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 niece will have many things working against her when she grows up, because no matter what I or anyone else does, we cannot protect her from the hatred and injustice that is the birthright of people with brown skin and foreign names.
In the spring of 2015, I traveled to the Turkish border of Syria with a small camera crew to make a documentary about the women in the Syrian refugee camps. I met Rahaf in the art room of the refugee camp in southern Turkey.
Our immigrant communities have rightfully earned dignity and respect through years of hard labor without any relief. Miami is a cosmopolitan city. The immigrants that make up the spine of this multicultural metropolis will not tolerate hateful rhetoric that characterizes us as rapists, killers and thieves.
My recent trip to Washington, D.C. had me thinking about how I fit into the fabric of American life. Ever since the fatal date of September 11th, 2001 I have been at odds about whether I feel truly at home living in America.
DACA has created a community for me to spread awareness of mental health needs in immigrant communities, and advocate to take the shame out of asking for help, despite the limits of Medicaid. DACA-mented or not, if we have more clinics with affordable mental health services, we can help reduce the suffering.
We've all heard Donald Trump fans make the claim "I like Trump because he speaks his mind," and we all know that what they like about him speaking his mind is that it has begun to legitimize saying obnoxiously racist and bigoted things in public.
The immigration is a great challenge for Europe, a challenge we are aware of in Gdansk, too. Currently we are looking for our own model of integrating...
And maybe you have to lose everything and be reduced to begging before you can see the kindness of strangers so you can find it in yourself. I'm pretty sure the next time someone approaches me on the street asking for bus fare, I won't turn away. With that realization I was completely at peace.
When the Supreme Court considers what it heard this week in United States v. Texas -- the Republican lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's immigration initiatives -- the justices should start by getting the basic facts right.
When I left the court I was more confident than ever that -- even with the court not at full strength -- this was going to be a lopsided victory for the United States and the president.
As the first Syrian families arrive in the United States from refugee camps in Jordan, it is important to consider public attitudes about this group.
Twenty-seven years ago, when Donald Trump was riding high, some filmmakers started to make a documentary film about him.
Knowing my family members won't get torn from me because of policies like DAPA is motivation to ensure that others can have what I believe is truly the American dream: living safe, healthy, and happy in the country that you love and call home.
Trump has had numerous bites at the apple, and his American dream has been resurrected on more than one occasion -- but then enough money can allow you to leave football leagues, hotels, casinos and Trump University in the junk yard of memories.
The nation's schoolchildren don't get to vote in November, but they're paying close attention to this year's presidential race. And large numbers of them are frightened by what they're hearing.