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Eliminating The Use Of "Illegal Immigrant" Is A Step Forward In The Quest For Respectable Immigration Reform.

Eliminating The Use Of "Illegal Immigrant" Is A Step Forward In The Quest For Respectable Immigration Reform. | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it

"It frames the debate on immigration: It pins the blame on immigrants, not those who employ them and often take advantage of them, whom no one ever seems to call “illegal employers”. 


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For years, I've tried to explain, as politely as possible, to immigration reform opponents the many myths and misconceptions about immigration reform.


See: http://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/immigration-attorney-battle-false-immigrant-labels.html

 

This is one of the biggest myths.

 

It's a BIG issue not because of the policy issue.  Rather, it's due to the disrepect it places on a certain class of immigrants.  As the author notes, its makes racism respectable.

 

Well, racism is not respectable.  And no amount of justification, explanation, or excuse can change that reality.

 

An act is illegal - not a person. 

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Another excellent article by Abagond 

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Obiri Mokini's comment, April 13, 2013 11:29 AM
No one is illegal
Agata Bąk's curator insight, April 13, 2013 12:01 PM

this term pins the blame on immigrants, not those who employ them and often take advantage of them, whom no one ever seems to call “illegal employers”. Nor does it blame the American government’s immigration policy, which is at least 11 million cases behind in meeting the country’s labour needs. It makes it seem like the answer is to punish immigrants – even though some are undocumented through no fault of their own.

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Immigration Policy: A Peak Behind The Government Curtain

Immigration Policy: A Peak Behind The Government Curtain | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
San Diego Immigration Lawyer Shares Why It Is Not In The Best Interests Of Immigrants To Blindly Trust Government Agencies On Immigration Reform.
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It's been 16 years, but the memory lingers.

 

The day that deportation defense for immigrants almost died.  April 1, 1997. 

 

On that date, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) went into effect.

 

Worse, some local agencies played "games" to improve their chances of deporting a higher number of immigrants. 

 

Here's a peak behind the curtain of an immigration agency.

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Strange Political Bedfellows Or Religious Brotherhood?

Strange Political Bedfellows Or Religious Brotherhood? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it

Prominent evangelical leaders are condemning the Trump administration’s efforts to deport Iraqi immigrants, which include Chaldean Christians."

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According to Open Doors, World Watch List, Iraq is the seventh most difficult nation in which to live as a Christian. 

 

Before the Iraq war began in 2003, there were 1.4 million Christians in Iraq; the number has now fallen below 250,000.

 

It seems clear that the Evangelical leaders who oppose the Trump Administration's efforts to deport Chaldean Christians back to Iraq understand the peril to their religious brethren.

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Justice Dept. warns sanctuary cities in immigration fight

Justice Dept. warns sanctuary cities in immigration fight | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.
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The biggest showdown on immigration issues, perhaps ever, is on the verge of becoming reality.

 

The Trump Administration, dead set on forcing cities and states to cooperate with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants living in the country illegally, has threatened to withhold funding to these jurisdictions for law enforcement agencies.

 

As an attempt to exert added pressure, Department of Homeland Security Director John Kelly has threatened added consequences for local police, including sending immigration agents into local neighborhoods of non-compliant cities to search for  and detain undocumented immigrants.

 

According to some news accounts, ICE has already embarked on such tactics already.

 

If both sides hold firm on their positions, the outcome will be a constitutional civil war with battles taking place in courts from coast-to-coast throughout the nation.

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An Immigration Plague: Small Mistakes, Huge Consequences

An Immigration Plague: Small Mistakes, Huge Consequences | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Riverside Immigration Attorney Shares How Procrastination And Careless Planning Has Set In Motion Epidemic Of Immigrant Disaster In Age Of Trump.
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This post is about tough love, tough immigration love.

 

It's about how many - and I mean "many" - immigrants have not done what needed to be done long ago.

 

Because small mistakes, when it comes to immigration law, can lead to horrendous consequences, such mistakes must be assessed and prevented.  

 

. . .  And correction is possible.  A lot of these mistakes made by immigrants are the product of procrastination and carelessness, actions which could be avoided.

 

Sadly, in the Age of Trump, for some immigrants, such actions have left them at a dead-end, and overcoming adverse results is not possible anymore.

 

The blog points why this self-inflicted misery must be not only pointed out, but also criticized to prevent future generations of immigrants from making the same types of errors.

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A New Political Divide In The Hispanic Community?

A New Political Divide In The Hispanic Community? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
The Latino vote in Florida upended the Clinton campaign’s strategy, and what we thought we knew about where politics is headed.
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This post by the New York Times points out that Hispanic opposition to Donald Trump's candidacy was not 100%. 

 

It suggests the division of thought within the Latino community is new or aberrational.  Neither point is accurate.

 

The Hispanic community, even absent Cuban-Americans, has long been a divided community.  And except for a few ethnic communities, nearly all nationalities are not solely one-party voters.

 

The myth of a monolithic Hispanic community is one that activists should quash.  Yet, for most, the issue seems either ignored or, worse, misunderstood.

 

In addition, division and segregation within the immigration reform movement goes beyond just Hispanics.  As the writer implies, many Latinos are frightened by the specter of feminism, Muslim immigrants and L.G.B.T. rights, and other cultural changes of the past two decades.

 

This does not bode well for immigration reform proponents. 

 

United we stand, divided we fall.

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Immigrant Visa Overstays: An Invisible Component Of The Immigration Reform Debate

Immigrant Visa Overstays: An Invisible Component Of The Immigration Reform Debate | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
More than 20 years had elapsed since the U.S. government estimated how many people entered the country legally and overstayed their visas. The updated numbers, finally published in January, were sobering.
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For years, I have noted that immigrant visa overstays - those individuals who entered the U.S. legally - are a large component of the so-called "illegals" population.

 

40% is the current estimate.  

 

Yet, they have been largely ignored in public discussions over the proper contours of immigration reform.  

 

This seems strange since overstays, not illegal entrants, were the 9/11 culprits - an event which accelerated the implementation of many of the harsh anti-immigrant rules today. 

 

What should also be of interest to government officials and immigrant advocates is that the countries with the largest amount of overstays do not coincide with the countries with the largest amount of illegal entrants.

 

The causes of both have at least one issue in common: a broken immigrant visa system.

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The Unique Challenges Facing 3.5 Million Black Immigrants In The U.S. Are Focus Of New Report

The Unique Challenges Facing 3.5 Million Black Immigrants In The U.S. Are Focus Of New Report | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
The State of Black Immigrants 2016 is a comprehensive study of the realities faced by African, Caribbean and Afro-Latinx migrants within the United States, authored by Black Alliance for Just Immigration and New York University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic.
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A new report, The State of Black Immigrants, sheds light on the unique challenges facing the nearly 3.5 million immigrants in the U.S. from Africa, the Caribbean, Afro-Latino countries, and elsewhere, due in large part to their race. 

 

The report, a joint project, was authored by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration in conjunction with New York University Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.

 

Key findings include:

 

  • The number of undocumented Black immigrants in the U.S. increased by nearly 50% from 389,000 in 2000 to 602,000 in 2013.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Black immigrants live below the poverty line.
  • Black immigrants have the highest unemployment rates among all immigrant groups.
  • More than one out of every five non-citizens facing deportation on criminal grounds before the Executive Office of Immigration Review is Black.  
  • Black immigrants are more likely to be detained for criminal convictions than the immigrant population overall.

 

The full report can be downloaded here >>> The State of Black Immigrants

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Clinton Vows To Expand Obama's Immigration Executive Actions?  No Thanks.

Clinton Vows To Expand Obama's Immigration Executive Actions?  No Thanks. | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton vowed to expand President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and cast the 2016 presidential election as critical for Latino voters because Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.
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Oh, jeepers. Does Clinton think such pronouncements are supposed to excite pro-immigrant reformers?

 

First, expand executive action? No thanks.  Just give me real reform. Besides who wants more court fights for another two years.

 

Second, a plan for reform in the first 100 days? Didn't the current president promise the same thing?

 

I prefer if she would simply propose "The Clinton Immigration Law To Undo The Previous Clinton Law".

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ACLU Report Details How U.S. Has Failed Deported Veterans

ACLU Report Details How U.S. Has Failed Deported Veterans | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it

The federal government’s failure to help naturalize immigrants serving in the U.S. military has led to the deportation of untold numbers of veterans, all of whom were entitled to become citizens because of their service.

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About time. The plight of deported military veterans is finally picking up more attention.  In recent weeks, the mainstream media has started to cover the issue in more depth. 

 

Now the ACLU has issued an insightful report, entitled "Discharged, Then Discarded".

 

Here are a few of the recommendations:
(a) Restore judicial discretion to allow judges to consider factors such as military service in cases involving deportation.
(b) Require ICE to adopt an agency-wide moratorium on and/or presumption against removal of any active-duty U.S. service member or honorably discharged veteran.
(c) Reopen naturalization applications that were denied or abandoned because an individual was unable to follow through on the naturalization process as a result of their military service.

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Promises, Promises, Promises: Immigration Reform In 2017?

Promises, Promises, Promises: Immigration Reform In 2017? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
“I think that in 2017, Democrats and Republicans will come together and pass immigration reform,” Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said.
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Once again, the Democratic Party is up to their old, tired rhetoric regarding immigration reform.

 

Promises, promises, promises.

 

Here we go again. Of course, it's campaign season. 

 

I'll be fair.  Maybe they're right this time. Maybe we'll see SOME type of reform. (Of course, who knows what type of reform?)

 

Yet, caution is warranted.  They're not making promises in the form of a firm commitment; rather, the promises are noted in the form of vote-getting.

 

As I wrote shortly after the 2012 elections - that's four years ago, just  after a strong Democratic Party showing - immigrants have to remain vigilant and abstain from the acquiesence of waving a white flag of political surrrender in return for mere promises or flawed reform proposals. 

 

(News Article by Amanda Sakuma, for MSNBC, on April 20, 2016.)

 
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Flies In The Immigration Reform Ointment: Detention And Deportation Policies

The detention and deportation of immigrants are dark, ominous clouds hanging over the fate of immigration reform. Although the recent news about immigrants being released from detention centers is directly linked to these issues, their impact remains hidden from the public view.
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The public understands that immigration reform is a political hot potato. They know a compromise solution is hard to achieve.

However, most of the public does not realize there exists a politically influential private prison lobby which wields strong influence in the halls of Congress - and threatens to undermine comprehensive immigration reform.

Meet the unholy immigrant detention alliance.

Private prisons are related to private investors. Private investors are tied to political policy makers. Policy makers push for increased detention numbers.

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The Social Security Contributions Of Undocumented Immigrants: Money In, But Not Out

The Social Security Contributions Of Undocumented Immigrants: Money In, But Not Out | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
'Questionably documented' workers are putting an estimated $13 billion a year into the US economy and only taking around $1 billion out.
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One of the most common myths surrounding undocumented immigrants is that they bleed the economy.  For instance, reform opponents often assert they  don't pay into social security. 


However, the truth is that undocumented immigrants contribute more in payroll taxes than they will ever consume in public benefits.


According to the Social Security Administration, about 7 million  immigrants are currently working in the US illegally. 3.1 million are using fake or expired social security numbers, yet also paying automatic payroll taxes.


Their annual net contribution is approximately $12 billion to the Social Security Trust Fund.  (The total seems a little high to me, but I'm not sure how the math is computed.) 


In any event, the SSA estimates that unauthorized workers have paid a whopping $100 billion into the fund over the past decade. Most of these individuals will never be able to benefit from their contributions later in life.


So much for bleeding the economy.

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Evangelical Views Balance Legalization Pathways With Security Concerns

Evangelical Views Balance Legalization Pathways With Security Concerns | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
When it comes to immigration reform, American evangelicals appear to have high expectations, a LifeWay Research study shows. Nine out of 10 (86 percent) want more border security. Six in 10 (61 percent) support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. More than two-thirds (68 percent) favor both. And they want Congress to take action soon.
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This survey of Evangelicals reflect a dichotomy of thought, which probably reflects the thinking of many Americans.


86% favor more border security.


61% support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.


At first blush, one is inclined to think the two findings cancel each other out.


Not so.


In actuality, comprehensive immigration reform includes fixing a broken immigration and visa system and that will lead to less undocoumented border crossers.


Less crossers without permission equal more border control.


At least, that's how I see it, even if the authors lay out the finding of the survey differently.

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Will The Death Of DACA Lead To The Revival Of Immigration Reform

Will The Death Of DACA Lead To The Revival Of Immigration Reform | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Riverside Immigration Lawyer Explains How DACA Rescission Can Lead To Permanent Residence, Revival Of The DREAM Act, And Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
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The end of DACA was not a surprise.  At least, it should not surprised any immigration insiders or activists. 

 

The handwriting was on the wall for a long, long time.  In my view, it was vulnerable to sudden termination from the outset.  

 

DACA was, and is, a poor substitute for the DREAM Act.

 

Moreover, the Trump Administration's decision to rescind DACA has the ability to rekindle authentic immigration reform if pro-immigrant activists learn from past political calculations.

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California Fights Back: Immigrant Detention Centers Must Adhere To State Standards

California Fights Back: Immigrant Detention Centers Must Adhere To State Standards | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it

The California legislators approved has approved a measure to increase oversight of California’s immigration detention facilities, becoming one of the first states to really look at what’s happening and what are the conditions in these detention centers.

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California To The Feds: You want a business license in California for immigrant detention centers? Then we have the right to review the conditions of each one of them to ensure they meet our standards."

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Mexican Writer Valeria Luiselli on Child Refugees & Rethinking the Language Around Immigration

Mexican Writer Valeria Luiselli on Child Refugees & Rethinking the Language Around Immigration | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
As President Trump continues to vow a crackdown against immigration and immigrants living inside the United States, we turn to a new book described by the Texas Observer as "the First Must-Read Book of the Trump Era." The book is titled "Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions" by Mexican-born author Valeria Luiselli. Luiselli is one of the most acclaimed young Mexican writers. She recently spent time as a volunteer interpreter for dozens of Central American child migrants here in the United States who risked their lives crossing Mexico to seek refuge in the U.S. For more, we speak with Valeria Luiselli.

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Mexico Responds To Trump: Does Diplomacy Still Matter?

Mexico Responds To Trump: Does Diplomacy Still Matter? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it

 

 

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I don't like to hear this news because I am a proponent of diplomacy being, well, diplomacy. But in this instance, the Trumpsters need to be taught the world is not unilaterally governed by the U.S.

 

I hope other nations follow suit and tell our president enough is enough.  You cannot simply dump individuals of various nations at your neighbor's doorsteps.  

 

International protocol still has its place in this world.

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An Alabama Divide: While Immigrants Increase, Mexican Immigrants Decrease

An Alabama Divide: While Immigrants Increase, Mexican Immigrants Decrease | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Between 2009 and 2014, Alabama was the only state in the nation to experience a decrease in the estimated number of unauthorized immigrants from Mexico, while simultaneously seeing an increase in the number of unauthorized immigrants coming in from other countries.
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Good Immigrant, Bad Immigrant

Good Immigrant, Bad Immigrant | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
You might call "Dreamers" the most sympathetic characters in the immigration reform drama. But what happens when advocates try to champion a
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In this podcast, NPR discusses, "Who Is A Good Immigrant?"  

 

The topic has been festering beneath the surface for a long time. In this year's presidential campaign, rhetoric has made it an open topic for discussion.

 

It's related to the statement, "But You're Not Like Them," which I - and many, many others from certain cultural roots, have heard during our advocacy for more comprehensive understanding of diverse peoples from diverse lands, throughout our lifetimes . . . more than a handful of times. 

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A True Friend Of Migrants In The Desert

A True Friend Of Migrants In The Desert | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
On three separate days of the week, Smith takes up to 12-hour trips to check on the quality of the water and refill the tanks. "I love the desert," he says. "This is my land and I don't want anyone to die here."
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When it comes to hard-working, selfless individuals working on behalf of the downtrodden, not too many can match up with Joel Smith's efforts on behalf of migrants struggling through the Mexico-Arizona borders. 

 

If you would like to know more about Joel's work, here is a link to a live hangout I recorded with him a few months ago:  http://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/joel-smith-migrants-desert-journey.html

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Say It Ain't So: The Immigration Gang Of 8 Revival

Say It Ain't So: The Immigration Gang Of 8 Revival | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Several members of the group that fell short of getting immigration reform into law are ready to try again.
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The last time these folks got together, they put together a big document.  I'll give them credit for that.

 

But it was low on much-needed immigration reform substance,

 

I was not a fan of their S.744 legislation, a bill heavily slanted toward militaristic goals, disguised with a few minor immigration provisions - and some which were actually adverse to the interests of immigrant families.

 

I prefer to keep the defective system we have in place than to follow the Gang Of Eight's political lead.

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Immigration Reform: An Irish-American Issue

Immigration Reform: An Irish-American Issue | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
San Diego Immigration Lawyer Discusses Why Alliance With Undocumented Irish Immigrants Is A Positive Reform Strategy For All Immigrant Communities.
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One of the greatest misunderstandings in current immigration reform debates is that immigration is not simply a Hispanic issue.

 

For instance, nearly 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants live in the United States.

 

The majority live in big cities like New York, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco.

 

They are, however, politically invisible. 

 

Yet, their concerns are similar to those of other immigrant groups: trapped in the shadows, unable to obtain legalization without some type of meaningful immigration reform.

 

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Is There A Fair And Just Fix For Unauthorized Immigration?

Is There A Fair And Just Fix For Unauthorized Immigration? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Several strategies have floated around for years—but are any of them really viable?
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Here is an interesting article on a critically important immigration issue.

 

If we humanly solve this issue, we solve immigration reform - and a host of other matters.

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Will O’Malley Backers Deliver Iowa To Bernie Sanders (And The Better Choice For Immigration)?

Will O’Malley Backers Deliver Iowa To Bernie Sanders (And The Better Choice For Immigration)? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it

The former Maryland governor just qualified for the next debate, but that’s not why he’s suddenly relevant.

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There is no, no, no doubt in my mind - between Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton - who represents the best choice on immigration issues.


Since O'Malley is also a solid spokesperson on immigration matters, I hope his supporters move over to Sanders.


I have long asserted that a third party movement would improve the chances for compassionate pro-immigrant reform


My thinking is based on the reality that real reform, on many issues, is dependent on a politically independent candidate.


Sanders' choice to join the Democratic Party may have removed the Third Party label.  However, his view remain largely outside the political mainstream - and that's a good thing.

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The San Francisco Pier Shooting: An Incident Too Close To Home (And Why Immigration Reform Supporters Have Missed The Mark)

The San Francisco Pier Shooting: An Incident Too Close To Home (And Why Immigration Reform Supporters Have Missed The Mark) | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Riverside Immigration Attorney Shares Why The San Francisco Pier Shooting Demonstrates The Need For Immigration Reformers To Adopt A Strategy Of Compassion.
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Violence can be a never-ending story.  On a micro level, one sees it with gang killings and the pay back mentality fostered with false images of courage.  On a macro level, one  sees it with nations and terrorist groups who go back and forth in a ruthless cycle of barbarism.


But violence can be halted.  One side must act first, and accept some responsibility for the inhumane acts of senseless murders.   We are, after all, a global village.


I know.  I've personally experienced the anger, rage, and confusion which follows senseless harm to one's child.


When I heard about the San Francisco pier shooting, I fully expected immigrant advocates would step forward and offer condolences. 


Instead, they have almost entirely focused their energies on the issue by fighting and quarreling with their opponents over stricter law enforcement measures. 


Yes, there are nuances to every immigration law issue.  But not in the midst of an event which is as horrible as the San Francisco murder.


Maybe the alleged killer is innocent.  That's not the point.  He has been charged with murder, and we can, as reformers with compassion, say, "We're sorry for your loss, and if our brother is indeed the killer, we're sorry for the actions of our family member."


To mumble-jumble the two issues is equivalent, well, to being an immigration reformer version of Donald Trump. 


In short. remorse and engagement are not exclusive actions. 


However, compassion dictates remorse comes first.


Compassion is THE ISSUE when it comes to immigration reform.  But to ask for it, reformers must learn to give it - even if they don't get it in return.







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How Many Immigrants Will Be Excluded From The Temporary Obama Reform Measures?

How Many Immigrants Will Be Excluded From The Temporary Obama Reform Measures? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Green Card Attorney Shares Why The Obama Plan Expansion Of Immigration Family Unity Waivers Is Limited By Requirement Of Hardship To Sponsoring Relative.
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The reality is simple.  No one really knows how many immigrants will end up in a more favorable position under the president's recently announced executive plan.


Nor does anyone really know how many will end up in a worse position, including possible deportation and removal.


Most of the media focus is on the former issue. 


The majority of pro-immigrant advocates encourage immigrants to go forward, and to file papers for the temporary benefits.  They refuse to acknowledge that the latter group, those who may not gain under the Obama plan, could have larger numbers than the group who succeed. 


Opponents of immigration reform follow the same formula.  The exaggerate those who will be granted benefits, while minimizing the totals who end up in the same or worse position.  


Both perspectives are misleading.


What is clear, however, is that some will win, others will lose. 


In other words, the temporary benefits may someday help some immigrants move over to a more permanent legalization track.


Some, not all.


That's the truth.






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