A misdemeanor conviction for shoplifting, though unlikely to prompt incarceration, can nevertheless trigger mandatory deportation: dividing families, disrupting communities and preventing people otherwise eligible from seeking asylum.
Nine-year-old Jaime Gordillo Villa was born in the United States and is a good student who has gotten awards for both good grades and behavior. He wants to be a lawyer when he grows up to help immigrants and others who need help.
One of the greatest victories of right-wing extremists has been to push immigration reform advocates to adopt right-wing talking points. As such the entire immigration reform debate is framed along the binary of good immigrant and bad immigrants.
Congressman Denham represents a District that is about one-third Latino, and he's married to a first-generation Mexican-American. Still, it took a lot of organizing in his district to get him to buck his party. Along the way, it's been abundantly clear that the benefits of embracing immigrants vastly outweigh the costs.
While expedited removal remains yet another dysfunctional component of our broken immigration system, it is one of the few that can be fixed without waiting for legislation.
With this piece, I hope to shed some light on President Obama's authority to enact executive orders to defer the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants and provide them with work authorization to integrate into our society.
As with any policy shift, the gradual regulation of marijuana in the U.S. will have implications for a wide variety of populations. However, like the recent shift in marriage policies, the impact can often be slow to reach the immigration community.
If Congressional leaders, from both parties, fail to act on comprehensive immigration reform before the 2014 mid-term election cycle begins in earnest, our republic will again sadly demonstrate, just like failing to curb gun violence, that we have lost our moral compass.
Some 4.5 million U.S.-citizen children live in families wherein at least one member is an unauthorized migrant. They live under a constant threat that detention and deportation will break up the family.
Looking to immigration, while there is an immediate material affect of fewer workers or certain visa applications being delayed, the longer-lasting effect may be a more subtle political one.
The urge to deport is not the only cause of U.S. citizens' removal. News reports abound of overburdened Immigration Judges and unrepresented immigrants, who often appear in court en masse via televideo. This procedural travesty results in legal and factual oversights -- and the permanent banishment of U.S. citizens.
Standing on the tears, hearts, and hopes of our families, we want reform with justice, not a bargain with politicians that promises provisional status in exchange for a police state that exploits the detention and destruction of our families.
To combat Immigration and Custom Enforcement actions, local jurisdictions across the country are attempting to resist S-Comm by resisting ICE efforts to issue holds or detainers on individuals who have been arrested or fingerprinted.
To begin to understand the implications and politics of the conditions of this group of nine young undocumented immigrants, the DREAM 9, we must take a brief look at the condition of corporate immigration detention centers in the United States.
When Barack Obama said he needed a "dance partner" in Congress to reform immigration law, he might not have been thinking of Steve King, but King has proven to be Obama's best accomplice in what constitutes the perfect political crime.
The supposed grand bargain of the immigration reform bill is shaping up to be a lucrative deal for prisons. As a compromise between "border security" ...