Category: Immigration

Looks at immigration from different angles, popular culture, the news, history, people, and our own experiences. A little bit different…

Immigration About Sheriff Joe

About Sheriff Joe

A few things about president Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Apraio. First, president’s have the right to pardon anyone, anytime, almost without limit. Second, there have been some horrific, inexplicable presidential pardons throughout our history, certain ones from Warren Harding and Bill Clinton stand out on that score. This one, though, is different. This one …

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Attitudes More Attitudes … and social media

More Attitudes … and social media

This being the 21st Century and social media being social media, our Facebook and LinkedIn posts get a lot of comments that you never see … because we have to delete them – they get pretty brutal. They’re mean and unthinking and insulting and par for the course. Immigration is a topic that almost everyone …

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Immigration Jaws, Work Visas, and Immigrants [not] at Work

Jaws, Work Visas, and Immigrants [not] at Work

Remember Jaws? Okay, that’s probably a stupid question, the world remembers Jaws. But, do you remember one of the underlying themes of the movie? Quick review: the movie occurs in a small, fictional island off Cape Cod, Amity Island. In Peter Benchley’s novel, Amity is clearly based on his home town, Nantucket. The movie was …

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Attitudes Headlines and Attitudes

Headlines and Attitudes

A few short words today about headlines and attitudes. It may be that not as many people read newspapers today as they did ten, twenty years ago. It’s certainly true that headlines – are noticed more now than ever. They are impossible to miss. One headline shared by ten people on Twitter, Facebook, or the …

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History Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! While we prepare to celebrate, we’d like to offer this short history lesson. The Declaration of Independence was adopted and approved by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. (That’s right, not the 4th). Fifty-six men signed the Declaration. They did so despite the fact that no signatures were required, the act …

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History Immigrants in History, Part One

Immigrants in History, Part One

A new monthly blog feature: we will be spotlighting an immigrant from American history that you may have never heard about. These are immigrants who made a real difference in American history but aren’t as well known today as they should be. Our inaugural figure is John Peter Altgeld. John Peter was born in Germany …

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Attitudes Of the President and Ostriches

Of the President and Ostriches

A little different type of post today, this one about emotion, action, and our president rather than history, immigrants, and the law. Because these days, headlines and emotions are hardly mutually exclusive, and this is a potential problem. Last week, a New York Times op-ed piece talked about the ‘disorienting effect’ of Trump’s words, tweets, …

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History Banning Immigrants

Banning Immigrants

“Certain kinds of criminality are inherent in the Italian race. In the popular mind, crimes of personal violence, robbery, blackmail and extortion are peculiar to the people of Italy.” ~ The United States Immigration Commission, Dillingham Report, 1911. Sec. 11. (a) The annual quota of any nationality shall be 2 per centum of the number …

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History Decoration Day and Immigrants

Decoration Day and Immigrants

A brief story for Memorial Day. Memorial Day first began as Decoration Day shortly after the Civil War ended in 1865. It was exactly what it sounds like – a day to decorate the graves of the dead of the war. Recent revisions put the number of dead for the Civil War at 750,000. That …

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Immigration In Other News …

In Other News …

We post a lot of articles about the current state of immigration, changing laws, changing enforcement, and, of course, the latest news on all of it. As we’ve commented more than once, much of what constitutes the latest news these days is little more than rhetoric and screaming headlines. It tends to create fear, we …

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