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Is Obama's New Immigration Policy a Law Enforcement Bonanza?

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

The criminal bars for parents applying for deferred action are very strict. Even if there is no absolute bar to a parent's application, immigration officers can still deny it for "discretionary" reasons -- in other words, if something about the applicant raises concerns about her continued presence in the US.

The Tragic Cost of Family Detention: Sexual Abuse and Assault

Michelle Brané | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Michelle Brané

The Administration's recent expansion of family detention comes at a tragic and horrific cost. This week, allegations of sexual abuse and assault were revealed inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new family detention center.

DHS Acknowledges A Majority Of Immigrant Families Fail To Report To Authorities

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 09.26.2014 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of...

Are Deportations Rising or Falling? A Focus on the People Affected

Laura E. Enriquez | Posted 06.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Laura E. Enriquez

Although clear and correct statistics are no doubt useful in painting a picture, we must ask how much they matter. What is clear from these statistics is that people are being deported, and families and communities are suffering. With that in mind, isn't any number too high?

A Spirit of Solidarity Within the Movement for Immigrant Rights

Victor Narro | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Victor Narro

Hardworking immigrant families' vulnerability to separation -- at the rate of 1,100 deportations daily -- has created the urgency for us to interconnect in a way that binds us together.

The Unicorn We Yearn For: Our Families and Justin Bieber

Grey Torrico | Posted 03.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Grey Torrico

In reality, it takes a lot less to detain and exile immigrants with supposed "ordinary" lives for doing ordinary things, like driving their kids to school, than it does to punish the Justin Biebers of the world.

The Heartache of an Immigrant Family

The New York Times | SONIA NAZARIO | Posted 10.15.2013 | Latino Voices

LOS ANGELES — WHEN we talk about immigration to America, we tell a hopeful story about courage and sacrifice. But that story obscures the fact that,...

The Cultural Dilemma of American Summers for Immigrant Parents

Rajika Bhandari | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Rajika Bhandari

Growing up in India, my summer holidays as a child were all about staying indoors. Curtains were tightly drawn and homes were turned into cool and dark recesses. So, for me the greatest challenge at this time of the year is how to celebrate summer and all its bountiful offerings when I have been raised to shun the sun?

After Waiting 13 Years, My Family Reunified

National Council of La Raza | Posted 07.21.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

My family's story not only sheds light on problems with our broken immigration system but also serves as a reminder of how policy affects real people's lives and can help strengthen our economy.

Howard Fineman

Obama Failing Heart Of Immigration Debate | Howard Fineman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For President Barack Obama, immigration reform can't come soon enough. His political brand is all about inclusivity and civil rights. Ye...

Stop Tearing Families and Communities Apart: A New Narrative for Immigration Reform

Laura E. Enriquez | Posted 05.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Laura E. Enriquez

Narratives that focus on families run the risk of excluding invested community members and allies who are also, although differently, affected by the need for immigration reform.

The Value of Family Visas

Erwin de Leon | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Erwin de Leon

If some lawmakers have their way, immigrants, under immigration reform, would no longer be able to sponsor their siblings, just their spouses and children.

Respecting the Family Unit in Immigration Reform

Deepa Iyer | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Today, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on "The Separation of Nuclear Families Under U.S. Immigration Law." The hearing's title invites the question: How do we define a family?

Measure Raises Questions Among Families

Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

By ERICA WERNER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — If America is a nation of immigrants, it's also a nation of immigrants' husbands, wives, paren...

Dear Huddled Masses, Please Come to America and Save Us!

Peter Samuelson | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Peter Samuelson

To those 885,800 immigrants who arrived this year (up 110,000 from the year before), I say "Thank you for coming! We welcome and cherish your contributions to our economy. Please ignore the right wing nut jobs who want to send you away.

Life Lessons From My Immigrant Parents

Gina Alexandris | Posted 12.18.2012 | Fifty
Gina Alexandris

I often wish I could meet my mother at the age of 25 and discuss her fears, challenges and hopes at the time. But she survived, indeed succeeded, in many ways... with grace, determination and tremendous kindness, bringing to Canada a future husband, siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Elise Foley

Few Options For Children Separated From Parents By Immigration Woes | Elise Foley | Posted 10.10.2011 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON -- Aaron, a 32-year-old from Fort Wayne, Ind., is taking care of his four-year-old daughter alone while his wife, April, is in Mexico to so...

A Better Life: A Way To Talk About Immigration

Chris Weitz | Posted 08.17.2011 | Entertainment
Chris Weitz

Nobody really knows how to talk about immigration, no one is really honest. I haven't recently asked the guy who trims my hedges, gets my car from the lot, or takes my plate away at the restaurant about his papers.

Banker Matches Immigrants' College Savings To Help Send Kids To School

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

CHELSEA, Mass. — It started with an immigration raid four years ago. From his Melrose home, Bob Hildreth watched the aftermath of federal immig...

Why It Matters When Immigrants Keep Quiet

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Afton Branche

Without the help of all residents, local police cannot effectively catch criminals, some of whom intentionally victimize recent or undocumented immigrants.

Arizona Immigration Law: Immigrant Families Leaving State

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 06.22.2010 | Politics

PHOENIX — "Cinco dolares," Silvia Arias says when asked the price of car polish at a garage sale that she and two close friends, Minerva Ruiz an...

The Latino Community Wants Accountability in 2010

Clarissa Martinez De Castro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarissa Martinez De Castro

The promise of change that energized voting and participation in 2008 is bringing hundreds of Latino community leaders to Washington today.

Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures

Clarissa Martinez De Castro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Clarissa Martinez De Castro

As if blaming immigrants for global warming, the financial crisis, and every other ill that is currently affecting our society wasn't enough, Mark Kri...

Non-Citizen Immigrant Households Experience Sharp Decline in Income

Naazish YarKhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Naazish YarKhan

The decline in the economic fortunes of non-citizen households represents a sharp turnaround from the preceding year.