America Will Persevere

The U.S. has a new president. Immigrants, documented and undocumented, have been put on notice: during this administration the new policy is “America First.” An atmosphere of fear and uncertainty has descended on our immigrant communities. The new slogan carries an unsavory historical pedigree characterized by hostility and callousness toward those who seek safe harbor…
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Scalia’s Death and the Future of Immigration Reform

Photo by Flickr user Ted Eytan. As President Obama enters the last year of his presidency, his legacy begins to come into focus. He made some big promises to move immigration reform forward, but he’s had trouble delivering. His efforts in exercising his executive powers to move the clock forward have brought limited results. Throughout…
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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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The Origins of Migration

The following thoughts don’t have much to do with our current day to day work as immigration professionals.  But from time to time, it’s good to look at the bigger picture.  It helps us clarify our understanding about often unmentioned and unexamined roots of the social/political/moral forces at work in our field. Humans, like many…
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