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Can You Feel The Immigration Truce?

– Posted in: The Obama Years

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Immigration reform, I thought, meant a path to political peace.

Instead, there’s ground fire here, there, everywhere.

It’s not exactly the War of the Worlds. But it’s clear the two opposing forces – those for and those against reform – continue to brace for the upcoming legislative battle in Congress.

So, as an immigration lawyer in Riverside watching the news over the past few days, I’ve asked myself, “Can you feel the truce?”

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

– Posted in: The Obama Years

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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.

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

– Posted in: The Obama Years

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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.

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

– Posted in: The Obama Years

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.

Does Obama Have The Courage Necessary For Immigration Reform?

– Posted in: The Obama Years

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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.

2010 Deportations: Obama Sets All Time Record For Second Straight Year

– Posted in: The Obama Years

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Earlier this week, the government released deportation statistics for 2010.

As a Moreno Valley immigration lawyer, I know the reality behind these numbers. I understand the human agony of these families.

Speaking at a press conference, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano noted the Obama administration had failed yet succeeded.  She explained the government did not reach its goal of 400, 000 deportations for this fiscal year. But she emphasized, “It has been another record-breaking year at ICE—one that has seen ICE enforce the law at record levels.”