In all the fulminating going on about the children in the current border "crisis," there is one problem I have yet to hear addressed, by either side in the debate. Mostly, I suspect, because it would cost a lot of money to fix.
Here's the issue our nation is facing: The inability of the non-military side of our public institutions to process complex problems. Today, this competence and especially the capacity to solve technical challenges often exist only in the private sector.
I brought my wife-to-be here to LA from Indonesia on August 3, 2001. I think of my lovely Indonesian wife and I think how beautifully she fits into the fabric of this country we call America. Sure, I know I romanticize her life. Because I also know my wife still often feels overwhelmed here.
Not so long ago, life was easy for xenophobes. But as the Latino population grows at a faster rate than the immigrant population, Hispanics are now more likely to be born and raised in America, as full-blooded American citizens.
When Thanh Bui took her citizenship test, she was overcome with anxiety. The 78-year-old Vietnamese refugee was so nervous that she wasn't able to answer the questions. After failing twice, she started to wonder if she should give up on her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen.
The idea of citizenship and national identity is a complex one. Recently, I became a citizen of three countries on three different continents. I can now claim passports to the United States, the United Kingdom and Taiwan.
Imagine waking up to learn that you are no longer recognized as a citizen of the country in which you were born -- the only country you have ever called home. This inconceivable scenario has become a reality for tens of thousands of Dominicans.
The existence of statutory and constitutional provisions that bear on the rights of voters should factor into the judicial analysis of whether states can adopt measures that create a tension with federal law.
The ambassador did not focus, let alone mention, that his country's actions left these people stateless without any rights or protection. Instead, he attempts to compare his country's obvious human rights deprivations to the U.S. debates over immigration reform.
Patriotism and sacrifice are supposed to be shared among the members of a nation. It's supposed to mean something to be part of a national community, whether one is born into it or adopts it after immigrating to a new land. It's supposed to be about joining a family.
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).
More than 8 million immigrants across the United States have green cards and are eligible for U.S. citizenship. Yet only eight percent of them become citizens each year. Many green card holders, organizers said, are held back by a number of barriers such as financial and language barriers.