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Path to Citizenship

Another Failure of All-or-Nothingism

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the last three months, we've all been watching the Kabuki drama play out, but the ultimate outcome was never really much in doubt. Like a badly-written detective drama where the audience spots the killer in the opening act, almost everyone knew the Tea Partiers were going to lose this battle.

Scott Walker Admits That He Flip-Flopped On Immigration

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) admitted on Sunday that he had completely changed his stance on immigration and that he now has a much tougher positio...

Once and for All: Let's Lose the Loose Talk About Who Is and Isn't American

The OpEd Project | Posted 01.12.2015 | Teen
The OpEd Project

It's been nearly a year since Fox News personality Laura Ingraham tried to float the false idea that Puerto Ricans are not just as American as the rest of us.

Employment, Not Immigration Reform

Brian Ross | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Brian Ross

Republicans, angry about the undocumented "streaming" across our borders, could turn the flow of immigrants off tomorrow by passing real reform. No, not our immigration laws, but our employment law.

Republican Outrage Over Immigration Executive Order Is Misplaced

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Republicans should be more concerned about the failure of GOP leadership to address this issue. Not only did Boehner miss out on an opportunity to mend fences with a growing Hispanic voting bloc, he has now backed himself into a corner with no clear way out.

Americans Don't Support the Republican Agenda

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The best thing Republicans had going for them in this election was the fact that they weren't in the same party as President Obama. But it would be a huge mistake for them to act as though this was an endorsement of their policies -- a mistake they seem likely to make. A mistake that seems destined to be part of the 2016 Republican autopsy.

Reflections on a Hospital Stay

Cathy Cha | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Cathy Cha

As the immigration debate rages on in Washington, it is easy to forget what's really at stake. We watch the talking heads make their tit-for-tat arguments about border security, and meanwhile we lose sight of the larger story -- the story of what immigrants do for this country, and how they make us better and stronger as a nation.

My Wife, the Model American Citizen

Christopher Phillips | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

To my wife, and surely to most if not all of those giving their oath of citizenship, "civic literacy" of the sort she and all naturalized U.S. citizens have to demonstrate is at the core of setting an American free.

'Citizen Gino' May Retire His Race and Gay Cards

Christopher Murray | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

Friends attend Chi-Ming "Gino" Kuo's swearing-in ceremony as a United States citizen at Manhattan's United States Southern District Court on Aug. 22 w...

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

Boehner's History of Inaction on Border Control

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boehner has gone from confidently touting his and his fellow House Republicans' upcoming leadership on the issue of immigration, to now doing nothing more than groveling for Obama to solve the problem using his executive authority -- which is an ironic enough stance for a Republican to take, these days.

Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett, And Bill Gates Chastise House GOP On Immigration

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business

Three of the world's richest men are calling on Congress to pass legislation that would overhaul the nation's immigration system and provide some sort...

Is America to Blame for the Crisis on the Border?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 09.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

The roots of this crisis go back decades, to a time when the American government thought it was more important to frustrate the Russians than to end a bloodbath. A natural question is, how long are we responsible for the sins and errors of the past?

GOP Congressman Supports Citizenship For Military Service

AP | NICHOLAS RICCARDI | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado said Thursday he supports granting citizenship to people who enter the country illegally and serve in th...

White House Wants Delay In Defense Department Immigration Plan

AP | By JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has asked the Department of Defense to delay a plan that would allow some immigrants who entered the U.S. illegall...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Administration Quietly Plans To Let Some Dreamers Join Military

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Pentagon officials have approved a policy that would allow a limited group of undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children...

Boehner Defends Rejecting Military Immigration Measure Proposed By A Republican

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is weighing allowing some immigrants brought illegally to the country as youths to serve in the military, a unilatera...

Republicans: Don't Worry About the Votes of the Unauthorized, Fear the Power of Their Citizen Kids

Manuel Pastor | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Manuel Pastor

While one Republican congressman did suggest that reform will produce "11 million Democrats," that need not be the case. After all, Republicans used to do a good job attracting immigrant votes (think of Bush winning more than 40 percent of the Latino vote in his 2004 reelection to the presidency).

Deporter-in-Chief

Joanne Lin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Joanne Lin

Whether measured by budget allocations, criminal prosecution volumes, or people deported -- it is clear that the federal government has pursued an enforcement-first policy. This enforcement-first and enforcement-only approach is precisely what has produced our failed immigration state.

Friday Talking Points -- Avoiding Immigration Traps

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in the House have announced they are now ready to do something on immigration. There will be traps laid by the Republicans, so Democrats have to be vigilant about defusing each one as it pops up.

New Obama Official Backs Immigration Path

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (JAY) Johnson says he supports an earned path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants in the...

Top House Republican Hints At Immigration Principles

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), a longtime target of immigration activists, said Tuesday that he would support allowing undocumented im...

Path to What, and When?

Dan Kowalski | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Dan Kowalski

Whatever new type of visa is created, Congress must address the horrible current visa backlogs that compel people to cross illegally today rather than wait 30 years or more for a green card.

Key House Republican Hints At Legal Status For Undocumented Immigrants

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) hinted at the principles the GOP will release on immigration reform in a new interview with T...

Fast for Families and César Chávez: Two Stories About the Hunger for Human Decency

Javier Sierra | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

During 22 days, four social justice heroes fasted in Washington, D.C., to support immigration reform including a path to citizenship, in the shadow of the very same Congress that refuses to vote on it.