Tag: Immigration
Trump’s Nomination and Backward Immigration Policy

A few months back, I wrote on Donald Trump’s run for the White House and his economic policies. At the time, I noted that, love him or hate him, he’d gone farther than pretty much anyone had anticipated. I have to admit that I was surprised that Trump secured the Republican nomination for the...
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Europe Sees the Long March of the Extreme Right

Austria’s far right candidate, Norbert Hofer, has lost the second round of the election for the presidency by a mere thirty thousand votes to Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green Party leader. Europe has breathed a sigh of relief, but the stunning success of the nationalists, who won the first round and caused...
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Harriet Tubman and America’s Immigration Hypocrisy

Last week it was announced that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill. The announcement was met with mixed reactions, though most seem to be positive. Placing a woman of color on American currency, an honor which thus far has been reserved for the Founding Fathers, is undoubtedly an event, one...
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Keep the Immigrants, Dump Trump’s Immigration Policies

Regardless of whether you find him remarkable or repulsive, there is no denying that the political machine known as Donald Trump has gone further than pretty much anyone anticipated. From winning key early races, to garnering a massive number of general election voters, there is the real possibility that Trump could be the GOP...
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Is Sean Penn Guilty or Innocent?

Sean Penn’s meeting with Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán—conducted for an interview in Rolling Stone magazine—has triggered intense debate. Should Penn be prosecuted for being in secret contact with a fugitive from justice? The discussion raises familiar questions: Is a journalist guilty of aiding and abetting a known criminal by not revealing...
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“But They’re Illegal!” The Worst Argument Against Immigration

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece titled, “An Apology to an Immigrant.” In the piece, I discussed my experience with thinking through the immigration debate, and offered sources that not only debunk many commonly-held myths regarding immigration, but also offer information on the benefits immigrants bring to the United States. The response was...
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An Apology to an Immigrant

In college I took a course in Mexican Folk Healing (don’t ask how this happened). Aside from learning that garlic will do in a pinch as an antiseptic, I can’t say I’ve ever really used a lot of the course material. I’ve yet to use a spider web as a band-aid, break a chicken...
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What You Don’t Know about Immigrants and Medicaid Usage

The analytical firepower of the anti-immigrant right comes from the Center for Immigration Studies. Its latest report concludes that 42 percent of immigrant households, both legal and illegal, used Medicaid in 2012. Only 23 percent of households headed by a native-born American used Medicaid. The report also discusses other welfare, including housing, food stamps,...
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Love, Marriage, and Green Cards

For most of human history, love and marriage had positively nothing to do with each other. Marriages were arranged in order to strengthen alliances, end family feuds, and secure political power. You were lucky if you liked your spouse, let alone loved them! In the United States today, we don’t see marriages for political...
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Save the Children. Open the Border

They call it “La Bestia” (“the beast”) or “el tren de los desconocidos” (“the train of the unknown”). Every year, an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 immigrants, as many as 1,500 per day, climb on top of trains and travel from their countries of origin—mostly Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador—and through Mexico in an...
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