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.
Unfortunately for Ivo, ignorance regarding bisexuals may have contributed to his deportation hearings. Ivo tells me that he was interrogated by USCIS on his sexual orientation as officers sought to prove his marriage valid since he had been reported as homosexual.
We have created an environment that hampers the integration of immigrants who could otherwise contribute more to our economy, engage more fully civically and politically, and strengthen our society. We have turned our backs on our immigrant history and legacy.
Although the crime of illegal reentry is punishable by up to twenty years in prison, many undocumented immigrants risk it because their ties to the U.S. are so strong. The most common reason deportees cite for going back is to reunite with their families.
After the results of the presidential election, even far right Republican Sherriff Joe Arpaio, famous for his bullish anti-immigrant stance, says that he wants to work with the Latino community.
Hundreds or possibly thousands of military veterans have been deported for life from the United States. No one knows exactly how many. No U.S. government agency keeps track. Should they?
The debate over immigration reform often boils down to a tug-of-war between those who want more enforcement and those who want a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But comprehensive reform requires addressing far more than these two issues.
At 16 percent of the electorate, Hispanics are nation's largest minority group, and you can bet they will be looking for a new direction from the president.
Now, if President Obama is re-elected, he can issue an executive order recognizing legally married same-gender couples, granting them immigration and other benefits. Judging from the past four years though, the chances of this happening are slim to none.
If the "Prosecutorial Discretion" memo were actually implemented, laws like the TRUST Act wouldn't be necessary. The TRUST Act would ensure that people with minor or no offenses would be let go without any immigration consequences; it was California's way of holding the Federal Government accountable.
"I have to wait here for 20 years before I can apply for the waiver," Ramos said. "And it all depends if they want to accept my application." By the time she's eligible for re-entry into the United States, her children will be adults.
The courageous self-declared “Undocumented and Unafraid” students in the United We Dream Network risk deportation, organize and speak out tirelessly so that they -- and others -- can have the right to a college education and to live and work with dignity in the country that is their home.
According to current U.S immigration policy, every non-citizen convicted of any charge among a long list of misdemeanor and felony offenses is automatically deported, even if the conviction is for a non-violent offense or one that occurred many years ago.