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US Border Crisis is Personal to ACORN Honduras Members

New Orleans      President Obama has asked for $4 billion to secure the border, speed up deportation hearings, and house some of the more than 50,000 children that have crossed the border from Mexico to the United States having survived a journey on “The Beast,” as the train from Central America is called. The Republicans are [...]

Honduran Violence and Child Trafficking Major Causes of US Border Surges

Tegucigalpa

Kiln     The southern border surge at the US-Mexico line is something ACORN International knows about firsthand through our work with ACORN Honduras in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, often reported as leading the list of the most violent cities in today’s world.  President Obama asked for almost $4 billion in aid to secure the [...]

Is Obama Stepping up on Immigration or Simply Shuffling Forward?

Kiln, Mississippi   President Obama said recently that “…families can’t wait for the Republicans to do stuff.  So sue me.”  He’s been talking about the “bear getting loose,” allowing us to believe that he’s about to finally break the bounds of his own moderation and finally kick some butt.  All of this might be setting the table [...]

Beltway Groups Seem to Have Gotten “Nothing for Something” on Deportation Relief

New Orleans     A couple of times per week more than 40 years ago I would stop at a Walgreens in downtown Little Rock for a cup of coffee with Max Allison, a legendary political operator and campaign manager for powerhouse Congressman Wilbur Mills and other Arkansas big whoop politicos.  Enjoyably to me and several others, [...]

Confusing Signals on Deportations, Deals or Desperation for Immigration Reformers

New Orleans    For those of us still hoping for immigration reform what are we to make of a surprising, confusing press release issued by some of the big, establishment names in the broad coalition, including the National Immigration Forum, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Sojourners, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and [...]

Another Crossroads for Immigration Reform Strategy and Tactics

New Orleans    Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO lambasted the Republican “principles” on immigration reform as a non-starter virtually creating a permanent apartheid of immigrants inside the country.  There was a time when the vigorousness of labor’s opposition would have signaled the death of such a bill.  This time though President Obama was encouraging to the Republicans, [...]