September 30, 2013
The anchor baby debate continues.
Although we may be close to an immigration reform bill, after nearly a year of political deliberations, the anchor baby rhetoric still lives.
In the fall of 2011, when the American Heritage Dictionary decided to revise its definition of Anchor Babies to note the term is primarily used as a slur, it seemed the debate had neared the end.
Unfortunately, the issue never died. Its use merely subsided in public circles.
The issue recently arose again following Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan’s comments at a community forum about immigration reform.
July 13, 2013
Immigrants March For Immigration Reform (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The week before had ended innocently enough.
Both sides of the immigration debate looked ahead.
A long eight months of battle, following the November 2012 election, seemed to drawing to a close.
The House of Representatives would meet to decide how they planned to proceed on reform.
The fate of a broken immigration system hung in the balance. (more…)
July 7, 2013
Although immigration reform should be driven by compassion, that’s not the political reality.
As with most issues of social importance, Congress’ view of public policy is driven by vote-counting.
|The Cruel Math Of Immigration Reform In The House
July 4, 2013 · The American Prospect · Paul Waldman
There just aren’t that many Republicans with both the inclination and the incentive to vote for comprehensive reform.
Every politician who gets elected to Congress believes that she’s going for idealistic reasons. Sure, there are compromises to be made and certain kinds of drudgery to suffer through . . . but they each believe that they’ll do the right thing.
Citing a Wall Street Journal analysis, Waldman explains why immigration reform is likely doomed this year. Only 38 of the House’s 234 Republicans, or 16%, represent districts in which Latinos account for 20% or more of the population.
In addition, he adds, “only 28 Republican-held districts are considered even remotely at risk of being contested by a Democratic challenger, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
Waldman’s position has two shortcomings. (more…)
March 11, 2013
“A friend in need,” my mother explained, “is a friend indeed.”
I was taught to offer a helping hand to others when they are going through rough times. Unfortunately, such sentiments are not shared by all.
Especially when it comes to immigrants.
As part of the global community, the United States has long promoted itself as defender of the politically downtrodden and desperate.
Yet, over the past few decades, Americans have demonstrated an increasing disregard for those suffering abroad.
January 6, 2013
Despite the excitement over the government’s announcement to finally issue its new rules for I-601 family unity waivers, caution is warranted.
As a green card attorney, I believe immigrant families should continue to operate from a protective posture.
Several immigrant families will benefit from the changes.
Yet, there are other unaddressed aspects of the I-601 waivers which applicants still need to surmount.
These issues were sidestepped in the government’s announcement.