History of Immigration

The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The United States Armed Forces has long valued the contributions of immigrants—from the War of 1812 to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S.-born and immigrant soldiers have fought alongside one another with no concern for nationality or immigration status. Yet, within the first several months of the Trump presidency, the administration has created […]

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The White House Has Slashed Refugee Admissions to Record Lows

The White House Has Slashed Refugee Admissions to Record Lows

The White House announced late last week that for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, beginning Oct. 1, 2017, the United States will only admit a maximum number of 45,000 refugees. This represents the lowest refugee admissions ceiling ever set by the U.S. government, despite record numbers of forced displacement around the world. The UN Refugee Agency […]

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Where Do You Find the Most Resistance to Immigration?

Where Do You Find the Most Resistance to Immigration?

Conventional thinking may lead some to believe that those communities that fight the hardest against immigration are the ones receiving the greatest influx of foreign newcomers. If people are wary of the changes immigrants are bringing to their communities, they would naturally seem to be the most vocal in their opposition. Yet new data from […]

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Pentagon May Deport Immigrants Who Have Served in the Military

Pentagon May Deport Immigrants Who Have Served in the Military

The Pentagon is considering halting a program that allows immigrants with urgently needed skills to serve in the military, putting the thousands of soldiers promised expedited citizenship in exchange for their service at risk for deportation. According to an undated Defense Department memo, the Pentagon may terminate the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program […]

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This Year’s Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

This Year’s Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the winner of the 20th Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. This contest encourages educators to incorporate lessons on U.S. immigration into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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What Was the U.S. Government’s Last Experience With a Muslim Registry?

What Was the U.S. Government’s Last Experience With a Muslim Registry?

Along the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump promised a special registry and database tracking system for Muslims in the United States. Although his spokesperson later claimed that he “never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion,” President-Elect Trump is currently being advised by the original architects and advocates of […]

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Thanksgiving Dinner Conversations Could Be Tough, But Are More Important Than Ever This Year

Written by on November 22, 2016 in History of Immigration, Immigration 101 with 1 Comment
Thanksgiving Dinner Conversations Could Be Tough, But Are More Important Than Ever This Year

Let’s be honest. This is not the Thanksgiving blog we thought I’d be writing this year.  But here we are.

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The Ideological Roots of Donald Trump’s Immigration Team

Written by on November 15, 2016 in Elections, History of Immigration with 0 Comments
The Ideological Roots of Donald Trump’s Immigration Team

As President-Elect Donald Trump names his choices for key positions in his administration, it is clear that he intends to include quite a few people who subscribe to fringe, alt-right, racist ideologies. For example, Steve Bannon, named as Chief Strategist, is known for his white nationalist views and anti-Semitism. The people being named to lead […]

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Immigration Policy Fifteen Years After 9/11

Immigration Policy Fifteen Years After 9/11

Fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001, it appeared that comprehensive immigration reform was imminent. The prior week, President Vicente Fox of Mexico visited the U.S. and spoke to President Bush and Congress about the need for reform, and serious momentum was growing. However, the tragic events on September 11 set the immigration debate back […]

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Lincoln v. Trump on Immigration

Written by on August 2, 2016 in Elections, History of Immigration with 0 Comments
Lincoln v. Trump on Immigration

Although much has been written about how the party of Abraham Lincoln became the party of Donald Trump, one additional area where these two men parted ways is immigration. The world of today is different from the world in which Abraham Lincoln lived or could have imagined. And I know full well the perils of […]

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