Pledges & Punts at the UN: The U.S. Government Responds to UPR Recommendations

Today marks the formal end of the U.S. government's second Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. But on many important issues, it's really just the beginning of many years of work to implement the United States' human rights obligations. During the interactive dialogue part of the … Continue reading Pledges & Punts at the UN: The U.S. Government Responds to UPR Recommendations

Migration Not Border Security Problem; People Like Us Face Perilous Choices

The capsize of a ship overloaded with migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean has galvanized attention on what The New York Times characterizes as a surge in refugees from throughout the Middle East and North Africa. With, as The Times reports, “about 17 times as many refugee deaths in the Mediterranean Sea from January to … Continue reading Migration Not Border Security Problem; People Like Us Face Perilous Choices

Is It Just a Piece of Paper that Makes Someone an American?

Jose Antonio Vargas painted a stark picture of what it means to live life as an undocumented immigrant when he spoke to a packed crowd at Tuesday's “Out of the Shadows Immigration Symposium.” “One of the biggest ironies about being undocumented in this country is knowing that your life is limited by a piece of … Continue reading Is It Just a Piece of Paper that Makes Someone an American?

Driver’s Licenses for All

The Minnesota legislature is set to consider a proposal that would decouple immigration status from driver’s license eligibility. This important proposal restores Minnesota law to its pre-2003 state and returns the driver’s license to its original purpose of ensuring that drivers on Minnesota roads have demonstrated that they know how to drive. The bills, HF … Continue reading Driver’s Licenses for All

No change, no hope, says Texas judge — but he doesn’t have the final word on immigration

On February 17, Texas federal district court judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction to stop immigration changes. That’s an order saying the government may not proceed with expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA). The order is one of the very early … Continue reading No change, no hope, says Texas judge — but he doesn’t have the final word on immigration

2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.

December has been a terrible month for human rights—from the U.S. Senate’s report confirming the use of torture, to the slaughter of Pakastani school children, to two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Overall, 2014 has been an extremely troubling year. Some human rights … Continue reading 2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.