immigration

A Lottery System not so Random

May 29, 2018

The rhetoric and reality behind the immigration policy is something that has been widely debated. In particular, the Diversity Visa Program, is aspect of the immigration policy that has notoriously gained negative rhetoric through the Trump administration. However, I argue that the reality behind this program contrasts the negative rhetoric that has been attributed to this program.

Leprosy: Legal Exclusion

May 15, 2018

Introduction

United States immigration policies have complex and nuanced justifications; determining who qualifies to be permitted in any given country is no easy task. Of grounds for inadmissibility for individuals with leprosy, however, the reason is surprisingly simple: theology. In the bible, leprosy was “considered a curse of God, often associated with sin” and its codification within domestic immigration policy bloodies any ethical discussion of what legal immigration to the United States could possibly mean (Gillens 2007).

Meet Alonso Guillén: The Heroic ‘Dreamer’ Who Died Volunteering to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey.

October 2, 2017

The body of Alonso Guillén, a missing 31-year-old Mexican immigrant living in Texas under the DACA program, was found on Sunday, September 3, in the floodwaters and wreckage left behind by Hurricane Harvey that week in Spring, Texas.

Labor in Latin America during 2016: Rising Unemployment and Deteriorating Conditions

May 23, 2017

On May 11th, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), released their joint report on the evolution of the situation of employment in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016. According to this publication, during last year the region “endured its largest jump in urban unemployment for two decades.”

Who Owns the Assets Acquired with Remittances?

March 8, 2017
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One of the motivations for international migration is often to save enough from work abroad to purchase a housing lot and/or construct a dwelling or to acquire other assets such as consumer durables.  But who owns the assets acquired with remittances?  The migrant who sends them, the remittance manager in the country of origin, or both together? And does the gender of the remitter or remittance manager matter?

DACA – a Future of Uncertainty

February 9, 2017

 

There is no doubt that President Trump’s actions in the past week have shaken up the immigrant community.  After all, much of his campaign promises to undo Obama’s immigration legacies are coming to life.  On January 27, 2017, Trump placed a “Muslim” ban on travelers— including those with green cards and dual nationalities—entering the United States. The executive order affected many individuals who live and study in the U.S. and were returning from vacation.

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