While we are quick to appeal to biblical values in order to marginalize others, when that same Bible calls us to love those folks we want to marginalize, all of our talk about biblical values suddenly and conspicuously disappears.
I'm happy that President Obama finally has moved forward with immigration reform. But the six-year-long White House Bad Messaging Plague (WHBMP) continues unabated. We're in danger of losing the public on this issue even before the first work permit is issued.
The reaction to the President's announcement from his critics has been swift and loud. Regrettably, they have focused nearly entirely on how the president has taken these actions, ignoring entirely any engagement on the merits of the steps taken.
Though it may test our American sensibilities to admit it, the truth is the group of Christians who founded America's first colony in 1607 in Jamestown did so under communist principles.
Empathy is a tough emotion to embrace. Over time our nation and our world will need to evolve in order to come to own empathy. To rationalize inertia with ambiguous legal protocol turns our attention away from the central concern of human suffering.
All of us, documented and undocumented immigrants alike, are on a common journey in search of a better life. We came here to join a country that has always been a nation of immigrants, and a beacon to people from all nations. Why reject the people who will make America greater still?
After waiting more than 500 days for the House of Representatives to take up the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate, the President called us back to those values and used his authority to protect children and parents. Thank you, Mr. President, for taking some important steps to make our nation stronger.
(The following is a statement issued by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition on President Obama's immigration executive order. For more informa...
Red, blue, liberal, and conservatives should mean nothing when 3,000 American soldiers were just sent back to a war that we lost.
It's becoming clear to political observers that libertarians are emerging as a key swing vote, if not an official party. Republicans may have won a number of close races by appealing to these libertarians, so their views on policy cannot be ignored.
Prosecutorial discretion -- the power of the executive to determine when to enforce the law -- is one of the most well-established traditions in American law. Prosecutorial discretion is, in particular, central to the enforcement of immigration law against removable noncitizens.
President Obama should be applauded for defending America's greatest values and challenging the nation to be a welcoming place for the stranger. For in the face of the stranger we see the face of God.
Perhaps the reason no one can pass a solid immigration reform bill is because the conditions that motivate the immigration are so poorly understood. The mainstream discourse surrounding immigration today is entirely misguided.
I recently interviewed Harry DeMell, an immigration lawyer since 1977 and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, about the current immigration crisis.
President Obama on Thursday made it clear that, if a gridlocked Congress won't do its job on immigration reform, he will do that job himself. Now we should hope that he can also turn attention to an immigration challenge that falls under his own branch of government: immigration courts.
We need the president to go beyond familial ties and deliver a broad executive order that recognizes all the distinct barriers that uniquely vulnerable LGBT immigrants face. When deported, many LGBT individuals experience threats, violence, rape, and even death in their countries of origin. They need a safe haven, not a return to the persecution they fled.