DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that undocumented children and youth eligible for the federal DREAM Act, as well as others not deemed to be serious criminal threats, will not be deported. Once their outstanding deportation cases are closed, these individuals will be able to apply for work authorization.
Columnist Erwin de Leon says voters in next year’s presidential election will have a choice between GOP candidates who favor enforcement-only immigration policies and a president who says the right words but has yet to deliver on immigration reform.
A recent presidential proclamation explicitly bars entry into the United States of persons who organize or participate in war crimes, crimes against humanity, and serious violations of human rights.
With bipartisan support, the House of Representatives passed a bill to extend the time an active-duty service member of the Armed Forces has to petition for permanent resident status.
A few states have passed their own versions of the federal DREAM Act that allow undocumented youth to access in-state tuition rates. But what good will it do if the students cannot work once they graduate?
Business leaders say that immigrants are vital to the nation’s economic recovery and are calling states like Utah “improbable laboratories of immigration policy.”
Filipino reporters Cristina DC Pastor and Erwin De Leon give their take on the voluntary “outing” of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas as an undocumented immigrant.
Andrew Silverstein, Co-Founder of Streetwise New York Tours, criticizes legislation sponsored by Republican New York City Councilmen Peter Koo and Dan Halloran that would mandate store signs across the city to be at least 60 percent in English.
Fi2W columnist Erwin de Leon says Georgia’s new immigration law isn’t just affecting undocumented farmworkers, it’s having a negative impact on the lives and well-being of ordinary citizens, including those who supported the get-tough policy.
It’s a query I thought was crude and in your face. But if you’re an undocumented immigrant journalist looking for work, there really is no better way to ask – “do you sponsor?”