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Resisting The Temptation Of Flawed Immigration Reform

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Over a year ago, well before the idea became popular, I suggested the best approach to immigration reform might be to tackle one issue at a time.

I did not endorse throwing the baby out with the bath water. [continue reading…]

A Tale Of Two Visions: Comprehensive Immigration Reform In 2013?

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Our country, government leaders tell us, is in the throes of an economic recovery.

Not too long ago, according to leading monetary and labor indicators, we experienced a long, drawn-out depression. The politicians called it a recession. After being spoon fed the same rhetoric month after month, the public followed suit.

The depression was transformed into a recession. [continue reading…]

Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum: The 2012 Elections And Immigration Reform

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Shortly after I wrote Liberation Politics And The Future Of Immigration Reform last summer, a few colleagues questioned my position.

I asserted the two-party system is no longer effective for addressing tough political issues like immigration reform.

I explained although differences between one party’s Tweedle Dee and the other party’s Tweedle Dum may be minor, the two-party indoctrination has conditioned voters to perceive the differences as distinct as night and day. [continue reading…]

Pavlov In Action: Obama, Romney, And Immigration Ping Pong Politics

immigration-reform-ping-pongI agree with Senator Rubio.

Immigration reform resembles political ping pong.

The game accelerated with the start of the Obama administration.

In March 2010, I wrote a post entitled “Immigration Reform Ping Pong,” which discussed how the hopes of immigrants were being tossed back and forth by Democrats and Republicans as they counted votes.

As an immigration lawyer in Riverside, it’s a question I hear almost every day.

“Do you think,” ask clients, “we’ll have immigration reform this year?”

It’s a tough question.

Immigration reform resembles a ping pong match. [continue reading…]

Deportation Statistics, Political Deceit And The 2012 Elections

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In recent weeks, there has been a flurry of news about deportation statistics.

Clarity about the direction of immigration law has been conspicuously absent.

Whether due to careless inadvertence, cruel indifference, or calloused intentions, the inconsistency from press release to press release is baffling even for seasoned reporters. [continue reading…]

The Politics Of Deportation: Immigrants As Election Fodder

The immigration judge was not in a good mood.

Before my client’s removal hearing began, the judge scolded the government attorney.

As a deportation defense lawyer, it was clear the Immigration and Customs Enforcement war on immigrants was causing administrative problems for the immigration court.

“I am putting you on notice,” noted the judge, “that I am closing my courtroom down at 11:30 sharp.” [continue reading…]

Does Obama Have The Courage Necessary For Immigration Reform?

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Once upon a time, I believed government was the solution.

Whatever the problem, be it poverty, health care, the environment, or immigration reform, it seemed elected officials held the key to change in their hands.

Of course, this was long before I became an immigration deportation trial lawyer.

In the years since, I’ve watched candidate after candidate use “change” as part of their campaign themes. Gradually, I started to grow tired of the false promises. [continue reading…]