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Will Congress Be Ready To Play Ball on Immigration Reform?

In the classic baseball movie Bull Durham, Kevin Costner’s eyes go misty as he talks about how great it was to be “in the show” (the major league) for 21 days before being kicked back down to minor league ball. Immigration reform was in the show this spring for 60 days or so, ending in June with the passage of S. 744. continue reading »

Tea Partier Explains Why Some Republicans Get Immigration All Wrong (VIDEO)

Charles Matejic, a long-time Tea Partier, is fed up. Yes, he thinks taxes are too high in the United States and we need to slash the federal budget. But what’s irking him at the moment is how Republicans are abandoning their principles when it comes to immigration reform. continue reading »

One Year Out Of The Shadows: How Legal Status Changed The Lives Of Seven Immigrants

August 15 marks the one-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a presidential initiative that grants temporary legal presence to non-criminal undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as youths by their parents continue reading »

The Immigration Debate Could Use a Healthy Dose of Facts

Immigration is sure to be a hot topic when Members of Congress meet their constituents face-to-face during the upcoming summer recess. The full Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a continue reading »

Memo to GOP- It’s time for Immigration Reform with Citizenship for Dreamers and Their Families

Today, the House Judiciary Committee meets for a hearing that will discuss the KIDS Act, a DREAM Act-lite proposal that some Republicans are considering taking up instead of immigration reform for the 11 million. As Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) recently said, “We’ve been there, we’ve done that, that’s so yesterday. [That's] last century’s conversation on immigration.” continue reading »

DREAMer Activitists Arrested at Border When Trying to Re-Enter U.S. from Mexico

Nine DREAMers were arrested at the border crossing point here on Monday when they tried to reenter the United States from Mexico to test the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. continue reading »

In Central Valley CA, College Students Spend Summer Vacation in the Fields

This small town in South Kern County is home to many farmworkers, including young college students eager to make some cash during their summer break. And although it may seem strange to those living outside of California’s Central Valley, working in the fields, although physically demanding, can be a gratifying experience for many of them. continue reading »

Hey Paul Ryan: 9 Out of 10 Immigrants Would Apply For Citizenship

Some have been lifting up Paul Ryan as a conservative champion for immigration reform in the House–he’s been working behind the scenes to try and make reform happen, and has been applauded for making a strong case for the economics of reform. continue reading »

Not Everyone Wants the American Dream

On my 16th birthday, in an indigenous village in southern Mexico, I translated for a church group of white Americans from my hometown in eastern Washington state. In their one-room hut, I asked an indigenous Mexican family continue reading »

Young Immigrants Celebrate a Year of Deferred Action

This week marks a year since the presidential administrative decree that has permitted thousands of undocumented youths to obtain a reprieve from deportation and a work permit. continue reading »

How Immigration Reform Will Let Families Reunite Without Becoming Criminals

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) study released this week found that 85,000 immigrants were prosecuted for illegal entry or re-entry in 2013. The three main reasons that HRW found for illegal entry or re-entry were “to seek work, to reunite with family… continue reading »

Arizona Immigrants Not Giving Up After Court Setback on Licenses

Young undocumented immigrants in Arizona said Friday that they will fight on in the courts despite a federal judge throwing out their plea to be given the immediate possibility of obtaining driver's licenses. continue reading »

At California Detention Center, Immigrants Must Pay $20 For A Five-Minute Phone Call

Long known for exploiting inmate needs, immigration detention centers that generally contract out services like their phone systems, are generously paid by the federal government to hold ICE detainees. continue reading »

Terrified Nativists Unleash Everything They’ve Got Against Senate Immigration Bill

Nativists are terrified by the Senate immigration bill. Legal status for most unauthorized immigrants; a pathway to citizenship for those who are legalized; more flexible limits on future immigration—all of these are anathema to the nativist vision of what the United States should become. continue reading »

Incredibly, In 2013, Some Republicans Want GOP to Double Down on Self-Deportation

The Republican Party has embarked on a major overhaul of its recent anti-immigrant stance, spurred in large part by historically low levels of support from Latino voters in the 2012 elections. Yet judging from the witnesses that Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) called at yesterday’s immigration hearing, not everyone in the GOP has gotten the memo. continue reading »

A “Keeping Families Together” Story- But I Never Lost Hope.. ( VIDEO)

I am from Ecuador and I came to this country 15 years ago. When I was a kid I was a victim of domestic violence at home and then when I was 16 I had encountered another domestic violence experience. I came to this country was to escape that life. continue reading »

Guaranteeing Access to Health Care to Immigrant Women: A Necessary and Wise Investment

In the current public debate regarding comprehensive immigration reform, the focus on immigrant access to health benefits has been almost exclusively limited to cost (which is undeniably an important aspect) and has rarely addressed the social gains that result from investing in a healthy population. For the most part, the health of immigrant women has been left out of the discussion, which is, in many aspects, problematic. continue reading »

More than 500 Rally in Advance of Senate Hearing on Immigration Policy that includes Women &Families

More than 500 people from a coalition of women’s groups gathered at the Capitol Monday to amplify the voices of immigrant women and show that women’s voices are essential to immigration policy reform. Advocates are asking Congress to remember that immigrant women are vital contributors to the American economy and to advance policies that defend women and families and support healthy families for strong communities. continue reading »

In A Matter Of Minutes, Jeb Bush Flip-Flops On Immigration Reform

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush went on a Sunday talk show offensive this week to try to clarify his position on immigration reform, but he only managed to create more confusion. Bush last week drew the ire of Republicans and Democrats continue reading »

Recognizing Immigrant Women’s Needs in Immigration Reform

While the recent debate over reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act may have reminded the nation that there are “women’s issues” in immigration law, it doesn’t necessarily follow that most people regard immigration reform as a woman’s issue. continue reading »