The American agriculture industry “fears a disaster” if Rep. Lamar Smith’s E-Verify legislation becomes law. The current situation in Georgia, which passed a state E-Verify and now has crops rotting on the vine, gives credence to those fears. Smith’s bill poses grave dangers for farmworkers.
A Southern Baptist Convention leader says the group’s policy arm supports a version of the DREAM Act — the proposed law that would allow illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to earn legal status, either by going to college or serving in the military.
Immigration officials have called off the deportation of a Venezuelan man who legally married his same-sex partner in the United States, a move advocates hope will push the Obama administration to halt similar deportations and help repeal a federal law that recognizes only marriages between a man and a woman.
Recently announced tweaks to a key immigration enforcement program should make the effort more true to its intended purpose and reassure critics. Secure Communities has been battered by those who say it deports some illegal immigrants who have no criminal background or only minor offenses on their records.
Imagine an undocumented high school student who won’t let a little thing like not being in the country legally stop him from applying to a top university. Those who set their sights on Harvard will often seek me out for advice because, almost 20 years ago, I wrote a book about being a Latino student there.
How much immigration do we need? Which of the would-be immigrants should get priority? How can employment-based immigration be more responsive to changing economic realities? These questions are important and they do not have simple answers.
Georgia is about to change. Significantly. And not for the better. July 1 brings the effective date of two very different new state laws, each bearing witness to what can best be described as the “coarsening” of Georgia. These and other laws signal a changed state, one ripped from its recent past and historical roots.