The Great Debate

Americans are helping eight million people break this bad law

April 26, 2016
Migrants attend a workshop for legal advice held by the Familia Latina Unida and Centro Sin Fronteras at Lincoln United Methodist Church in south Chicago, Illinois, January 10, 2016.  Campaigns are going on in cities from Boston to Richmond, California as activists, legal aid organizations and immigrant groups react to the United States government's recent announcement it would step up deportations of Central Americans families that arrived since May 2014 when there was a surge of women and minors arriving from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, many fleeing drug gang violence. Picture taken January 10, 2016.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott - RTX26JUC

Migrants attend a workshop for legal advice held by the Familia Latina Unida and Centro Sin Fronteras at Lincoln United Methodist Church in south Chicago, Illinois, January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Should a small Texas court set immigration law for the nation?

April 18, 2016
A handmade sign to deter trespassers hangs in the front yard of Fernando Rivera Jr.'s house in Brownsville, Texas September 2, 2014. According to Rivera Jr, there is an open gate in the U.S.-Mexico border fence which immigrants would stroll through and onto the Rivera's property. The "Patriots" are a heavily armed group who patrol the U.S. border with Mexico, trying to deter immigrants from crossing the border illegally. The group, who portray themselves as defending the American way, use a strong display of force to intimidate anyone from making the crossing from Mexico into Texas. To critics, they are vigilantes spoiling for a fight. To the immigrants, they are another barrier to entry and to the U.S. Border Patrol, groups like this can either be a nuisance interfering with their operations or an aide in spotting migrants illegally trying to enter the country.  Picture taken September 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 19 OF 20 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'DEFENDING THE AMERICAN WAY'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'BROWNSVILLE WILKING' - RTR45NEW

A handmade sign to deter trespassers hangs in the front yard of Fernando Rivera Jr.’s house in Brownsville, Texas, September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Why are these children representing themselves in court?

January 14, 2016
Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona June 18, 2014. CBP provided media tours June 18 of two locations in Brownsville, Texas and Nogales that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.  REUTERS/Ross D. Franklin/Pool  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR3UJAE

Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ross D. Franklin/Pool

from Breakingviews:

European populism poised for troubling second wave

December 31, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

When my Japanese-American family was treated as less than human

December 21, 2015
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Mike Honda held by his father when the family was living in a Japanese internment camp. Honda family photo.

It’s time for the U.S. to embrace a talent-based immigration system

October 1, 2015
Candidates take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony to become new U.S. Citizens at Convention Center in Los Angeles

Close to 4,500 candidates from more than 100 countries take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony to become U.S. citizens at the Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

For such a rich guy, Donald Trump looks kind of sad

July 29, 2015

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I expected disgust — and its first cousin contempt — to be the most frequent emotions on Donald Trump’s mug as he announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. After all, disgust would make perfect sense. It’s an emotion in keeping with Trump’s repeated comments about the current state of America as something that smells and tastes bad — if not literally, then at least metaphorically.  

Europe’s greatest crisis isn’t Greece or Ukraine, and it may have no solution

April 22, 2015
Boys chat as they arrive with migrants at the Sicilian harbor of Augusta

Boys chat as they arrive at the Sicilian harbor of Augusta April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

On 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, little tolerance for ‘others’ in Germany

January 27, 2015
Participants of a grass-roots anti-Muslim movement hold German flags during a demonstration in Berlin January 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschk

Participants of a grass-roots anti-Muslim movement hold German flags during a demonstration in Berlin January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschk

To become ‘French,’ abandon who you are

January 16, 2015
YOUNG MUSLIM PROTESTER SEEN DURING STREET PROTEST OF SIKHS AGAINST FRENCH BAN ON RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS ...

PHOTO (TOP): A young Muslim girl has two French flags and a headband reading “Fraternity” on her headscarf while marching to protest a French ban on religious symbols in state schools, Paris, January 31, 2004. REUTERS/Charles Platiau