September 17, 2015 |
YORK, Pa. - Alma Lopez stood outside the county prison here, where undocumented immigrants are jailed pending deportation, and broke into tears. All around her, scores of activists unfurled banners emblazoned with inspirational messages, snapped keepsake photos with their smartphones, prayed, and sang in Spanish and English to support the 100 women who set off Tuesday on a 100-mile march to Washington. The weeklong trek, which organizers are calling a pilgrimage, is designed to humanize the increasingly demonized national debate about immigration.
August 24, 2015
ISSUE | TAX BREAKS Stuck in reverse The recently unveiled plans for a new Subaru of America headquarters in Camden are extremely disappointing. They consist of two squat buildings and more than 1,000 parking spaces. We taxpayers are to give up $118 million in tax revenue so that Subaru can build an outdated, suburban-style office complex within a 13-minute walk of the biggest transit hub in South Jersey. This will do nothing to revitalize the city. That would require it to encourage interaction with the city around it, and this plan pretty much guarantees that will never happen.
December 26, 2014
ISSUE | NATIVISM Huddled against the huddled masses At first, there was no need for laws to limit immigration. Most of the continent was nearly empty. Sailing ships were small, slow, and dangerous. But by 1890, large steam ships were bringing millions of immigrants each year. The frontier was gone, and wages fell. By this time, 15 percent of the population was foreign-born. There were deadly conflicts between racial and ethnic groups, which included riots, strikes, and lynchings.
July 22, 2014
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! - Emma Lazarus Even as those words were engraved on a plaque within the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1903, many Americans didn't believe in them. Consequently, more than a century later, it's no surprise to find neo-nativists who feel no sympathy for thousands of Central American children who found their way to this country by dubious means.
March 7, 2014 |
Edgar Trinidad Mendez no longer lives in fear. But that was not always the case for the Mexican undocumented immigrant, who came to the United States when he was 6. Mendez, 24, of Deptford, was a high school sophomore when he learned how his life and aspirations would take a different course because he was undocumented. "Since I [can] remember, I have been undocumented. My life has been consumed by uncertainty, always apprehensive about an unclear future," Mendez said. "Being undocumented is like having ball chains tied to the limbs of your body, preventing you to move forward.
February 10, 2014
There's an easy way to describe House Republicans' continued reluctance to pass an immigration overhaul that provides a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people residing in this country illegally: selfish. Republican former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour didn't use that word during a recent Bipartisan Policy Center forum on immigration at the University of Pennsylvania, but he might as well have. Barbour noted that, unlike GOP presidential candidates running nationally, Republican House members seeking reelection in largely safe districts don't care about courting Hispanic voters by endorsing immigration reform.
July 28, 2013 |
Hazleton, Pa., has lost another round in federal court as it tries to enforce ordinances that crack down on illegal immigrants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Friday reaffirmed its ruling that the Northeastern Pennsylvania city's 2006 law is unconstitutional because it preempts the federal government's jurisdiction over immigration. The law would penalize landlords who rented to illegal immigrants, and employers who hired them. It was immediately challenged by Hispanic and other groups, and blocked in 2007 by a federal district court.
July 19, 2013 |
Broadly speaking, recent newcomers to Pennsylvania who were born abroad hail mainly from Asia and Central America, are younger than the native-born, and are more heavily concentrated at the high and low ends of the educational spectrum. So concludes an analysis released Wednesday by the nonprofit Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, which examined where immigrants have settled in the Keystone State, which languages they speak at home, how many have become U.S. citizens, and other characteristics in five Southeastern Pennsylvania congressional districts.
July 18, 2013
NOW THAT the Senate has passed a sweeping bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, it's the House's turn to act. But, as expected, Republicans in that chamber are once again insisting that the border between the U.S. and Mexico be sealed as a prerequisite to approving broader reforms. Unless 90 percent of illegal border crossings are stopped once and for all, they say, they will not support any plan to grant legal status to the 11 million immigrants who are living in the country illegally.
July 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In the courts of law and public opinion, congressional Republicans increasingly accuse President Obama of exceeding his constitutional authority for the benefit of special interests, most recently by delaying a requirement for businesses to provide health care for their workers. In one instance, Senate Republicans formally backed a lawsuit challenging the president's appointment of three members of the National Labor Relations Board without confirmation. The Supreme Court has agreed to review a ruling in the case, which found that Obama overstepped his bounds.