On Thursday, the New York City Council will be called upon to consider two landmark proposals that, if passed, would drastically expand the rights and opportunities available to undocumented immigrants, and serve to further solidify the city's growing pro-immigrant reputation.
Last week, the Homeland Security Department made headlines when it announced that renewal applications under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program were now being accepted and processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The House of Representatives passing its annual national defense bill typically doesn't generate significant headlines, but this year has proven to be something of an exception. That's because this year's bill, which was passed just yesterday, purposely omitted a proposal that would have enabled undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children to serve in the U.S. military.
When most of us envision the potential troubles faced by undocumented immigrants here in the U.S. on a daily basis, our thoughts almost immediately go to detention and deportation by federal officials. While this is certainly not inaccurate, it doesn't account for more mundane yet incredibly important issues like education, health care and, of course, employment.
Readers have probably heard media references to illegal immigrants. However, a recent article reminds us that the term might be misleading.
In the wake of the Obama administration's announcement that it was undertaking a comprehensive review of existing deportation policies in an attempt to determine if they could be administered in a more logical and perhaps more humane manner, several groups have come forward to offer recommendations.
As we've discussed on our blog before, President Barack Obama is currently facing intense criticism from multiple immigrant advocacy groups over the nearly two million deportations that have taken place during his time in office.
The "Blue Ribbon Commission," an immigrant advocacy group made up of both documented and undocumented immigrants, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have both recently made recommendations to President Obama regarding U.S. immigration law. The Commission's recommendations are sweeping, calling on the federal government to reduce the nation's deportation rate as a whole, end immigration enforcement programs like "Secure Communities," reassign control over immigrant detention centers away from private security firms, and to reassess key trade agreements that encourage economic development at the cost of displacing immigrant communities.
While most parents with teenagers probably don't want to think about it, there's a very good chance that their kids will pull some pranks or engage in other types of high jinks during their high school years. While most of this conduct is relatively harmless, there are times when the line between mischief and crime can perhaps become blurred.
Since its introduction, the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program has proven to be a remarkable success. Indeed, by the end of 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approved the petitions of 521,815 applicants, 26,682 of whom live right here in New York.