Cuando es que vas a volver te oigo preguntar, y me tiemblan los labios, si yo pudiera volar, tener alas, y estar a tu lado….
The Latino Heritage Fair is this Sunday, June 9 from noon to 7:00 p.m. on the Courthouse Square! Come by our table and say hello, we hope to see you there!
“The bill addresses the issue of families who have been separated through deportation. Undocumented immigrants who had been deported for non-criminal reasons but who had been in the U.S. before the end of 2011 can reapply to re-enter and apply for RPI status, if they are the spouse of or parent to a child who is a U.S. citizen or legal resident, or a Dreamer eligible for the DREAM Act.” THIS MEANS MY FAMILY CAN ONCE AND FOR ALL BE REUNITED, I COULD CRY.
“Americans became increasingly believed that deportation, initially imagined for the
despised and dangerous classes, was undemocratic and unjust when applied to ordinary immigrants with homes and families in the United States.
"Hence, during the
1930’s and early 1940’s statutory and administrative reforms attempted to ease the tension between sovereignty and democracy that immigration policy created”
Family values and environmentalist views of morality paved the way for reform…”
Can you imagine coming home and not finding mom or dad? Not knowing when you’re going to see them again, or why they “left” you?
If the idea of how much we, as a country, are hurting our children, the future of America, doesn’t evoke action…then what will? #not1more
And while it’s very nice that we’re seeing the first progress on the issue since 2007, it’s a little unsettling that the senators are okay with treating immigrants a way they’d never treat their voters. Major elements of the agreement include:
Raise taxes on lower-income people. The deal would require illegal immigrants to pay a fine. This is like a tax on citizenship. Republicans are opposed to any new tax increases. Democrats want to raise taxes and close loopholes only for people making more than a middle-class salary, which congressional Democrats have defined as making more than $500,000 a year. The proposal would also require illegal immigrants to file federal income taxes for their time in the U.S. But many illegal immigrants already pay payroll taxes, and some file federal income tax returns. This resulted in a mini-scandal, because some of those illegal immigrants made so little money they qualified for the child tax credit and got a refund. In February, House Republicans passed a bill that would prevent illegal immigrants from getting the child tax credit. This means they’re raising their taxes.
I just met Jose Antonio Vargas. One of my biggest inspirations. I am still in awe—but unfortunately I’ve to return to reality and do my homework.
There were just so many things that he mentioned that I fell in love with, perhaps because they touched on so many personal issues. Mixed status families. I guess I had never realized that I belonged to a mixed status family. About community. About opportunity and dreams. This is what America is about. This is what I am about. This is how I define American, with my story, my dreams, and my family. We are America.
Aqui se respira lucha.
1) “Contingent upon our success in securing our borders and addressing visa overstays.”
2) “Our legislation also recognizes that the circumstances and the conduct of people without lawful status are not the same, and cannot be addressed identically.”
3) “Our new immigration system must be more focused on recognizing the important characteristics which will help build the American economy and strengthen American families.”
4) “Our immigration proposal will award a green card to immigrants who have received a PhD or Master’s degree in science, technology, engineering or math from an American university.”
5) “Our proposal will provide businesses with the ability to hire lower-skilled workers in a timely manner when Americans are unavailable or unwilling to fill those jobs.”
immigration laws. Among other things, that would include an eventual path to citizenship for most of the nation’s undocumented immigrants.
So how many people would that affect? At the moment, there are roughly 11.1 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States. Yet it’s worth noting that this number has dropped sharply during the recession, as this chart from Pew Research Center shows:
“The policy is, I guess, intended to weigh in on illegal immigration and I’m against illegal immigration as well, but I don’t see this furthering the cause in any way whatsoever,” Vander Linden says. “On the other hand, it’s potentially putting unlicensed, uninsured drivers on the road and I don’t understand the motivation from the Department of Transportation.”