DREAMers’ Time Has Come!

By | Immigration View | August 21, 2012
Before you have that “courageous conversation” with the young foreign national who is working for you and who may or may not have authorization to work, remember that there are serious penalties for knowingly employing unauthorized workers. On August 15th , USCIS began accepting applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to the US.  View Full Post
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Immigration Brainstorming and DREAMstorming

Andrew Jackson had his “Kitchen Cabinet,” Franklin Roosevelt his “Brain Trust.”   Seth Godin has his “Tribes,” web-based “silos of interest.”  I’ve been a member of many tribes (as I write this I’m recalling my tattered T-shirt from my own and my adult daughter’s Indian Princess days, many moons ago [click here to see the shirt]). View Full Post
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Arizona Responds to Deferred Action Program by Blocking Privileges for DREAMers

On August 15, 2012, the same day that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications under the Obama administration’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order preventing the state of Arizona from issuing driver’s licenses and public benefits to young undocumented immigrants who receive deferred status and work authorization under the new program. View Full Post
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The President Has Spoken — Can DHS Make the Immigration DREAM Come True?

DREAM_Act The portents were plentiful, reaching back 30 years. Yet none but a clairvoyant could have predicted the aftermath on June 15, 1982 when the Supreme Court in Plyler v. Doe provided undocumented children with a guarantee of education through high school. Three decades to the day, a mixed-race president (whose Kenyan father was hounded out of the U.S. View Full Post
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Pre-Election Bipartisanship — Except On Immigration, Where Sen. Grassley Stubbornly Obstructs

Credit: Whitehouse.gov At President Obama’s signing ceremony for the JOBS Act last week, White House guests slapped high fives with bipartisan glee. They came to the Rose Garden to help “Jumpstart Our Business Startups,” as the new law’s title optimistically promises to do. With pen in hand, the President joined in the merriment, observing that it’s not about blather but action View Full Post
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Musing On Immigration Liberty: If I Had a Son, He’d Look Like a DREAMer

Musing On Immigration Liberty: If I Had a Son, He’d Look Like a DREAMer Last week I ventured into an alternate reality. Like the child, Alice, descending through the rabbit hole, I engaged on immigration with Executive-Branch officials, immigration lawyers, members of Congress, including the indefatigable champion of immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, their staffs, and a group of 7th and 8th graders advocating on the Hill for passage of the DREAM Act. View Full Post
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Immigration Options for DREAMers Under EXISTING Law

Immigration Options for DREAMers Under EXISTING Law Last week marked the end of the second annual National Coming out of the Shadows Week, a rite of passage for undocumented youthAmericans in all but the eyes of the law — who support enactment of the DREAM Act. Publicly proclaiming one’s unauthorized immigration status is clearly a courageous act. View Full Post
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