Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a new director, Sarah Saldaña, but she made it apparent on Thursday that the agency is stuck making the same old mistakes. And the timing couldn't be worse.
Two policies, if adopted can impact a large group of immigrants currently living in limbo. These policies have either existed in the past, or have enough political and public support to make them a strong possibility in the near future.
What is likely to bedevil Republicans on this issue is not the amount of toughness they bring to the arena -- Democrats have often gone along with many of the harsh measures -- but the mismatch between what the right-wing base demands and what the public more broadly is ready to embrace.
Operation Streamline is all about besmirching migrants as criminals instead of processing their cases through civil or administrative immigration courts, as in the past.
My citizenship has not made me immune to racism or discrimination. Even with my US passport in hand I have had my fair share of experiences being sent to secondary inspection while crossing the border. If this happens so frequently to me, I know it happens to you.
You want to know whether the arrow is pointing up or down for our society? Here's your leading indicator: How do we treat the poor? How do we treat the immigrant (legal or not)? Do we elect leaders who will do anything to increase our consumeristic zeal and lust for cash?
Who would have imagined that a national party, never mind the Republican Party, would be so opposed to finding any solution for the almost 12 million undocumented people already here that they would risk our national security during the dangerous time we are in now? Yet that's the reality of the GOP today, and it's our responsibility to hold them accountable.
Speaker of the House John Boehner may not personally harbor the antipathy for Latinos that is evident in the radical right of his party. But he is empowering those in the Republican Party who will stop at nothing to block any attempt to help the Latino community.
After threatening to hold the Department of Homeland Security budget hostage to demands that President Obama reverse his executive actions preventing the deportation of certain undocumented immigrants, Boehner and House Republicans eventually relented, as most political observers expected all along they would. This has become a familiar pattern.
For the last three months, we've all been watching the Kabuki drama play out, but the ultimate outcome was never really much in doubt. Like a badly-written detective drama where the audience spots the killer in the opening act, almost everyone knew the Tea Partiers were going to lose this battle.
We know there is a sensible bipartisan majority that is willing to compromise and do what has to be done to keep the basic functions of government operating; they voted yesterday. And the leadership should find a way to let that sensible majority govern despite those who take every opportunity to make governing next to impossible in this body.
I have nothing against the term "intellectual polygamist" except that it sounds sexist; additional amplification can correct it. Research for my upcoming book found quite a few women immigrants with creativity extending into multiple fields, either voluntarily, driven by curiosity and self-expression, or out of their need to adapt to a foreign land.
At the very least, you can make a movie next year about white women and gender inequality and have the Oscars rally around you. It is never the same for gay people and people of color, as evidenced by the lack of color in this year's Oscar movies.
Here's the irony of the Homeland Security funding fiasco. The Republicans have found their groove.
In rural Guatemalan communities, less than 10 percent of students finish high school. This isn't the product of laziness or apathy. These desperate statistics are nothing more than the result of a fundamentally broken and exclusionary education system.
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!"