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Near the End of Karin's Long Road to Citizenship!

Judy Rickard | Posted 09.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Rickard

Four years ago, I filed for a green card for my non-citizen spouse. It should have been a slam-dunk. But because we are both women and because federal...

Trump Could Change The Entire Immigration Debate, But Probably Won't

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.30.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans have now, by my count, missed two rather large opportunities to improve their general standing with Latino voters. Donald Trump's speech Wednesday (unless it is further postponed or even cancelled outright, of course) might just become the third big missed opportunity.

The Land of the Brave

Tony Woodcock | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Tony Woodcock

With all the talk swirling around about immigration, building walls and expelling millions of people from the US, I thought I should tell my story about becoming an American citizen. It's a story of romance, passion, and great expectation and how this all crashed upon the rocks of government bureaucracy only to succeed wonderfully in the end as a manifestation of what makes the country great.

My Life as an Out-of-Status Immigrant, Shared After 32 Years

Lydia Kitahara | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Lydia Kitahara

Living in the United States without legal status is one of the hardest things I had to go through. Few can truly understand the hardship of being undocumented, especially if they were a U.S. citizen to begin with.

Ted Cruz and the Question of 'Natural Born' Citizenship

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Given the ever-increasing mobility and interaction of people of all nationalities, the odds of even more perplexing scenarios will only multiply in the future, so wouldn't it be a good idea to clarify once and for all the meaning of "natural born citizen"?

Top Tricks to Keep Your Spouse From Taking Your Child Out of the Country During Divorce

Stann Givens | Posted 12.15.2015 | Divorce
Stann Givens

If you are married to a foreign citizen, have a child together and your marriage is not going well, you have more to worry about than someone married to a U.S. citizen.

My Family Came to This Country Legally, But We Were Almost Deported

Ben Huh | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Ben Huh

Our immigration system is an immoral mess that throws obstacle after barricade in front of the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It doesn't prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. And it certainly doesn't excel at making America more competitive or innovative.

U.S. Citizenship: Does it Even Matter?

Michael Wildes | Posted 11.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Michael Wildes

Some people acquire U.S. citizenship immediately at birth, for others, U.S. citizenship is conferred later in life. Regardless of how it is acquired, there are very fundamental reasons why a person would want to be recognized as a U.S. citizen.

My Father's Fake Green Card

Diana de Armas Wilson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Diana de Armas Wilson

La sangre llama. Blood calls. Every Latino child in the United States, even those who can't or won't speak Spanish, has heard that proverb. Its Eng...

I'm A Not-Quite-Legal Alien In the U.S. And It Sucks

Literally, Darling | Posted 01.16.2015 | Women
Literally, Darling

It is simply baffling to me that I was permitted to make a lifelong commitment to someone I love without the certainty that I would be permitted to spend my life with him.

My Husband And I Got Married For A Green Card -- And Love

Posted 08.10.2014 | Weddings

By Lori Garcia for Could our story be any more cliché? Foreigner falls for American girl. He’s in a pickle, she wants to help. The...

July 4th: Re-Discovering America Through Immigrant Eyes

Eric Trules | Posted 08.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Eric Trules

I brought my wife-to-be here to LA from Indonesia on August 3, 2001. I think of my lovely Indonesian wife and I think how beautifully she fits into the fabric of this country we call America. Sure, I know I romanticize her life. Because I also know my wife still often feels overwhelmed here.

MD Expands Opportunities for Abused, Undocumented Children

Christina Wilkes | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Christina Wilkes

The new bill recognizes that if these children succeed, Maryland succeeds. Hopefully more states will follow the lead of Maryland and a handful of other jurisdictions and close this harmful gap between federal and state laws.

My Life as a 'Highly Skilled' Immigrant

Ash Murthy | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Ash Murthy

In search of the American Dream, I had come halfway around the planet to pursue graduate studies in computer science at the University of Southern California. Little did I then know that the green pastures are not so green, at least not without a green card.

Friday Talking Points -- Avoiding Immigration Traps

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in the House have announced they are now ready to do something on immigration. There will be traps laid by the Republicans, so Democrats have to be vigilant about defusing each one as it pops up.

How Conductor Mei-Ann Chen Broke the Glass Ceiling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

I had wanted to be a conductor since when I played in an orchestra as a shy 10-year-old violinist. I almost gave up when I realized the number of rejection letters were more than the number of notes I had ever conducted.

Update on Post-DOMA 'Meet the Feds' Round 2: Social Security

Judy Rickard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Rickard

Whew! And wow! It took an online application that I did on a Saturday, an office visit and a follow-up office visit, and now Karin is taken care of for Social Security and Medicare! We are thrilled that this trailblazing went so smoothly and happened without a lot of hassle.

Post-DOMA Decision Thoughts for Our Green Card-seeking Community

Judy Rickard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Rickard

We got thrown under the bus by the Senate in its early process. The House hasn't even moved a bill to discussion. There's lots of work to do in immigration reform. We got our piece of the pie. But remember, it's sweeter to win together.

My Government Recognizes My Marriage and Welcomes My Wife! Karin Got Her Green Card!

Judy Rickard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Rickard

Now she can be with me legally and safely in the U.S. She can travel on her own or with me and return safely through the U.S. residents' line at border-crossing customs desks. Our future is ours to plan; travel taken and time spent doing it are not at the whim of the U.S. government anymore.

U.S. Senate Looks to Expand Current EB-5 Program

Reno Charlton | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business
Reno Charlton

Over recent years, many foreign investors have obtained a U.S. green card through taking advantage of the EB-5 immigration process. This process invol...

Rube Goldberg Immigration Fix

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

The Gang of 8 prepared the immigration reform proposal. The intentions are noble. The proposed measures promise improvement, but the concept and mechanics of how it should be done look like a Rube Goldberg masterpiece.

Zach Carter

Rubio: Immigration Reform Will Be Harsher Than Current System | Zach Carter | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) suggested Sunday that the bipartisan immigration reform currently being negotiated by eight senators would not...

The New U.S. Visa Rush: Build A Charter School, Get A Green Card

Reuters | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon Oct 12 (Reuters) - It's been a turbulent period for charter schools in the United States, with financial analysts r...

52 Reasons to Vote For Obama: #19, Responsible Immigration Reform

Bernard Whitman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

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.

Harvest Empire

Wendy Thompson-Marquez | Posted 08.13.2012 | DC
Wendy Thompson-Marquez

A growing anti-immigrant movement has succeeded in polarizing communities across the country, tapping into fears about falling incomes and demographic diversity.