Memorial Day is an America day honoring the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. Memorial Day this year is on Monday, May 31. Memorial Day, which began after the Civil War, became an official holiday in 1971. Before then, the day was commemorated as Decoration Day. Decoration Day was… Read More Remember The Immigrant Soldiers This Memorial Day
Author’s note: the issue of immigration is complex and does not fit into nice little sound bites. This article is necessarily long so that the reader can gain a clearer understanding of what is going on at the southern border today. Rather than break it up into smaller articles, I have decided to publish it… Read More What Is Going On At The Border?
Today, the ongoing debate on immigration is led by images of migrant children in cages or pods with politicians on both sides either calling it a “surge,” a “crisis” or part of regular migration patterns. The Democrats are blaming the Trump administration and the Republicans are blaming Biden. However, all seem to believe that unaccompanied… Read More How Soon America Forgets: Operation Pedro Pan And Unaccompanied Child Migrants
Words are chosen to frame an argument. It is a mistake to assume that it is the Republicans or the Trump supporters that are the only ones against immigration reform. In immigration there are many competing forces working against reform. Some oppose parts of it while others oppose immigration in general. The reasons vary from… Read More Immigration Reform – The Choice of Words To Create Fear: What the Numbers Say About The So-Called Border Surge
Joe Biden promised to unveil a substantial immigration reform legislation package during his first days in office. Today, the Biden administration proposed legislation was unveiled. The House version of the immigration package is sponsored by Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA). The Senate version is sponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). In late January Sánchez announced a… Read More Immigration Reform Package Revealed
The Biden administration is expected to officially release its immigration reform package to Congress this week. On Friday, asylum seekers stuck in México under Trump’s Remain in Mexico program are expected to begin trickling into the United States after Biden canceled the policy keeping asylum seekers in México. Joe Biden has committed to making substantial… Read More Biden Immigration Reform Package Expected This Week
Recent events suggest that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is attempting to stymie the Biden administration’s attempt to make changes to America’s immigration policies. As the Biden administration was preparing to take office, the Trump administration was signing last minute agreements with some cities and states that forces the Biden administration to consult with the… Read More Is ICE Expediting Deportations to Stymie Biden?
Donald Trump’s war on immigrants has exposed that many Americans oppose immigrants coming to America. Although seems that Americans oppose immigrants living in the country because of the anti-immigrant rhetoric that Trump espoused, the reality is the opposite. Americans want immigrants in their midst. In July of last year, Gallup published the results of its… Read More How Do Americans Feel About Immigrants
The Sanctuary for Americans First Enacted (SAFE) Agreements were signed with Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Texas and the sheriff’s department in Rockingham County in North Carolina in the late January before the Biden administration took control of the government. In total, nine agreements were signed by DHS.  The agreements includes Homeland Security, the Border Patrol,… Read More Last Minute Trump Immigration Agreements Spell Out Ani-Immigration Mindset
The last time undocumented immigrants living in America were offered a pathway to citizenship was under a Republican president, Ronald Reagan. Now, not only do the Republicans support Donald J. Trump, who publicly hates immigrants, but the Republicans are now poised to derail Biden’s ambitious immigration reform package. Since Reagan’s 1986 legalization legislation, there have… Read More Will Biden’s Immigration Reform Be Adopted?
Now that Joe Biden has offered an ambitious immigration reform package that should soon reach the Congress, the question becomes, who in Congress will help push the proposed legislation forward? It is expected that there will be significant resistance to the proposal, as such members of Congress who support the reforms will have to lobby… Read More California Congresswomen Leading The Fight For Immigration Reform
Joe Biden has proposed an ambitious immigration reform package to overhaul America’s antiquated immigration laws. According to the fact sheet released by the Biden administration on January 20, 2021, Biden proposes to streamline the path to citizenship for “hardworking people who enrich” America. The proposed legislation proposed to address “the root causes of migration from… Read More Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 – The Highlights
The Joe Biden administration has signaled that it is offering an ambitious immigration reform package to Congress. Although the package is yet to be fully released, it has been reported that among the proposed reforms includes legalization for about 11 million undocumented immigrants and the Dreamers. The Biden proposal is ambitious. However, it is facing… Read More Biden Administration Must Overhaul Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Incoming president Joe Biden, who will take office on Wednesday, plans to introduce “a sweeping immigration” bill, according to Politico.  In June, Biden tweeted that “on day one” he would send Congress legislation offering “a clear roadmap to citizenship” for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Several news reports… Read More Biden To Push Forth Immigration Reform
On January 21, 2021, the Democrats will control Congress under Joe Biden. With Kamala Harris able to break ties at the Senate, the Democrats no longer have an excuse as to why substantial immigration reform cannot happen. If immigration reform does not become a serious part of the Biden agenda for his first year in… Read More Democrats No Longer Have An Excuse To Delay Immigration Reform
Now that Joe Biden is the presumptive winner of the 2020 presidential election it is time to start asking how will immigrants fare under his administration? The first thing we should recognize is that Kamala Harris will be the Vice-president. She is a woman of color and comes from a family of immigrants. However, at… Read More What Will Joe Biden Do About Immigration
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According to a report in The Washington Post yesterday, there are 545 orphaned migrant children because the federal government cannot find their parents. The Trump Administration launched a “zero tolerance” program designed to discourage migrants from coming to the country. As part of the deterrence program, the federal government began summarily separating migrant children from… Read More The El Paso Nexus To The Missing Children
Every ten years the United States counts the number of people living in America. The count is used to designate who represents the country in the House of Representatives. The count is also used for distributing federal funds, among other things. This is the Census. It is enshrined in the Constitution. The Supreme Court will… Read More Originalism And The Census And Undocumented Immigrants
On October 13, 2020, the Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate released a Democratic Staff Report titled, DHS Run Amok? The report states that “in January 2020, Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Democratic Staff uncovered a disturbing incident in which DHS misused State Department funding to carry out an unauthorized operation.” The… Read More Department of Homeland Security Accused of Illegal Activities in Guatemala
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Los Angeles County “agreed to pay out $14 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the Sheriff’s Department routinely held people in jail beyond their release dates solely because of pending immigration investigations.”  As of 2014, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has stopped honoring ICE… Read More Los Angeles Pays $14 Million To Settle Lawsuit For Detaining Immigrants
El Paso Politics recently reported, that El Paso immigration judges are among the worst in the nation for asylum seekers. Various news outlets are reporting that justice department officials drove the immigration policy of separating children from their parents as part of the Trump Administration surge to control the border. The New York Times states… Read More El Paso Was Pilot Program For Child Separations
I am an immigrant from México. Since I immigrated, I have paid my taxes. I am not even a U.S. citizen, but I pay my taxes. Donald Trump apparently hasn’t paid federal income taxes in years. The two times he made a payment in the last fifteen years he paid $750 a year, for two… Read More I Am An Immigrant. I Pay My Taxes.
There are growing protests across America demanding that police departments be defunded. Other protestors are demanding that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) be abolished. Protestors in Portland protested outside the ICE building recently. ICE has drawn attention in recent years as the Trump Administration has intensified efforts to close the borders to immigrants. U.S.… Read More The Culture of Racism At El Paso Based Border Patrol & BORTAC
It showed up on my Apple news feed innocently enough and I almost skipped the article. I almost skipped it because it was from The Kansas City Star, a newspaper I wasn’t familiar with and I was afraid it was just clickbait. But the headline, As a Black US diplomat in Mexico, I was constantly… Read More U.S. Diplomat Describes What I Felt Crossing The U.S.-Mexico Border In El Paso For Years
The Trump Wall, better known to Mexicans as the Wall of Hate is about demonizing Mexicans and it has nothing to do with protecting American from terrorists or drugs. It is symbol of hating Mexicans. Biden knows this as other Democrats, but Biden is playing a careful game of distinguishing himself from Trump by placating… Read More Joe Biden Plays Both Sides on Wall
Anyone that knows anything about Donald Trump knows that Trump has waged an unrelenting war against immigrants. His attacks on immigrants is xenophobic. The Trump narrative is that immigrants are bad for America. Trump argues that in this time of economic strife, immigrants need not apply to come work in America because Americans deserve to… Read More Trump Wants Immigrant Workers But Not Immigrants
Immigrants in America are facing a binary choice in November between the status-quo of remaining marginalized in America or being terrorized for being immigrants. The two presumptive presidential candidates; Donald Trump and Joe Biden are not for immigration, notwithstanding the political rhetoric coming from both. Neither are offering to bring immigrants out of the shadows.… Read More Immigrants Have a Choice Between the Status-quo or Terrorism in November 2020
Donald Trump recently further restricted immigration to the United States ostensibly to protect American jobs. Most anti-immigrants argue that immigrants are a drain on the U.S. taxpayers, American resources and add to America’s lowered wages. Trump has waged a war on immigrants and his immigrant bashing is about to cost American jobs. With unemployment rates… Read More Thousands Of Federal Employees To Lose Jobs Over War On Immigrants
Yesterday, John Bolton’s book; The Room Where It Happened officially went on sale. Although Bolton dealt mainly with national security issues, his book offers us a glimpse into Donald Trump’s immigration rhetoric. It is understood that Donald Trump is using the immigration issue to bolster his support among his base. Trump has unleashed a war… Read More John Bolton Book On Trump Immigration Rhetoric
The American 2020 riots seem to be centralized on the inequality that Black Americans feel each day. In the previous posts we looked at slavery as the reason that America became the economic powerhouse it is today. It is also the American lie that is driving today’s unrest. But many Americans refuse to understand the… Read More Immigration And The Riots
Unless you live under a rock then you know that Donald Trump does not want immigrants to come to America. Trump has made it almost impossible for any immigrant to come to the country. This is especially true for those who want to Make America Great Again by their hard work. But even with Trump’s… Read More Covid-19 Recovery Requires Immigrants
Many are shocked with what is happening in America today. Maybe it is because of the realization that 100,000 Americans are dead due to Covid-19 the latest American divide scares many Americans. It should, but it isn’t new. The riots are a manifestation of America’s dirty secret. The secret that not all Americans are equal.… Read More Riots: Either Everyone Is An America, or No One Is
We are a drain on the American economy they say. We seek America for benefits. We are takers and give nothing back. That is what the anti-immigrants say. That is what they want you to believe. Never mind that immigrants make America great. This has been proven many times, but the anti-immigrants refuse to believe… Read More We Are A Drain On The American Economy They Say
As many readers likely know, Donald Trump uses the immigration debacle and immigrants as fodder for his political base. The Trump base hears immigrants are bad and that Trump has closed the borders. The reality is that Donald Trump is relying on immigrants to get the country back on track after the pandemic ends. Most… Read More The Trump Immigration Problem and The American Way of Life
Depending on what media outlet you are reading you are likely to get two or more versions of the real story. This has been true for years because biases are part of what is published for public consumption. Take for example remittances from Mexicans working in the United States, both legal and undocumented and the… Read More Mexican Remittances And Covid-19
There are many who argue that undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes and are a burden to American taxpayers. Many also argue that America does not need immigrant labor. But the facts betray these assertions as lies. Let’s see how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) feels about the undocumented immigrants. In 1996, the IRA created… Read More Undocumented Immigrants Sustain The Country
Pew Research published a report on Wednesday pointed out that “one-in-ten” voters in this year’s U.S. presidential election are immigrants. The publication stated that most (61%) of the newly minted voters (23 million) live in five states. Will they influence the presidential election? Because of Donald Trump’s war on immigrants, that is an important question… Read More The Immigrant Voters
Now that it seems that Bernie Sanders may become the Democrat nominee for the 2020 presidential elections it is time to see where Sanders stands on immigration. Although I am unable to vote, as I am not a citizen, I like many others have special interests when it comes to politics. I have two primary… Read More Bernie Sanders And Immigration
Donald Trump told America that it was “full”. Anti-immigrants argue that American does not need any more immigrants. Immigrants are America’s greatest asset as well as America’s greatest bogeyman. The darkest secret America keeps is that it needs immigrants while pretending it does not. No one, not the Democrats, not the Republicans and especially not… Read More The American Dirty Secret