Tag Archives: United States

Obama welcomes ‘compromise’ put forward in immigration reform bill

Barack Obama has welcomed proposed legislation to overhaul the US immigration system, saying it is consistent with his hopes for legalising an estimated 11m undocumented immigrants. Earlier, the president was briefed on the draft bill by Senators Chuck Schumer and John McCain – leaders of the so-called gang of eight who have negotiated the bipartisan legislation. […]

Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley leaders launch immigration reform group

The billionaire founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has launched a new initiative to push for immigration reform, describing America’s current system as “unfit for today’s world.” The group, called FWD.us, (pronounced Forward US), is backed by other Silicon Valley leaders including Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer and Reid Hoffman, the billionaire co-founder […]

The Geography of American Nationalism

Professor Miguel Centeno and Maria Abascal (Princeton) presenting on “the Geography of American Nationalism” at the 2012 Association for the Stude of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) Conference on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries. The full lecture can be watched here (length 36 minutes).

Birthright citizenship contested on Capitol Hill

Amid all the talk in Congress about immigration, some Republicans continue to want to deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born in the USA. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn. is one of them. Although birthright citizenship is widely regarded as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, these lawmakers contend the language of the amendment has been […]

Latino leaders say ‘it is past time’ for American immigration reform

As John McCain visits Mexico border, National Council of La Raza’s Janet Murguia says she expects a Senate bill by June. The leader of one of the biggest Latino organisations in the US expressed confidence Wednesday that the long-sought immigration reform bill will be on the floor of the Senate by June, paving the way for […]

Race debate at an American Conservative Conference descends into chaos after slavery slur

A discussion about race descended into chaos at Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday when an attendee suggested slaves benefited from being given “food and shelter”. The provocatively titled session, “Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist and You Know You’re Not One”, had been billed as offering a […]

Christian Joppke: Through the European looking glass: citizenship tests in the USA, Australia, and Canada

Discussing new or recently reformed citizenship tests in the USA, Australia, and Canada, this article asks whether they amount to a restrictive turn of new world citizenship, similar to recent developments in Europe. I argue that elements of a restrictive turn are noticeable in Australia and Canada, but only at the level of political rhetoric, […]