Evolution or Regression? Nativism and Immigration Since WWII

The issue of immigration occupies an interesting space in American political life. Attitudes of Americans towards foreigners entering the nation often fluctuate in a pendulum like manner, the direction of which is often determined by national circumstances. Nativism–the belief that only Americans of white, Anglo Saxon ancestry were “true” Americans—was pervasive throughout much of the…
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Don’t Tread On Me: A Lesson From the Recent Past

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Recently a report appeared in Bender’s immigration Bulletin (19; 1061—Oct. 1, 2014) which illustrated what is perhaps one of the greatest “Catch-22” situations in American legal history. According to the report, the problem stems from an overzealous use of deportation procedures by ICE and other executive branch agencies against undocumented immigrants. In the scenarios described,…
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Down on the Bayou

The ongoing legal dispute over President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration reform has arrived at a new milestone, one not typically reached in this type of appeals scenario. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans announced that it will hear oral arguments on April 17 on the government’s motion to stay U.S…
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Reading Between the Lines

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Ever wonder what thoughts and prejudices reside in a person’s heart? Unless they’re excessively honest, the answer is obviously unknowable. Yet interpreting outward signs of how a person speaks and acts can lead to a highly educated guess. In a speech given in 2002, well-known conservative columnist Pat Buchanan said, “In the next 50 years,…
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Here Comes the Judge?

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In America’s criminal justice system, the accused enjoy the assurance of a speedy adjudication of the charges against them. Unfortunately, this constitutional guarantee does not apply to undocumented immigrants seeking to avoid deportation or gain permanent refugee status in the US. Even more so, non-citizens do enjoy speedy trial and due process rights when it…
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The Story of George Semaan

Mr. George Semaan’s story, although it ended happily, was one that epitomizes how frustrating navigating immigration law can be. He first entered the United States from Syria with an R-1 visa for nonimmigrant religious workers as a deacon for a Christian church. While his R-1 was still valid, he applied for a green card as…
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DHS Funding: When Push Comes to Shove

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Many employees and agents with ICE, a DHS subsidiary, would have experienced long-term furlough had DHS funding not been approved. Throughout the past week, a rather unfortunate saga had played out in Washington regarding funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The battle centered on the House of Representatives, where…
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