Immigrants' rights advocates like me got a strong sense of déjà vu this week. Four years ago, SB 1070, legislation designed to make life miserable for immigrants and those a person might "suspect" could be foreign, sat on the governor's desk for several days until she signed that misguided -- and unconstitutional -- piece of legislation into law.
When is a promise not a promise? That's what Luciano Sandoval is asking after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) broke its pledge to stop arresting individuals at Kern County, California courthouses.
They say if you manage to stick around through the most critical period -- initial two years -- as a foreigner in New York, there's no going back.
Immigration reform is not a game that we're playing and, frankly, our communities don't need stewards in Washington, we need allies. We need those with access to open space for our own voices to be heard.
Updating our immigration laws to reflect the needs of the American economy in 2014 is critical to help maintain U.S. economic leadership in today's increasingly competitive world.
We all stand to benefit from bringing people out of the shadows, improving access to law enforcement and supporting local businesses.
There is something egalitarian in citizenship. The spirit of citizenship evokes a desire to do well by those around you and to not leave anyone out. When we think of ourselves as citizens, we can transform ourselves and move ourselves forward with strength and determination.
Comprehensive immigration reform may be the most ill-fated three words on Capitol Hill. The Senate passed a bill last summer, and depending on the week the issue on the House side is either dead on arrival or may see the light of day.
Even with a black man in the White House, we're still training our black boys how to be careful out there. I'm sure they're aware of the danger, having watched how some white people have treated that black president for the past few years.
The most significant of the House of Representatives' proposals is the "No Path to Citizenship" stipulation. What does this mean?
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The Jewish tradition teaches that at special moments in life the gates of heavens are open. I felt standing among these vulnerable, powerless immigrants crying for their daughters, husbands and sisters that the gates of heaven were open to their prayers.
It is still the case that less than 15 percent of immigration detentions are of people who pose a threat to public safety, the people ICE says it is prioritizing. The consequence for American families is devastating
We have prayed, fasted and advocated for reform for well over a decade. The notion that it is not a "good time" politically does not make sense to us.
In politics, once you take a stand on an issue, you better have a good reason to change your mind.
My last piece began with the words, "Never let it be said that the rich are silent." That was too modest. Let's add that they're tone deaf too.