Topic | Immigrant Rights

Top 10 Victories for Immigrant Rights in 2013


While Congress struggled in 2013 to enact just and meaningful reform, and the President is close to surpassing 2 million deportations, immigrants won victories in many states and many levels. In no particular order: 1. The Supreme Court Strikes Down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act Undoubtedly, the fall of DOMA’s Section 3 has brought much-needed […]

Not a Nation of Immigrants


It’s an often repeated mantra, that American is a “nation of immigrants.” Ever since the phrase was popularized by John F. Kennedy (who used it as the title of a New York Times editorial and a book), it has been used by those on the right and the left of the political spectrum, though with […]

Why Immigrant Rights are Human Rights


A few years ago, a former Mayor of Portland, Oregon asked me the question “why are immigrant rights human rights?” I responded with a clumsy jumble of words having something to do with the United Nations and about ten other things adding up to a total of about 11 too many ideas all poorly articulated. […]