When real or imagined grievances combine with rage, religious fundamentalism, political extremism, mental illness, or emotional instability, we lose the common good to dangerous violence, fear, and deep distrust in the social environment.
Immigration reform is complex. There are no easy solutions, which is why several legislative discussions are under consideration. But there are critical issues that must be addressed: border security, work eligibility and the legal status of those brought to the U.S. as children.
Lesbian and gay Americans and permanent residents will still not be able to sponsor their loved ones for permanent residency. LGBT organizations and coalition partners will vigorously protest, but at the end of the day, we will still be left out in the cold.
There is something for everyone, which means that it has a good chance of becoming law, with several amendments. Most of the provisions, however, do not mean much without effective regulations after enactment. Overall, the good outweighs the bad.
This group of senators has proven that it can break through the political gridlock and put the country first by producing a good and fair bill. Now everyone -- from legislators to advocates -- has to stand up and do everything in our power to make sure this effort comes to fruition.
The U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit issued a landmark ruling that curtails one of the most draconian features of our immigration lock-up system: the government's practice of putting immigration detainees behind bars for months, without ever holding a bond hearing.
I don't want to be anyone's token Mexican. I was lucky that pieces of my life were aligned in such a way that I was able to pursue my goals. Success doesn't just happen -- it's a delicate recipe that requires certain ingredients to work. You can't overcome the system when you're not a part of it.
In large numbers, young people want change. New polling data from the Pew Research Center found that 78 percent of Americans age 18-29 support granting legal status to undocumented immigrants.
There are serious, deleterious harms as a consequence of what some may view as coalition building between mainstream immigration reform advocacy groups and LGBT groups. The end result of pinkwashing immigration reform is threefold.
Immigration reform is a test of whether we have learned the right lessons from our own history.
It's on all of us to make sure our country is strengthening the very value we always protect -- all people have rights regardless of where they are from. Only through a just, commonsense immigration reform can we live up to our national beliefs.
As the Gang of Eight prepares to introduce immigration reform legislation in the coming days, support continues to build for reform that would once and for all fix America's broken immigration system.
All of our friends knew we were legally married because they had attended the ceremony and partied with us at the wedding reception. But as we would learn in going through the green card and naturalization applications, there is nothing routine about the process.
As a group of eight senators work together to make progress on immigration reform, there's one senator not in the group to keep an eye on. His name is John Cornyn. Cornyn is famous for posing as reformer even as he works to derail reform.
Although the U.S. isn't a theme park that can be open to everyone to come and go as they please, it can be a place that immigrants who are already here can reside in. Hopefully, Congress can resolve this issue once and for all for a better America -- a better future.
Many small employers who have chosen to hire immigrants say one of the biggest challenges they face in using immigrant labor is concern about following the letter of the law.