Peril and tragedy mark heroes living among us

Author Archives: MPG

From Rhetoric to Reality

Now that the last piece of con­fetti has rained down on the Demo­c­ra­tic National Con­ven­tion, it’s worth exam­in­ing the lat­est polit­i­cal rhetoric con­cern­ing immi­grants. Like the Repub­li­cans at their national con­ven­tion, Demo­c­ra­tic stump speeches were lib­er­ally sprin­kled with ref­er­ences to the country’s immi­grant roots. But the Democ­rats didn’t stop there. From the vice pres­i­dent to […]

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Celebrating Immigrant Laborers

In the ver­dant val­ley that is West­ern Mass­a­chu­setts, their bod­ies bend in a back-breaking rhythm, cal­loused hands pluck­ing and cradling fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles. It’s a safe bet that thou­sands of migrant farm work­ers are not cel­e­brat­ing Labor Day today because they are actu­ally engaged in labor, pick­ing the last of the fall har­vest. But […]

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Election May Change Immigrant Playing Field

Strid­ing into the spot­light at the Repub­li­can National Con­ven­tion, Ann Rom­ney was quick to remind vot­ers where she had come from before she became the wife of a would-be pres­i­dent. Rom­ney recalled grow­ing up in Michi­gan, the daugh­ter of a Welsh immi­grant father whose rags to riches story res­onates with the core of this country. […]

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Hardship Waiver Process Gets Easier

To file or not to file. That is the ques­tion for U.S. cit­i­zens who have mar­ried a foreign-born spouse who entered the coun­try ille­gally. In order to gain legal sta­tus for the non-citizen spouse, the U.S. cit­i­zen spouse has to suc­cess­fully file a spousal peti­tion and a sep­a­rate waiver appli­ca­tion prov­ing that it would be […]

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Candidates Skirt Immigration

Brows­ing through the cam­paign web sites of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and chal­lenger Mitt Rom­ney, it’s easy to see where the can­di­dates stand on front-burner issues such as the econ­omy and taxes. The issue of immi­gra­tion, how­ever, is nowhere to be found on their home pages. That’s despite the fact that U.S. immi­gra­tion poli­cies are intri­cately connected […]

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Dream Deferred But Alive

Call it a dream deferred. Tens of thou­sands of young peo­ple who have grown up in the United States but lack legal immi­grant sta­tus recently learned they can stay and pos­si­bly legally work here for up to two years under a pol­icy change announced by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. For young immi­grants already in removal proceedings, […]

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Immigrant stories spin web

As a small girl I would often sit by my father, enthralled with his sto­ries of the “Old Coun­try.” With the skill of an old Irish shanachie, or story teller, he would weave his tales of giants and mere men, often choos­ing lore with a para­ble as its plot and res­o­lu­tion. I still recall his […]

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Peril and tragedy mark heroes living among us

Not all heroes are cel­lu­loid heroes. Unlike the tough guys who save the world in movies or shoot to kill in video games, they come in flesh and blood.

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