Immigration Policy

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

cc7b1758e4de11e2a60a12313d173966.jpgThere 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…)


“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.

Human trafficking is a modern day form of global slavery.  It’s the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, a nine billion dollar industry.

161 out of 192 nations have reported human trafficking problems.  Approximately 27 million people are enslaved around the world.

Like an unchecked virus, it’s spreading in the U.S., one of the largest three locations for trafficked victims.   Law enforcement agents have noted trafficking-related activities in all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C.

14,500 to 17,500 persons are trafficked into the U.S. each year.  70% of the victims are women, 50% are children. (more…)

I am strongly pro-immigrant. I want immigrants, especially from poorer countries, to have the same opportunities as those of us from richer nations.

But I’m torn on the issue of professional visas.

My discomfort arises from the dog-eat-dog attitude displayed by some immigration lawyers.

They decry the loss of skilled immigrants because these workers will return to their home countries and work for U.S. competitors. They’ve even invented a term for this situation.

Reverse brain drain.

Their position, at best, is disingenuous. (more…)

Mahmoud and Minoo were my best friends during my days at the University of Southern California. They taught me about Persian culture, traditions, and history.  I explained American football and why Trojans and Bruins were bitter rivals.

This type of international camaraderie could be nearing an end. (more…)

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