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Columnist Razvan Sibii: Either respect U.S. immigration law or admit you don’t really care
06-17-2024 6:05 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

Earlier this month, the White House put out a “Fact Sheet” meant to explain President Biden’s latest immigration-related executive action, which orders American authorities to drastically limit many immigrants’ ability to make their case for asylum...

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Columnist Razvan Sibii: Should ‘America’ be a synonym for the ‘United States of America’?
05-20-2024 5:21 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

A little more than a year ago, after I published a column about the most toxic myths surrounding the issue of immigration, I received an email from a reader that took me to task about my use of the word “America” to refer to the United States of...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: How to welcome a refugee family into your community
04-15-2024 4:38 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

The loud and shameless politics that surrounds the issue of undocumented immigration makes it easy to miss the moves that the Biden administration has been making in the realm of legal immigration, from rebuilding the refugee program to expediting the...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: How’s Biden doing on immigration?
02-19-2024 1:56 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

The question in the headline has a short answer, a slightly longer answer, and a long answer.The short answer is, “Meh.”The slightly longer answer is, “It’s a mixed bag.” He came in strong with liberal ideas about giving all asylum-seekers the due...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: Another 3 hypocrisies of the American immigration system
01-17-2024 8:06 AM

By RAZVAN SIBII

Last month, my column was an end-of-the-year top 5 list of hypocrisies that poison our current discussions about the migrant crisis at the southern border [bit.ly/3RLgE6s]. I think I got more emails about that column than about any other I’ve written...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: Top five hypocrisies of the American immigration system
12-18-2023 4:14 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

Immigration is a complicated issue. It’s difficult to decide which of the millions of people in need of urgent assistance should be welcomed into the country. It’s difficult to figure out what “assimilation” means and to what extent we should ask...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: Is the southern border open?
11-20-2023 6:25 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

No. The border isn’t open. Not even close. It’s is full of walls and fences, sensors and cameras, patrol cars and helicopters, rivers and mountains. And running this gauntlet is extremely dangerous business that often costs desperate border-crossers...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: Will we gun down migrants at the border? Part 2
10-17-2023 7:58 AM

By RAZVAN SIBII

In my column last month, I painted an admittedly dystopian picture of the U.S.-Mexico border in the relatively near future: a no man’s land where American border agents use lethal force to repulse loosely organized groups of desperate migrants...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: Will we gun down migrants at the border? Part 1
09-19-2023 1:47 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

Donald Trump didn’t back down often when he was president. There were very few instances when the American people — and, most importantly, his conservative constituency — were so appalled at his egregious deeds or utterances that he actually felt the...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: A new way to sponsor a refugee
08-14-2023 4:00 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

Last month, I wrote about a new immigration program, called the Welcome Corps, which allows regular Americans to sponsor the relocation of refugees into their neighborhoods (https://shorturl.at/hvGZ5). The program, which the Biden administration calls...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: Bring a refugee to western Mass.
07-17-2023 6:00 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

Surprisingly enough, since establishing its current refugee resettlement program in 1980, the U.S. government has not made it easy for regular citizens to get involved in helping newcomers settle into their new American lives. Usually, after the state...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: Immigration amnesty is not a radical idea
06-19-2023 4:06 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

Who said, “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally”? Was it one of those bleeding-heart liberals who want open borders and have no respect for how...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: The immigrants are the same — America is different
05-15-2023 5:08 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

While the vast majority of Americans have long given up on preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Biden administration has found it convenient to keep alive a Trump-era regulation that speeds up the deportation of asylum-seekers under the pretext that...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: Immigration myths: Part 4 — Are immigrants a boon or a drain on the economy?
04-21-2023 2:21 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

For three months now, I have been writing a series of columns about the myths, misunderstandings and disinformation surrounding the issue of immigration. I’ve been building my arguments on information acquired through close to two dozen interviews I...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: Immigration myths: Part 3 — Are today’s immigrants different than yesterday’s immigrants?
03-20-2023 3:47 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

“But, uncle,” you say, “your own great-grandmother was an immigrant! If she hadn’t come to America, we wouldn’t be here!”“Sure, but she came the right way! She didn’t cross the border illegally,” comes the inevitable answer.You know better than to...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: Immigration myths: Part 2 — The illegality of border crossing
03-11-2023 11:24 AM

By RAZVAN SIBII

 When Trump kicked off his presidential campaign in 2015 by talking about how Mexico is “sending” us immigrants who are cold-blooded criminals, I shook my head and thought, “Wow, he went straight to the oldest trick in the populist book: ‘The bad guys...

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