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What Is The Reality Behind Immigration Policy

In the base of the statue of liberty is Emma Lazarus’s sonnet The New Colossus reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Is this an accurate picture of immigration today?



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Today is the ninth anniversary of the DREAM, Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, Act. The Supreme court decision kept the program in 2020.

Pressure is building to rescind health orders, known as Title 42, from the Centers for Disease Control after immigrants were barred from entry for months during the pandemic.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn also introduced a bipartisan bill to create more immigrant processing centers and reorganize the asylum claims process.

Are these the solutions to what Gov. Greg Abbott calls a “border crisis” and does his proposal for a border wall have any impact on those attempting to cross?

Our experts walk us through the American immigration process.


Zenobia Lai

  • Executive Director, Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative

Gordon Quan

  • Managing Partner, Quan Law specializing in Immigration and Nationality Law

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