with my husband, their father, at my side.
As the Migration Policy Institute report demonstrates, our Alice in Wonderland detention and deportation system preceded President Obama. But that doesn't mean President Obama is powerless to end the madness.
Although clear and correct statistics are no doubt useful in painting a picture, we must ask how much they matter. What is clear from these statistics is that people are being deported, and families and communities are suffering. With that in mind, isn't any number too high?
Evidence of increased mass-scale deportations since the beginning of Obama's Presidency -- often in violation of immigrants' human rights -- are significantly harming U.S. regional standing in organizations such as the OAS.
With immigration, everything begins and ends with family. Until we see a solution to the record-setting family separations, the Administration can expect to see demonstrators on their front step with heartbreaking stories.
Activists on both sides of the immigration debate have condemned the Obama administration's removal policies for different reasons, some valid, some specious. One fact is clear, however.
We were two women in a car, holding hands and sleepily making plans for the week. That's when it happened. We were stopped by police officers engaged in their own common practice, a license raid.
Children are by definition vulnerable. That's particularly true for girls and boys journeying alone, under unsafe circumstances, often fleeing violence. Mexico and the US have an obligation to apply the international principle of the "best interests of the child" as the gold standard for all dealings with underage migrants.
The president already has the power to reverse his failed immigration and border security policies. Now he just needs the political will and moral courage.