Why Are 1000 Children Being Detained in a Holding Facility in Arizona?

There is a story weighing heavily on my heart that I would like to share. I had other plans for posts to share with you, but as a mother I simply cannot ignore this story. It’s important and necessary to take notice of news like this, but let me warn you it is not pretty. I’m not sure that this news has really filtered out to the rest of America, but here in Arizona we are dealing with a humanitarian crisis and it involves children....more
Tammy Soong I am quite certain there are parents around the US, especially in Chicago that wish ...more

Line Toe-ers, Line Jumpers, and Line Benders

I've always been good at toeing the line. I know exactly where it is at all times, and can follow it exactly. Perhaps that's why I'm so good at formulaic writing and formulaic math, while my line jumping son is so good at conceptual math. You probably wonder what I'm talking about right now. Let me explain. ...more

The Tradition of Not Celebrating Christmas

Seven years ago I’ve moved into a society where you either celebrate Christmas or you don’t. If you belong to the first group then it’s OK to wish you a Merry Christmas. If you don’t, and sometimes even if you do, they’ll opt for the safer all-inclusive Happy Holidays. And there you have it, plain and simple – two greetings for two groups....more

The identity of foreignness

My parents have never known what to make of a daughter who chose to be a foreigner abroad. To them, foreign is other, not me. ...more


My husband is a 'hapa', I am a white European of somewhat uncertain origin, and an immigrant to the US.'Hapa' is Hawaiian pidgin for persons of mixed heritage, whatever the mix. My husband was born in the United States to a first-generation Asian immigrant and a second-generation Italian immigrant. He grew up in Hawaii....more


'I know it's hard for you', my husband said, 'this putting down roots business.'Until moving to Seattle, I had lived in eight different countries and traveled to more than I can count on my fingers and toes. Or was that nine countries?...more

The Green Card Deception

I lived in the United States illegally for eight years. Apparently the politically correct term is undocumented. I didn't care what it was called: That was me, always feeling like the bottom of the food chain. No opportunities, no hopes. I worked hard every day to pay for my bills and to attend college, while there was no prospect of a green card yet. ...more
In spending more time pondering this post, I believe part of the problem is most Americans don't ...more

Guns, Immigration and The Real Problem on The Right

Last week, the right got lucky.Really lucky, as pressure from lobbyists and staunchly conservative home bases for many Republican and a few Democratic senators combined to defeat the President's controversial gun control bill. And now, they find themselves in an even more dangerous position than before; one where it would be all too easy to become complacent, to chalk one superficial win up as an indication of the strength of their overall strategy. ...more
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Terrorism Creeps into Immigration Debate, Diverting the Focus From the Positives

Last week, announcement of the long-awaited immigration reform bill by the Senate’s bipartisan Gang of Eight was overshadowed by the Boston Marathon bombing. Shortly after the official press conference announcing the proposal, some sought to tie terrorism into the immigration debate. On Friday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said...more
It's unfortunate that the Boston event, as tragic as it was, may be used as a red herring that ...more

The Role of Social Workers in Immigration

As social workers, it is our responsibility to provide services to marginalized populations in our communities. Among these marginalized groups, there is one in particular that can often be difficult to reach: undocumented immigrants. Unfortunately, this is a population with dire needs for the exact services social workers have to offer.Problems Confronting Undocumented Immigrants...more