To be sure some Republicans have come out of the closet for gay marriage and are talking about immigration reform in a way that does not involve putting ten million people on a bus bound for the nearest border. But that is just cosmetic blather as they still must cling to their base.
A report released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA estimates that there are at least 267,000 self-identified LGBT undocumented immigrant adults living in the United States.
The image that Democrats and Republicans build for themselves will either help or be hung around the necks of their party-mates during midterm elections, and will set the tone for all things immigration related this political cycle.
Remember when a big takeaway from the 2012 elections was the changing political calculus behind immigration reform?
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Some knee-jerk immigration advocates would have the American public believe that nothing less than a speedy "path to citizenship" for 11 million illegal immigrants is the only just and humane solution to our dysfunctional immigration system. Nonsense.
As this debate continues to heat up what is really needed is a better understanding of how our southwest border works and what has occurred there over the last decade.
Any discussion of immigration reform must recognize the forces that drive unauthorized migration to the United States -- hunger, poverty, lack of economic opportunity and inequality
The nation is watching: How much longer will Georgia's Board of Regents uphold a blatantly segregationist state law that has made the Peach State a national disgrace?
Who cares about the details? If you call it "reform" then "reform" it will be. After all, the main goal is not really to reform the system and strengthen the rights of 11 million people.
It's time for a single nationally issued worker ID card with secure biometric features. This would make the entire process almost seamless.
Republicans need to take advantage of immigration reform in a way that not just allows them to take back the House, but also win the presidency. With 40 million new Latino voters by 2030, and more if immigration reform becomes a reality, the GOP does not have any way to escape the issue of immigration reform.
There is still much work to be done to open the eyes of all Christians to the love of God for the outsider. The movement to reach out to the strangers in our midst, though, has begun.
Now that we are moving ahead with immigration reform, we should embrace citizenship as a positive value that strengthens the nation rather than putting unnecessary obstacles and long delays in the way of immigrants becoming citizens.
Shruti, Hiyaw and Bouchra are legal immigrants. They are fortunate in that they were able to gain citizenship through the current system. However, there are thousands of undocumented immigrants with culinary talent and desire in this city who could move forward in the burgeoning food industry.
The sooner a comprehensive immigration reform bill puts the estimated 600,000 undocumented Hondurans in the U.S. on a path to citizenship, the sooner these immigrants can move out of the shadow economy and compete for higher wages as equals to U.S. citizens.