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Latinos Abandon Alabama Homes, Classrooms, Churches After HB 56

Latinos Abandon Alabama Homes, Classrooms, Churches After HB 56

by Jorge Rivas on October 5 2011, 10:30AM

One Bishop says that families are fleeing the state overnight to escape the country’s harshest immigration enforcement law.

Topics: Alabama Immigration, Immigration

The Myth of the 'Perfect Immigrant' Does More Harm Than Good

The Myth of the ‘Perfect Immigrant’ Does More Harm Than Good

by Julianne Hing on October 5 2011, 10:00AM

Immigration advocate Michelle Fei says that our criminal justice system is imperfect. So why do we expect the country’s immigrants to be?

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Fear and Learning in Alabama: Undocumented Students Flee

Fear and Learning in Alabama: Undocumented Students Flee

by Jorge Rivas on October 3 2011, 2:00PM

Alabama public schools are seeing a sharp drop in Latino student attendance after a federal judge approved a provision in HB 56 that requires school to check birth certificates.

Topics: Alabama Immigration, Immigration, Schools & Youth

Mandatory E-Verify Bill Advances As Critics Fight Back with New Ads

Mandatory E-Verify Bill Advances As Critics Fight Back with New Ads

by Julianne Hing on September 30 2011, 9:45AM

If Texas Rep. Lamar Smith has his way, a deeply flawed immigrant screening system will become mandatory for every employer in the nation.

Topics: Immigration

Profiling's Legal! Court Upholds Alabama's Immigration Law

Profiling’s Legal! Court Upholds Alabama’s Immigration Law

by Julianne Hing on September 29 2011, 10:00AM

Alabama has prevailed where four other states which have enacted anti-immigrant state laws, including Arizona, did not.

Topics: Alabama Immigration, Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

Report: Widespread Border Patrol Abuse Goes Unchecked

Report: Widespread Border Patrol Abuse Goes Unchecked

by Julianne Hing on September 26 2011, 9:10AM

Humanitarian aid organization No More Deaths issued a new report that details a startling level of abuse toward migrants.

Topics: Immigration

Secure Communities Task Force Criticizes Program, Five Resign in Protest

Secure Communities Task Force Criticizes Program, Five Resign in Protest

by Julianne Hing on September 21 2011, 10:01AM

The program is the cornerstone of the Obama administration’s deportation agenda, and it’s falling apart.

Topics: Immigration

4 Artists Who Are Reshaping America's Immigration Debate

4 Artists Who Are Reshaping America’s Immigration Debate

by Stokely Baksh on September 20 2011, 10:27AM

From the indigenous tribes of New Mexico to the streets of Oakland, these four artists are using culture as a weapon in their fight for a more humane immigration debate.

Topics: Immigration

How Has the Term 'Illegals' Affected Your Life? [Reader Forum]

How Has the Term ‘Illegals’ Affected Your Life? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on September 18 2011, 11:00PM

Colorlines readers talk about Gabriel Thompson’s investigative work into the history (and purpose) of the i-word.

Topics: Immigration

How the Right Made Racism Sound Fair--and Changed Immigration Politics

How the Right Made Racism Sound Fair—and Changed Immigration Politics

by Gabriel Thompson on September 13 2011, 9:33AM

GOP strategists have won the messaging war—and Democrats have conceded defeat. Gabriel Thompson tells the long, sad story of D.C.’s immigrant-bashing rhetoric.

Topics: Immigration

Who'll Teach U.S.-Mexico History to Katt Williams? Our Readers! [Reader Forum]

Who’ll Teach U.S.-Mexico History to Katt Williams? Our Readers! [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on September 12 2011, 9:52AM

Our readers react to Williams’ anti-immigrant outburst.

Topics: Immigration

Kids From Immigrant Families See the Worst of Hunger in the U.S.

Kids From Immigrant Families See the Worst of Hunger in the U.S.

by Shani O. Hilton on September 12 2011, 9:50AM

Undocumented families who can’t access safety net programs often don’t know where their next meal will come from.

Topics: Immigration

What Would Your Immigrant Ancestors Think of the I-Word? Play

What Would Your Immigrant Ancestors Think of the I-Word?

by Mónica Novoa on September 10 2011, 10:47AM

In this video, Colorlines.com hits the streets of NYC to find out what people know about their families’ immigration history.

Topics: 9/11 Anniv., Drop the I-Word, Immigration

New Dutch Game Show Has Immigrants Compete to Reveal Unjust System

New Dutch Game Show Has Immigrants Compete to Reveal Unjust System

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2011, 1:06PM

Last week’s winner took home a cash prize. The loser got a bullet proof vest.

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

The 9/11 Story I Choose to Tell: We All Belong to Each Other

The 9/11 Story I Choose to Tell: We All Belong to Each Other

by Rinku Sen on September 7 2011, 9:18AM

I can’t call myself a person who values inclusion and compassion and then pick and choose those whom I accept. I can disagree, but I can’t disown. Not if I want to help build a nation that constructs rather than destroys, that frees rather than enslaves.

Topics: 9/11 Anniv., Coping With Terror, Immigration, National Security, Movement

Comedian Katt Williams: 'I Meant What I Said' About Mexican Immigrants

Comedian Katt Williams: ‘I Meant What I Said’ About Mexican Immigrants

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 11:00AM

Katt Williams says he apologizes if anyone took his rant as anti-Mexican, but he’s not taking any of it back.

Topics: Immigration

Judge Puts Alabama's New Anti-Immigrant Law on Hold

Judge Puts Alabama’s New Anti-Immigrant Law on Hold

by Jorge Rivas on August 29 2011, 3:38PM

The law is said by many to be the harshest in a string of harsh policies directed at undocumented immigrants to sweep the country.

Topics: Immigration

Nearly Half of All Babies are of Color, 2010 Census Shows

Nearly Half of All Babies are of Color, 2010 Census Shows

by Jorge Rivas on August 26 2011, 11:09AM

The number of states where minority babies dominate has doubled to 14 since 2000.

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

The Alabama Town Most Changed (and Saved) by Immigration

The Alabama Town Most Changed (and Saved) by Immigration

by Gabriel Thompson on August 25 2011, 9:06AM

From a distance—the perspective from which immigration is too often discussed—this small town seems like an apt illustration of why Alabama should crack down on immigrants. Up close, it’s clear immigration is actually saving Russellville.

Topics: Alabama Immigration, Dispatches, Immigration

Colorlines.com Survey: A People of Color Majority? Meh, So What?

Colorlines.com Survey: A People of Color Majority? Meh, So What?

by Dom Apollon on August 24 2011, 10:19AM

Despite all the fuss in media and politics about the coming non-white majority, most people don’t care about it one way or the other. However, those who are concerned are far more vocal about their fears.

Topics: Colorlines Surveys, Immigration