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30 Issues: Immigration

Monday, October 15, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The future of immigration and immigrants in America. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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That's My Issue: Binationals and Gay Marriage

Monday, August 20, 2012

Because immigration is a federal matter, John will not be able to sponsor me for legal permanent residency. If we were a straight couple however, I’d have a green card by now.

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How this Year's Supreme Court Rulings Affects Immigrants

Friday, June 29, 2012

Our Supreme Court justices have been rather productive this week and their rulings will impact the lives of all of us who live in this country, including those who have chosen the United States as their adopted home, with or without proper documentation.

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Romney Offers 'Path to Legal Status' for Undocumented Who Serve in Military

Thursday, June 21, 2012

On Thursday afternoon Mitt Romney told the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials that he would support allowing young illegal immigrants a “path to legal status” if they serve in the United States military.

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DREAMers Celebrate Obama Immigration Announcement

Friday, June 15, 2012

The announcement was greeted with jubilation by the immigration activist community in New York City.

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Mexican Migration Has Ended

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jeffrey S. Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, talks about a new report: "Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero - and Perhaps Less," and what those findings mean on both sides of the border.

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AZ Immigrants Await Supreme Court Ruling on SB 1070

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Patricia and Pablo held arms outside the U.S. Supreme Court, hours before the highest tribunal in the nation heard arguments on the injunction of SB 1070, a controversial  Arizona law that would subject undocumented immigrants like them to incarceration and penalties.

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Solidarity Between Immigrants, Civil Rights Marchers After Ala. HB 56 Ruling

Friday, March 09, 2012

In a show of solidarity between the African American and Latino communities, immigrant rights and opposition to HB 56 are focal points of this year’s march in Alabama.

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Explainer: Is Mitt Romney the 'Most Anti-Immigrant' Republican?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Newt Gingrich called Mitt Romney the "most anti-immigrant" Republican candidate. Was he right?


Opinion: Goodbye Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Hello Incrementalism

Thursday, January 26, 2012


President Obama’s State of the Union was largely a “dream” speech. The chances of comprehensive immigration reform happening is practically nil.



Asian Immigration and the Myth of the ‘Model Minority’

Monday, November 14, 2011

Asian immigrants are perceived as ‘model minorities’ who work hard, do well, and don’t complain. In the American imagination, they do not seem to share the challenges faced by other immigrant groups. But not all Asian immigrants are highly educated, affluent or in the country lawfully.

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5 Things We Learned From Obama's Immigration Speech

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

President Obama spoke to residents in El Paso, Texas on Tuesday about immigration reform. The president said that his administration had made efforts to answer the calls of Republicans to secure the border, but also argued that breaking up families and punishing children for their parents' illegal immigration was not the way forward.

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