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Letter No. 98: Immigration reform now!

With the Islamic State, Ebola, the economy and everything else in the mix, I know it’s very hard to keep your eye on immigration reform.

Letter No. 97: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, In less than a month, we will know who will control the U.S. Senate going forward. Will it remain blue or will it turn bloody red?

Letter No. 96: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, When you swept into office in 2008 on the backs of many immigrant voters, your promises of comprehensive immigration reform were glorious.

Letter No. 95: Immigration reform now!

A new Pew Research Center poll summed up the feelings across the country of many—both Democrats and Republicans—on the issue of illegal immigration.

Letter No. 94: Immigration reform now!

I endorse the Caucus’ call for you to “act boldly and use all legal means available to provide immediate and temporary relief from deportation to qualified immigrant workers and immigrant families.”

Letter No. 91: Immigration reform now!

After spending the entire year doing nothing on immigration reform and blocking and bashing every appeal, offer, lobby, cry and motion sent to them, the GOP is now up in arms over the possibility of you using administrative moves on the issue.

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Letter No. 89: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

On Labor Day, Sept. 1, Caribbean immigrants in New York will mark the 47th anniversary of the West Indian American Day Carnival. But most importantly, this year will mark some 414 years since West Indians have been in these United States, first as slaves and then as immigrants.

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Letter No. 89: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Corner

In the past two weeks alone, the conservative groups and media have been very busy, unlike Democrats, in spinning tales about why executive action on the immigration front will not work.

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Letter No. 88: Immigration reform now!

I’m sure you are all caught up on Twitter, but just in case you missed it, on Aug. 7, House Speaker John Boehner tweeted a picture of himself with a farmer with the caption: “Always great to spend time with America’s hard-working farmers and ranchers.”

Letter No. 87: Immigration reform now!

It’s amazing to me that both houses of Congress cannot agree on major issues of interest to Americans who elect them—including immigration reform—yet they did manage to pass legislation providing financing for Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system before they left Washington for the summer break.

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Letter No. 86: Immigration reform now!

The Republican-controlled House should have its own “#Houseofmadmen” hashtag on Twitter. That, I can assure you, would trend high daily.

Letter No. 85: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

Against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty in New York City last week, dozens of New Yorkers gathered to urge you to make good on your remarks made June 30 to take executive action on immigration reform. New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform Campaign, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition, want you and the White House to “act fast.”

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Letter No. 84: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Corner

This past week, I was pleasantly surprised to receive from you and the White House a response to my personal immigration story and open letters calling for immigration reform. The letter reiterated your support for immigration reform even though it comes in the midst of the latest immigration battle at the borders, as thousands of Central American children and women seek to add to the undocumented population of the United States.

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Letter No. 83: Immigration reform now!

Help for the 11 million-plus undocumented migrants in the United States almost always seems to take a backseat to one crisis after another. Just when it seems relief is in sight for hard-working people who desperately need some form of working papers for the years they have paid their dues in this country, something else happens to prevent this from happening.

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Open Letter No. 82: Immigration reform now!

In the midst of recovering from complicated surgery, I have had to face the sad reality that comprehensive immigration reform is dead in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for another year. Now, in the season of World Cup fever, where immigrants have dominated and helped most of the major teams, including the U.S., the ball is really in your corner. Will you score a goal or will you get the red card?

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Letter No. 79: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

The fact that you have now put a deadline in place for immigration reform tells me you must have.

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Letter No. 78 Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

You should send a congratulatory note to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chamber President Tom Donohue.

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Letter No. 77: Immigration reform now!

The big question on everyone’s lips this Cinco de Mayo is will you act or will you let bigots like Rep. Steve King stand in the way of giving over 11 million people a fair path to legalization?

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Letter No. 76: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

This past week, I was at a naturalization ceremony at the Eastern District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., that featured about 100 or so immigrants taking the United States Oath of Allegiance.

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Letter No. 75: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

The best thing about the new age of journalism is that it allows for readers to immediately react to stories on the news websites. I love reading these message boards, especially the responses on immigration stories, as it gives a very real insight into the way Americans feel despite the lack of congressional action.

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Letter No. 74: Immigration reform now!

I just returned from Valencia, Spain, last week and was stunned at two things. First off, being “Americano,” or a holder of a non-EU passport, placed me in an entirely different immigration category upon arrival. Secondly, no one bothered to cater to the fact that neither I nor my colleague spoke Spanish well.

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Letter No. 73: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

I had a conversation with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer. She herself is an immigrant but a naturalized citizen. Each day, her job entails interviewing dozens of immigrants to measure their qualification for immigration benefits

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Letter No. 72: Immigration reform now!

As the weeks float away and the letters pile up, the questions in the back of my mind now are, am I simply wasting my time, and will immigration reform ever happen?

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Letter No. 71: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

The Republican National Party has some nerve, spending $10 million to ramp up Hispanic field operations in key states and flood Spanish-language news media with advertisements opposing the Affordable Care Act

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Letter No.70: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

This past week, we lost an immigrant who would have been proud to see me reach letter No. 70 in this series to you.

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Letter No. 69: Immigration reform now!

It is unfortunate that, like you did with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you persist in twisting the truth on your deportation record and your powers as president.

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Letter No. 68: Immigration reform now!

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 3 made a good call in deciding against hearing appeals filed by the towns of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pa.

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Letter No. 67: Immigration reform now!

The Book of Deuteronomy’s passage that states, “Cursed is anyone who denies justice to foreigners, orphans or widows,” jumped out at me this week.

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Letter No. 66: Immigration reform now!

what should be the next strategy now that House Speaker John Boehner has chosen short-term political gain over immigration reform?

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Letter No. 65 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

If there was a title of “hypocrite-in-chief,” then it definitely would go to House Speaker John Boehner.

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Letter No. 64: Immigration reform now!

The very next day after your State of the Union address, some Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio, were at it again, blaming their failure to act on their “distrust” of you.

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Letter No. 63: Immigration reform now!

Talented entrepreneurs like Luis Aguilar, Justino Mora and Kent Tam are among millions of reasons why you and U.S. lawmakers must make immigration reform a reality now.

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Letter No. 62: Immigration reform now!

That crazy group ironically called “FAIR” has already gone into overdrive ever since the announcement that a Republican set of immigration “principles” will be floated to the House GOP caucus

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Letter No. 60: Immigration reform now!

There is no more next year. This is next year—an election year—and the push must be on to get a deal on immigration reform.

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Letter No. 59: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, On Christmas Day, the man who holds the future of immigration policy in his hands tweeted a message that said: “From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas.”

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Letter No. 58: Immigration reform now!

It’s almost the end of the year, and it’s a great time to look back on the ups and downs of immigration reform in 2013, especially since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told us on Dec. 19 that it deported 368,644 immigrants globally in the 2013 fiscal year.

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Letter No. 57: Immigration Reform Now!

Boehner has seemingly criticized conservative organizations and tried to put some distance between him and them so he can win points with Santa and Hispanic voters next year.

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Letter No. 56: Immigration reform now!

My thoughts are on Mandela's words as it pertains to the many advocates and immigrants across this country

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Letter No. 55: Immigration reform now!

One cannot argue with the concept of giving thanks

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Letter No. 54: Immigration reform now!

Back in 2007, you had this brave, bold idea of health care reform but then settled for what has now become the nightmare of the Affordable Care Act rollout

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Letter No. 53: Immigration reform now!

Lost in all the brouhaha over the Affordable Care Act rollout was Speaker John Boehner’s nail-in-the-coffin comment on immigration reform

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Letter No. 52: Immigration reform now!

The big question now is whether the loss by the tea party-anointed Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia will force the Republican Party to face reality and help bring about the much awaited and needed vote on immigration reform

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bLetter No. 51: Immigration reform now!

John Boehner spent Halloween, it seems, scaring up his few constituents and fans with a tweet that claimed your health care promise “stretched credulity

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Letter No. 50: Immigration reform now!

It’s truly fitting that at letter No. 50, you would actually put the spotlight back squarely on immigration reform

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Letter No. 49: Immigration reform now!

Congratulations on bringing immigration reform back front and center into the mix as the madness forced upon a nation by a mad Texan, hungry for fame, finally came to an end.

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Letter No. 48: Immigration reform now!

There are 200 Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives, yet only eight are so supportive of comprehensive immigration reform, the civil rights issue of 2013, that they were willing to get themselves arrested on Oct. 8.

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Letter No. 48: Immigration reform now!

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the 100th day anniversary of the passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act in the Senate and five days after the forced government shutdown

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Letter No. 47: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, I feel more exhausted writing these 47 letters than Ted Cruz, even after his marathon 21-hour speech. And while I’m no Cruz fan, I simply wish there was one lawmaker on the left who had the cojones to stand up for immigration reform with a 22-hour speech that tops Cruz’s performance.

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Letter No. 46: Immigration reform now!

Letter No. 46: Immigration reform now Dear Mr. President, Hispanic Heritage Month is about to end with immigration reform being pushed more and more to the back burner, especially as your focus turns now from Syria to the debt ceiling and the budget battle with Republicans.

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Letter No. 44: Immigration reform now!

Will the focus on Syria be the nuclear bomb on immigration reform at home?

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