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No Pivot Here: Donald Trump’s Rhetorical Tricks on Immigration

Written by on August 24, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
No Pivot Here: Donald Trump’s Rhetorical Tricks on Immigration

The media has swooned over a few vague statements made of late by presidential candidate Donald Trump. He has spent the past few days hinting that he may “soften” his immigration policy with respect to the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Up until very recently he has said  that undocumented immigrants […]

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Texas Ends Attempt to Deny Birth Certificates to Children of Immigrants

Texas Ends Attempt to Deny Birth Certificates to Children of Immigrants

More than a year ago, Texas county officials began to require that foreign passports presented by parents seeking to obtain their child’s birth certificate include a valid U.S. visa. The state also ended its practice of accepting Mexican “matriculas” as a form of identification. As a result, many undocumented parents were unable to obtain birth […]

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The Battle Over Birth Certificates in Texas

Written by on October 20, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
The Battle Over Birth Certificates in Texas

In May, a group of undocumented parents, represented by South Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas for denying their children, born in the state, birth certificates. The legal team also asked the judge to issue a preliminary injunction—a temporary order that would force […]

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Where GOP Candidates and the Public Part Ways on Immigration

Written by on August 25, 2015 in Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Where GOP Candidates and the Public Part Ways on Immigration

While some politicians on the campaign trail dial-up the anti-immigrant rhetoric and rehash old debates around birthright citizenship and mass deportation, the majority of America is unmoved. According to the Pew Research Center’s recent breakdown of their extensive public polling on immigration, and even more recent Gallup poll data, most of the U.S. public remains […]

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Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

Written by on August 21, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship with 3 Comments
Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

There has been a media frenzy over one of the more draconian components of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump’s immigration policy platform. In his plan, released earlier this week, he writes that the U.S. should “End Birthright Citizenship.” However, despite the attention Trump is getting for this, he is not the first—nor the last—to suggest […]

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Ending Birthright Citizenship: (Still) Unconstitutional, Unwise, Unworkable, and Un-American

Written by on April 28, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship with 22 Comments
Ending Birthright Citizenship: (Still) Unconstitutional, Unwise, Unworkable, and Un-American

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Birthright Citizenship: Is It The Right Policy For America?” The hearing will question whether those born in America will automatically be citizens, as they have been for over 150 years. Undoubtedly, the hearing will feature the same counterproductive anti-immigrant rhetoric that nativists have trotted out before, […]

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Four Things We Know About Rand Paul’s Immigration Policy Views

Written by on April 9, 2015 in Elections with 6 Comments
Four Things We Know About Rand Paul’s Immigration Policy Views

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has entered the 2016 presidential race with the campaign slogan “defeat the Washington machine.” Yet his views and past legislative actions on immigration show that he is more likely to maintain the status quo of leaving reform in limbo rather than push forward meaningful reforms that harness the skills and talents […]

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American Heritage Dictionary Redefines “Anchor Baby” Term as “Offensive” and “Disparaging”

Written by on December 6, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship with 3 Comments
American Heritage Dictionary Redefines “Anchor Baby” Term as “Offensive” and “Disparaging”

The firestorm around the inclusion of the term “anchor baby” in the new edition of the American Heritage Dictionary has led to a dramatic reversal in the definition. Not only did the executive editor, Steven Kleinelder, emphatically apologize for the initial definition, he promised swift action to change it. By Monday morning, the term was […]

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“Anchor Baby” Added to New American Heritage Dictionary

Written by on December 2, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship with 28 Comments
“Anchor Baby” Added to New American Heritage Dictionary

The degree to which the immigration debate has coarsened over the last few years is no more evident than in the pages of the recently released fifth edition of the New American Heritage Dictionary. Among the new entries is the term “anchor baby.” You might think that the definition would read something like: slang, a […]

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