Evangelical Leaders Say Jesus Would Want Immigration Reform

Evangelical Leaders Say Jesus Would Want Immigration Reform

The Evangelical Immigration Table launched a campaign on Monday to encourage Christians to think about immigration from a distinctly biblical perspective. The coalition says their “I Was a Stranger” immigration prayer challenge will reach out to political leaders and more than 100,000 churches.

The challenge invites individual evangelical Christians, church congregations, and legislators to read 40 verses of Scripture that relate to immigration and to pray that these passages will evoke the political will to create a just immigration system that better reflects Christian values.

“Loving God and Loving Neighbors is the same as Loving Immigrants. They are all symbiotically related,” Dave Gibbons, Pastor and Founder of Newsong Church said in a statement.

(h/t TPM)

WashPost Asks Black Men What They Fear, Love and Dream Of [Video]

WashPost Asks Black Men What They Fear, Love and Dream Of [Video]

Today the Washington Post released the latest short film in a three-part series that explores the lives of black men in the U.S. The series titled “BrotherSpeak” asks black men about their fears, loves and dreams.

The second installment of “BrotherSpeak” released today focuses on Love. The video includes interviews with a former all-star running back from the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins; an internationally renowed pastor from Prince George’s County , MD; a nationally syndicated columnist; a hip-hop artist and educator, a Baltimore pastor and a community advocate.

Chris Jenkins describes the project on The Root DC: > Six years ago, The Washington Post embarked on an unprecedented project: a several-months-long journey exploring the lives of black men. Through pictures and one-on-one interviews, in-depth stories and award-winning video, The Post’s series, titled “Being a Black Man”, revealed the sometimes complex lives of African American men.

Today, The Post, in cooperation with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, is starting another project that explores the experiences of black men in America. Titled “BrotherSpeak,” the three-part video series is another chance to hear from the black men about what matters most to them. For the series, we asked a range of black men to discuss three words: Fear, love and dream. Each video focuses on one word.

We chose these words because we believe they represent fundamental human emotions and impulses that many black men’s experiences provide them a unique relationship with and perspective on. The point of our series is to highlight the three dimensions of these qualities as they relate to black men, while also touching on the universal human qualities illustrated by each. We believe a discussion of these words can help round out the image of black men in popular culture and touch spaces in our experience rarely explored by mainstream media.

To read more about the series and the first part of the series on Fear visit the

On His Birthday, Watch MLK’s ‘Black is Beautiful’ Speech

On His Birthday, Watch MLK's  'Black is Beautiful' Speech

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born 84-years ago today in Atlanta, Georgia.

The civil rights icon is known for his powerful “I have a dream” speech but there are dozens of moving speeches he delivered.

In the video at the top of the page MLK delivers a speech urging everyone to sign their own emancipation proclamation:

I come here tonight and plead with you. Believe in yourself and believe that you are somebody. I said to a grop last night, — Nobody else can do this for us. No document can do this for us. No Lincolnian emancipation proclamation can do this for us. No Johnsonian civil rights bill can do this for us.

If the Negro is to be free, he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign with a pen and ink of self-assertive manhood his own emancipation proclamation.

This coming Monday, January 21st, President Obama will take his second oath of office by placing his hands on top of the bibles that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.

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ACLU Tells Joe Biden: More Police in Schools Don’t Make Them Safer

ACLU Tells Joe Biden: More Police in Schools Don't Make Them Safer

As Vice President Joe Biden’s gun violence task force readies its recommendations to curb gun violence, youth advocacy and civil rights groups have spoken out against an idea that’s been floated to prevent future school-based mass shootings—using federal dollars to send more police officers to schools. On Monday the ACLU sent a letter to Biden cautioning him against repeating past mistakes in responding to school shootings.

The ACLU wrote (PDF):

This tragedy has sparked a long overdue national conversation about gun safety generally and school safety in particular. However, it is important to note that gun violence occurs everywhere, and what happened in Newtown was not the result of school-specific problems. We understand that you are considering proposals to increase federal dollars available to schools that want to hire police officers and install surveillance equipment. … While well-meaning policymakers might assume that adding police, metal detectors and surveillance necessarily makes students safer, experience demonstrates otherwise. In practice, most school police spend a significant portion of their time responding to minor, nonviolent infractions—children who have drawn on desks or talked back to teachers, for example—rather than behaviors that seriously threaten school safety. … Criminalizing minor misbehavior that should be handled by teachers or school administrators has serious consequences for kids and only contributes to the school-to-prison pipeline - that is, pushing kids out of classrooms and into jail cells. When students are arrested just once, their chances of graduating drop dramatically and they face lifelong repercussions as a result.

The overpolicing of schools not only does not improve the safety of those schools, advocacy groups say, they also have the impact of creating hostile learning environments, experts have warned.

The ACLU has urged the federal government instead put its resources toward creating more supports for young people and creating enriching learning environments by providing more counselors, health professionals and training for teachers. The ACLU is not alone in its calls. Communities of color are well familiar with the toll constant police presence in schools takes on kids’ lives, and have spoken out against further militarization of public school campuses. Those who live with heavy police presence in their lives know, more police do not actually automatically make schools safer.

Teachers at Two Seattle High Schools Boycotting Standardized Test

Teachers at Two Seattle High Schools Boycotting Standardized Test

Teachers at two Seattle high schools are boycotting the district-required Measure of Academic Progress or MAP test, claiming it’s a waste of resources and robs students of instructional time. Teachers at Garfield High School took a stand against assessment tests first and were followed by an additional 25 educators at nearby Ballard High School.

The Seattle Times believes this is the first time that all teachers at a single school have decided to protest a test by boycotting it.

Oxygen Reportedly Cancels New Show ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’

Oxygen Reportedly Cancels New Show 'All My Babies' Mamas'

The Daily Beast’s Allison Samuels reports multiple sources have revealed “Oxygen won’t let the new reality-TV series starring Shawty Lo see the light of day.”

The unscripted show titled “All My Babies’ Mamas,” was supposed to star rapper Shawty Lo, his 11 kids, and 10 different mothers. But critics said the show demeaned black children, mothers and fathers. 

Samuels notes the network hasn’t made any official announcements but she still stands by her sources:

Though the network denies it, Oxygen is expected to announce that All My Babies’ Mamas won’t ever see the light of day, according to my sources—and that’s a good thing.

A petition on that started two-weeks ago has close to 40,000 signatures. Sabrina Lamb—the New York based author that started the petition—said the show was an attack on parents of every color. Her petition pledged to “boycott any advertiser who chooses to support the show.”

Documentary About 15-Year Old Homeless, Undocumented Immigrant Gets Oscar Nod

Documentary About 15-Year Old Homeless, Undocumented Immigrant Gets Oscar Nod

The documentary “Inocente” has been nominated for an Oscar in the “Documentary Short” category. The film follows fifteen-year-old Inocente Izucar, a homeless, undocumented immigrant living in San Diego, California.

The documentary is about a homeless teenager but because Izucar is undocumented the film also explores other issues like deportation, domestic violence and suicide. Throughout the film you see Izucar speaking directly to the camera as she discusses her family, memories and her hopes and dreams.

The film was made by husband-and-wife directing duo Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine. They originally set out to make a documentary about homeless youth in San Diego but they decided to focus entirely on Izucar after their first meeting.

The filmmakers brought in actor John Leguizamo as an executive producer shortly after production.

Leguizamo says he’s proud of being involved with the documentary and urges other Latino entertainers to get more involved in helping enact social policy change.

“Some actors like Sean Penn are very political in their lives and I admire that,” Leguizamo told The Hollywood Reporter last year. “But a lot of people won’t do it because of the backlash…I wish Latin athletes, actors, producers who have so much power would do more. I don’t hear them speaking up enough about an issue like immigration.”

The documentary made it’s broadcast premiere on MTV in August 2012.

“Inocente” is just 40 minutes and producers hope it will be shown in museums and libraries. They hope it becomes part of school curriculums, accompanied by art workshops and discussions.

You can watch the entire documentary below.

Obama Admin. Again Promises Immigration Reform And Path To Citizenship

President Obama remains committed to passing a broad immigration reform bill early this year, according to a report from the New York Times. White House officials say the president will seek a comprehensive reform bill that includes a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country.

Many immigrant rights advocates worried that unfinished congressional deliberations over the government’s debt and growing calls for action on gun control could derail earlier White House promises to make immigration reform a top priority in 2013. But the President and members Congress have reiterated their intention to pass an immigration overhaul this year and those plans are on track. I reported last week that a bi-partisan group of Senators were at work over the holidays on a parallel reform proposal.

A Democratic Senate aide told me last week, “The fiscal cliff has not done a whole lot to immigration reform. There’s a lot of reporting on that, but it’s still moving.”

White House officials told the Times that they will put pressure on Congress to pass one major immigration bill, rather than a piecemeal approach that some Republicans favor. Floride Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a leading GOP supporter of immigration reform, told the Wall Street Journal this weekend that he will push for four or five laws that together comprise “a comprehensive package of bills” rather than omnibus legislation.

White House officials also told the Times that the president would not accept a bill that does not include a route to citizenship. Republicans in the past have proposed immigration reform plans that provide immigrants access top permanent legal residency without full citizenship rights. The president would will require undocumented immigrants to pay fines and back taxes and other penalties before gaining legal status.

As I wrote earlier and the Times reported over the weekend, a comprehensive reform plan from the White House will also include a nationwide verification system to stop employers from hiring workers without legal papers; additional visas to deal with growing backlogs; an expanded guest-worker program to bring low-wage workers into the country; and a new program to allow immigrants with graduate degrees to stay.

Favianna Rodriguez Talks Art and Activism on Pharrell’s YouTube Channel

Favianna Rodriguez Talks Art and Activism on Pharrell's YouTube Channel

Voice of Art, a new documentary series on Pharrell Williams’ i am Other YouTube Channel, is releasing a three part documentary featuring artist Favianna Rodriguez, actress Rosario Dawson and Pulitzer Prize winning author Jose Antonio Vargas. The series explores how artists are using art to change immigration policy and perceptions of immigrants.

The first episode features the work of Favianna Rodriguez—a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. immigration issues. Rodriguez is a co-founder of both and Culture Strike, two groups pushing back against the wave of anti-immigrant rhetoric and legislation that has recently swept the nation. 

Rodriguez narrates the three-part documentary that looks at how art can be used for social change.

Other notables in the series include UndocuQueer artivist, Julio Salgado; Tucson Attorney and Human Rights Activist, Isabel Garcia; Writer and co-founder, Roberto Lovato, and Emcee Jasiri X.

Colin Powell on GOP: ‘They Sort of Look Down on Minorities’

Colin Powell on GOP: 'They Sort of Look Down on Minorities'

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that the Republican party has to take “a very hard look at itself” because some GOP members in “look down at minorities.”

“The Republican party needs to take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed,” Powell said. “The country is changing demographically, and if the Republican Party doesn’t change along with that demographic, it’s going to be in trouble.”

Powell went on to deconstruct some racially coded language he’s heard from other members of his party. has more details:

Powell described what he called a “dark vein of intolerance in some parts” of the Republican party. “They still sort of look down on minorities,” he said. Referring, without naming them, to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, Powell said: “when I see a former governor say that the president is ‘shucking and jiving,’” as Palin did last year, “that’s a racial era slave term. And when I see another former governor [Sununu], after the president’s first [2012 presidential] debate and he didn’t do well, say he was ‘lazy’ … he didn’t say he was slow, he was tired, he didn’t do well, he said he was ‘lazy.’” Now that may not mean anything to most Americans but to those of us who are African-American, the second word is ‘shiftless’ and then there’s a third word that goes with it.”

Powell added the “birther” movement to his list of examples of intolerance, and asked, “why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?”

The former secretary of state under President George W. Bush added that the GOP needs to address issues like healthcare, and economic opportunity for those who are lower income, adding that “the party has gathered unto itself the reputation that it’s the party of the rich.”

Powell also told NBC’s David Gregory that President Barack Obama’s nominee to be defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, was “superbly qualified” and would be a strong advocate for Americans in uniform.

“This is a guy who would be very careful about putting their lives at risk because he put his life at risk,” Powell said.

Justice Sotomayor to Become First Latina to Administer Oath of Office

Justice Sotomayor to Become First Latina to Administer Oath of Office

Chief Justice John Roberts will once again administer the oath of office to President Barack Obama — first on Sunday, Jan. 20 and again then a second time during the public inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21.

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will administer the oath of office for Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden personally selected Justice Sotomayor for the ceremony. She will become the first Latina and fourth female judge to administer an oath of office, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

“It’s an incredible honor to have Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor swear me in,” Vice President Biden said in a statement. “I believed strongly that she would make a great Justice, and it was one of the greatest pleasures of my career to be involved in her selection to the Court. From the first time I met her, I was impressed by Justice Sotomayor’s commitment to justice and opportunity for all Americans, and she continues to exemplify those values today. Above all, I’m happy for the chance to be sworn in by a friend - and someone I know will continue to do great things.”

Three women have previously sworn-in presidents and vice presidents: Judge Sarah T. Hughes swore-in President Johnson in 1963; Justice Sandra Day O’Connor swore-in Vice President Dan Quayle in 1989; and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg swore-in Vice President Al Gore in 1997.

Quentin Tarantino Drops N-Word Less Than a Minute into Press Conference

Quentin Tarantino Drops N-Word Less Than a Minute into Press Conference

Director Quentin Tarantino’s film “Django Unchained” won two awards at last night’s Golden Globes awards.

Tarantino won a Golden Globe for “Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture” category and actor Christoph Waltz won for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.”

Less than a minute in to the director’s press conference backstage he had already dropped the N-word. Tarantino was answering a question about the use of the N-word in his film.

“If someone is out there actually saying that when it comes to the word nigger that the fact that I was using it in the more that it was used back in the antebellum south, in Mississippi 1858, then feel free to make that case,” Tarantino told reporters backstage shortly after his win. “But no one is actually making that case, so in other words what they’re actually saying is I should soften it, they’re saying i should lie , that I should whitewash, they’re saying I should massage and I never do that when it comes to my characters.”

“Django Unchained” is on pace to become Tarantino’s highest grossing movie ever. The film has made more than $125 million since its release on December 25, 2012.

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ Founder Says Slavery Wouldn’t Have Happened if Slaves Were Armed

'Gun Appreciation Day' Founder Says Slavery Wouldn't Have Happened if Slaves Were Armed

Is someone taking “Django Unchained” a little too seriously?

On Friday, the chairman of Gun Appreciation Day Larry Ward told CNN slavery wouldn’t of happened if slaves had been armed.

“The truth is, I think Martin Luther King would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history,” Ward said on CNN.

A coalition of gun rights and conservative groups announced on Monday that January 19, 2013 is “Gun Appreciation Day.” Organizers hope “Gun Appreciation Day” rivals “Chick-fil-A Day” as a public statement of protest against government policies, according to a press release.

(h/t Raw Story)

Obama to Use Lincoln’s and Martin Luther King’s Bibles for Swearing-in

Obama to Use Lincoln's and Martin Luther King's Bibles for Swearing-in

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Thursday that President Obama will take his second oath of office on the Robinson family Bible on Sunday and on the Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. Bibles on Monday.

The Robinson Family Bible was selected specifically for the occasion. The bible was a gift from the First Lady’s father, Fraser Robinson III, to his mother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson on Mother’s Day in 1958. Mrs. Robinson was the first African-American woman manager of a Moody Bible Institute’s bookstore and she used the Bible regularly.

The Lincoln Bible is part of the collections of the Library of Congress and was originally purchased by William Thomas Carroll, Clerk of the Supreme Court, for use during Lincoln’s swearing-in ceremony on March 4, 1861. The Bible itself is bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed white metal rim around the three outside edges of both covers, and all of its edges are heavily gilded.

The King Bible was Dr. King’s “traveling bible.” An avid reader who was constantly on the road, Dr. King typically traveled with a selection of books that included this Bible. It was used for inspiration and preparing sermons and speeches, including during Dr. King’s time as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

Though there is no constitutional requirement for the use of a Bible during the swearing-in, Presidents have traditionally used Bibles for the ceremony. In 2009, President Obama became the first President sworn in using the Lincoln Bible since its initial use in 1861, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Release of DREAMer Erika Andiola’s Family Highlights Youth Movement’s Power

Release of DREAMer Erika Andiola's Family Highlights Youth Movement's Power

Within hours of an immigration raid on her family’s home last night, the mother and brother of undocumented immigrant activist Erika Andiola’s family were released from immigration detention this morning. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has indicated that it will likely exercise prosecutorial discretion in their cases, the Huffington Post reported. The swift response came even though Andiola’s mother Maria Arreola and brother Heriberto Andiola Arreola are undocumented, and faced likely deportation.

The flurry of public outrage and social media attention around the case—see the steady stream of tweets on the hashtag #WeAreAndiola—has highlighted two things: the power of the immigrant youth movement and the striking regularity and cruelty with which immigration agents break up everyday families in the country.

On Thursday night immigration officers knocked on Andiola’s Arizona home and asked for her mother, Andiola told reporters on a press call this morning. They handcuffed Arreola and asked Andiola’s older brother Heriberto, who was standing outside the home, if he was related to the family. When he refused to answer questions about his immigration status, he was arrested as well. Both were taken into custody and Andiola was notified that her mother faced imminent deportation because she had a prior outstanding deportation order against her. While in custody, Andiola’s brother told her immigration officers had a file on Andiola herself, and when immigration officers came to her home they did not, as is common practice, ask Andiola for her own status. She has work authorization and a social security number.

But, Andiola, a prominent activist who co-founded the Arizona Dream Act Coalition and has been an outspoken leader of the immigrant youth movement, quickly activated her extensive network, which include powerful national immigration rights organizations like the National Immigration Law Center, America’s Voice and “I immediately started contacting different folks, people in my community and people in the movement,” Andiola said. “Thank God I got a lot of really great support from people I had worked with in the past and right now.” But the vast majority of the over 400,000 immigrants who were deported by President Obama last year did not have their cases amplified by social media and seized upon for quick mobilization by a national movement.

Interactive Map of January 11th Idle No More Events

Interactive Map of January 11th Idle No More Events

An “IdleNoMore Global Day of Action, Solidarity & Resurgence” has been called for January 11th. There are over 130 Idle No More events scheduled today, according to the Canadian news site The Media Co-op.

The Media Co-op compiled a list of events that include protests, flash mobs and teach-ins in an interactive map that spans the globe.

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True the Vote is Reloaded, Still Firing Blanks on Voter Fraud

After most of True the Vote’s plans last year were ruined by exposure by the press, some may have thought they might crawl away into a corner and rethink this whole voter harassment and suppression thing. Nope. True the Vote is back in 2013 reloaded with new offshoots and new plans — even as the old plans continue proving to be misfires. Last year, they launched “Voto Honesto,” their “Hispanic initiative” on electoral reform, pushing for voter ID and proof of citizenship laws to vote and register. This year they’ve jumped off with two new groups:

  • True the Vote NOW: A new initiative described as: “We promote ideas that actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation.” Basically, it’s a lobbying arm that sends people to the Texas legislature to push for True the Vote’s electoral reform laws. Right now, they are running with the “13 for ‘13 Legislative Recommendations,” which is modeled after the 22 legislative recommendations True the Vote sent to the Texas legislature in 2011. Six of those 22 became law in Texas, including a photo voter ID law — the strictest in the nation — that was eventually ruled a violation of the Voting Rights Act by a federal court. In their new “13 for ‘13” package they’ve doubled-down, this time not only asking for proof of citizenship for people to register but attacking early voting. They are asking Texas legislators to trim the early voting period, allow video cameras to record and live-stream the early voting sign-in areas and voting lines, and to give early voting clerks the power to dismiss “non-performing poll workers.” We’ll be tracking to see how many of these become law.

  • Citizen Patriot Response: Remember those videos where a guy dressed like a pimp and a woman dressed like a prostitute pretended to go into ACORN (RIP) offices and ask for public benefits? The guy was James O’Keefe. The woman was Hannah Giles. They’ve since split up, but Giles is now working with True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht to form Citizen Patriot Response, an outfit that portends to help promote the charitable activities of Tea Party and “liberty-minded” groups — basically a PR group to help reverse the negative tarnish those groups have earned for their real-life, less-than-charitable activities. It shouldn’t be overlooked that Engelbrecht and Giles have also partnered with Brandon Darby, who was once known as a “radical, left-wing” activist instrumental best known for his humanitarian efforts in New Orleans after Katrina until it was revealed that he was an FBI informant responsible for the entrapment and arrests of environmental and political activists. We’ll be tracking them as well.

Watch Darby talk about his conversion from left to right here:

Finally, the many claims of voter fraud by True the Vote have been proven false calls all too frequently. Their poor record on that continues. Yesterday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement closed out several investigations into voter fraud in the state finding no evidence of it occurring. One of those cases came from True the Vote who alleged last year that several dozen people had been voting in both Florida and Rhode Island. The Florida law department found that to be untrue. As reported in Florida’s News Herald yesterday:

Another recent case that has been closed involved whether one voter had cast ballots in both Florida and Rhode Island. The case was initiated by the group called True the Vote, which initially said 36 people had voted in Florida and other states.

FDLE closed the case after state election officials were told by Rhode Island authorities that the name of the voter there was probably wrong and was listed incorrectly because of a poll worker’s error.

Photo: Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz

Photo: Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz

Yesterday Lifetime released an image of Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige in the upcoming “Betty & Coretta”.

The film, which premieres Saturday, February 2, will tell the dual real-life stories of Coretta Scott King (Bassett) and Dr. Betty Shabazz (Blige) after their husbands’ tragic assassinations.

DC Mayor Says Redskins Football Team Must Consider a Name Change to Return to Town

DC Mayor Says Redskins Football Team Must Consider a Name Change to Return to Town

On Monday the D.C. Council announced it wanted to bring the team back to Washington. But mayor Vincent Gray said on Wednesday the team’s nickname and mascot is unacceptable and that there needs to be a discussion before a move can even be considered.

“I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt there’s going to have to be a discussion about that,” Gray said after a news conference, according to the Washington Post, “and of course the team is going to have to work with us around that issue.”

“I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would be love to be able to sit down with the team … and see if a change should be made,” he said. “There’s a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing.”

The Washington Post also points out the Redskins was one of the last teams to hire a black player.

“Recall that the Redskins, under avowed racist owner George Preston Marshall, did not field a black player until 1962, after Interior Secretary Stewart Udall threatened to deny the team the use of what would later be named RFK Stadium unless it integrate,” Mike DeBonis wrote for WaPo.

The Redkins played in D.C. from 1937 to ‘97 when they moved to Landover, Md.

Watch DREAMer’s Personal Plea Shortly After Mother Taken in ICE Raid

Watch DREAMer's Personal Plea Shortly After Mother Taken in ICE Raid

Erika Andiola’s mother and brother were taken from her Arizona home in a raid last night. She recorded this video shortly after.

Maria Arreola, and her brother, Heriberto Andiola Arreola, were taken into immigration custody, and while Andiola’s brother was released, her mother faced imminent deportation. But Andiola herself is not just any young Latina. She’s a well-known undocumented immigrant activist from Arizona who has fought against SB 1070 and anti-immigrant state laws, and advocated for the DREAM Act and humane immigration policy. She is a co-founder of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition and served on the board of United We Dream, a national network of immigrant youth organizations who have successfully defended undocumented immigrants from deportation with public campaigns.

Andiola’s family is but just one of the hundreds of thousands that have been affected by detention and deportation. Just last year alone, the Obama administration deported 409,846 immigrants in 2012, a new record even for Obama, who’s overseen the most aggressive deportation record of any administration.

The immigrant rights world has risen up swiftly to call for justice for Andiola’s family. Stay with for more information.

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