Immigration History

Why Should Congress Support the Refugee Protection Act of 2016?
Why Should Congress Support the Refugee Protection Act of 2016?
“We live in the age of the refugee, the age of the exile.” Ariel Dorfman (Argentine-Chilean playwright, academic and human rights activist) By Satsita Muradova If someone asked me what was the most difficult decision...
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Framing the National Convention between Two Clevelands
Framing the National Convention between Two Clevelands
“It is said that the quality of recent immigration is undesirable. The time is quite within recent memory when the same thing was said of immigrants who, with their descendants, are now numbered among our...
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Benach Collopy
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Benach Collopy
It was less than 100 years ago that "No Irish Need Apply" signs were in job windows.  Today, the Irish are thoroughly assimilated into the mainstream of American culture and St. Patrick's day is a...
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Muslim Immigrants to US Were Abused before Trump Started Name-Calling
Muslim Immigrants to US Were Abused before Trump Started Name-Calling
Let's start here: Donald Trump is an abomination.  From his slander of Mexicans as rapists to the violence he incites and tolerates at his rallies to his latest outrages of suggesting a database and a...
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La Santa Cecilia Celebrates the Beatles, Migrant Workers and Strawberries.
La Santa Cecilia Celebrates the Beatles, Migrant Workers and Strawberries.
For the last few years, La Santa Cecilia, a Mexican-American band, based in Los Angeles, California, has not only made excellent music, but has also championed the plight on undocumented immigrants in the U.S.  Their...
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Fireworks: A Beacon in the Sky for the World
Fireworks: A Beacon in the Sky for the World
Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. My husband and I like to spend it with friends and “America’s Favorite Pastime” at Nationals Park. After the ballgame comes more time with friends and...
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Strong Presidents are Great Presidents
Strong Presidents are Great Presidents
On this President's Day, we wish to add a historical perspective to the robust exercise of executive authority.  The President routinely tells audiences that he does not have the power to act unilaterally on immigration...
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Coke’s Beautiful Ad
Coke’s Beautiful Ad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=443Vy3I0gJs   Coca-Cola had a beautiful advertisement during the Super Bowl.  The ad featured America the Beautiful sung in a variety of languages by Americans of all different ethnicities.  It is easy to be jaded...
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Nelson Mandela and the Abuse of the “Terrorist” Designation
Nelson Mandela and the Abuse of the “Terrorist” Designation
As accolades from world leaders pour in to remember Nelson Mandela, it is hard to recall that for decades, much of the world accepted the apartheid South African government's designation of Mandela as a terrorist. ...
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Two Big Asylum Cases at 4th Circuit This Week
Two Big Asylum Cases at 4th Circuit This Week
This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the federal appellate court which sets federal law in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the Carolinas, will hear two cases regarding U.S. asylum law. ...
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On Marches and Flags
On Marches and Flags
Last week, among the hundreds of American flags raised at Tuesday's March for Human Dignity and Respect,  a few Mexican flags were spotted. That's right.  Mexican citizens carried the Mexican flag in Washington DC, the...
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Feliz cumpleaños abuela
Feliz cumpleaños abuela
Today, May Day, would have been my grandmother, Marta Socarras y San Martin's 94th birthday.  She was born in Havana in 1919 as the world witnessed the violent death of kingly empires and the birth...
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Could Bar Rafaeli seek asylum for refusal to join the Israeli Defense Forces?
Could Bar Rafaeli seek asylum for refusal to join the Israeli Defense Forces?
Yesterday, we had some fun noting that Israeli supermodel Bar Rafaeli had drawn the rhetorical fire of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) due to her failure to serve the two years of service in the...
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DACA, Provisional Waivers, and de Osorio?
DACA, Provisional Waivers, and de Osorio?
The publication of the rule allowing for processing of provisional waivers for unlawful presence in the United States was another act of administrative rule-making that the President has undertaken to make the immigration laws more...
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