How Trump Can Use Welfare To Stymie Immigration — And Vice Versa
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How Trump Can Use Welfare To Stymie Immigration — And Vice Versa

″It’s an opportunity to fuel the nativist fire and scapegoat immigrants as a drain on our economy,” said Wendy Cervantes, senior policy analyst for the Center for Law and Social Policy, a nonpartisan organization that works to improve the lives of low-income people.

The U.S. government has almost always had a rule against legal permanent resident status for anyone who might become a “public charge,” meaning someone who is likely to wind up on welfare. The proposed rule, which will not take effect for at least 60 days and is subject to change, would broaden the criteria the government can use to deny applicants. Continue reading

If You Care About Immigrants, Prove It In The Midterm Elections
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If You Care About Immigrants, Prove It In The Midterm Elections

This election year, however, things are poised to be different ― and I am not just talking about the expected “blue wave” that many are so desperately working toward. Many people who didn’t before understand just how badly our nation’s immigration system is broken are coming to terms with the reality that deportation and family separation don’t just affect individual immigrants ― they affect entire communities. Continue reading

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Myth: If They Enter The Country Illegally, By Definition, They Are All Criminals

As the second GOP primary debate is distilled into a highlight reel, “illegal immigrant” terminology continues to be a defining topic in the overall issue of immigration. How the issue is framed sets the stage for whether the discussion is civil and constructive or full of bombastic fear-mongering.  To date the Republican primary season has … Continue reading

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U.S. To Potential Immigrants: “Give Us Your Rich Investors, Your Tech-savvy And Your Well-Connected”

While the so-called line for aspiring immigrants stretches 4.4 million people long and the wait, depending on visa type and country of origin, can take decades, there seems to be a legal way around waiting one’s turn. The welcome etched on the Statue of Liberty has steadily undergone a rewrite. Why should the U.S. open … Continue reading

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Presidential Candidate Wants To Make America Great Again By Castigating The Very People Who Make It Great: Immigrants

  As the 12th Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump used his kickoff speech to tell the world that the American Dream is dead and to single out immigrants as the enemy of American exceptionalism, specifically  Latino immigrants.  He seems to see no irony in the fact that immigrants come to America to … Continue reading