Immigration

Keeping a Crucial DREAM Alive

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
December 31, 2010 |

The DREAM Act, a bill that would have put some undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country before they were 16 on a path to citizenship, failed to pass the Senate in part because Republicans are in full anti-immigrant mode. But it also failed because not one American leader urged us to seriously consider what it means to be American in the 21st century.

Alan Gross: A Victim of U.S. Policy on Cuba

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Arturo Lopez-Levy, Ph.D. candidate at the Josef Korbel School of the University of Denver
December 16, 2010 |

It's been said that when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.

No case illustrates this suffering more than that of Alan Gross, a Maryland resident and USAID subcontractor who was working to connect the Cuban Jewish community to the Internet and was detained by Cuban authorities one year ago. Campaigning for his release these many months, his wife, Judy Gross, fears that her husband has become a "pawn" in the half-century Cold War between the United States and Cuba.

Mexican American ID Puzzle

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
November 15, 2010 |

Writing from Mexico City

Meg's housekeeper would have been big story whenever it came out

November 11, 2010
(cross posted at Fox & Hounds Daily)

For a journalist, there’s nothing quite like a really big disaster – the sinking of the Titanic, the explosion of the Hindenburg, the Meg Whitman campaign for governor. You can spend weeks or months or years sifting through the wreckage and pinning the blame. It’s a joyous exercise for reporters.

Change We Can Live With

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
November 3, 2010 |

Here's the conventional wisdom: Americans scapegoat immigrants during bad economic times. They fear for their own well-being and turn on those they think are competing with them unfairly for jobs, for help, for a place at the table. But last week's L.A. Times/USC poll of likely California voters puts a giant dent in that political trope: 48% said they thought immigrants were a benefit to the state, and 59% were in favor of allowing illegal immigrants who have lived or worked in the United States for at least two years to remain here.

The Enemies We Create

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
October 18, 2010 |

Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada, suggested recently to a group of tea partyers that the U.S. was being taken over by Muslims. Seriously.

She pointed to Dearborn, Mich., and wondered aloud how it could have happened that Sharia law was allowed to take over there. Never mind that, as Dearborn's mayor, Jack O'Reilly, later pointed out, no one was tapping into Islamic law to run the city. (Angle's defense? She said she read "somewhere" that Sharia law was in effect in Dearborn.)

Undocumented Workers: Essential but Unwanted

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
October 13, 2010 |

If Meg Whitman loses the gubernatorial race because her actions didn't jive with her words on illegal immigration, she could become a sacrificial lamb for the rest of us. Her sin is our sin. Because where illegal immigration is concerned, we are all hypocrites.

Attack on 14th Amendment: It's Wrong

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
August 16, 2010 |

Just when you thought the Republican far-right had enough enemies to keep itself busy — gays, socialists, Muslims, Arabs, illegal immigrants — it launched a new war against babies "dropped" (in the loving words of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham) by illegal immigrant mothers. These politicians want to change the 14th Amendment so that those U.S.-born children would be excluded from "birthright citizenship."

On Birthright Citizenship, GOP Flirts With Apartheid

August 16, 2010
(cross posted at Fox & Hounds Daily)

The worst idea in American politics right now may be the effort by some Republicans in Congress to end birthright citizenship - the constitutional fact, under the 14th Amendment, that a person born in the United States is a U.S. citizen.

Immigration Facts, Figures — and Thoughts

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
July 28, 2010 |

With the immigration debate heating up — and a federal court case over Arizona's SB 1070 brewing — you'd think that the U.S. was besieged by growing numbers of illegal immigrants. But you'd be wrong.

Despite the heightened rhetoric and the bloodcurdling vitriol surrounding the issue, illegal immigration has actually declined significantly over the last few years. While journalists like to characterize the anger over immigration as a response to facts on the ground — i.e. people are inundated and incensed — the numbers don't bear them out.

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