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Hard Times at Strawberry Packer High

"Immigrants are taking jobs that should be going to Americans!" Ignoring the obvious oxymoron from the sentence above, in which the words “Immigrant” and “American” are used in a contradictory manner when in fact they are one in the same. The sentence above has been uttered many times by politicians and everyday people alike in regard to the current immigration debate continue reading »

It’s about Nothing More than Trying to Rewrite Someone Else’s Legacy in History

Listening to broadcaster Glenn Beck and political dreamer Sarah Palin lead a group of ideologues into trying to believe that God only likes people who are exactly like them (not that they don’t believe that already) makes me wonder what the followup event will be. The event held Saturday at the site in Washington where slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech made me think that this was an attempt to undermine that memory, and perhaps turn the site near the Lincoln Memorial into the spot where Glenn Beck once spoke. continue reading »

ACLU Files Suit Over Fremont, Nebraska Immigration Law

This week the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of landlords, tenants and employers in Fremont. The premise of the suit is that Fremont’s new law stating that it is both discriminatory to those who look or sound “foreign” as continue reading »

Beyond the Melting Pot: Our “Nation of Immigrants” Has Become a Stew?

We recently celebrated another birthday of our nation, which always creates an opportunity for thoughtful reflection on what it means to be an American. The United States was long been regarded as a “melting pot,” a nation where many cultures come together to blend into one homogenous society. These days, however, perspectives about immigration have evolved into a new understanding of how our society deals with newcomers. Due to recent continue reading »

Hispanic Students Make Impassioned Plea to Sen. Hopeful Kirk to Support DREAM Act

20 courageous undocumented youth, including 10 from Chicago, are risking arrest and deportation to stage sit-ins at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. in order to urge congressional leadership to win a path to citizenship through the DREAM Act, and to push for immigration reform. continue reading »

106-Year-Old Mexican Woman Becomes American Citizen

In Chicago, Ignacia Moya took the oath of citizenship this week. What is unique is that Maya is 106 years old having immigrated here from Mexico in the 1960’s. With her ability to learn English well enough to pass the test being hampered by hearing and eyesight problems, Moya persevered. She enlisted the help of Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) to help make her dream come true. Moya was issued a special waver for the test from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. continue reading »

Gutierrez Hoping to See Immigration Reform Bill in House This Year

Rep Louis Gutierrez- D Il is hopeful that the House can pass immigration reform legislation before the November elections. Gutierrez claims to have the support of 200 colleagues in the House leaving him 17 short of the necessary majority. "I am very confident the House can act quickly on legislation," he said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program. continue reading »