I was one of the beneficiaries of President Obama’s DACA initiative. But the real beneficiary of the policy is not just me and others like me, but the U.S. and its future.
Every year, as part of his classes at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Chris Sabatini has his students write a 500 to 800 word op-ed. He picks the best and publishes them on the website. We like to think this is a great way to reward students that excel, while us, the consumers of opinion, get direct insight into the issues that college and graduate students see as the current priorities in the countries they are from or work on.
Below are essays from Chris’ students and students of different contributors to this site. Enjoy.
The peace deal with the FARC is not an automatic remedy for the consequences and collateral damage of Colombia’s violent past, but failure to approve it in the popular referendum would be disastrous to the country.
The past two decades of progress in LGBTQ rights in many Latin American countries have helped to extend basic rights of marriage, health care and a security to many in the LGBTQ community—but not all.
Has the U.S. been asleep at the switch as other countries assert their power in the region? Here are five things the U.S. should do to re-engage with Latin America.
Beyond the economics of the 30 million Latin Americans living abroad, out-migraton from the region has also created a looming a political problem. Countries and societies are losing political and civic talent and leadership, precisely at a time when Latin America confronts complex, technical policy and economic reforms.
Is there a greater hypocrisy than dedicating yourself to basic human rights, while leaving the possibility of unjust imprisonment and death due to an inhumane and retrograde stance on a critical social and health issue?
In truth, the administration’s use of executive action to push for immigration did more harm than good. It precluded comprehensive immigration reform from Congress and only stoked greater opposition from the Republicans and the public in general.
Since October, eleven journalists across six countries—two in Colombia, two in Honduras, three in Mexico, two in Brazil, one in Paraguay, and one in Peru—have been murdered, according to the Inter-American Press Association.