Temporary U.S. Protection Leaves Syrian Refugees in Limbo

GPM is in The Guardian! Read our opinion piece here! Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Can the devastating consequences of an international refugee crisis help revitalize the bruised economies of American cities? It could, but it won’t, not while the United States remains overburdened with a miles-long asylum backlog and an insufficient temporary relief system. Four…
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A Political Power Play: Are Immigrants Being Taken for a Ride?

Last November, President Obama began a political firestorm when he announced a new executive order for immigration reform. In many ways this was a follow-up to the two-year-old program known as DACA, which covered young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and grew up in this country. The one unveiled in…
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Migrants or Refugees: What’s in a Name, Anyways?

The migration crises in Europe and Southeast Asia has taken far too many lives and continues to create political and social obstacles for the international community to solve. Is violent conflict and political strife the root of the dilemma forcing people to flee their home countries? Or does the problem lie in the way we…
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Immigration Reform: What’s Next?

This has not been a good week for supporters of immigration reform.  On Tuesday, May 26, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to stay an earlier injunction from U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen.  Hanen’s ruling last February stated that Texas and 25 other states have the right to sue…
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The Human Cost of “Not in My Backyard”: Who is Responsible for the Migrants at Sea?

Part I:  The Rohingya and Southeast Asian Countries The Mediterranean migration crisis is not just Europe’s problem, just like the Rohingya refugees are not simply Southeast Asia’s responsibility. The United States, as a Western democracy that supports human rights for all, also has a moral obligation to lead by example and provide support and aid…
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A More Perfect Union

In my recent post on nativism and immigration, I mentioned that for much of our nation’s history, the image of an “American” was conflated with being a Caucasian of western European ancestry. This prejudice stemmed from the idea that since our nation’s founders were white and Anglo Saxon, our nation’s populous must reflect that image.…
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Another Thick Green Line: Militarization and Our Borders

The level of security along the nation’s borders often escapes public awareness. The reason? Ordinary Americans seldom take notice and undocumented immigrants are usually too scared or intimidated to raise the issue. Fortunately, however, the media has stumbled upon a shocking new reality. In a recent article in Mother Jones, “The US-Mexico Border: Where the…
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