Media content, tone, and the framing of immigration also influences public perceptions and play a role in the definition of immigration as a "social problem."
The Titanic was promoted as 'unsinkable.' It was touted as a symbol of technological and industrial might... until it crashed into a giant ice cube with catastrophic consequences. Which brings me to today's Republican Party.
Too many people are hurt every day through deportation, through fear, and through gridlock. Yet Dave Reichert, a supposed moderate, refuses to stand up for the pro-business, pro-labor, pro-America immigration reform bill that is waiting before Congress.
As with every other race, obtaining a college degree means facing lower rates of unemployment. For AAPIs, having a college education means shaving nearly 2 percentage points off the unemployment rate compared to AAPIs with only a high school education.
The symbiotic relationship between Mexico and the U.S. demands a better understanding of the general public interest of both countries. The U.S. needs to support not only economic agreements but also agreements that are beneficial to the public, international good.
We have many things in common, however, there is a major difference between us: I have been refused the right to raise my children with my husband, their father, at my side.
If the Republican Party wants to compete nationally, they'll have to make amends with Hispanics. They can start this by dropping the words they love to use: deportation, illegals and lawbreakers.
The plan underway right now -- of doing nothing and playing the blame game -- is simply unacceptable.
According to a 2012 report by the Center for American Progress, one out of three U.S. citizen children of immigrants live in mixed-status families, and tens of thousands of parents are deported each year. This has a devastating impact on families.
Ingraham's idea is a dud all the way around. Not only that, it runs counter to what most Americans want: a solution to our country's broken immigration solution. Ingraham's pledge is remarkable only for being pathetic and pointless.
As spring slowly unfolds into summer, I wonder if most Americans feel frustrations similar to mine. Like most people I know, I'm weary of "things as they are." To borrow from the title of Joe Louis Walker's blues song, "I'm Tide." In that tune he sings about the frustrations of contemporary life.
Two residents at my mother's nursing home in northern Colorado began overcrowding her table at dinner time, making it uncomfortable for her to sit or eat. And when she complained informally to a staff member, the couple launched a full-on assault.
As the Migration Policy Institute report demonstrates, our Alice in Wonderland detention and deportation system preceded President Obama. But that doesn't mean President Obama is powerless to end the madness.
Over the course of the next two months, the Tea Party movement may become to be seen (to mix a few metaphors) as more of a paper tiger than the tail that wags the Republican dog. To put it a little more concretely, the Tea Party may be losing some of its outsized influence over the Republican Party.
While the Affordable Care Act is a milestone achievement in our country that should be celebrated for providing insurance to millions, including previously uninsured Californians, it left out a critical segment of our population.
By next Thanksgiving, it is my hope and belief that fasting, and all of our other efforts, will have turned the tide at last.