We talk about increasing the number of border security guards and we hear about more states enacting even tighter laws designed to stop the invasion of illegal immigration from Mexico. So much shouting over so many years seems to have created a mythology too complete for even facts to alter.
As the Latin American writer Alvaro Vargas Llosa wrote, "Whenever there is a disconnect between the law and reality, reality finds ways of making the law irrelevant." That is happening very quickly in immigration. Intrusive regulatory mandates like E-Verify are just expensive regulatory diversions.
The stratification of the job market is even more acute today than it was in my youth. Adult immigrants are trying to raise families on the kind of jobs I did as a way of contributing to my college expenses.
Immigration benefits both sides. It is neither a zero-sum game nor charity for poor foreigners. The government should get out of the way and let Americans and immigrants work together to each other's benefit.
For the president to win re-election, he must garner a significant percentage of Latino votes. SCOMM, the, massive and controversial deportations program that President Obama is championing, is one sure way for him to lose the election.
In 2008, I was one of the many who hit the streets, knocked at doors and stood under the hot Florida sun to help President Obama get elected. After two and a half years, what did I get from my hard work? 1 million deportations and a total devastation of my community!
I met Tony and Janina Wasilewski on the worst day of their lives -- June 6th 2007. Janina had just exhausted her final stay of deportation and was ordered to deport from the US back to Poland. In 48 hours, she was to leave her life and family in America behind.
Comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) usually translates into an amnesty for all aliens here illegally, or mass deportations and criminalization of undocumented aliens. In this interview, an immigration lawyer discusses a "third way."