The Field School 2016

Today I begin the first field visit to prepare for the 2016 Field School for Cultural Documentation. I'll be working with Community Gardens in Arlington County. I grew up on a farm, so the idea of a kitchen garden makes sense to me. I tore out landscaping around my house to exploit the only sunny …

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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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Do the Undocumented really hurt the Economy?

NYTimes by Adam Davidson Earlier this month I met Pedro Chan at his small apartment above an evangelical church in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood. Chan, who shares the place with three others, is short and muscular. He has a quiet voice and a patient demeanor that seems to have served him well on his journey …

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Five Myths about the Immigration “Line”

One of the most familiar (and frustrating) misconceptions about the 11 million undocumented residents of the U.S. is that they've failed to "stand in line" to receive legal immigration status.  The Washington Post tackles the five misconceptions about this idea today in their "Five Myths" column. 1. There is one line.The federal government has issued more …

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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 End of an Immigration Era? Pew Reports Net Migration from Mexico is now Zero

Well, we finally did it.  And it only took, what?  15 years? It appears that the longest and most sustained immigration from one country (Mexico) to the United States has ended. I've been watching the data from the Pew Hispanic Center closely since the end of last year.  Over the winter holiday I had lunch …

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