Two Sides of the Border Story

Thousands of cars cross from Mexico into the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry each day.

Illegal immigration is a problem for both the United States and Mexico. But I’m guessing you’re only sort of familiar with the problem from the American perspective? Each day tens of thousands of Americans illegally enter Mexico without proper documentation. Most tourists don’t realize that their illegal entry invalidates their car insurance without proper documentation,…… Continue reading Two Sides of the Border Story

Let’s agree on this

Let’s agree on this: Human rights are not the kind of politics it’s impolite to talk about. Right now, tens of thousands of wanna-be Americans are stuck in an asylum system with the deck stacked against them. 0.1% are making it through. Every day, laws of the United States are being violated in an effort…… Continue reading Let’s agree on this

Why are YOU here?

“Next.” I walked up to the counter and handed the woman my passport and paperwork. She examined in closely, scanned my passport, and looked over my paperwork. 30 seconds go by. 60 seconds go by. She is still clicking on things on her computer. Tension builds. “Tell me why you coming to Canada.” “I’m speaking…… Continue reading Why are YOU here?

Sweet Home, Alabama?

Last August, I wrote a post “What’s Happening in Alabama?” In that post I drew attention to proposed legislation that would make every citizen and every police officer in Alabama an immigration official. In short, it would make it illegal to do business with someone who is undocumented. (Pay them, drive them somewhere, rent a…… Continue reading Sweet Home, Alabama?

California Dreaming

The American dream was affirmed yesterday– at least for some California residents. For tens of thousands of children, brought here illegally as children by their parents, Jerry Brown’s signing of  the California Dream Act, was a symbol of hope that their state cares about them. Qualifying students, regardless of their immigration status, can now apply…… Continue reading California Dreaming

What is Happening in Alabama?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCZ0xSBjeEw This video is shocking. It makes me wonder, “Have the people of Alabama learned anything from the civil rights movement?” Here’s the full content of the law. Listen carefully to the statement. They have taken the Arizona law and added to it more stringent requirements. Essentially, you have to provide a state issued ID…… Continue reading What is Happening in Alabama?

Immigration, Dreamers, and Youth Ministry

Immigration reform is a political football. Unfortunately, it has become one of those things that you don’t talk about in polite company. And while I don’t claim to know enough to know how to fix the massive influx of people coming to our country illegally, I do know that we need a pathway to legal…… Continue reading Immigration, Dreamers, and Youth Ministry