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Not Winning Hearts or Minds

On Sunday, I was online, browsing for cool science gifts for my nieces and doing my best to ignore  the pop-up ads for princess-themed everything.  Eventually, I found an outstanding chemistry set and set about to buy it.  At around the same time, I read a Washington...

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New World Requires New Strategies

I had heard a rumor that it was a fire-able offense for anyone in Ira Kurzban’s firm to concede a conviction in immigration court. So while talking to Ira at a conference once, I asked him if it was true. He informed me I had heard wrong. He explained that it is a...

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Guardians of our Constitution

Adapted from the installation speech of Annaluisa Padilla, 2017-18 President of AILA I am humbled and honored to accept the challenge to lead this organization in these unprecedented times. These are times when immigrants are vilified and despised, when immigrants are...

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Dollars and Sense

SB1070 made my state of Arizona about as unwelcoming as you’d imagine for a then-young Latino guy like me. I can recall being called an "illegal" in an aisle of a Home Depot by an old woman who was surprised that I spoke English, and that I called her out, asking her...

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Dangerous Exceptions?

In a recent op-ed in The Hill, James Tomsheck, former head of the Office of Internal Affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lays out in detail why House and Senate efforts to weaken CBP hiring standards by waiving the polygraph test for certain...

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