Who is Dayani Cristal?, is an intimate examination of the journey of one migrant who perished in the Arizona desert, far from his native Honduras, with no real identification but a name tattooed over his heart
Last week, I was arrested with more than 130 other advocates outside the White House. This is not the first time I have been arrested in an act of civil disobedience in front of the White House protesting our nation's immoral immigration system -- but I am praying that it is the last time.
Any ambitious path of executive action must be conducted in a manner consistent with the law and the appropriate role of coordinate branches. But should we snap to attention when we hear hyperventilating about his supposed abuse of power? At least so far, hardly.
This week at UCLA, more than 200 day laborers from across the country will come together for the eighth national convention of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. They will gather to share experiences and struggles, celebrate victories, and continue the development of national and local strategies.
This week Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) released seven audio recordings and videos documenting arbitrary use of solitary confinement, sexual assault, physical abuse by federal agents, prolonged detention, retaliatory transfers, and other aspects of life inside U.S. immigration detention.
Moral arguments aside, with every detention and deportation of debt-laden migrants, the U.S. only deepens the need for Central American households to send a loved one north.
Best for Jeff Sessions to go-ahead-up to Manhattan Island and join talk radio celebrities Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham, who reward his harsh rhetoric with possible 2016 presidential promotion chatter.
My guess is that by the time everyone votes in November, the Republican anti-Obamacare strategy is hardly going to cause a ripple, while the debate over immigration reform is going to be the main event.
I am risking arrest because we in the faith community will not remain silent while millions of immigrants continue to live lives marked with fear and unrealized potential.
The issue of what to do with the tens of thousands of child migrants from Central America is a complex one to answer. A much easier question to answer is, "Would you deport these kids knowing that there's a good chance they would be hurt or killed within days or weeks of their return?"
Just as the Attorney General challenges us to do something about the lives being harmed, not helped, by a criminal justice system, we should do something to reform a deportation system that helps those caught up in the system to better themselves, thereby helping their families and the community.
When we stop behaving like xenophobic, isolationist silos, we might be able to prevent masses of people trying to escape abuse in their communities. We wait for crises to happen. We spend little time and money on prevention and we are in denial about the condition of the human spirit.
A great American tradition: keeping people out.
As any grade-schooler, let alone a graduate of Harvard Law School, knows, the first job of a US President is to protect the homeland. Nothing comes ...
When it comes to immigration, Obama is like a deer in headlights. He doesn't know which way to turn or whom to appease.
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.