Arizona's "show me your papers" provision represents the wrong approach to the challenges America faces at present. It diverts us from our real priorities and sends a message that targeting Latino residents, immigrants and citizens is fair game.
Amid the commentary on Obama's announcement that qualifies undocumented young people to remain in the country, it's easy to lose track of the people who made this policy change possible: the Dreamers.
Republicans, of course, were troubled about the politics of the new immigration policy: they said it was timed to have an impact on this year's election, in a blatant bid by the President for support from Hispanic voters. But that, too, is an argument that courts do not attempt to settle.
The U.S. has expressed support for the Mexican government's war against the drug trade but taken few practical steps to address the issue. And as the problem there gets worse, you can bet that it will infect us too.
What makes one kind of immigrant valuable and another kind criminal?
As Chief Executive, President Obama has extraordinary leeway under our current immigration laws to prevent the deportation of certain immigrants if it is not in our national interest to deport them.
The questions facing these Republicans are simple: if Obama had, in fact, introduced an immigration reform bill, would Republicans have supported it? Do they support comprehensive immigration reform now? The answers are also simple: a resounding no.
But even though participants' opinions may not change after reading the blogs, the tone of their criticism appears to be civil, and debate is possible when the real and human condition of the writer is revealed in the blog.
Undocumented immigrants do not live in isolation; we are integral members of of our communities. We are people's brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Gabino Sanchez cannot get a driver's license, cannot get legal immigration papers and must drive to support his family. His misdemeanor criminal history is a product of his undocumented status combined with a heavy dose of good old-fashioned racial profiling for DWB (Driving While Brown).
We've seen hypocritical politicians, but Marco Rubio, the anti-immigrant son of immigrants takes the cake.
There are thousands of children just like Daniela Pelaez. They have grown up in the U.S. and know this great land to be their home. Yet, perhaps because they are not valedictorians, they face fear and deportation.
My mother was the Dreamer of a past generation. Her dreams, along with the dreams of countless other mothers and fathers of undocumented youth in this country have gone unfulfilled and have been long forgotten. Dreams that are destined from the beginning to be just that, dreams.
Interaction with law enforcement can make an undocumented, documented immigrants and even US Citizens--vulnerable to additional scrutiny from ICE and even deportation.
The "John and Ken show" publicly announced my cell phone number and email address on air, which had been intended for media purposes only, and launched a national campaign asking for my deportation.
For undocumented immigrants, there are no best of times. These are definitely the worst of times in a long time. But not all is doom and gloom in 2012.