When my daughter tells me that she is more American than I am because she was born here and I wasn't, I respond that I actually think the opposite is true - that because I made the choice to become American, I am more American then she is. I made the choice to leave my past behind and asked to become a U.S. citizen, while she was given citizenship at birth. I never planned to leave my past behind and I didn't have a childhood dream to become American, but yet, I did end up doing this, so, how did I get here?
At a rally Citizens United sponsored for Steve King to bring all the GOP candidates to Iowa, Marco Malagone and Cesar Vargas, Co-Director of Dream Action Coalition, were kicked out for trying to ask candidates questions.
Via Twitter, I asked Coffman's spokesman Sandberg to write a blog post explaining how his boss has pushed Boehner for serious immigration reform -- and better yet, to show us how it's done. There's no public record of the kind of effort we've seen from Coffman on other issues. Nothing close. Google it.
We continue our running series of taking a serious look at all the announced candidates for president with two new entries this week. Republican Lindsey Graham made his formal announcement, and Democrat Lincoln Chafee is also set to announce his candidacy.
The Mount Everest revenue growth in the private-prison industry unequivocally represents everything that's wrong with our pay-to-play government.
Let's talk about immigration. And I mean let's talk about ALL of it -- the good, the bad and the ugly. With the recent push of the Obama administration to establish new immigration policy, there has been much chatter.
The Thai government's clampdown has toppled one pillar of this grotesque smuggling infrastructure, but the edifice still stands and the smugglers will seek new ways to exploit desperate people.
Labor migration and remittances may bring positive economic effects to developing countries. This is the case particularly in countries like those in Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union members where remittances constitute high shares of foreign-currency revenues and GDP.
Because of their inability to let this issue go, and their willingness to continue to demonstrate that immigration will be the defining issue of 2016, Republicans have resorted -- once again -- to stall the inevitable.
Together, we are working toward achieving a reformed criminal justice system that offers formerly imprisoned people an economic path forward and restores voting rights -- and we are already winning battles.
I am a white, educated, middle class American and as full of fluff as the frosting on the cupcakes before me. I am failing at doing my part as a human being.
For much of her early life, Yazmin was not aware of her immigration status. She struggled some in school, though not with her academics. Rather, Yazmin had difficulty socially. In middle school, Yazmin discovered that she was an undocumented immigrant. That revelation would affect how guarded she was about many details of her private life.
The election of President Barack Obama in 2008 was a referendum on the previous eight years of President George W. Bush. The Bush administration buoyed by 9/11 ushered in the "Dark Ages" in the fledgling 21st century, making fear the dominant ethos in American politics.
The New York Times exposé of nail salons and their exploitation of immigrant women workers in New York City cannot come as a complete shock. Aspects of it exceed the worst suspicions - not being paid at all for three months' work?
Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), much like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), is a patchwork program created as a Band Aid to help alleviate some of the problems of our broken immigration system.
A new South is emerging. Nowhere is it more evident than in the Carpet Capital of the World: Dalton, Georgia. According to the most recent census, Dalton is 48 percent Latino and 42 percent White.