After 223 years you'd think the Coast Guard would have proved its usefulness to the nation. Instead, even after the government shutdown, its essential personnel still face unprecedented funding cuts and growing demands that threaten their ability to operate.
Is common sense breaking out on Capitol Hill? That might be too much to ask for. But at least the GOP leadership seems to be taking a hard look at political reality. Here are four big reasons why an immigration overhaul is likely to happen by the end of the year.
Recent demonstrations have been instrumental in keeping the attention on immigration reform. This is critical: Republicans, especially the Tea Party Caucus that is much less friendly toward immigrants, will not have the political leverage to fight the next few bills.
Republicans have held the DREAM Act back, claiming that its enactment would encourage immigration and that beneficiaries would take jobs that would have otherwise gone to American-born workers. These claims are pure paranoia, with no basis in fact.
There is no more time for excuses. Too much of the nation's time and money has been wasted for the sake of scoring cheap political points. Americans are tired of partisanship and obstruction and want a government that is going to produce solutions.
With this piece, I hope to shed some light on President Obama's authority to enact executive orders to defer the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants and provide them with work authorization to integrate into our society.
Immigrants are increasingly putting their bodies on the line, hoping to move immigration reform. On Oct. 8, a Chicago activist was one of roughly 20...
This week will be seen as a turning point in the future. Ted Cruz and his band of merry Tea Partiers fought the Obamacare law, with every ounce of energy they could muster. And the law won.
The House leadership should work with willing Republicans and Democrats to build upon the legislation hammered out in the Senate, send it to the floor for a vote and, deliver it to the White House for the president's signature. In this case, a "win" for Obama is also a "win" for Republicans.
Some may call it a publicity stunt. Some may call it a political theater. For whatever reason some may think I stood out there with thousands of clergy and advocates calling for immigration reform, the fact is that it got attention.
The extraordinarily restrictive immigration policies of rich countries are motivated in part by xenophobia, and in some cases by simple racism. But those policies are also the result of faulty economic thinking.
Thousands of federal employees returned to work this morning as the 2013 #GovernmentShutdown ended. With the damage left by the tea party, a small f...
If President Obama were to halt deportations, it could serve as a model for Congress, and would put pressure on Congress to create a solution that would then displace the President's discretion.
Among the first results when you Google "Hawaii illegal immigration" is this question on Yahoo! Answers: "Can an illegal alien travel to Hawaii?" Indeed.
Adareli Ponce is a typical working woman in America, but her work experience is not typically "American." Even though the products of the labor of wom...
Sources, along with my own book research, indicate that immigrant women are seeking much the same thing as native-born women, with important stylistic variations stemming from cultural differences and childcare options: