The summer before senior year of high school, I would come home to find out my father had been detained, which eventuated in his deportation. I was devastated. However, I did not let this deter my academic pursuits.
As a united nation we must accept, as often as it takes us to make it stick, that we are a country of diversity. Our racial and ethnic identities, along with our passionately American identities, are deeply united and this unity is what our country was built upon. We must be ethical first.
America can and should do better by Syrian refugees, and refugees and asylees worldwide. As Americans pray for refugees and their safe passage in Europe, the country -- and especially people of faith and conscience -- must also look at our own borders.
This week Pope Francis makes his inaugural visit to the United States. As he is greeted with well-wishes from people of faith and conscience, I am reminded of his compelling message for the 2013 World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
Despite the millions spent by the Dominican government on public relations and lobbying firms, the facts cannot be spun to make the country look as if it's a successful model for documenting migrants and promoting human rights, as José Tomás Pérez, Dominican Ambassador to the United States, claimed in a recent article.
It would be easy to characterize Ahmed Mohamed's arrest as a "bizarre aberration." One could imagine chalking it up to "crazy Texas," or worse, victim blaming. We should avoid such decontexualizations that disregard the importance of Ahmed's arrest. It didn't happen in a vacuum.
With plenty of time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, let's see what else the Republican party says or does in order to liven up the occasion.
For some time, I've been thinking of coining the word modefolkers for inclusion into political vocabulary. Modefolker is a compound word that joins two existing words, mode and folk. The transitive verb is modefolk and the noun is modefolker. As explained below, modefolker means a person who belligerently defends the mainstream values of a culture or community.
The facts about migration from and via Mexico are well known. Yet too many presidential hopefuls seem more intent on securing their electoral base, employing an inflammatory rhetoric vilifying Mexicans, urging billions of dollars for yet more walls, and vying to trump one another's "tougher-than-thou" posture.
It's after Labor Day, and the thin lineup of Colorado Republicans even thinking about challenging Sen. Michael Bennet would make you believe they're scared of Bennet and his war chest.
In a country where segregation is often said to be most evident on Sunday mornings, it is the Catholic Church that is not only one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups, but the changing face of America is also being reflected in its pews.
The Department is refusing to accept consular IDs, a document it has accepted in the past, as a valid ID that would allow them to release birth certificates to the parents. Instead, the Department is asking undocumented parents to provide state issued driver's licenses, a privilege not afforded to undocumented Texans, or passports with valid visas.
Morality, in the American political context, is almost universally thought of as consisting principally of the range of sexual issues. In contrast, morality, for Pope Francis, is much more encompassing. It includes the ways in which strangers are welcomed, the climate is repaired, and money, markets, and capital are put in proper perspective.
In America, as we move into the parades of Columbus Day and Veterans' Day (and of course the sales!) we tend to look down on looking within at the mistakes we have made, lived through, voted for, and those that came before us.
This week, 23 million of us tuned in to watch a debate among what Mike Huckabee called "The A-Team." He might be right, if the A stands for Alice in Wonderland, since through-the-looking-glass thinking was on full display. After multiple proud recitations of immigrant roots, the discussion moved on to how best to deport 11 million immigrants. And because Iran will treat the nuclear deal "like toilet paper," we should rip it up on Day One. Or perhaps the A is for Apocalyptic, since, according to Fiorina, Day One should involve "rebuilding the 6th Fleet" -- of a military already bigger than those of the next 10 nations combined. But the biggest looking-glass moment came from Jeb Bush, who said "there's one thing" he knows "for sure" about his brother: "he kept us safe." Well, yeah, except for...y'know. Alice woke up from her dream - whether this A-Team will remains to be seen.
When the Pope takes the stage in the heart of the nation's capital, Americans will be enthralled. He has done more than any other Vatican leader in our lifetime. And he has done so with grace, energy, and determination. Our political leaders will be watching him. They should learn from him too.