from The Great Debate:

Obama’s immigration implosion

By Keith Koffler
July 9, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the economy in Denver

President Barack Obama is self-righteously grumbling that, having been stymied by Republicans in Congress, he’ll enact immigration reform on his own by voice vote in the West Wing. That is, via executive decree -- his go-to method of governing given his crushing lack of success on Capitol Hill.

from The Great Debate:

Palmer Raids Redux: NSA v civil liberties

By Jeffrey Rosen
June 11, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency's secret collection of telephone records from millions of Americans, June 7, 2013.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – The bench’s backstories

April 25, 2012
As the Supreme Court justices convene Wednesday to hear arguments in the case Arizona v United States, will their thoughts drift to Italy, Ireland, Poland and Puerto Rico? 

from Bernd Debusmann:

Obama, immigration and “anchor babies”

By Bernd Debusmann
January 31, 2011

After breaking a promise to tackle immigration reform in his first year in office, President Barack Obama now thinks the time has come to deal with the thorny issue "once and for all." It's a safe bet that he will fail to repair America's broken immigration system. Why? George W. Bush helps explain.

from Photographers' Blog:

Looking for an American dream

November 11, 2010

Honduran immigrant Jose Humberto Castro, 26, clings to a freight train on his way to the border with the United States in Orizaba in the state of Veracruz November 3, 2010. Every day, hundreds of Central American immigrants try to cross from Mexico to the United States, according to National Migration Institute of Mexico. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

When I began this project about immigrants, I found a totally different world, where every immigrant had a unique story but in the end had a common objective: reach the American dream, which for many turned into the American nightmare.

from Tales from the Trail:

Comedian Colbert “inappropriate”?

September 26, 2010

Comedian Stephen Colbert's satirical testimony before Congress last week left some lawmakers cold, and one of them was House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer.
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"I think it was inappropriate," Hoyer said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked about Colbert's appearance before a House judiciary subcommittee on immigration where he testified on his brief stint as a migrant farm worker.

from Tales from the Trail:

Republicans target birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants’ children

August 4, 2010

Fresh from a bitter row over Arizona's tough crackdown on illegal immigrants, top Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are pushing to review a constitutional amendment that grants automatic birthright citizenship to anyone born in the United States.

from Tales from the Trail:

Arizona immigration law controversy hits border governors’ conference

July 17, 2010

The simmering row over Arizona's tough-as-nails immigration law has led to a shift in venue for the U.S.-Mexico border governors' meeting, an annual event usually characterized by unity and good will.

from Tales from the Trail:

Arizona immigration law author now targets “anchor babies”

May 26, 2010

Fresh from authoring a controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants, Arizona Republican state Senator Russell Pearce is now seeking to push a measure to invalidate the citizenship of U.S.-born children of unauthorized migrants he calls "jackpot" or "anchor" babies.

from Tales from the Trail:

Arizona law galvanizes U.S. Latinos

April 30, 2010

IMMIGRATION-USA/ARIZONAThe swastika made of refried beans smeared onto the glass doors of the Arizona State Capitol this week captured the anger of Hispanics at the law authorizing local police to question anyone reasonably suspected of being in the United States illegally. The controvesial law, which critics say is a mandate for racial profiling, has galvanized the country's largest minority that is expected to turn out in large numbers at planned rallies in more than 70 U.S. cities.