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Black Leaders Get Closeup View of Alabama's New Jim Crow

Black Leaders Get Closeup View of Alabama’s New Jim Crow

by Elon James White on November 22 2011, 11:01AM

Cultural critic Elon James White says the state’s harsh immigration law not only creates an unwelcoming environment for any brown migrant, it harks back to a terrible time in Alabama history that many thought was in the past.

Topics: Alabama Immigration, Immigration

Obama Knows Families are Shattered by Deportation. Now What? [Reader Forum]

Obama Knows Families are Shattered by Deportation. Now What? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on November 21 2011, 10:00AM

President Obama responded to our publisher’s report on children of deportees getting stuck in foster care; now, our readers respond to him.

Topics: Immigration

Report: 66 Percent of Hate Crime Victims Targeted Because of Anti-Latino Bias

Report: 66 Percent of Hate Crime Victims Targeted Because of Anti-Latino Bias

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2011, 11:35AM

As the country becomes browner, hate crimes against Latinos are on the rise.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Obama: Kids Stuck in Foster Care Due to Deportation a 'Real Problem'

Obama: Kids Stuck in Foster Care Due to Deportation a ‘Real Problem’

by on November 14 2011, 2:53PM

President Obama says his administration must “make sure that children aren’t torn from their parents without due process.” A Colorlines.com investigation concluded at least 5,100 kids are stuck in foster care because their parents are detained or deported.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration, Felipe Montes

What's It Like to Be Young and Undocumented? Awkward, Says New Video

What’s It Like to Be Young and Undocumented? Awkward, Says New Video

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2011, 2:29PM

A group of undocumented young people have started a video series that highlights the painfully awkward moments of life without papers.

Topics: Immigration

Russell Pearce, Arizona's Loudest Immigrant-Bashing Pol, Gets the Boot

Russell Pearce, Arizona’s Loudest Immigrant-Bashing Pol, Gets the Boot

by Julianne Hing on November 10 2011, 10:32AM

In the state’s first-ever recall, voters said enough already with the immigration-enforcement obsession and fired the man considered one of Arizona’s most powerful politicians. Julianne Hing looks at the election and its meaning.

Topics: Immigration

Apple Fakes Deportation Raid in Pursuit of iPhone 5 Prototype

Apple Fakes Deportation Raid in Pursuit of iPhone 5 Prototype

by Jorge Rivas on November 8 2011, 2:40PM

Employees posed as San Francisco police and threatened deportation while hunting the lost phone.

Topics: Immigration

How Can We Stop ICE from Shattering Families? [Reader Forum]

How Can We Stop ICE from Shattering Families? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on November 7 2011, 9:40AM

Readers discuss ARC’s new report, which lays out how children are being taken from undocumented parents.

Topics: Immigration

Driving Undocumented Parents Underground Hurts Students

Driving Undocumented Parents Underground Hurts Students

by Julianne Hing on November 4 2011, 9:54AM

According to a new report, legalization for parents helps kids perform better in school.

Topics: Immigration

New York Rep. José Serrano Blasts ICE Over Foster Care Stats

New York Rep. José Serrano Blasts ICE Over Foster Care Stats

by Jorge Rivas on November 3 2011, 1:07PM

He called on the Department of Homeland Security to halt and review all deportations in which kids could be impacted.

Topics: Immigration

U.S. Deports 46K Parents With Citizen Kids in Just Six Months

U.S. Deports 46K Parents With Citizen Kids in Just Six Months

by on November 3 2011, 9:30AM

Data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals nearly a quarter of people deported in first half of 2011 were parents with U.S. citizen children. That’s a dramatic increase from the 10-year period before the Obama administration.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration, Felipe Montes

Thousands of Kids Lost From Parents In U.S. Deportation System

Thousands of Kids Lost From Parents In U.S. Deportation System

by on November 2 2011, 8:00AM

A yearlong investigation by Colorlines.com’s publisher, the Applied Research Center, found more than 5,000 children stuck in foster care because their parents were detained by ICE. One in four deportees have U.S.-born kids and face total loss of parental rights.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration, Felipe Montes

ICE Slows Routine Searches of Buses, Trains, Airports Along Northern Border

ICE Slows Routine Searches of Buses, Trains, Airports Along Northern Border

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2011, 1:16PM

Advocates hope the change will lead to less racial profiling along the border.

Topics: Immigration

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Visits Alabama, Praises Immigration Law HB 56

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Visits Alabama, Praises Immigration Law HB 56

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2011, 3:06PM

The politician who brought us Arizona’s SB 1070 says she’s encouraged by Alabama’s tough approach.

Topics: Alabama Immigration, Immigration, Video

ICE Agent During Search: 'The Warrant is Coming Out of My Balls'

ICE Agent During Search: ‘The Warrant is Coming Out of My Balls’

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2011, 12:09PM

The ACLU alleges that ICE’s tactics are growing dirtier by the day.

Topics: Immigration

Counties Defy Feds, Vow Not to Detain Immigrants on ICE's Behalf

Counties Defy Feds, Vow Not to Detain Immigrants on ICE’s Behalf

by Julianne Hing on October 25 2011, 10:00AM

Both Santa Clara County and Washington, D.C. are finding ways around the federal government’s Secure Communities deportation program.

Topics: Immigration

Colorado Town Debates Whether School Police Can Also Work for ICE

Colorado Town Debates Whether School Police Can Also Work for ICE

by Julianne Hing on October 21 2011, 9:53AM

Kids in the tiny town of Carbondale had to see their school police officer also deport their families during immigration raids.

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

Documentary Pries Open the Door to Immigrant Detention Centers

Documentary Pries Open the Door to Immigrant Detention Centers

by on October 18 2011, 10:03AM

Latina journalist Maria Hinojosa’s “Lost in Detention” airs tonight on PBS’ Frontline. Colorlines.com spoke with Hinojosa about reporting the film, and the up-close reality of warehousing immigrants awaiting deportation.

Topics: Immigration, Media

DREAM Activist Describes Fear After Alabama's HB 56: 'I'm Not The Only One'

DREAM Activist Describes Fear After Alabama’s HB 56: ‘I’m Not The Only One’

by Julianne Hing on October 18 2011, 10:00AM

Victor Palafox is a 19-year-old student organizer who’s living through the awful reality of the nation’s strictest anti-immigrant law.

Topics: Alabama Immigration, Immigration

Blocked! Court Grants Emergency Stay on Key Parts of Alabama Law

Blocked! Court Grants Emergency Stay on Key Parts of Alabama Law

by Julianne Hing on October 14 2011, 4:19PM

An appeals court today put brakes on the portion of Alabama’s harsh new immigration law that mandated public schools track students’ immigration status. Two weeks after the law went into effect, reports are mounting of kids avoiding school.

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