While much of the nation has insurance by Allstate, Farmers, or Blue Cross, the approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country have only holy water and a prayer to protect them from financial disaster.
We who have been "the only one" know what it's like to know what it's like to engage with from people who did not grow up in a just society and are adapting to women, people of color and LBGT Americans in positions of leadership.
Is common sense breaking out on Capitol Hill? That might be too much to ask for. But at least the GOP leadership seems to be taking a hard look at political reality. Here are four big reasons why an immigration overhaul is likely to happen by the end of the year.
There is no more time for excuses. Too much of the nation's time and money has been wasted for the sake of scoring cheap political points. Americans are tired of partisanship and obstruction and want a government that is going to produce solutions.
With this piece, I hope to shed some light on President Obama's authority to enact executive orders to defer the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants and provide them with work authorization to integrate into our society.
Legislation that regularizes the status of over 11 million undocumented individuals will be a long-awaited boon to immigrants and their families. But will they have the support they need to go through what will undoubtedly be a long and arduous process?
As taxpayers, we are all counting on the government to do its job by funding the key agencies that protect us from poor air quality, ensures our families have clean water to drink, and healthy communities.
Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, and I'm taking the opportunity to come out again. But this time I'm coming out as an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants -- at least 267,00 of whom are LGBT.
While the Senate addressed immigration's complexities in a comprehensive package, House Republican leaders cherry picked the few reforms they were willing to address. This is no way to solve one of the greatest challenges of our time. The American people have waited long enough -- it's time for the House to act.
This week, advocates are rallying on the Mall in Washington, D.C., committing acts of civil disobedience, fasting, and filling the halls of Congress to urge House members to vote for immigration reform.
If Congressional leaders, from both parties, fail to act on comprehensive immigration reform before the 2014 mid-term election cycle begins in earnest, our republic will again sadly demonstrate, just like failing to curb gun violence, that we have lost our moral compass.
Our unity is largely due to the vitriolic messaging from the conservative right; but negativity should not be the basis of what unites us. The cultural messages of the songs of Los Tigres and so many other artists can also provide us with a stronger, more compassionate and aspirational way to forge ahead in this country.
When Congress decides to end the shutdown -- which it must do at some point -- our national leaders will need to prove that they can still get things done. Immigration reform should be at the top of that list.
Thanks to the mainstream media and hypocritical politicians, the phrase "immigration reform" has become so politicized, so polarizing that the term itself distracts from what is truly at stake.
On Oct. 5 I will join others across 80 cities in mobilizing for the National Day for Dignity and Respect on behalf of our nation's undocumented men, women and children. With one voice we will say that the time for comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform is now.
We want to give aspiring citizens an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. We want an immigration policy that reflects our values. Speaker Boehner, we want a vote. Listen to your friend Paul Ryan. Listen to reason.