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Her immigration history seemed spotless.

No arrests. No convictions.

A native of Afghanistan, Jawan had lawfully entered the U.S. to study. She met and fell in love with Tony, a naturalized citizen from Egypt, in an economics course.

After their marriage, he filed to immigrate Jawan. She became a legal resident in the early 1980s.

They raised three children, all born in the U.S. All were graduates of top-ranked American universities.

Now, over 25 years later, she decided to apply for U. S. citizenship. Her naturalization process looked like smooth sailing. (more…)

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.

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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…)

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.

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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.
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