Imagine an application form that asked you as one of the first questions whether you were a “sheperd” or a “non-sheperd” (anything from pet groomer to a CEO) and the instructions on the form indicated that applications for “sheperds” would have to go through the Department of Homeland Security while the applications for “non-sheperds” would be handled by USCIS (the US Citizenship and Immigration Services). You may wonder, why? Sheep? And, when was this form last updated? A native US citizen never gets to see this form. As a so called “legal alien” I got a good laugh out of it while “standing in line” for my green card. Anti-Immigration activists often argue illegal immigrants “should just st
As I am an immigrant in my new country - I moved from Germany to the US in 2000 and got my US-German dual citizenship in 2014 - I look over to my old country and can't believe the changes I see. What I had dreamed of and expected in vain from a progressive government, a Germany with a "culture of welcome" towards immigrants, has become a reality under the leadership of a conservative politician, Angela Merkel. The other day I attended a reception at the German Consulate to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Action Reconciliation's collaboration with Project Ezra, when a survivor of the Holocaust got up and stated that he wishes he could hug Angela Merkel and say to her personally "Thank you."