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Navarrette: Morton Memo worthless; Latinos should not be fooled

"In the past few months, I've heard from about a dozen immigration attorneys who have likewise tried to use the Morton memo to spring clients and likewise struck out. As illogical as it sounds, ICE field agents whose job it is to apprehend folks who break the rules for entering the United...

Navarrette on Lamar Smith, Braceros, and Ozzie & Harriet

"Proving that bad ideas never die, Smith wants to bring back the braceros. That was the name given to foreign workers — an estimated 5 million of them — who were brought in from Mexico to fill the vacuum in the fields when America's young men went off to battle tyranny in Europe...

Navarrette: Alabama is the new...Alabama

"This is how bad it has gotten in Alabama: A Mexican consulate official in Washington who is monitoring the fallout from the state's tough new immigration law told me recently that, as school administrators were initially trying to determine the legal status of students, some principals...

An immigration policy with no heart

"The average American naively thinks in terms of "legal" and "illegal" immigrants, and assumes that one can stay and the other must go. But the federal government thinks in terms of "U.S. citizen" and everyone else. U.S. citizens have a full platter of rights...

Ruben Navarrette: My Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas

"It may be an occupational hazard, but Vargas never stops asking questions. "People focus so much on the fact that I don't have my papers, and they never ask 'the why' and 'the how.' Why is this happening? How is this happening? As a journalist, that's what I'm...

Editor's Corner: If 'Unauthorized' is Good Enough for the Supreme Court...

Charles Garcia says the phrase "illegal immigrant" is a slur . Ruben Navarrette disagrees . The Supreme Court and I take a different tack altogether. In Arizona et al. v. United States , the majority opinion consistently uses the term "unauthorized" to modify the words "alien...

It’s More Complicated Than “Legal vs. Illegal”: An Open Letter to Ruben Navarrette

Prerna Lal writes: "I enjoy your writing, probably more than most people. You hold President Obama accountable for his abhorrent immigration policies. You stick it to the Republicans for hating on immigrants because their hate has to do with the color of our skin. And you generally make a lot of...

Don't Deport the 'Tamale Lady'

"Some will insist that Reyes is actually being punished for coming into the United States illegally. But this woman only came to the attention of federal authorities because local law enforcement officers arrested her for an infraction that would have normally resulted in a slap on the wrist. And...

An Old Obsession: More Border Enforcement (Ruben Navarrette)

"[T]here is plenty of money for more fencing. Americans love their fences despite the fact that this tactic has been shown to backfire. Physical barriers don't just keep people out. They also keep them in. Immigrants can't return home during those months when they're out of work, or...

Opinion: 'Sealing' the Border a 'Fantasy'

"Americans can build walls and fences, triple the number of Border Patrol agents, and deploy SEAL Team 6 if they like. Yet, it won't make much difference. Talk to the experts -- the Border Patrol agents -- and they'll tell you: There is no impediment that a person won't go around, over...