When worker rights are denied, it makes it easy for those in power to abuse the system at the expense of the average citizen and immigrant alike.
Earlier this week, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inaugurated the largest detention facility in the U.S. This center, located in Texas, will hold 2,400 migrants who have crossed the border.
Despite the fact that he's not been to Iowa in two years, and that his political team consists of just four people, Bush has big Republican donors salivating on the sidelines.
When our family immigrated to the United States, we believed our son Rodrigo would have greater opportunities for prosperity and success. However, we underestimated the social, emotional, and academic hurdles we would face.
As part of its opposition to the Obama administration's efforts to make the immigration system more rational and humane, the Washington Post Editorial Board complained recently that the president's recent executive actions on immigration are unprecedented.
This is about giving a temporary reprieve from the threat of deportation for hardworking immigrants and those brought to this country as children. This is about keeping families together -- about real family values.
The criminal bars for parents applying for deferred action are very strict. Even if there is no absolute bar to a parent's application, immigration officers can still deny it for "discretionary" reasons -- in other words, if something about the applicant raises concerns about her continued presence in the US.
I have been in America nearly a decade, and always with a legal immigration status. However, it didn't take me long to figure out that somewhere along the way core American values -- family, hard work, honesty, integrity -- were no longer the guiding principles of its immigration policy.
Republicans, angry about the undocumented "streaming" across our borders, could turn the flow of immigrants off tomorrow by passing real reform. No, not our immigration laws, but our employment law.
We are a long ways from fixing our broken immigration system if our only cause for celebration is relief from deportation in the interior of the nation, while we feed the deportation machine at the border.
It shouldn't be difficult for Democrats to remember what they stand for. These four messages support populist values. They also serve to differentiate the likely Democratic presidential candidate from any Republican.
Most of the business owners I speak to believe immigration reform is a good thing. And so do I. But the big question we all have is this: how will it affect my business?
There are plenty of metaphors to choose from, as we all breathlessly watch the Republican Party make their latest attempt at semi-rational governing.
There are those who argue that anyone who is in this country illegally should [not] receive benefits. That may, however, be an overly simplistic -- not to mention cruel and unusual -- answer to a very complex issue.
With two more years in the White House, is Barack Obama really a lame duck, or can we expect some audacity from this often infuriatingly low-key president? Based on what we've seen in just one month, my bet is on a lot more to come.
I have long argued that term limits were a treatment of the symptoms of government's problems, rather than the causes. The reason you cannot get politicians to leave office is the benefits of power. Address that issue and politicians might leave voluntarily.