As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible tells us to welcome strangers in our land and to love them as we love ourselves. That's why the media and all Americans should immediately stop referring to our undocumented brothers and sisters as "illegal."
This week marks the five year anniversary of Arizona's notorious SB-1070 law, which codified a set of anti-immigrant regulations designed to promote self-deportation of local residents or "attrition through enforcement" in the explicit language of the bill.
We are at a crossroads. The Republican budget seeks to destroy the legislative legacy of 1965 that made great differences in the lives of so many ordinary people. Democrats must defend our proud legacy and fight against the efforts of those who seek to devalue the worth of hardworking Americans.
Sometimes, all immigrants are lumped together as a threat to the national and financial security of these United States. I am saddened that we are all characterized as such, but I want you to know that the majority of immigrants are not only law-abiding citizens and residents, but we have a great love of this country and much to contribute.
Republicans have long forgotten that the GOP has, indeed, supported immigration amnesty for years under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), while damning Mexicans and other Latino immigrants who do not receive Cuban amnesty.
According to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the president's executive actions on immigration would increase the gross domestic product by $90 billion to $210 billion, signifying a major boost to the economy. Maria Pacheco's case is a real-life example of how that happens.
When questioned about Ted Cruz's chances of reaching the White House, Hope said: "In the case of Cruz, cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, fish AND pigs will fly".
Unlike other components of comprehensive immigration, such as high-skilled reform, which could not pass as stand-alone bills given the vexing politics of the issue, recapturing unused green cards would not dim the prospects of a larger immigration overhaul.
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.