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If Immigration is a Game, Let's Play to Win

(15) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 1:52 PM

No political issue in American discourse is more emotionally charged than immigration.

It's always been that way.

Throughout American history, we saw denizens of the community stand-up before Congress and before town halls around the country, proclaiming the new immigrants, whether they be Irish, Jewish, Italian, or Mexican,...

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Estimated 1 Million Young Undocumented 'DREAMers' Eligible for Deferred Action

(6) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 1:39 PM

Hurrah! Time to celebrate! (I think.)

Finally, something that looks and feels real in the world of immigration reform. Yet there still is a part of me that remains cautious, in light of previous broken promises by President Obama.

So, what has happened?

In an effort to appease an important...

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A Time to Give Thanks to Ronald Reagan and American Exceptionalism

(4) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 1:37 PM

Thanksgiving is a time for the nation to take a step back and reflect.

To illuminate this moment of national introspection, watch these last six minutes of President Ronald Reagan's Farewell Address on January 11, 1989.

Although uttered over 20 years ago, President Reagan's words are like...

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Could Immigrants Drive the Revival of American Manufacturing?

(13) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 10:40 AM

Last week, an immigrant-founded company called A123 Systems, headquartered outside Boston, opened an electric car battery-production plant in Livonia, Michigan that is slated to create 3,000 jobs over the next three years.

Congrats to the extraordinary founders of the company: Desh Desphande, an immigrant from India; Yet-Ming...

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Time to Think Like an Immigrant

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 4:28 PM

Carmen Castillo once fit the popular image of the daring entrepreneur.

She arrived from Spain young, single and ambitious. Knowing nothing about computers, Castillo launched her high-tech consulting agency from a one-bedroom apartment, with little more than a phone book and chutzpah.

Her humble start-up, Superior Design International, grew into...

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President's Immigration Speech: Will Obama Discuss How New Immigration Can Energize Rust Belt Economies?

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 11:05 AM


This morning, President Obama is scheduled to give a speech at American University on the need for immigration reform as a means to support the economic recovery.

I can think of no more powerful message to the nation than that of the hard-working, struggling...

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Why Immigrants Can Drive the Green Economy

(5) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 2:50 PM

Raymond Spencer, an Australian‐born entrepreneur based in Chicago, has a window on the future--and a gusto for investing after founding a high‐technology consulting company that sold for more than $1 billion in 2006. "I have investments in maybe 10 start‐ups, all of which fall within a broad umbrella of a...

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A New, Winning Path to Immigration Reform

(12) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 4:41 PM

With Arizona poised to impose the toughest immigration laws in the land, and right-wing radio hosts calling for snipers at the border, President Obama says it's time to take another crack at comprehensive immigration reform.

His call to renew the immigration debate no doubt leaves many Americans thinking, "Here...

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