Today the immigration question is perhaps as divisive a force in American life as it has ever been, with leading presidential aspirants actually demonizing immigrants generally as criminals, deviants and undercover terrorists. In this season of celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday, it is important to revisit the factors that animated him in order to protect his memory from being misused to serve purposes that he would never embrace.
The American primary system for the nomination of presidential and congressional candidates, a system never mentioned in the constitution, has allowed populist anger to be exploited into a veto on foreign policy. Primaries, as they have evolved with the assistance of social media, have become an exercise that grants extraordinary electoral power to the dissatisfied and to the extremes.
Our nation's first leaders fought bitterly over everything, but they agreed that certain principles were so fundamental to our character as a nation as to be inalienable.
Bernie has pulled out all the stops in an effort to court Latinos, but many are still unfamiliar with the left-leaning democratic socialist. If he wishes to solidify his support among Latinos, Bernie must broaden his definition of "political revolution"
Violence will continue to plague Mexico and Central America until the United States and is neighbors abandon the discredited drug war strategy that was started by Richard Nixon 45 years ago -- and that continues to drive international policy today.
Anti-Muslim rhetoric is out of step with reality. Not only are Muslim Americans successfully integrating into US society, they are actually more opposed to intolerance than many other Americans. Nevertheless, many Americans are still succumbing to hysteria. The question is, why?
One of the paradoxes of the Calais camp lays in the struggle to accommodate its refugees. How does a refugee camp of 7,000 migrants situated in a developed country like France compare relative to other humanitarian crises?
As many of us relaxed with our families and celebrated the beginning of a new year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents raided the homes of Central American refugees in Texas, Georgia and North Carolina and arrested 121 people, many of them mothers with young children.
Most people hoping to arrive in the US as refugees are put through an entirely different process that is itself no less than harrowing. Before they can get asylum in the US, they must seek refuge in another nation, which refers them to an office of the UN High Commissioner. If they are determined to meet eligibility criteria and the US is deemed a good fit, the refugee's documented history, fingerprints and even eye scans are scrutinized.
From 1983 to 2006 the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka was enmeshed in one of the bloodiest civil wars of modern years, but one whose events ...
A migrant who works is a burden removed from state budgets, and one who develops a new business linked to his/her home country promotes a more stable society for the African continent.
The border is a place characterized by intense contradictions. That's my conclusion after spending almost a week in southern Arizona as part of a faculty immersion seminar to learn about border issues.
President Obama undermines all of my efforts to keep my family hopeful and strong. A cold slap in the face, reminding immigrants that they can be forcibly removed from their homes without warning - and consequently sent to the dangers they fled in their home country.
by Javier Zamora Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry's current issue. Javier Zamora's poem "Saguaros" appears in the ...
If we are truly to act based on principles of "decency, fairness, and humanity," the forcible removal of precisely the people most likely to have been mistreated under the current immigration court system is both inhumane and illogical.
The truth is that asylum seekers hailing from the Northern Triangle of Central America are fleeing circumstances far more atrocious -- and more hopeless -- than a perilous north-bound journey to the U.S. As the poet Warsan Shire said of another group of refugees, "no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land."