The immigration debate gets to the heart of a conversation about who is a "real" citizen, who is part of our communities, and who can be allowed to stay and live here, and who has to do so through a shadow existence, with no basic rights. Sound familiar? If you're LGBTQ, it should.
The immigrant have-nots enjoy significantly fewer connections/opportunities and struggle under more liabilities -- including language and cultural barriers. Female immigrants have additional family obligations on top of that. So, how do they break through the meritocracy ceiling?
At best, it is hard to imagine Boehner retaining the speakership for more than a few years. So why doesn't Boehner honor his pledge to let Congress "work its will" democratically and put the interests of the American people first?
Alarmists draw fear from the fact that Mr. Romney won 59 percent of the white vote and still couldn't win the election; but they lose the forest in the trees.
Over a century ago as part of a revolt against the tyrannical Speaker of the House "Uncle" Jo Cannon, the first "discharge petition" procedures were adopted. This measure that weakened the power of the speaker might, ironically, now bolster the flagging authority of Speaker Boehner. How so?
While I'll certainly benefit from this change in policy, for bi-national GLBT couples, DOMA's repeal not only legalizes their relationships, but also makes them able to legally live in the same country together. Even immigration reform would not have had this impact on GLBT immigrants.
All Americans who love this country very much deserve a commonsense immigration process, one that includes a roadmap for people who aspire to be citizens.
As the bill moves to the House, supporters of comprehensive reform are going to have to gauge at what point the legislation becomes unsupportable. In the case of border security: how much money are we willing to waste to get conservatives on board?
All over the world there is turmoil about how nations turn immigrants into citizens. The debates lay bare distressing truths about racial and cultural divides.
Texas is going blue. The only question is when. If Wendy Davis runs for governor in 2014, and Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, it will be "High Noon" in Texas with these two leading ladies starring in the Gary Cooper role.
People who self-identify as disciples of Christ must once and for all break with any notion that capitalism is somehow a "benevolent" system or even a "neutral" one.
Mexico and the United States will always share a border and it's our job to take advantage of this proximity to benefit the more than 460 million people living in North America, 94 percent of whom reside in Mexico and the United States.
The responsibility to ensure voter protection should not depend on attorneys willing to challenge discriminatory laws; the federal government must ensure equal justice in access to the polls.
If reform passes, then it's a double victory, because the weaker the Republican party gets, the stronger our country gets. But either way, the civil war within the Republican party is on, and it's only getting worse.
With regard to our nation's illegal immigration problem, the goal should be to solve it -- not win some political battle. The solution must but be simple, not complex. So I thought I would take a stab at a simple, not perfect, solution for illegal immigration.
Based on the political calculation that a resounding victory on S. 744 will pressure the House to pass comprehensive reform, the Senate appears poised to adopt a "border security" agreement negotiated by Sens Corker and Hoeven. The amendment should be rejected for several reasons.