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Immigration 101: What is a Sanctuary City?

There’s no single definition of what is a sanctuary city, but generally speaking, it’s a city (or a county) that limits its cooperation with federal immigration enforcement agents in order to protect low-priority immigrants from deportation. Table of Contents Sanctuary cities: what is a sanctuary city? The case of Alex Why are sanctuary cities important? … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who Is John Kelly And How Can He Decide the Fate of Millions of Immigrants?

John Kelly is the head of the Department of Homeland Security and the top immigration official in the Trump Administration. He is the person in charge of carrying out Trump’s detailed blueprint for mass deportation. Secretary Kelly has the final say in who gets to stay and who will be deported. He is the reason … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is a DREAMer?

What is a DREAMer? When it comes to immigration reform, a “Dreamer” (often spelled “DREAMer”) refers to a young person who qualifies for the DREAM Act. DREAM Act and DACA The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) is a piece of legislation first introduced to congress in 2001 that grants a pathway … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Why Marrying a US Citizen Does Not Automatically Legalize an Undocumented Immigrant

One immigration case that’s been making the news is the story of Roberto Beristain, an Indiana business owner and undocumented immigrant who was deported this week after spending almost 20 years in the US. Beristain has a wife and four children, all of whom are US citizens, which might prompt some to question — why didn’t … Continue reading »

Immigration 101 from Vox: The Case for Immigration and How American Greatness Depends on Welcoming Foreigners

Why should Americans support immigration? For a comprehensive answer, check out Matthew Yglesias’ piece at Vox, “The Case for Immigration”. As he points out, the United States throughout its history has not typically taken in immigrants as an act of kindness — it’s taken in immigrants out of recognition that newcomers contribute to the country … Continue reading »