Tag: Immigration Reform

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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History One Hundred Years Ago … the Difference

One Hundred Years Ago … the Difference

PBS’ The American Experience just ran an outstanding three-episode show about the United States one hundred years ago. April saw the centennial anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s declaration of war on Germany and our entry into the horrors of World War I. The American Experience’s The Great War is fascinating, infuriating, sad, and more than a …

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History The Sons of Immigrants

The Sons of Immigrants

Seventy-five years ago this week, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. On its face, it was innocuous. Issued just over two months after Pearl Harbor it ‘merely’ gave the military the right to designate areas “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” In that respect, it looked like an order that allowed …

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History Immigration in 1900 and Baseball

Immigration in 1900 and Baseball

Between 1890 and 1914, 13.6 million people immigrated to the United States. If that number seems eerily familiar just remember that history has a way of repeating itself. By 1900, the United States was in upheaval. The debate of the day, sometimes acrimonious and divisive, sometimes driven by ‘fake news’, sometimes marvelously debated, was about …

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Immigration After a Crazy News Week ….

After a Crazy News Week ….

I’m writing this late Saturday evening after what I think everyone, regardless of their political affiliation (or lack thereof), would agree was one continuous, crazy news week. The new Congress doesn’t really have a ‘personality’ yet, but, in any event, its day-to-day workings are obscured by the ongoing Senate confirmation hearings. Some of those hearings …

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Immigrants in History Les Mis, 1848, and the Know Nothings

Les Mis, 1848, and the Know Nothings

1848 was a year of uprisings throughout Europe. Different countries called them different things although the word ‘Spring’ was prominent, as in the ‘People’s Spring.’ They arose in widely diverse nations but shared many similarities. France, Ireland, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, parts of the German States, all experienced popular uprisings spearheaded by the middle and working …

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Constitution So, About West Wing …

So, About West Wing …

We have taken a flood of phone calls since November 8th from a great many people very much worried about their immediate future. Immediate as in the days right after the inauguration. Everyone has heard a lot (too much?) of rhetoric about immigration, immigrants, plans, walls, deportations, round-ups, court cases, exceptions, and so much more …

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Constitution A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe and … Today

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe and … Today

Our law office phones have been ringing non-stop since the election just three weeks ago. President -Elect Trump made immigration reform the central tenant of his campaign and it, frankly, scared a lot of our clients. Along with a lot of other people, some of them the men and women who are fast becoming our …

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Immigration Changes in Immigration Law with Executive Order | Effects in Spokane and Eastern Washington

Changes in Immigration Law with Executive Order | Effects in Spokane and Eastern Washington

President Barack Obama has announced his position regarding his policy on immigration. It is clear that the President waited this long so as not to affect the past midterm election, but it is also clear that a disregard to immigration policy will hurt both Democrats and Republicans at the voting polls. 

The comprehensive immigration reform is a bill that had President Obama’s blessing, and was approved by the Senate, but it languished in the House of Representatives for over two years; thus, forcing the President into taking the executive action route.
 
This executive action will benefit many immigrants who qualify. This benefit will be temporary and could be lost if the political landscape changes (i.e. a Republican President is elected in November 2016 and takes office in January 2017). A new President can simply cancel, or otherwise reverse the executive action issued by President Obama. This does not include the massive opposition the Republican Party will likely (as it has already promised) put forward in the upcoming months.