What the Immigration Rights Movement Can Learn from the Gay Rights Movement

Reblogged from the Washington Post by Frank Sharry There is something about being under attack that makes a movement stronger. I’ve been an advocate for immigrants for 30 years, working with Central Americans in Boston and policymakers in Washington. And for a long time, my colleagues and I assumed that if we developed strong reform ideas …

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Immigration Reform, 2013 Edition

A bipartisan group of eight senators will unveil a framework for comprehensive immigration reform later today.  It is based on the following principles: Creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here, contingent upon securing the border and better tracking of people here on visas. Reforming the legal immigration system, including awarding green cards …

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Three strategies the White House can employ to push Immigration Reform Forward

Pablo Manriquez for HuffPost The political window in Washington is open for landmark, comprehensive reform to the immigration code.  President Obama is expected to push for a bill in the early part of this year.  Here are three ways the White House can lead the charge for meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform.    1.  Empower Cecilia Muñoz President …

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The GOP’s “come to Jesus” moment on Immigration

When I started this blog in June 2006 my primary focus was immigration.  That focus intensified as I finished my book on new immigrant communities in the mid-Atlantic states.  Back then I argued that the GOP's position on immigration, particularly their anti-Latino positions, would one day prove to be political suicide. It appears that day …

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Immigration Reform’s Image Problem

This is an amazing commentary about the lack of marketing strategy used by non-profits trying to promote the DREAM Act.  The basic message: you cannot sell a rights issue by saying you deserve it. There is a subtext to this piece, about the fact that Americans don't believe anybody deserves anything (except perhaps the rich …

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