Commentary

Columns of news analysis and opinion about the immigration news of the day.

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De Leon: Alabama’s Immigration Law Fails Our Future

Alabama’s new law requires schools to check student birth certificates for immigration status. It’s causing thousands of families to pull their children out of school, and is another indication of how the U.S. is failing to educate its Latino youth.

President Barack Obama Approval Ratings by Race (Gallup)

De Leon: Why Latinos Are Not Into Obama

The latest Gallup poll shows a precipitous decline in Latino support for the President. Fi2W columnist Erwin de Leon says this should not come as a surprise for the man who once promised “si se puede.”

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Marking 9/11 With Hope, Not Fear of the Other

Ten years ago, the U.S. political system was poised for major immigration reform. Then came the tragic events of 9/11/2001, and the national mood shifted towards fear of the immigrant, as opposed to an embrace.