Most of all, we are thankful for those immigrants -- legal and otherwise -- who at the behest of agribusinesses toiled long hours in the fields, laboring for low wages, and doing work that most Americans would not.
The President's decision to grant relief to millions of immigrants in this country, despite Republican threats, shows our members that their voices -- their families -- matter. Millions of lives will change from this one brave act, and it's the kind of courage that will inspire our members to vote again.
On the day of President Obama's immigration announcement, I went to bed late at night, doing a mental checklist of everyone I know who qualifies and does not qualify under the President's immigration action.
The media was wrong, and the White House was right. Still, many of us in the media won't admit it. Therefore, I'd like to apologize to you. We should probably make a better effort to understand policy, before we attempt to comment on it. And we should probably also admit, once and for all, that the President was born in America.
I wish that President Obama were not using an executive order in seeking to protect millions of illegal aliens from prosecution. The situation doesn't justify acting in legally dubious, delegitimizing ways that will tend to give a green light to more people to come here illegally, with economic and national-security implications.
The president's plan steers us in the right direction, but it is up to Congress to permanently fix our broken immigration system. Let's put pressure on the people who are supposed to represent our best interests.
John Whitbeck remembers when being a Republican in California was "cool." A nostalgic voice seeds through the political junkie's recollections of the GOP back in the day.
I am an American, a citizen of the United States of America. I will not forget how I got here. I will not forget that my ancestors were welcomed. I, too, have immigration to this great country in my veins. I am very proud of it. And, I will not let it be forgotten.
The National Latino Evangelical Coalition is now committed to two things: advocating for bi-partisan immigration legislation and registering scores of people who qualify under this executive action. We will not give-up on asking Congress to act on a bi-partisan bill.
Unfortunately, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, President Obama seems to have forgotten transgender immigrants. As we see in our work every day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its detention centers are the source of some of the most shocking violence that transgender people face in this country.
The president's action is largely one of inaction, making it difficult to withhold money for the non-event. And funds would be cut for targeting dangerous criminals here illegally, as well as border security.
The actions Mr. Obama has taken to make the immigration system work better are a bold and courageous (and yes-solidly legal) use of his lawful authority as President of the United States. But only Congress has the power to fix the antiquated, rigid and outdated immigration policy.
Between breaking news headlines of grand jury announcements, Ebola scares, and divisive politics, it's become a common point of conversation among my 40-something friends that the world is going straight to hell.
While President Obama should be applauded for reaching past the partisan gridlock in Congress that has made it impossible to improve the lives of millions of families torn apart because of strict immigration laws, his emphasis on families over felons seems outdated and a rhetorical step backward, not forward.
The politicizing of this should not, however, detract us from the clear call of the Scriptures which were written to a people who were born out of the turmoil of the journey from oppression to a land not their own.
In order to turn the corner on the immigration issue as a nation, we need to expose the inaccurate and inflammatory themes that have dominated our immigration discourse for what they are: lies.