In light of Donald Trump’s hot mic debacle, aka “Pussygate,” the spotlight has been put squarely —as it should—on the issue of sexual assault and misogyny.
This election is possibly the most critical election of most of our lifetimes. Any immigrant not voting, or missing this opportunity to vote, could mean handing a tax cheat, a sexist pig, a demagogue, a xenophobe and an ignoramus the chance to set this country back decades.
In the days leading up to the U.S. presidential debate of Sept. 26, 2016, I was left speechless by the announcement from a group of Black Haitian immigrants in Miami, and later Jamaican reggae singer Etana, that they were voting for the racist xenophobe who has sadly emerged as the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential contender.
For once there is some good news to report on the immigration front—an option that could help, not harm immigrants, especially those with the entrepreneurial spirit.
Although many—myself included—frown, chastise, deride and scoff at the stereotyping and bigotry being spewed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump towards Muslims and immigrants, the harsh reality is that stereotyping by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents is happening daily at our borders.
In the days since Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, stood up and bravely called out Donald Trump for his racism, narcissism and bigotry, Trump and the right wing have come out in shameful attack mode against this patriotic immigrant, Muslim and American.
At a time when the entire United States is looking on at the clear lack of diversity in the Republican Party—not even the handful of Blacks and Latinos brought out to save face at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, could help—the conservative Washington Times has decided to attack Spanish-language media.
Just when you thought Team Donald Trump could not be more divisive, along comes the announcement of ultra-conservative Christian Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as the vice presidential running mate.
Get those citizenship applications in now if you qualify, or get ready to shell out more in fees to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services. Fees for more than three dozen immigration applications are set to go up again by this fall. The Department of Homeland Security recently closed its comment period on the proposed fee changes.
On July 4, as the United States marked its 240th birthday—the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776—the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services celebrated thousands of new citizens all across the country.
I must confess that I was brought to tears by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on immigration June 23, 2016.
In the days since June 12, 2016, a lot has been said of the horrific mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
This June marks the 10th anniversary of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States.
During his run for the office of president in 2008, Barack Obama promised comprehensive immigration reform and immigrants responded in droves. At the time of his victory, Democrats controlled Congress—both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
A new study has found that immigrant children living in the U.S., who are undocumented or without legal status, have been blocked from registering for school and accessing the educational services.
Social media and top comedians chime in with fifteen hilarious responses to the outrageous statements made by GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
As the Obama administration ramped up immigration raids across the country, rounding up Central American immigrants who have failed to qualify for asylum, the president used his final State of the Union to skip his usual immigration reform push altogether.
Ah, Christmas! A time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, exchange gifts, look back at your achievements over the year and, if you are a Catholic like me and millions of Caribbean and Latino immigrants, celebrate another birthday of sweet baby Jesus after four weeks of Advent.
I’ve never been a fan of Rick Lazio so for him to actually make sense to me last week was a shocker.
The U.S. Supreme Court has in the past two years handed President Barack Obama his biggest wins on one of the most controversial policies during his tenure as president—the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Let’s face it, Sen. Bernie Sanders is saying all the right things and pushing extremely hard to get the “minority” vote.
An attempt by the president in November 2014 to expand DACA remains blocked by a court too caught up in politics.
New American voters must combine forces with African-Americans to ensure that the GOP not only loses the White House again but also loses the Congress.
A new poll shows that Cuban-American Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has tripled his support since September.
Donald Trump has shown no sign of toning down his anti-immigrant rhetoric, and now his take-no-prisoners attitude is inciting hate and racism, as evidenced again in Virginia last week.
Pope Mania is over now that the Holy Father is back in Rome, leaving many wondering whether his remarks on immigration, made to the U.S. Congress last week, managed to soften any hearts.
The rise of immigrants in Silicon Valley
Just in case it was previously unclear, the browning of America is proceeding at a rapid rate. Nowhere is it more obvious than Silicon Valley, where the rise of immigrants continues.
Loseville, USA! That’s exactly where the robotic bunch of GOP presidential hopefuls is heading—and fast.
Donald Trump’s platform for president of the United States seems to be to throw gasoline on the fire of issues that stir the growing band of right-wingers, afraid of the increased darkening of America, into an anti-immigrant rage.
During an obviously politically motivated hearing on July 21 by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims,” Jim Steinle, whose daughter was recently killed by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco, testified.
In the days after the Chattanooga, Tenn., killing of four U.S. marines by Muslim immigrant Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the right is more frenzied, with calls for an end to not just immigration but to “Muslim immigration” to the U.S.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, the controversial Confederate flag located on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol was taken down after a 54-year run.
This July 4 marked only my second year as a naturalized citizen of the United States.
The historic Supreme Court ruling Friday, June 26 in the case of Jim Obergefell, which gives same-sex couples the right to marry in any U.S. state and established that they have the same rights as heterosexuals, now puts the spotlight again on the immigration rights of same-sex couples.
Now that the U.S. federal court has halted the president’s immigration executive orders and the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill with an immigration component has died in the Congress, it looks bleak again for immigration reform.
It’s officially National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 30 days that are supposed to be about celebrating the contribution of Caribbean and West Indian immigrants in these United States.
Time and again, when we hear of immigrant voters or the swing voting bloc it is always assumed they are Hispanic. But often ignored in the mix is the Asian voting bloc, which, like the Caribbean bloc, gets overlooked and taken for granted almost all the time.
Insanity is defined as “extreme foolishness” or “irrationality” as well as “idiocy, stupidity or lunacy.” These are just some synonyms that can be used to define the actions of Republicans in the fight for the White House come 2016.
Like her or hate her, Hillary Clinton has made it clear she is going to fight like Ali to be the first female president of the United States.
As Justice Department lawyers Friday, April 17 urged the federal appeals court in New Orleans to let President Barack Obama’s November 2014 executive action on immigration immediately move forward, despite a legal challenge by 26 red states, my aunt called to tell me about the marriage of a 50-year-old immigrant caregiver to her 99-year-old employer.
s President Barack Obama met with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday, April 9, here in the U.S. Diaspora, I hoped that at least CARICOM leaders would have the good sense to raise the issue of immigration with the president, especially because Caribbean-American Rep.
So much for New York being one of only a few states in the union to allow high school graduates who are undocumented immigrants to apply for state financial aid for college.
It must be something in the Kool-Aid Republicans or, in this case, Republican presidential hopefuls—slurp!
I did not need to write a book about it, but I’ve said it about a hundred times in this column and on radio on WLIB’s “GBE Mindflight” with Imhotep Gary Byrd over the course of this past two years or more. Now veteran GOP pollster Whit Ayres is saying exactly this, but in an entire book.
How can 104 legal scholars and immigration law instructors be wrong and one judge be right?
After much time wasting, sanity prevailed and a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security was averted, thanks in part to 75 brave Republicans.
Since the new GOP-controlled Congress took over in January, they have done nothing but focus on President Barack Obama’s immigration order that is aimed to help millions of immigrants.
Conservative U.S. Southern District Judge Andrew S. Hanen has undoubtedly dealt a harsh blow to immigrants set to begin applying this week for relief under President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.
U.S. Citizenship AND Immigration Services is moving ahead with plans to process applications for those eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as ordered under executive action by President Barack Obama.
Sitting in the birthplace of America’s greatest immigrant and hearing the madness being spewed by Republicans in Congress in Washington, D.C., makes me wonder how Alexander Hamilton would have been treated today if he were living as an immigrant in America.