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Immigration Policy

Big Bills vs. Little Bills

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is amusing for Democrats to watch the "Ted Cruz wing" of the GOP try to defend their big DHS bill, just as it will be amusing to watch them howl later this week when it gets split in two. All a Democrat will have to do to really rub it in will be to say, "But you've been saying all along that immigration reform can only be done one tiny step at a time!"

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

Escape Hatch, Can Kick or Shutdown?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of President Obama's new immigration policy, which has thrown a curve ball into the Republican congressional strategy of having a big political battle over immigration next week.

America, Keep Immigrants Coming!

Gerard J. Tellis | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Gerard J. Tellis

People who immigrated to the U.S. miraculously improved their lot relative to their peers who stayed behind, while creating wealth in the U.S. The miracle emerges when their energy meets the enormous opportunity afforded by U.S. equality.

Immigrants Could Wait Until 2019 To Have Cases Resolved

AP | SETH ROBBINS | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by...

Cromnibus Stop?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are plenty of metaphors to choose from, as we all breathlessly watch the Republican Party make their latest attempt at semi-rational governing.

People With Felonies, Criminal Records and Gang Affiliation Are Our Friends and Family

Abraham Paulos | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Abraham Paulos

President Obama's recent speech fits a historic and racist framework through which we can describe the exclusion and banishment of people with felonies who are detained and deported. Even while some parents of citizens will be eligible for relief, parents with felonies and their families will remain vulnerable.

Jumping On The Cromnibus

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Yes, apparently that's a new word now: "cromnibus." Now, some, editorially-speaking, have been insisting on "CRomnibus" or "Cromnibus," but for the time being here, we've decided that it doesn't qualify for proper-name status in any way.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama's Gutsy Move

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When Congress wouldn't pass a bill, the president had to act on immigration and deportation policy, to keep families intact -- a measure that affected 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Rescission Could Be a Brilliant Solution For GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If the Republican leadership can sell it to enough of its members, it could be a way out of the perpetual crisis machine that the budget has become. By separating the politics from the actual real-world results, it allows both factions of the Republican Party to get what they want.

Obama Should Wait (A Little) on Immigration Announcement

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We've waited this long, I think we can afford to wait another couple of weeks. It might not change anything -- it might not influence congressional Republicans in the slightest -- but there is a chance that it could. That chance is worth taking.

Welcoming Children to Our Land

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The US has a legal and moral responsibility to protect children fleeing violence.

The Impending Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Obama does announce immigration changes, Republicans may decide the issue is bigger than any competence issue, and go right ahead and shut the government down. But this doesn't automatically make the issue a winner for Democrats everywhere in the midterms, of course.

Poverty Stinks: Why Children Are Fleeing Guatemala

Kassia Binkowski | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Kassia Binkowski

Photo Credit: Kassia Binkowski, 2014 The sweet stench of stale urine, that's what comes to mind. It's a putrid smell so raw with humanity, so perva...

Campaign Shifts to Immigration

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My guess is that by the time everyone votes in November, the Republican anti-Obamacare strategy is hardly going to cause a ripple, while the debate over immigration reform is going to be the main event.

Obama's Immigration Dilemma

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

But what is pretty clear is that if Obama does act, it is going to help Democrats in the 2016 presidential contest. The whole immigration reform issue is a gigantic trap for Republicans, and they will likely be unable to resist the urge to walk right into it.

Immigration Laws as Official 'Racial' Policy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Politicians and most other residents of the United States alike, from every rung along the full political spectrum, generally agree on one issue: Our immigration system is severely broken and needs fixing.

Not Our Children, Not Our Problem

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

When we stop behaving like xenophobic, isolationist silos, we might be able to prevent masses of people trying to escape abuse in their communities. We wait for crises to happen. We spend little time and money on prevention and we are in denial about the condition of the human spirit.

Border Crisis: A Defining Moment of Who We Are as a Nation

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

The next time you hear about migrant children near the border, just picture them as your own. Then think what you would want our government to do.

Bad Blood on the Border

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

A great American tradition: keeping people out.

Elise Foley

Dreamers To Meet With Homeland Security Secretary On Deportations

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will meet Wednesday afternoon with a group led by young undocumented immigrants to hear their pr...

Victor Obasaju: Nigerian Immigrants Struggle With British Identity

Indiana University | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
Indiana University

Growing up, he explained, he was taught to fear the white British population; as he got older and higher up in society, he made the conscious choice to maintain his Nigerian culture.

Close the Torture Houses in North Sinai and Egypt

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Suzette Standring

Every day Meron Estafamos answers her phone with an aching heart. From torture houses in Egypt, Eritrean hostages plead for ransom on a captor's cell phone. Help me.

What Amy Chua Didn't Tell You: Why 'The Triple Package' Is Dead Wrong

Khanh Ho | Posted 04.16.2014 | Books
Khanh Ho

I'm not here to jump on that bandwagon. I'm here to address one crucial question that Amy Chua does not consider: the uneven starting point that immigrants face when they decide to come to the United States.

Government Success In Deportations Drops, Says Report

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly half of immigrants facing deportation are now winning their cases before an immigration judge, their highest success rate i...