Did your ancestors from abroad go through any formal immigration process?

Almost everybody in America had ancestors who came from some other country. But if yours came¬† here much more than a century ago, they didn’t likely endure any official immigration rigamorole. They just arrived on ships or some other mode of transportation and found some place to call home. But it’s not unusual these days for Americans to claim, often with an unwarranted air of certainty, that their ancestors “came here legally.”¬† In truth, their ancestors’ arrival might well have been neither legal nor illegal....

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It’s absurd to argue that Obama’s immigration plan is lawless

If the bogus right-wing claims made against President Obama’s immigration-reform initiative came in the form of snowplows, the streets of Buffalo could be cleared by nightfall. Most of the complaints come from ordinary folks who are completely unaware of certain facts regarding Obama’s record concerning illegal immigrants. They don’t know, for example, that deportations of illegals have increased under Obama, as have expenditures on border security. They also don’t know the number of people trying to cross our border...

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Theory: Obama leaked a scoop to Fox News just to mess with John Boehner’s mind

Everyone loves a story about how someone they don’t like is cleverly outmaneuvered by someone they do like. THIS is just such a story, but it’s too complicated to excerpt here. Read the whole...

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Just like all his predecessors, Obama can choose not to enforce certain laws

The White House announced today that President Obama will address the nation Thursday night on his plans to issue an executive order on immigration reform, which no doubt will touch off a firestorm of outrage among Republicans in general and GOP lawmakers in particular. If you want to sound well-informed on this controversy, even if you disagree with the direction of Obama’s initiative, you’ll acknowledge that history is on his side in terms of the legality of what he’s doing. You see, a president doesn’t have to fully...

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Just last year, Republican leaders warned that an anti-immigration stance is suicidal

It’s becoming increasingly clear to anyone who’s paying attention that the far-right wing of the Republican Party — the tail that wags the dog, as it were — is the biggest threat to the GOP’s prospects for electoral success in the long term. Exhibit A is the extent to which the party’s establishment is cravenly cowering in the face of wingnut opposition to immigration reform. So much for the short-lived hopes that the GOP had learned an important lesson from its loss in the presidential election of 2012....

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