July 21, 2016 |
Frustrated by federal inaction on immigration reform, Mayor Kenney plans to put one of his administration's hallmark concerns under the Democratic National Convention spotlight next week: how to create "inclusive and welcoming communities" for immigrants and refugees without Washington's help. Condemning Congress as "so inanely incompetent" at overhauling immigration laws, Kenney on Tuesday said he would host a forum on what cities can do to recognize opportunity in demographic change.
July 11, 2016 |
Don't be fooled by his preppy bow tie and conservative suit. Philadelphia lawyer William Stock leads a national army of 14,000 attorneys bent on revolution. On shutting down the family detention centers that hold children arrested with immigrant parents. On eliminating the one-year deadline to apply for asylum. On getting the government to pay for a lawyer for anyone facing deportation. Last month, Stock, 48, became president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, now in its 70th year.
June 28, 2016
ISSUE | IMMIGRATION A political mess The Supreme Court, in a 4-4 vote, has allowed to stand a lower-court ruling that voids President Obama's executive order on immigration (" Supreme Court defeat for Obama ," Friday). Instead of shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation and making then eligible for work permits, the ruling ensures that the immigration situation remains in turmoil and limbo. Never has the hubris of the Republican Party's obstructionist agenda to block Obama's governance been more transparent.
May 30, 2016 |
Katherine gets nervous thinking about the imminent decision of the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas . The case will determine the fate of President Obama's executive actions regarding immigration - and Katherine's legal status. In the absence of a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, the case could easily divide the court's liberals and conservatives, 4-4, jeopardizing Katherine and four million others in their own, unique immigration entanglements. Katherine was born in the Philippines in 1979.
April 18, 2016 |
When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in the nation's most closely watched immigration lawsuit, Libia Rodriguez will be among the expected thousands of demonstrators at the court's white marble steps. The case, United States v. Texas , could be a life-changer for Rodriguez, 31, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who lives in Coatesville with her husband, also here illegally, and their three U.S.-born children. Depending on the justices' ruling, the couple could put aside their worries of being sent back to Mexico.
April 13, 2016 |
THERE WAS no parking anywhere near East Palmer Street in Fishtown on a recent Sunday afternoon. No easy way to cut through the crowd at Interstate Drafthouse, either. The bar was packed with people hyped to meet Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman, the tattooed, biker-looking U.S. Senate candidate who's made a big splash as much for his size as his politics. I like his politics, but I wasn't there for the big guy. I was there for the woman who's been by his side on this crazy ride that's attracted national attention, even if he is a distant third in the polls.
November 20, 2015
I RARELY WRITE about immigration, partly because I spend enough time practicing immigration law, and partly because my words are taken with a grain of salt the size of that dinosaur-killing meteor. My conservative friends raise their eyebrows in that "We love her, but gosh darn, she should get her head checked" kind of way whenever I champion any form of legalization, while the liberals just flare their nostrils and say "Yeah, the chick is only interested in getting rich off of the poor illegals.
October 14, 2015 |
Cristina Martinez arrives at work at 4 a.m., ties a white apron high across her chest, and starts preparing a lamb cooked in vapor for 10 hours. An hour later, she and her husband, Ben Miller, open their South Philadelphia restaurant, Barbacoa, serving premium tacos - and hefty sides of activism - in their bid to mobilize restaurateurs on behalf of the many undocumented immigrants who work in America's kitchens. Hosting organizational meetings and screening documentaries, the couple hope to spark a culinary crusade in a city famous for its restaurant scene - and pressure the deadlocked Congress to overhaul the immigration laws.
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.