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News Curation And Commentary: Immigration Reform & Politics


Immigration reform and immigration politics. Despite all the media attention paid to these topics, the two are incompatible. Immigration reform depends on calm, rational decision-making. Immigration politics, on the other hand, is like spilled oil waiting for a match.

Don’t agree with the above? Make up your own mind after reading the fascinating insights on immigration reform and politics compiled right here just for you.

A False Equivalency: Immigration Client
Preparation Is Not Immigration Fraud

In a recent blog post, I discussed the importance of advance planning and preparation for immigrants. This need, rarely acknowledged by most immigrants or appreciated by many immigrant advocates, can make a huge difference in winning or losing.

Rushing headlong towards disaster can often be prevented with a little prudence. On the other hand, carefully calculating the path to a green card, especially during an era highlighted with dubious reform promises, seems a more reasonable strategy.

Yet, in a society which increasingly treasures instant gratification, long term planning is disfavored. One needs to look no further than the California state legislature.

For more, continue here: A False Equivalency: Immigration Client Preparation Is Not Immigration Fraud


Immigration Reform Does Not Stop At The Border’s Edge

Several years ago, I was appointed to a Congressional committee on immigration issues. The representative who nominated me often asserted that fixing our immigration system was an international matter.

He confided that many of his colleagues refused to acknowledge this connection.

With the news of large numbers of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States, this flawed tendency will be on public display during the coming months.

70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them? Ian Gordon, Mother Jones

38,833 unaccompanied minors [have been] apprehended by the Border Patrol in fiscal year 2013. That was a 59 percent jump from the year before, and a 142 percent increase from fiscal 2011; no one knows how many more kids avoided Border Patrol detection, or never got that far. This year, officials have told advocates they anticipate the numbers to double again, to as many as 74,000 unaccompanied children. That’s equivalent to every single student in Dallas’ 81 public middle and high schools getting up and walking across the border in a single year.

The government’s current view of the youthful surge is based on a false premise that all undocumented immigrants seek the American Dream.

This short-sighted thinking does not consider factors beyond America’s borders.

Many of these youngsters aren’t looking for the American dream.

They just want to get far away from their home country.

To read our blog post on this issue, see Central American Children Refugees: A Failure To Plan Ahead


Immigration News Curation By Carlos Batara