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 […]Read more "What the Immigration Rights Movement Can Learn from the Gay Rights Movement"
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 […]Read more "Immigration Reform, 2013 Edition"
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 […]Read more "Three strategies the White House can employ to push Immigration Reform Forward"
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 […]Read more "The GOP’s “come to Jesus” moment on Immigration"
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 […]Read more "Immigration Reform’s Image Problem"
This article from today’s Washington Post highlights an amazing story of a Guatemalan immigrant child who arrived in the U.S. at age 14 and somehow survived–and thrived–with the support of teachers, family and friends. He’s a poster child for why we need to pass the DREAM Act.Read more "Immigrant Voices: An Oliver Twist Story"
Hopefully this case and others like it will help make the DREAM Act a reality.Read more "Harvard Student will not be deported. At least not yet."