Have you ever felt out of place, like a complete stranger? Have you ever moved to a new city where you do not know anyone? Have you ever lacked a place to call your own? Now imagine all of this and that you are from a country with a different…


By Ernesto Castañeda

06/26/19 The Globe Post

Immigration activists stage a protest. Photo: Alex Wong, AFP

For hundreds of years, the United States has applied Montesquieu’s idea about the division of powers into three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and judicial, creating an effective system of checks and balances to temper tendencies towards the tyranny of the…


01.08.2021 |

Por LAURA GÓMEZ DÍAZ

Seguidores del presidente Donald Trump protestan frente al Capitolio AFP

La división en la sociedad estadounidense alcanzó un punto álgido este miércoles durante el asalto al Capitolio de Washington D.C. por parte de cientos de seguidores del presidente saliente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, que lograron superar los cordones policiales y entrar en el…


by Curtis Smith, Carina Cione, Deziree Jackson, and Ernesto Castañeda

On November 11, 2020, Dee Margo, Mayor of the city of El Paso, Texas told national audiences on Good Morning America that he did not need any additional resources to help the city deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases…


By Emma Vetter, Sarah McCarthy, Ernesto Castañeda, and Carina Cione

President Obama speaking about immigration policy on May 10, 2011. Photo by Castañeda.

Texas is a well-known Republican stronghold and has been for decades. The state of Texas has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1976 (Wilson 2020). Republicans have controlled the Statehouse for the past 18 years, and it has not…


The first 100 days and beyond

By Ernesto Castañeda and Daniel Jenks

Joe Biden’s mantra of Build Back Better implies that not only will he reverse Trump’s many disastrous immigration policies, or just a return to a perception of “normalcy,” but that he would make changes for the best. The…


Curtis Smith and Ernesto Castañeda

Scholars Strategy Network

Nearly forty years ago, the U.S. government began defunding social support services. Over the last several months, the COVID-19 pandemic put the consequences of these funding decisions at the center of public debate. Following these cuts in the 1980s, rates of homelessness…


Edited by Patty Housman for American University’s College of Arts and Sciences

With former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. projected to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election, thoughts have turned to what a Biden-Harris administration could mean for our nation. We asked faculty members to share their…


Por Paloma de Salas Nov 2, 2020 para RTVE.es

Donald Trump y Joe Biden han redoblado los esfuerzos para movilizar a sus bases en la recta final de la campaña de las elecciones en Estados Unidos. …


U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC © Castañeda

In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville traveled from France to United States. Based on his interviews, direct observations, and research, he wrote the book Democracy in America. He described with awe the new political system: democracy based on public consent rather than divine right, tradition, or pure force. He was particularly…

Ernesto Castañeda

Ernesto Castañeda is the author of “A Place to Call Home” and “Building Walls.”

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