We accept the term "naturalization" to describe the process of the foreign-born taking on a new citizenship. What could be more natural than being accepted as a citizen of the only home you've ever known?
The bottom line is that while blame is being heaped upon undocumented immigrants for having children, it has to be understood that it was U.S. federal border enforcement that has enabled this situation to rise to current levels.
Arizona says our law is federal law, and we're going to enforce it. The state's sizable Latino population, about 30 percent of the total, legally and illegally here in the US, has said all along it's not so simple.
When the governor and other officials were asked about the outrage of children everywhere over these arrests she insisted that the law made no exemption for "cute looking brown children" in the roundup of the undocumented.
Children who live in poverty will not be able to contribute their full talents to the future of America. We need all of our country's children, including Latino children, to be operating at their full capacity.
A recent University of Arizona study found that Arizona's immigrant workers paid an estimated $2.4 billion in state taxes, and accounted for $44 billion in economic output that created 400,000 full-time jobs.
Arizona's immigration law is creating a wave of Latino social network activism. Following the signing of S.B. 1070, one of the most anti-immigrant laws in the country, Latinos have chosen to mobilize online in numbers rarely seen before.