Tag Archives: citizenship

U.S. Supreme Court cases reveal gender-based discrimination and absurdity in citizenship laws

At the end of its most recent term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two important decisions in cases involving qualifications for U.S. citizenship. Sessions v. Morales-Santana Luis Morales-Santana was born in the Dominican Republic in 1962.  At the time, his parents, José and Yrma, were unmarried.  José had been born in Puerto Rico and was […]

Reflecting and producing society through the right to vote

In May 2016 the UK’s highest court, the Supreme Court, upheld the decisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal, confirming that UK citizens who had been living outside the country for more than 15 years would be unable to vote in the EU referendum the following month. This decision came after two British […]

Immigration Stories: The more things change, the more they stay the same

I recently had a chance to read a book that I’ve been wanting to dive into for years. Immigration Stories, edited by David A. Martin and Peter H. Schuck, is part of the Stories Series, which relates the political and historical context behind some of the more important case law in a variety of different […]

‘Who the hell do you think you are?’ … almost fiction

‘We could all live on drugs, pee in our pants, drown in mud and puke sitting in the streets, covered with self-pity, if we really insist on indulging our hardships and scars, right?’ says R. No, he does not say it. He spits it, he yells, thunders it with his glass-blue eyes lightning through the […]

‘If we want people to come the legal way, we have to clean up our act’: Part II of The Migrationist’s one-on-one with the UN’s independent expert on the human rights of migrants

Earlier this week we posted Part I of our interview with François Crépeau, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. Crépeau is also the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where his research focus includes migration control mechanisms […]

Love, Lies and Borderlines

Many years ago, a friend in Europe told me her brother was about to commit marriage fraud. Only we would never have called it that. We were in our 20s and thought it compassionate and noble, not fraudulent, that a gay man was marrying a straight female friend to secure her status in a certain […]

National Immigrant Integration Conference Highlights Innovative Initiatives in States and Cities

Exploring immigration and immigrant integration trends through a state and local level lens is increasingly popular among the broader media and national policymakers. More spotlights are being shone on the innovative integration initiatives in a growing number of cities. These initiatives are often the result of cross-sector collaborations of local civic, elected, government, non-profit, business, […]

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration Are Welcome, but Imperfect

On November 20, 2014, in a primetime national address, President Obama ended months of speculation and made good on multiple promises to take action regarding U.S. immigration policy.  The President emphasized that the new initiatives, policies, and programs he was announcing are not a permanent solution to the many problems plaguing our current immigration system […]

DACA recipients: still hoping and dreaming

By Alaide Vilchis Ibarra Recently, there have been a number of efforts in Congress to strip funding for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program announced by President Obama in 2012 granting relief from deportation and a work permit to eligible young undocumented migrants known as DREAMers. From House Republicans passing the No More […]

Canada’s new vision of citizenship: a privilege in two classes

Every year, several hundred people from across Ottawa gather in a city park in late June for a day-long festival of soccer (football), sweat, and citizenship. Yes, citizenship. Community Cup – celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – is a hugely successful multicultural event that does more than feature teams from ethnic communities, the police […]