On a sad day last week, after the Supreme Court announced that President Obama’s executive orders on immigration would remain blocked, I saw some politicians cheering.
“We are all the same. We are all human beings.” That’s how the Dalai Lama starts many of his speeches. He is a wise man. I would love to be able to laugh like him, just for a moment.
I don’t know exactly how we got here, but rather than discussing the influence that Hispanic voters can wield in the upcoming presidential election or how lawmakers can pass commonsense immigration legislation, we’re back to focusing on deportations in America.
The children of immigrants in America tend to take on two responsibilities: They care for their immigrant parents, and they care for other immigrants as if they were their own parents. That has been a noble American tradition for over two centuries. Few things are sadder or more treacherous than closing the door to immigrants who came after us, which is what some U.S. presidential candidates want to do.
We’re stuck. It’s almost midnight, and Mexico City’s airport doesn’t have enough gates to accommodate all the flights that are landing. So we wait: a half-hour in an airliner at a standstill, then another half-hour in a small bus, then an hour in line at customs. By daybreak, there is a chill in the air. But it doesn’t matter. I’m finally home, for a little while — to see my mother, my siblings and the city I left almost 33 years ago.
It’s not hard to understand why Republican presidential candidates have recently attacked immigrants. Some Americans feel a sense of unease …
I’m a journalist; my job is to ask questions. Donald Trump is a presidential candidate; his job is to explain to voters what he would do if he were elected. Our objectives were bound to collide.
Let’s imagine for a moment the kind of country that Donald Trump, the leading Republican presidential hopeful, wants America to become if he’s elected.
Hola, soy el papá de Paola. I’m Paola´s dad and I’m very proud to say that. Many people think that the American dream is gone. I can’t blame them. It’s been very tough in this country for many people for a long time. But maybe they don’t have a daughter, like me, who is graduating today from Harvard.
Cinco de Mayo is a bizarre day in the United States. While many Americans use the holiday as an excuse …