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Three Asian-American families share a slice of life
The Tripathi family celebrates Kaushal and Neelam's 25th wedding anniversary with a Hawaiian themed party at their home in Fayetteville, Georgia.
June 26th, 2012
05:37 PM ET

Three Asian-American families share a slice of life

by Melissa Abbey, CNN

The Pew Research Center recently released a comprehensive study profiling Asian-Americans in the United States and found them to be more highly educated and well-paid than any other immigrant group in the country.

Asians are also now coming to the United States in greater numbers than Hispanics and make up about 6% of the population.

The study is overwhelmingly positive - most Asian-Americans have at least a college degree and consider themselves hard-working - but it also showed immense diversity among the group.

There are more than 17 million Asian-Americans, and each has a unique story. Here, three immigrant families in the Atlanta area share a slice of their lives. FULL POST

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Lens on immigration: ‘Adolescence deported’
Jocelyn is 16 and a U.S. citizen. She helps to care for her siblings since her mother was deported.
June 18th, 2012
03:22 PM ET

Lens on immigration: ‘Adolescence deported’

By Cody McCloy, CNN

(CNN) - After graduating from photography school in New York, Ester Jove Soligue began to collaborate with the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice.

As part of its Immigrant Rights Program, the AFSC was collecting testimonies from children with family members who had been deported as illegal immigrants. Their stories were presented to Congress in June 2010.

Through her relationship with the AFSC, Soligue met 16-year-old Jocelyn. The girl’s mother, Maria, was deported three years ago after a fight with a neighbor, leaving Jocelyn and her father, Miguel, to take care of her sister and four brothers.

Jocelyn and her siblings were all born in the United States, making them legal U.S. citizens. Impressed by Jocelyn’s strength, Soligue turned her camera toward the family to capture their plight.

Read the full story on the CNN Photos blog

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June 16th, 2012
04:22 PM ET

Obama administration to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants

By Tom Cohen, CNN

Washington (CNN) - In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

The shift on the politically volatile issue of immigration policy prompted immediate praise from Latino leaders who have criticized Congress and the White House for inaction, while Republicans reacted with outrage, saying the move amounts to amnesty - a negative buzz word among conservatives - and usurps congressional authority.

What to know on immigration in the U.S.

Those who might benefit from the change expressed joy and relief, with celebratory demonstrations forming outside the White House and elsewhere.

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Joy, skepticism at immigration policy move
A coalition of immigrant groups and their supporters march across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York in July 2010.
June 15th, 2012
02:42 PM ET

Joy, skepticism at immigration policy move

By Mariano Castillo, CNN

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(CNN) - Jose Luis Zelaya shed tears of joy Friday morning.

"It's just insane," the graduate student at Texas A&M University said. "I've been working on this for six years. It is just overwhelming."

Zelaya was electrified by news that the Obama administration will stop deporting illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

Zelaya came to the United States illegally from Honduras at age 14 to find his mother, who was already in the country, he said.

Without the change announced Friday, he couldn't get a job to help pay for school; Zelaya, 25, is pursuing a master's degree in education with hopes of earning a doctorate and teaching middle school. He also wouldn't be able to consider job offers that presented themselves afterward. The uncertainty over what loomed after graduation spooked him.

"Now, maybe I will be able to work without being afraid that someone may deport me," he said. "There is no fear anymore."

Immigration shift sparks reaction from both sides

News of the change raced across the country, buoying the spirits of immigrants and immigrant advocates who have campaigned for such a change for more than 10 years.

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Opinion: When the son surpasses his father
What happens when your son grows into a young man who is stronger and more independent?
June 14th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

Opinion: When the son surpasses his father

Editor's note: LZ Granderson, who writes a weekly column for CNN.com, was named journalist of the year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and a 2011 Online Journalism Award finalist for commentary. He is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter: @locs_n_laughs

By LZ Granderson, CNN Contributor

(CNN) - My heart was pounding so hard, it felt as if it were trying to break free from my body.

I couldn't breathe.

I felt dizzy and feverish, and my eyes stung from all of the sweat dripping into them.

And as I was desperately trying to figure out what was happening to me, I suddenly had this debilitating thought: My God, my son is trying to kill me.

Why else would he be running so fast? And so far?

When my 15-year-old asked if I would go jogging with him, I didn't think anything of it. We've worked out together many times before, and though it's been a while since we went running, I play basketball and tennis every week, so I'm in great shape ... for a guy my age.

But something unexpected happened somewhere between me laying him down in his bassinet and me being on the cusp of lying down on the sidewalk I was running on: We got older.

Read LZ Granderson's full column

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Same-sex couples' lawsuit challenges North Carolina adoption law
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of six North Carolina couples. The suit seeks to give full parental rights to same-sex couples.
June 13th, 2012
05:00 PM ET

Same-sex couples' lawsuit challenges North Carolina adoption law

by Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - Marcie Fisher-Borne carries a power of attorney with her at all times. She has a will but has made videos of her wishes for her children just in case someone contests them.

What if she were to get in a car accident tomorrow? What would happen to her daughter, 4, and her 6-month-old son?

It's not that Fisher-Borne doesn't have a partner - she has been with Chantelle Fisher-Borne for 15 years. It's just that the state of North Carolina does not recognize same-sex marriage. Nor does it allow second-parent adoptions.

That means if Fisher-Borne were no longer capable of taking care of her children - she gave birth to her daughter, and her partner, Chantelle, carried their son - Chantelle Fisher-Borne would not be able to adopt their daughter.

The Fisher-Bornes were one of six couples listed in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union that seeks to give full parental rights to same-sex couples.

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June 11th, 2012
09:23 AM ET

For GOP star, mom, challenges go beyond Congress

By Lisa Sylvester, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' life is like a well-conducted orchestra: Everything happens on cue in precisely the right note.

That's on most days. But other days she readily admits things don't always happen so smoothly.

"There aren't enough hours in the day. You always want more time," McMorris Rodgers says. "That's the continual challenge."

McMorris Rodgers is one of 76 women in the House of Representatives. She's the only woman in the House Republican leadership and has been mentioned as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney.

Elected in 2004 to represent the 5th Congressional District in eastern Washington state, McMorris Rodgers has climbed the ranks in Congress, serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as vice chair of the House Republican Conference.

But like many, her work is only part of what defines her. Central in her life are her husband, Brian Rodgers, and their two children, 18-month-old Grace and Cole, 5.

McMorris Rodgers holds the distinction of being the only member of Congress to give birth twice while in office.

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May 19th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Life after war: Resources to help veterans get back on their feet

Editor's note: Overseas, they fight for freedom. In America, they fight for jobs. “Voters In America: Vets Wanted?” is the first part of  In America's documentary series on American voters. J.R. Martinez narrates the documentary re-airing May 19th at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on CNN.

The transition back home after serving in the military can be a challenge for veterans and their families. Here is a list of resources:

Department of Veterans Affairs:

The VetSuccess program assists all veterans find work by providing military skills translators, job skills preparation and other assistance.

Gold Card:

This service provides six months of career guidance and job search assistance for all post 9/11 veterans.

Heroes 2 Hired:

This program helps all National Guard and Reserve component members find jobs with military-friendly companies.

Hiring Our Heroes:

Hiring Our Heroes helps all veterans and their spouses find employment through hiring fairs and other programs.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America:

This organization represents all veterans of the 21st century Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts  though advocacy, awareness and assistance, including job fairs and GI Bill information.

My Next Move:

My Next Move helps translate military skills into civilian skills and also provides resume writing help for all veterans.

Transition Assistance Program (TAP):

This program provides transition assistance to all veterans returning to civilian life with help for needs such as disability claims, job searches and counseling.

Veterans Job Bank:

This is a search engine that links all veterans to companies looking to hiring veterans.

VetJobs.Com:

This online service allows all veterans to search for jobs that are posted by companies looking to hire veterans, as well as posting their resume.

Vow to Hire Veterans Act:

This law was designed to provide seamless transitions for service members, expand education and training opportunities for veterans and provide tax credits for employers who hire veterans.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program:

This program helps National Guard and Reserve soldiers adjust to post-deployment life by helping with health care, education/training opportunities, financial, legal benefits and more.

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Opinion: Vice President Biden is out of step with voters’ will on marriage
Vice President Joe Biden recently made comments that he is comfortable with same-sex marriage.
May 9th, 2012
10:16 AM ET

Opinion: Vice President Biden is out of step with voters’ will on marriage

Editor's note: Tony Perkins is president of the Family Research Council, a public policy organization based in Washington, D.C.

By Tony Perkins, Special to CNN

(CNN) - “Establishment” figures in both political parties insist that this year’s presidential election is all about economic issues, but if the Republican primary surge of Rick Santorum did not make clear that social issues matter, then recent events should.

First, Vice President Joe Biden told NBC’s David Gregory on “Meet the Press” that Republicans “need a better social policy than taking the social policy back to the ‘50s.”

Taking the bait, Gregory asked if Biden’s views on same-sex marriage have “evolved,” the term President Obama has used for his position on the issue.

Biden responded that, “What this is all about is a simple proposition: Who do you love?”

Pressed to clarify if that means he is “comfortable with same-sex marriage now,” Biden said that “men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”

When news reports declared that Biden apparently had endorsed same-sex marriage, the White House moved quickly to backtrack, declaring that he only meant same-sex couples should have the same legal rights, possibly through “civil unions,” the position staked out by President Obama.

Obama’s ostensible opposition to same-sex marriage is so thin as to be invisible, because he opposes all methods of preventing it.

However, the immediate move to clarify after Biden’s remarks showed that the president understands what many of his supporters still do not: that open support for same-sex marriage remains a losing position in mainstream American politics.

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May 8th, 2012
10:09 PM ET

North Carolina passes same-sex marriage ban, CNN projects

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - North Carolina voters have passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, CNN projects, putting a ban that already existed in state law into the state's charter.

With more than 1.5 million votes counted from Tuesday's referendum, supporters of the ban led opponents by a margin of 61% to 39%, according to figures from the State Board of Elections. Its backers prepared to celebrate by serving wedding cake to their supporters in a Raleigh ballroom.

Tami Fitzgerald, the head of Vote for Marriage NC, said she had been confident that "the people of North Carolina would rise up and vote to keep the opposition from redefining traditional marriage.

"We are not anti-gay, we are pro-marriage," she said. "And the point - the whole point - is simply that you don't rewrite the nature of God's design for marriage based on the demands of a group of adults."

Meanwhile, a spokesman for one of the groups opposing the amendment told CNN, "The numbers are not looking the way we hope they would look."

"We have been down in the polls, and this certainly is not coming as a surprise," said Paul Guequierre, of the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families. "But it is certainly not what we had hoped for."

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