As a veteran who served during Gulf War I under former President George H.W. Bush in 1991, I give Senator John McCain my respect for his military service and consider him a courageous veteran because he withstood being a Prisoner Of War (POW).
When Donald Trump denounced virtually all Mexicans as "criminals and rapists" de Leon was shocked, "His comments were quite offensive and our expectation is for all political leaders to stand up in unison against him."
Trump is tapping into a strain of American public opinion regarding immigration and the legitimacy of the Obama Presidency to capture now close to 20 percent support for the Republican nomination for that office.
With 2016 fast approaching, things look bleak for the GOP. Pandering to a non-white voting block could very well end up costing it the South, as it did to the Democrats in the 1960s. At the same time, pandering to base will alienate too many groups to win in a general election--not the least of which are Latinos.
The immigrant rights movement must stand with black communities facing violence, and recognize that black and immigrant lives are often one and the same.
The title of this article is not a punchline. I repeat, this is not a joke. I, a graduate student and immigration activist, really had dinner with a border patrol agent and a policeman. A two-for-one deal of sorts.
It's time to tear down these age-segregated walls and rebuild the bridges -- the social compact -- that made our country economically viable and strong.
The people you are vilifying are the people you should be admiring. They are people who reacted to twists of fate in a positive way, using incredible entrepreneurial spirit to improve their lives, and those of their families.
The media has a love/hate relationship with Donald Trump. He is at once, breathtaking in his proclamations and ludicrous in his behavior. He is hard to ignore. Like the entertainment value of watching two trains collide, no one in media wants to miss a Trump event. At the same time, they don't want to take him too seriously.
As Donald Trump announced his decision to run for President of the United States by railing against Mexican immigrants, many of us working on the front lines of advancing Latino empowerment understood immediately that this was an important moment for our community.
Morning Joe host (and leading conservative pundit) Joe Scarborough apparently agrees about the need to reform the GOP on the issue of bigotry, and that Donald Trump presents an opportunity to do that.
Whether we admit or not, the Hispanic vote not only became a political weapon in 2012, but in 2016, the Hispanic vote will dictate who will become the future leader of the free world.
Immigrants in criminal proceedings in the U.S. face the very real threat of deportation depending on how their cases come out, so it's imperative that they get effective legal representation. Last week, New York became the first state in the nation to set up a state-wide network of legal resource centers dedicated to ensuring that they do.
In a healthy democracy, differing points of view contend to shape the destiny of the society. What does it mean, however, when a major subculture of that society is perennially of but one mind?
The landmark U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which shifted the criteria for admission of immigrants from a system of country quotas to the prioritization of family reunification and occupational skills, is now fifty years old.
The GOP has been doing a racist strip tease for decades now, and Trump is just skipping the tease. But it may point to a possible upside. Thanks to gauche clowns like Trump -- not to mention Cliven Bundy, Steve King and others -- the GOP, like the Democratic Party of the 60s, might be forced to reform itself, if only to end the pain.