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The Politics of Immigrant Scapegoating: Not Just an American Pastime

The Politics of Immigrant Scapegoating: Not Just an American Pastime

by Michelle Chen on January 23 2012, 9:13AM

No savvy politician would highlight the widening gulf between poor people on one side and the elites seeking their votes on the other. Instead, from South Carolina to France, they focus on the traditional dividing line between Us and Them: the border.

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Just One in Six Deportations Cancelled in Obama’s Pilot Review

by Jorge Rivas on January 20 2012, 5:05PM

The pilot deportation review Obama ordered last year in Denver is done. 7,900 cases reviewed, and 1,300 people had their deportation cases dropped.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

The Real Goal of Ariz.'s Book Banning Thought Police: Harass Latinos

The Real Goal of Ariz.’s Book Banning Thought Police: Harass Latinos

by Rinku Sen on January 20 2012, 9:20AM

To ban ethnic studies in Tucson, officials have had to warehouse Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” along with six other books. But the messy details don’t matter. The real goal is to put Mexican Americans on the defensive about their place in the state.

Topics: Immigration, Movement, Schools & Youth

DREAMer Confronts Romney at NY Fundraiser [Video]

DREAMer Confronts Romney at NY Fundraiser [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 11:41AM

A young Latina who identified herself in a video as an undocumented immigrant approached presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at fundraiser in New York yesterday to ask him why he isn’t supporting her DREAM.

Topics: GOP Primary, Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Birmingham's Scott Douglas Shares His Love on 'The Colbert Report' [Video]

Birmingham’s Scott Douglas Shares His Love on ‘The Colbert Report’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 7:57PM

Scott Douglas, activist and executive director of the Greater Birmingham Ministries, was a guest on “The Colbert Report” on Monday and discussed Alabama’s tough anti-immigration law in context of the civil rights movement.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Immigration, /NOW

Maricopa County Protest Calls for Arpaio's Arrest [Pictures]

Maricopa County Protest Calls for Arpaio’s Arrest [Pictures]

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 6:40PM

On Friday, the Puente Movement launched “Arrest Arpaio Not the People,” a campaign which seeks to get Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested and charged with criminal offenses.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Missouri Wants to Make Public Schools Check Immigration Statuses

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 2:59PM

Missouri could be the next battleground in a nationwide fight over tougher immigration laws.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Presente.org Names Arturo Carmona as its New Executive Director

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2012, 6:59PM

The country’s pre-eminent online Latino advocacy organization largely responsible for removing Lou Dobbs from CNN has a new director.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Mexican Migration to the United States Has Hit a Net Zero

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 4:50PM

Mexican migrant apprehensions at the border hit their lowest levels in seventeen years.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

How Did 15-Year-Old Jakadrien Turner, a U.S. Citizen, Get Deported?

How Did 15-Year-Old Jakadrien Turner, a U.S. Citizen, Get Deported?

by Julianne Hing on January 11 2012, 9:53AM

Detainees navigate the immigration system largely on their own, and young people become uniquely vulnerable.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration

What If Nobody Told You Your Daughter Had Been Mistakenly Deported? [Reader Forum]

What If Nobody Told You Your Daughter Had Been Mistakenly Deported? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on January 9 2012, 8:51AM

In a horrific case of mistaken identity, a 14-year-old African-American girl from Dallas was deported to Colombia — while her family ran a desperate missing person search.

Topics: Immigration

Jakedrien Turner, Dallas Teen Deported to Colombia, Heads Home

Jakedrien Turner, Dallas Teen Deported to Colombia, Heads Home

by Julianne Hing on January 6 2012, 2:30PM

The 15 year old African-American girl who was mistakenly deported to Colombia by ICE last April, is on a flight back to the U.S. and could be home by today.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Obama Proposes Letting Some Immigrants Stay in U.S. for Green Cards

Obama Proposes Letting Some Immigrants Stay in U.S. for Green Cards

by Jorge Rivas on January 6 2012, 9:45AM

A new proposal will help keep families in tact during immigration applications.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Immigrant Left Disabled In Work Accident Dies After Deportation

Immigrant Left Disabled In Work Accident Dies After Deportation

by Jorge Rivas on January 5 2012, 1:50PM

A quadriplegic immigrant who became disabled while working on a roof died Sunday.

Topics: Health, Immigration, /NOW

Justice Dept. Finally Cuffs Sheriff Joe, But Not the Policy That Made Him

Justice Dept. Finally Cuffs Sheriff Joe, But Not the Policy That Made Him

by Julianne Hing on January 5 2012, 9:54AM

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has cried uncle, sort of, in his standoff with DOJ over racial profiling and other abuses. But what about the Homeland Security program that enabled his behavior in the first place?

Topics: Immigration, Joe Arpaio

ICE Mistakenly Deports Dallas Teen Who Speaks No Spanish to Colombia

ICE Mistakenly Deports Dallas Teen Who Speaks No Spanish to Colombia

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2012, 5:07PM

An African-American girl, who was 14 at the time, was mistakenly deported to Colombia by ICE.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Dispatch From Detention: A Rare Look Inside Our 'Humane' Immigration Jails

Dispatch From Detention: A Rare Look Inside Our ‘Humane’ Immigration Jails

by on January 4 2012, 9:19AM

Deporting 400,000 people a year means big business for the rural towns and private prison contractors that warehouse many detained immigrants.

Topics: Deportation, Dispatches, Immigration

Latino-Owned Businesses Are Leading the Recovery

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 3:39PM

The number of Latino-owned businesses with more than $1 million in revenue grew to over 44,000 in 2007, up from just 29,000 five years earlier.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

Hundreds of National Guard Troops to Leave U.S.-Mexico Border

Hundreds of National Guard Troops to Leave U.S.-Mexico Border

by Jamilah King on December 21 2011, 10:29AM

Since 2010, over 1,200 national guard troops have been patrolling the U.S.’s southwestern border. This week, the Obama administration announced that many of those troops are leaving. More from CNN: The drawdown, which the department characterized as a “transition,” will…

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Newt Gingrich Toughens Stance on Immigration at Last Night's GOP Debate

Newt Gingrich Toughens Stance on Immigration at Last Night’s GOP Debate

by Jorge Rivas on December 16 2011, 6:40PM

The Republican presidential candidate continues to test the waters to see how many moderates he can win without alienating the far right.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Politics