Step 1: Ignore the guy on Fox News.
Guatemalans Aren't Just Fleeing Gangs
July 13, 2014
The media narrative misses what life in that part of Central America is really like.
Honduras's Murder Rate Is Six Times Worse Than Chicago's. How Can We Send Children Back to That?
July 10, 2014
July 4th weekend in Chicago was deadly. But every day in Honduras is worse.
How Human Rights Became our Ideology
November 16, 2012
The modern idea of human rights was only created after World War II. In the next half-century, it became a global movement.
Blue States are from Scandinavia, Red States are from Guatemala
October 05, 2012
America is divided over two different visions of state and society.
Sometimes you’re simply stunned: She would graduate from Meadowbrook High School on Friday, her blue gown decorated with awards from the National Honor Society, the school’s AP program and the Virginia governor. She was scheduled to be deported to Guatemala a few days later. In the election-year debate over immigration reform, the situation [Heydi] Mejia is in has become one of the most debated of all. What should the United States do with illegal immigrants who come to the country as children, grow up here, break no laws and want to remain?
The Romance of Realism
May 04, 2012
Eisenhower in War and Peace By Jean Edward Smith (Random House, 950 pp., $40) The histories we write say as much about our own times as about those we study. The current polarization in Washington has prompted a nostalgia for parties that were less ideologically uniform and more prone to compromise. Fashionable “pragmatism” has similarly infected thinking about foreign policy, as the fallout from the Iraq war lingers in the air a decade on.
Tracing Europe’s Long Road to Economic Catastrophe
March 09, 2012
The economic crisis in Europe reached its latest crescendo last night, as Greece managed, through furious last-minute negotiations, to convince its creditors to give it some more breathing room. But if the Greeks have managed to stave off ruin for a few more minutes, nothing has essentially changed in their situation: Their economy is still in shambles. The burning question on most observers’ minds, and rightfully so, is whether the Greeks will ever manage to pay back their debts. But at this stage, it’s also worth considering how we ended up on the precipice of such catastrophe at all.
Are Bureaucrats Blowing Off Obama’s New Immigration Policy?
October 04, 2011
This story is one of a series aiming to answer a simple question: Why are undocumented immigrants that the administration says it intends to help stay in this country still facing deportation? For an earlier story on this topic, see “One Family In Limbo: What Obama’s Immigration Policy Looks Like In Practice.” For the first time in years, Mayra Godoy, who came to this country after fleeing Guatemala’s civil war in 1991, ought to have reason for optimism. As an undocumented immigrant with no criminal record and deep roots (including a U.S.
One Family in Limbo: What Obama’s Immigration Policy Looks Like in Practice
September 16, 2011
When the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a memo this summer that urged “prosecutorial discretion” in pursuing illegal immigrants, it was hailed by liberals as a step in the right direction. The memo was largely a restatement and clarification of longstanding immigration practice, but with an important new twist: It discouraged the pursuit of undocumented immigrants who would be covered under the DREAM Act, which the Obama administration favors but can’t get through Congress.