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Gay Rights Are Human Rights

It's been a phenomenal pride weekend here in San Francisco, especially in light of the historic Supreme Court ruling that gay marriage is a legal right across the U.S.  A friend asked me yesterday how that ruling affects immigration law.  It actually doesn't have a direct impact as did the ruling two years ago (on the same ...

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The Connection Between the Prison-Industrial Complex and Immigration

I have often read about the “military-industrial complex”, the industry that keeps the U.S. war economy going strong and the country in a perpetual state of war. Today, I learned the term “prison-industrial complex ”.  This is the definition I found on Google: The prison industrial complex (PIC) is a term we ...

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Global Warming and Immigration

The dire news of the severe California drought has got me wondering what the future holds for our state.  Will Californians become refugees in other states?  It may sound farfetched now, but at this rate, we are going to become the next Oklahoma dust bowl or go through the crisis that Sao Paulo is going through.  I ...

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Employment Authorization Will Be Extended To Certain H-4 Dependents

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, effective May 26, 2015, it will extend employment authorization to H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders who are seeking lawful permanent residence based on their employment.  The H-1B is a nonimmigrant visa for employees working in a "specialty ...

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Changing the “Us” and “Them” Rhetoric

I have a healthy dose of skepticism towards the corporate mainstream American news. This has developed over the last few years, even before the Brian Williams scandal. I recently read a great Rick Steves op-ed piece called “Tune out cable news and turn away fear.” He writes: “After traveling and lecturing across the ...