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A Timely Moment To Celebrate Immigrants

America stands at a crossroads on many, many political issues.

Immigration is one of these heated topics.

In recent weeks, inspired by the media attention given to Donald Trump, it seems like every immigration reform opponent has stepped out to voice their concerns about the invading horde of foreigners.

The net effect: a looney tune collection of public sound bites.

Nonetheless, countless immigrant supporters continue laboring to make their case known to the general populace. Much of their work is done in a far quieter and gentler manner than the bombastic style of their adversaries.

For instance, though not given much fanfare, this past week was part of National Welcoming Week, a celebration of immigrant contributions to the United States.

As Europe and the U.S. debate migration, communities small and large, rural and urban, welcomed immigrants during National Welcoming Week, lasting from September 12th to 20th.

Over 200 events in 33 states honored immigrant contributions, in the hopes of building bridges among diverse local residents, and spurring local policies on inclusion.

Welcoming Week Celebrated During Historic Moment For Europe And U.S. On Migration
Welcoming America.org, September 9, 2015

“Despite the divisive rhetoric of a few, this week is further evidence of the overwhelming desire of our country to be welcoming to New Americans. We are inspired by the growing global movement of welcomers and the continued momentum of civic leaders in the U.S. who recognize that our communities are stronger and more prosperous when they are welcoming,”said Welcoming America Executive Director David Lubell.

I fully agree with Lubbell. In the midst of unprecedented migrant flows at their borders, now is the perfect time for publicly espousing a welcoming attitudes towards strangers who need a warm embrace and support.

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Louisiana Voodoo: Anti-Immigrant Fraud Or Anti-Green Card Bill?

A gentleman walked in my office today. He was an ex-U.S. marine who served multiple tours of duty in Vietnam. He wanted to know if he could immigrate his wife, born in Switzerland. She is living in the U.S. without permission.

Under a proposal in Louisiana, the couple might be restricted from ever being married.

The rules do not seem much different from immigration requirements for permanent residency. Except for the mandate requiring valid passports, the rules do not seem unduly onerous.

The real danger is the fear of admitting one’s immigration status. Many couples would rather not share the immigrant spouse’s unlawful presence. The public effect is likely to scare some mixed status couples from tying the knot in matrimony.

Supporters claim the bill’s only purpose is to crack down on marriage fraud.

Immigration Reform 2015: Marriage Fraud Bill Targeting Undocumented Immigrants Approved By Louisiana Lawmakers
Tim Marcin, International Business Times, June 11, 2015

A bill designed to keep undocumented immigrants from getting married in Louisiana earned final approval from lawmakers, sending it on to Gov. Bobby Jindal for consideration.

“Fraudulent marriage is the number one way to get a green card,” said Sen. A.G. Crowe during a Senate debate in favor of the bill, according to the AP. Hodges said that local judges and clerks across Louisiana — reportedly dealing with marriage fraud — requested the bill. Critics, however, said the marriage fraud isn’t a wide-spread problem in the state.

Without stringent teeth, the bill is unlikely to have much effect on marriage fraud. But if the law has tough enforcement provisions, immigrant marriages will diminish.

More sinister, the anti-fraud bill, which borders on being an anti-immigrant marriage bill, is in reality an anti-permanent residence bill.

After all, without a marriage certificate, a U.S. citizen will not have the ability to file a relative petition to immigrate a spouse. And so green cards via marriage to a spouse will diminish.

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How Chinese Immigrants Overcame The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act

In a very real sense, modern immigration history began with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

The law was an openly restrictive measure aimed at Chinese immigrants.

Like many immigrant groups before and after the 1882 Act, the Chinese were resourceful and figured out ways to survive in a politically and socially hostile environment.

Some were taken to the South to replace emancipated black slaves.

The plan failed but many Chinese immigrants became grocers were forced to decided whether to stay and fight or flee to the North.

Many decided to leave. During the 1880s and 1890s, the Chinese population dropped 60% in the South but Northern areas like New York’s Chinatown mushroomed.

Chinese-Americans In Mississippi Under Jim Crow
Julian Abagond, June 12, 2014

Chinese Americans in Mississippi under Jim Crow (1877-1967) were classified as “colored”.

What being “colored” meant for them:

Employment: In the Mississippi Delta nearly all Chinese men became self-employed grocers to black sharecroppers, a niche whites did not want.

Marriage and family: Anti-miscegenation laws added “Mongolian” and “Malay” as races that could not marry whites. Meanwhile the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 made it nearly impossible to bring over wives or brides from China.

Education: Chinese children were kicked out of white schools and forced to go to the immensely inferior coloured schools.

I’ll readily admit that this is part of American history which, despite being an immigration attorney, I had never learned.

I never heard about the California – American South – New York City Chinatown connection until I read this blog.

More likely than not, a little digging around and I’ll learn a lot more about U.S. domestic history by studying the flows of migration patterns for various ethnic communities.

In fact, this approach may be good for all of America. Can we add such information to U.S. high school and college textbooks?

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High School Students Host Immigration Summit

Recently, students at Xavier High School in Palm Desert, located in Riverside County, hosted a week-long series of events to gain better insight into immigration issues.

One of the more unique ideas was that all students had to carry visas or green cards to get into school.

The idea behind the activities, helping young students better understand one of America’s most controversial political and social experience, will prepare them to handle tough immigration decisions when they become tomorrow’s civic leaders.

Local Students Take On Immigration Debate
Channel 3 News, Francinni Zabata, March 26, 2014

“This is a big issue for Coachella Valley,” explained Jimmy Tricco, the Director of Campus Ministries and Student Life and one of event organizers. “We have a lot of migrant workers here.”

He added, “There’s obviously a lot of suffering and brokenness that could take place with immigration. People are forced to sometimes to leave their homes, they’re seeking a better life, and we wanted to get to the root of that,” he said.

Now, if only we could get more high schools to follow suit. This is an excellent way to demonstrate to young students why people who come together from diverse countries are good for the United States and the world.

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Naturalized Immigrants Win Highest Science Award

Three American won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year.

Three Americans who are immigrants to the United States.

How cool is that?

Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To 3 US-Based Scientists
New York Post, October 9, 2013

Three US-based scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing powerful computer models that any researcher can use to understand complex chemical interactions

The winners are Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel.

Karplus is a professor at Harvard University. Levitt is a professor at Stanford University. Warshel is affiliated with the University of Southern California.

There is more to the story.

All three scientists are now naturalized U.S. citizens and hold dual citizenship with their countries of birth.

Karplus, 83 years old, is a dual U.S. and Austrian citizen. Levitt, age 66, is a British, United States, and Israeli citizen. Warshel, age 72, holds both United States and Israeli citizenship.

As I view their achievement, I perceive more than scientific success. It’s a story about why immigrants, coming together from diverse backgrounds, are good for the United States and the world.

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Invisible African And Caribbean Immigrants

Once again, the big lie of anti-immigrant lobbies has been exposed.

There are 3.5 million immigrants of African or Caribbean descent in the U.S. Yet, these immigrants do not come to mind when most Americans think about about immigration reform.

Why?

Read the full blog post here: The Political Invisibility Of African And Caribbean Immigrants

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U.S. Criticized For Hispanophia Policies

For quite some time, reform opponents have primarily portrayed immigration issues as a “Mexican problem.” Slowly, as the public debate expanded, the attacks began to include immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Chile, and all of Central and Latin America. This view hasn’t escaped the scrutiny of educational leaders in Spain, who perceive such discrimination in U.S. school and language politics.

Spaniard Decries Hostility To Hispanics In U.S.
La Prensa San Antonio, July 30, 2013

Santander, Spain, Jul 30 (EFE).- The director of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language spoke here Tuesday of “a Hispanophobic movement” in the United States.

Gerardo Piña, who was in Santander for a forum at Menendez Pelayo International University, told Efe that in Washington there are organizations that finance campaigns and publications that refer to Hispanics in a “racist” manner.

Speaking at a public forum in Spain, Gerardo Piña, the director of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, told the audience about America’s Hispanophobic Movement. This has led, he noted, to efforts to induce young Spanish-speaking children to forget their native language in order to learn English. Nonetheless, once the storm has passed, he envisions a future of college-educated U.S. Hispanics who are “completely bilingual.”

It’s about time someone calls us out. Frankly, I think we should be a trilingual or quadruple-lingual society.

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Growing Up With Immigrants

Growing up, I realized my mother would never move from our little house on Logan Avenue.

Even after I became an immigration attorney, it didn’t matter that the home was located in an impoverished section of San Diego County. Crime and unemployment rates in recent years had climbed. Educational scores for neighborhood schools had plunged.

It didn’t matter to my mother. Her home was her castle.

The neighborhood wasn’t always that way.

How To Fill A Melting Pot
New York Times, Alison Gregor, June 11, 2013

New York has immigrants from 148 countries, at least by the city’s count, and it seems a number of the more successful ones eventually make their way to Allerton, whose diversity stands out even in an extremely multicultural field.

“It’s a neighborhood full of hard-working immigrants, and they all take so much pride in their homes,” said Shasa Rogers, explaining why her mother, Audrey, who is originally from Jamaica, bought a two-family home on Radcliff Avenue in Allerton eight years ago.

When my mother and father first moved in our house on Logan Avenue back in the early 1950s, it was a haven for individuals from many different countries. My friends came from Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, the Philippines, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, China, England, Costa Rica, Iraq, El Salvador, and many, many other nations. The ‘hood may be poor, financially-speaking, but it was rich in many other ways.

It was a community. We had block parties and families shared holidays together.

It was an international community.

The New York Times story about Allerton, a small city in New York, with immigrant families from 148 different countries, reminded me about my growing up days, even causing me to briefly long for those good old days.

I learned a simple truth growing up in my old neighborhood.

Immigrants can rebuild communities.

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Related Articles And Posts

Here are some more links to interesting and great content about immigrants.

Undocumented Mothers Push for Immigration Reform
Politic 365, Griselda Nevarez, July 14, 2013

Uncertain Status: 15 Myths About Immigration
U.S.Catholic, July 6, 2013

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