What exactly is DACA and why is everyone talking about it?

In 2017, a program called DACA has been in the news a lot. It’s become such a common noun that few articles explain what it is, so I’m going to. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It refers to people whose parents brought them to the U.S. without immigration papers, when they were […]

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Immigrants, Trump and the RNC

Trump’s convention

This past week saw Donald Trump accept the nomination for president during the Republican National Convention (RNC) which lasted from Monday, July 18th until Thursday, July 21st. The Republican party is often referred to as the GOP, which stands for “Grand Old Party.” I don’t know if you watched their convention, but here’s what […]

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Painful to be an American

Those of us who live in the United States pride ourselves on being a nation of equality and freedom, but on days like today we can’t deny the ugliness that we actually live with. Police officers killed a Black man named Alton Sterling on Tuesday morning in Louisiana, police in Minnesota killed a Black man named […]

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Get rid of undocumented people? No.

This is one of my favorite stories about how badly it can backfire when the U.S. tries to legislate against immigrants. In October 2011, Alabama passed a law to make it harder for undocumented immigrants to live and work in the state. There’s an expression called “the law of unintended consequences” that applies perfectly to how it all turned […]

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How does the American presidential election work?

Do you wonder how we get from the presidential campaign season to Election Day? Do you wonder how we get from this mess of media-fueled speculation, polling and stories about candidates behaving badly to electing a new president? Let me help. Our election process reflects the American individualistic spirit, aversion to the federal government and need for media […]

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Why Trump now?

I realize I’ve been living in a dream world by thinking that everything’s fine between mainstream Americans and Mexican-Americans. Last summer I felt blindsided by the response of many people to Donald Trump’s statement about Mexican immigrants being criminals, drug dealers and rapists. I expected them to be shocked and offended and many were, but apparently […]

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