November 23, 2014 |
At a gathering called "Chant Down the Walls," members of Juntos, a social-justice group for Latino immigrants, gathered in the crisp morning air Friday outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office. They shouted "Si se puede" - "Yes We Can" in Spanish - sang, and waved flags from Latin American countries, one day after President Obama announced he was taking executive action to change immigration policy. Many in the crowd sang along with musicians playing guitars and the wooden box drum called a cajon . Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos, said the rally of about 60 people was in support of immigrants being detained in the ICE headquarters.
November 21, 2014 |
THEIR CHANTS filled the tiny taqueria , lifting high above the din of the blasting televisions that had just shown President Obama's address. "SI SE PUDO!" "We did it!" Dozens of illegal immigrants - some children, some with children of their own - packed into Taquitos de Puebla, on 9th Street near Ellsworth in South Philly, last night to hear President Obama announce his much-touted reforms to the nation's immigration policy. And few in that crowded room were as happy as Carlos Rojas.
July 31, 2014 |
PRESIDENT Obama weeks ago attended July Fourth ceremonies for 25 members of the U.S. armed forces who were sworn in as newly minted American citizens. It was a quiet, dignified and impressive event that punctuated the importance of somehow solving what has become the nation's most pressing domestic problem: the lack of coherent immigration policy. More than that, it seemed an oasis of sanity in the political upheaval that is bound to be a major issue in the coming midterm elections and the crisis that deepens daily, aggravated by an onslaught of homeless children at our borders and the refusal of Congress to pass the fiscal wherewithal to deal with it before the coming August recess.
May 16, 2014 |
A rusty fence bisects the virtual desert, so grab your cursor and pick a side. You are playing The Migrant Trail , an online game about the human toll of illegal immigration. You choose an avatar from a group of immigrants trying to sneak into the United States, or border agents trying to catch them. You pick a route, what to wear, what to carry, when to rest, when to search, and when to hide. Software dictates the consequences. Didn't bring enough water, or weighed yourself down with too much?
February 1, 2014 |
Set aside any moral imperatives, political experts told an audience Thursday at the University of Pennsylvania: The strongest argument for immigration reform is financial. "America is in a global battle" for capital and labor "to grow our economy," said former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former head of the Republican National Committee. If we educate immigrants at our universities but don't make it possible for them to stay in America, he said, the businesses they start, often with hundreds of jobs, "end up in Mumbai" instead of Memphis.
April 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A promised path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally may leave out hundreds of thousands of them. Bipartisan Senate legislation would make legalization and ultimately citizenship available only to those who arrived in the United States before Dec. 31, 2011, according to a Senate aide with knowledge of the proposals. Anyone who came after that date would be subject to deportation. The bill, expected to be introduced next week, also would require applicants to document that they were in the country before the cutoff date, have a clean criminal record and show enough employment or financial stability that they're likely to stay off welfare, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposals had not been made public.
April 1, 2013
By Jan C. Ting Our immigration system is not broken. We don't need, and Congress shouldn't enact, amnesty. Both my parents were immigrants. All Americans are either immigrants or descendants of ancestors who came from somewhere else, including Native Americans. We should all respect and admire immigrants. But that's not the question. The question is: How many? Specifically, should we enforce a numerical limit on immigration to the United States, or, alternatively, should we allow unlimited immigration, as we did for our first century?
March 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill may dramatically limit green cards for extended families of U.S. citizens, reserving them for immediate family members instead, a key lawmaker said Thursday. It would be a significant change to U.S. immigration policy that has long favored family ties over economic or job criteria. It is already sparking opposition from groups trying to protect family-based immigration. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), part of a bipartisan Senate group negotiating the bill, said the aim was to remake the immigration system so it had a clearer economic focus.
February 25, 2013
It's not hyperbole to say that immigration is among America's most important economic advantages. Nothing makes our economy tick more than the energy of those who move here from the rest of the world. Not all of us benefit from the million or so immigrants who come here every year, but most of us do. Much of the long-running debate over immigration policy stems from the worry that immigrants take jobs from Americans. Yet this is not so. Generally speaking, immigrants either come with few skills and little education or are highly skilled and well educated.
February 8, 2013
By Paul H. Robinson A hacker is illegally downloading millions of files through computer equipment surreptitiously installed in a utility closet in the victim's basement. Previous attempts to stop the illegal downloading have been countered with a change in strategy by the persistent hacker. When the illicit equipment is finally discovered in the closet, police install a surveillance camera to catch the intruder. After a few misses, he is caught and charged. A law enforcement success?