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Border Backlog Crisis

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

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.

Obama To Preside Over Fourth Of July Citizenship Ceremony

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to highlight a positive side of the immigration debate by presiding over an Independence Day citizens...

July 4th: A Celebration of Citizenship

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 07.03.2014 | Good News
Carnegie Corporation of New York

By Vartan Gregorian President, Carnegie Corporation of New York Each year, on July 4, we celebrate not only the birth of our country but also a power...

Obama's Immigration Announcement and What's Next

Ryan Campbell | Posted 07.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

While many on the right are already decrying our "imperial President" on his recent action, the truth of the matter is that he had to act.

Elise Foley

Labor Group Encourages Green Card Holders To Become Citizens | Elise Foley | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The AFL-CIO is teaming up with local immigration reform and labor groups this weekend to encourage green card holders to apply to be cit...

We Need a Citizen Maker Movement

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

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.

July 4th: Re-Discovering America Through Immigrant Eyes

Eric Trules | Posted 06.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Eric Trules

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.

Lay Down Your Arms America

Carrie Norton | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Carrie Norton

America is supposed to be the leader of the free, civilized world, a nation of peace-loving people; ergo, mass-killings have no place in our society. Except that they do.

Citizenship Now! New Americans Campaign at Work

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 05.23.2014 | Impact
Carnegie Corporation of New York

What does it take to become an American citizen? Even after one has a green card, there are overwhelming hurdles of paperwork, test preparation, expen...

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...

Immigration Is Down, but the Latino Population Is Still Surging

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

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.

Houston Coalition Aims to Naturalize More Immigrants

Elena Shore | Posted 06.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Elena Shore

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.

3 Passports for 3 Continents

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 06.25.2014 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

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.

Men Must Play Their Part in the Battle for Arab Women's Rights

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The culture that marginalizes women is largely the product of men. Therefore, the onus is on Middle Eastern men to be the first to demand and create changes in this unacceptable situation.

Naturalize Now -- Citizenship Application to Double in Length

Elena Shore | Posted 05.31.2014 | Los Angeles
Elena Shore

In May, the citizenship application, called the N-400, will become twice as long, going from 10 pages to 21 pages.

Voter Rights Groups Appeal Kansas Citizenship Ruling

AP | ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Voting rights groups filed an appeal Friday of a judge's order that federal election officials must help Kansas and Arizona enf...

Dominican Republic Shows U.S. What Not to Do on Immigration

Tefere Gebre | Posted 05.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Tefere Gebre

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.

What About the Voters? Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Register to Vote in Federal Elections

Franita Tolson | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Franita Tolson

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.

What It Would Take To Get More Young People Serving

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact

What does it mean to serve your country? That was the question at the heart of a HuffPost Live segment about civic responsibility that addressed Presi...

Citizenship Campaign Ramps Up in Detroit

Elena Shore | Posted 04.23.2014 | Detroit
Elena Shore

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. -- Barbara Kochanek, 72, was on the verge of giving up on her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. The Polish immigrant didn't sp...

Odd Justifications for Human Rights Abuses

Ediberto Roman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Miami
Ediberto Roman

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 Is for Suckers

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

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.

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).

Fear, Language and Money: San Jose Ethnic Media Tackle Barriers to Citizenship

Elena Shore | Posted 03.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Elena Shore

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.

What Does Citizenship Mean in the 21st Century?

Jorge Soto | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Jorge Soto

We are 21st-century citizens, trying to communicate with 20th-century institutions that are underpinned by 19th-century processes and ideas.