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American Smugglers Next Door

While the government tries to paint the image of an organized criminal ring of drug cartel and human smugglers, the facts are that 60 % of immigrant smuggling convictions involve the American neighbor next door. A recent fatal accident in…
Stand on Two Feet

Last summer the acting director of USCIS re-wrote the Emma Lazarus’ poem etched into a plaque at the foot of the Statue of Liberty to say: …”Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two…
HURRICANE ALERT: Immigrants are Here

Immigration policy is changing at record speeds in the past several months, causing major disruptions in the U.S. immigration system. These changes are not limited to USCIS but span several different agencies and are making it difficult for practitioners and…
Unjust Deaths In The U.S. Immigration War

With growing anti-immigrant sentiment our nation now finds itself in a veritable war on immigration. The casualties of this war are not only immigrants but also U.S. citizens. Under the Trump Administration, at least 24 deaths have been associated with immigration…
Raise Your Hand or Finger for Immigration

In the recent Democratic debate, candidates raised their hands in support of decriminalizing immigration and providing healthcare for undocumented individuals residing in the U.S. One candidate only raised a finger. Maybe one finger is all some people can raise in…
A New Policy and Old Fallacy: MERIT

When the White House unveiled a new plan for immigration reform last month it was treated as empty rhetoric by legislators on both sides of the aisle. Calling for a reduction of family based immigration to half of what it…
The U.S. Southern Border: The Wild West

A frightening and recent surge of vigilantism at the U.S. southern border is reminiscent of the American Wild West of the late 1800s. Although the entertainment industry may fantasize about this period in U.S. history, this resurgence is a consequence…
Welcome (April Fools), This is America

While, Childish Bambino’s lyrics from “This is America” portrays a nation that is hostile to its black population, a quick nod towards our southern border is a reminder that American hostility extends also to new arrivals. Migrants families are shamelessly…
Immigration Ping-Pong

Last month, at the State of the Union address, President Trump stated “I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever… After the implementation of anti-immigrant polices over the past two years, this statement takes a…
The State of the Union 2019: …Shut Down

Any traveler to the US in the past month would have discovered a nation “shut down” over a recurring debate regarding the building of a wall on the U.S.–Mexican border.  The uncompromising leadership of our nation allowed 800,000 of its…