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Obama Administration Policy on Mentally Ill Is Questionable

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

While President Obama basks in his noteworthy success in passing health care legislation, he might take some time to review his administration's policy regarding mentally ill immigrants to this country.

A Hebrew Bible-Based Immigration Policy

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

What seems clear from scripture is that loose borders or barriers to entry are only reasonable if accompanied by quite strict rules about participation once having arrived in the new community.

As Students Stage McCain Sit-In, Dream Act Film Debuts in DC

How Democracy Works Now | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
How Democracy Works Now

Yesterday, in its editorial, "Courage in Arizona," The New York Times praised the actions of four student activists who staged a sit-in at Senator McC...

Why New York City Needs Immigration Reform

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steven Cohen

To attract the brainpower and talent we need, we must make it easier for people with drive and talent to come here and stay. That is the promise of the Schumer-Graham proposal.

Dan Froomkin

Little Girl Who Challenged First Lady Is Right: Obama Is Deporting More Immigrants Than Ever | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A little girl became the face of the nation's immigration debate on Wednesday, when she told First Lady Michelle Obama about her mother's fear. "My m...

How Dare You Turn Away the Stranger!

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

Immigrants today are the strangers in our midst. If God has called us to care for the stranger, how dare we turn them away! Religious and community activists are organizing a robust movement for immigration reform that is growing rapidly.

Evangelicals Find New Unity On Immigration

Religion News Service | By Adelle M. Banks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) In the shadow of Arizona's strict immigration law, a broad range of evangelical leaders are...

Immigration Enforcement: The Growing Federal-Local Battle

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

Immigration and Customs Enforcement's federal-local partnership programs continue to proliferate -- but they may undermine local approaches to immigration enforcement.

The 800 Mile Wall

John Carlos Frey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Carlos Frey

The recent construction of 800 miles of border security infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico international boundary is proving to be a massive killer.

ICE and Big Business: Too Close for Comfort

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

Today, workers, along with immigrant and civil rights advocates, exposed evidence of a disturbing and dangerous attack on workers' rights by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Without an Inclusive Job Policy, There Will Be No Recovery

Victor Corral | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Corral

If we want to ensure a real and sustainable economic recovery, we must pass inclusive, comprehensive immigration reform that legalizes immigrants in the US.

Halting the Exile of an American

Kendrick Nguyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kendrick Nguyen

Qing Wu's story is the story of America's promise of equal justice and economic opportunity, an example that the system can work and can be fair. But now ICE is trying to deport him for dredged-up teenage mishaps.

Obama on Immigration: Then and Now

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

After Barack Obama announced his candidacy, I promised the Latino community that -- at last -- we had a candidate who would fight for us and for our causes. But now I'm having doubts.

Torn Apart By DOMA

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

One can only hope that quick passage of the UAFA will help people like Karla and Stacy have a fair shot at making a loving committed relationship work for the long term.

Timeline for Immigration Reform is in Congress' Hands

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Though he clearly supports the notion that our laws must reflect the contributions immigrants have made to literally build this country, it is clear to me that Congress cannot wait for President Obama on this issue.

Death Toll Increases to Over 5,000 and Counting

Mary Ann West | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mary Ann West

The deaths of unauthorized migrants have been a predictable and inhumane outcome of border security policies on the U.S.-Mexico border over the last fifteen years.

Comprehensive, Inclusive Immigration Reform: The Most Important Gift of All

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Steve and Joe, despite the life they have built together, face separation before year's end because of the country's blatantly discriminatory LGBT immigration policies.

Immigration Detainee's Death Causes Controversy

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When the 43-year-old man died in a New Jersey immigration jail in 2005, the very fact seemed to fall into a black hole. Although a fellow inmate scraw...

Love, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Conor Fortune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Conor Fortune

Senator Robert Menendez: "Our family immigration system is broken -- it has not been updated in 20 years and many families wait decades to immigrate legally to this country."

Weilding ICE Sticks on the Local Beat

Tess Thatcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tess Thatcher

New guidelines have tweaked how enforcement should happen, but one hornet that tends to escape high-level debate in the swarm of secure borders is who should be doing the enforcing.

Attorney General Holder Reverses Bush Immigration Policy

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder reversed an immigration order issued in the last days of the Bush administration that limited the ability of immigrants f...

Making the Case: 7 Reasons Why Congress Should Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform this Year

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Passing immigration reform this year would help take the air out of the balloon of the most virulent form of racism in American society today.

Jason Linkins

Glenn Beck Mocks Obama's Aunt (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So, President Barack Obama's aunt was recently granted a reprieve from an immigration judge in her asylum case, which has been ongoing since 2002. Ti...

No Time to Wait for Justice

Sen. John Kerry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. John Kerry

Justice may be blind, but it sure ain't always swift. It's time Tim Coco and his husband Genesio "Junior" Oliveira be reunited.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Will Not Be Prosecuted For Racial Profiling Or Discrimination

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Critics of Sheriff Joe "Tent City" Arpaio have been celebrating but the revelry is premature: Neither Arpaio nor his officers will be prosecuted, punished, or sanctioned.