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Arrest, Detention of DREAM Leader’s Mother Shows Why We Need Immigration Reform—And Administrative Change—Right now

Posted January 14th, 2013 by

Immigration reform will be a top legislative priority this year, and it won’t be some vague policy or philosophical change that we’re asking for.  The coming battle to change our immigration policy is personal, and we fight it every day to protect our mothers, fathers, children, and family members. Last week was a powerful reminder [...]

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Immigrant Youth Vow to Fight for Their Parents, Families, and Citizenship

Posted December 10th, 2012 by

After Republicans reached an historic low among Latino voters in last month’s election, political analysts of all stripes began to say that the GOP should change its immigration plank and work with Democrats to enact reasonable and humane reform in Congress. They said the Democrats want it, and the Republicans need it. This is a [...]

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When Immigration Enforcement Equals Inhumane Enforcement

Posted July 20th, 2012 by

Cross-Posted at America’s Voice: I’d like to believe that most Americans, perhaps with the exception of the hard-core nativists, like Rep. Steve King and Romney advisor Kris Kobach, knows our nation’s immigration policies need to be fixed. But behind these failed policies are real human beings: those who make decisions about how to enforce the [...]

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To Rep. Sandy Adams: Victims of Domestic Violence Deserve Better Than Your VAWA Bill

Posted May 24th, 2012 by

Cross-Posted at America’s Voice and Daily Kos: It’s painful to watch. Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL), a victim of domestic violence, has let herself become the spokesperson for the grievously flawed and dangerous Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by House Republicans.  But asserting that “VAWA must protect all victims,” as Adams does in a new [...]

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On Violence Against Women Act, GOP Works with Mail Order Bride Industry Against Immigrants

Posted May 18th, 2012 by

Cross-Posted at America’s Voice: “Russian Women are no longer the best kept secret of the cold war” notes the website of Encounters International, the mail-order bride company that is lobbying hard for the passage of the scary Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) — the version that passed the House of Representatives [...]

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The GOP War on Women and Immigrants Continues: the Battle Over VAWA

Posted May 7th, 2012 by

Last month we wrote about how Republicans were warring on immigrants and women by opposing revised health care standards for detainees.  Now, a new front in the GOP war against both groups is emerging. Last Friday, Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim and Elise Foley wrote about House Republicans’ plan to hijack the Violence Against Women Act [...]

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The War on Women and the War on Immigrants Collide

Posted March 28th, 2012 by

A few weeks ago, the right-wing Daily Caller ran a piece with the sensational headline “Transgender hormone treatments, abortion access for detained illegals irks congressman.”  It’s about House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith’s opposition to humane treatment of immigrants detained by our government as they fight deportation.  Smith, a Republican from Texas, is known for being [...]

On International Women’s Day, Center for American Progress Highlights Roles of Immigrant Women

Posted March 8th, 2012 by

It’s International Women’s Day and one of the most amazing women I know, Angela M. Kelley , is reminding us about the special contributions, insights, and strength of immigrant women.  Angie is the Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy at the Center for American Progress (CAP). She and her colleague, Philip E. Wolgin, have [...]

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“Twilight: New Moon” Director Shows Impact of Anti-Immigrant Law on Alabama Families

Posted February 17th, 2012 by

Last September, a federal court judge allowed a sweeping immigration crackdown law to take effect. That legislation, which was signed into law by Alabama’s Governor Robert Bentley in June of 2011, quickly progressed into a unrelenting nightmare for immigrant families living in the state.  Many in America had no idea what was happening, and many [...]

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