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Set the Bar Low for Immigration but High for Citizenship

One can vote in favor of an open immigration policy without supporting citizenship for all immigrants. To preserve American values, citizenship standards need to be high.

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Brave Innovators Deserve Freedom: The Moral Need for Immigration Reform

A moral economic system where people are free to immigrate, innovate and improve their own lives is also the kind of system where both immigrants and citizens benefit the most.

The High Cost of Bad Ideas

The High Cost of Bad Ideas

Arizona is reportedly researching how much it will cost taxpayers to prosecute every case of illegal immigration under a “zero tolerance” policy. So far, the task appears hopelessly daunting: [T]o prosecute these misdemeanors, Arizona would need to have a federal criminal justice system twice the size of the rest of the country. No one has […]

“You’re Not Welcome Here”

“You’re Not Welcome Here”

Why America’s Opposition to Immigration is Un-American  By most standards, Eric Balderas would be considered a model citizen. After graduating high school as class valedictorian, Balderas was admitted to Harvard on a full-ride scholarship to study molecular biology, with hopes of pursuing a career in cancer research. Yet the 19-year-old recently found himself detained and […]

Campus Media Response: Are American Workers Threatened by Immigrant Workers?

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Campus Media Response: Are American Workers Threatened by Immigrant Workers?

In a recent column for the Harvard Crimson commenting on the dubious legislation in Arizona that would make it easier for police to question people about their immigration status, Raúl Carrillo makes the following argument: Immigration reform, even during a recession, doesn’t have to put American’s citizen workforce and undocumented immigrants at odds. There’s more […]

Asking Permission to Live

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Asking Permission to Live

Within the confusion surrounding the immigration issue is a crucial moral question Much has been said about the recent Arizona law that requires police to verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Critics argue the law is vague, unconstitutional, and will lead to racial profiling as police try […]

Is America Still the Land of Opportunity?

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Is America Still the Land of Opportunity?

Writing in the New York Times, Thomas Friedman applauds a recent event honoring the finalists of Intel’s national science talent search, a contest that recognizes promising American high school science students. Friedman notes the high number of finalists of Chinese and Indian descent and reminds us that it’s our willingness to welcome immigrants that allows […]

Campus Media Response: Immigration – Both Left and Right are Wrong

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Campus Media Response: Immigration – Both Left and Right are Wrong

Campus groups share thoughts on immigration reform Daily Illini, November 20, 2009 Dear Daily Illini, In her article, Lori Bell portrays the classic positions of the Right and the Left on immigration. The Right wants a slower influx of immigrants, and wants measures in place to ensure that they will not receive government aid. The […]

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Congrats, Valedictorian! Now Get Out of Our Country

A high school valedictorian in California, whose parents fled violence in Armenia when he was two years old, is being deported. Arthur Mkoyan dreams of applying to medical school after he finishes high school next week, but instead immigration officials plan to send him back to Armenia ten days after graduation. Arthur has petitioned California […]

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University Mission Statements: False Promises or True Commitments?

Colleges and universities are identified as institutions committed to the pursuit of knowledge and the promotion of free speech. A university trains its students to think critically and encourages active debate among them. It is a place where students can forge their own conclusions and voice their individual viewpoints without fear of censure or reprisal. […]

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