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.
Barack Obama is committed to securing our borders and establishing a path to citizenship for those responsible immigrants already in this country. Mitt Romney seems intent on becoming the most anti-immigrant U.S. presidential candidate in modern history.
You think that's fiction? Think again. This happens every day on this planet. According to UNAIDS, there are still 49 countries (50 if you include Taiwan) that impose restrictions on the entry, stay, and residence of people living with HIV based on their HIV status.
These aspiring citizens strengthen our economy, enrich our culture, and share our values. And yet deportations remain at an all-time high, leaving the mothers of some of our best and brightest unsure if they'll even be back to pick them up at school at the end of the day.
The fact that hateful acts and words of private citizens are followed up with official regimes of detention and profiling only reaffirms the subordination of the victims through suspicion of loyalty.
Deferred action is not only legal, but was in regular use before the administration's decision to expand it.The Founders understood that discretion plays an important role in responsible enforcement--a role recognized in the immigration laws Congress passed
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.