The current immigration bill falls short of overhauling our broken immigration system. The heart of the bill is clearly the pathway to citizenship, but what's missing from the conversation is the number of individuals who will actually be barred from this path.
My family's story not only sheds light on problems with our broken immigration system but also serves as a reminder of how policy affects real people's lives and can help strengthen our economy.
The opportunity to reunite their families should be extended to all immigrant families, including LGBT families. It is the just and right thing to do. It is the humane thing to do. It is what we must do.
The lessons of IRCA argue strongly in support of passage of comprehensive immigration legislation (like S. 744) for four principal reasons.
Immigration has always involved hardship, but unfortunately I never fully came to grips with that reality until it became part of my own reality. Ours was supposed to be an open-and-shut case: a fiancée visa. Our timing, however, was admittedly unhelpful: right after 9/11.
I ask at the risk of getting blasted by heat vision or super breath, but exploring his status actually tells us a lot about America today.
The Heritage Foundation has yet to address larger and much more important questions. How could someone who traffics in specious theories on intelligence, race, and ethnicity be Heritage's policy expert on not only immigration but education?
Five years later, the national push for commonsense immigration reform threatens to come undone at the hands of one of Postville's own senators.
Some members of Congress want to gut the family immigration system by making it much harder for siblings and adult married children to reunite with their loved ones here in the U.S.
Moms shouldn't have to worry that they have to choose between paying the rent and keeping their families healthy, between food and a trip to the doctor. But these are just the types of impossible situations many immigrant mothers find themselves in every day.
As a community advocate working in the complex field of policy, I constantly wrestle with striking a balance between my idealism and my pragmatism. How does one reconcile die-hard beliefs in what is best for one's community with hard-learned lessons in the art of political compromise?
The Heritage Foundation report alarms that it will cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion net dollars if we permit legalization of presently undocumented immigrants. It is a lot of money -- almost 42 percent of the U.S. GDP in 2012 -- so it sounds scary.
Working poor and middle class are not free riders -- no matter where they are from. In an economy in which everyone is connected, nothing is free. Immigrants and lower income people are valuable contributors to the economy.
By addressing the immigration issue, we establish finally the human value of our regional interrelationship. Let us hope that Congress and the administration support their efforts and put in place a comprehensive immigration reform that will protect all whose journeys bring them to this great country.
One thing NAFTA has taught us is that, if we expect employment growth in Mexico to materialize as a result of trade agreements, investments must be targeted.
For Democrats this is too good to be true. While Republicans continue to try to smear former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, she long ago accepted her share of responsibility, and her popularity continues to tower above all national figures in American public life.