Passing the Freedom of Faith Act would not only help to advance our nation's pluralism, but safeguard the religious freedom enshrined in our Constitution.
Concerns of abuse are understandable, but the fundamental problem doesn't lie within the asylum system. Rather, the asylum loophole is an unintended consequence of severe restrictions that make it exceedingly difficult for lower-skilled immigrants to enter the country legally.
Detaining individuals for months while they wait for a "reasonable fear" determination is not only in violation of the immigration laws, but is also costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
The House GOP can't continue to block immigration reform and have their presidential candidates oppose the DACA program and expect to garner more Hispanic/Asian votes than they did in 2012.
Southern California, one of the world's largest and most diverse urban areas, is rapidly becoming a region of profound economic inequality. The changing demography across this vast urban sprawl has led to sharp divisions in the population's educational, social and racial profile.
While at a conference in Phoenix recently, I took the opportunity to look into a question that has long been on my mind: Did people in Arizona see a significant economic impact of the state's controversial 'show me your papers' law?
Immigration reform is real for me, my family and my community. What we want is what every American family wants: to continue studying, working, raising our families, contributing to this country, and most importantly, staying together without the constant threat of deportation.
Economic development in immigrant neighborhoods can have both positive and damaging effects for both immigrants and low- and middle-income residents.
Hardworking immigrant families' vulnerability to separation -- at the rate of 1,100 deportations daily -- has created the urgency for us to interconnect in a way that binds us together.
Realizing that nothing can pass this House of Representatives, organizers asked Obama for help, and felt betrayed after they received a no from the "Deporter in Chief."
In the days before Easter Sunday, we think of the immigrants whose dreams are being deferred. We think of the gains and losses suffered by faith communities that have fought this fight for generations.
Immigration reform is not just an economic issue -- although it plays a big role in attracting and retaining talented people who will contribute to our economy. Commonsense immigration reform -- as Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley affirmed -- is part of a consistent ethic in which all of life is treated as sacred.
I met Todd Miller after a friend told me about the amazing work he was doing on the issue of immigration, borders and the people who guard them. My pa...
The United States is missing out on economic opportunities every single day the House of Representatives refuses to act on comprehensive immigration reform. We cannot let the economic growth and job creation that millions of new Americans would bring slip through our fingers.
The conventional narrative is that Democrats need only wait for the rising tide of Hispanic population growth to lift their political fortunes in Texas. But unless Democrats do a better job at mobilizing Hispanic voters, they may end up waiting for a long time.
The burgeoning business of immigrant detention is an overlooked and critical civil rights issue that demands our attention.