Today in Anti-Muslim Party Politics: Dutch Edition

by Michelle Chen on June 10 2010, 12:15PM

With the Tea Party making inroads in primaries across the country, you might think the rabid outbursts and vapid sloganeering are a peculiarly American phenomenon. But in fact, Thursday’s elections in the Netherlands show that the U.S. has no monopoly…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Conflicting Reports Of Border Patrol Shooting

by Julianne Hing on June 9 2010, 6:27PM

FBI officials and eyewitnesses agree that rocks were thrown Monday evening right before a Border Patrol agent shot and killed a 15-year-old boy who was on the Mexican side of the El Paso-Juarez border. They also agree that the slain…

Topics: Immigration

Latinos Leave Arizona in Droves

Latinos Leave Arizona in Droves

by Jamilah King on June 9 2010, 2:33PM

If the understated intention of Arizona’s new immigration law was to maintain the state’s white majority, it appears to be working.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

Cops Call Oil Spill Workers Immigrant Gangsters

Cops Call Oil Spill Workers Immigrant Gangsters

by Brentin Mock on June 9 2010, 12:00PM

A sheriff has set up checkpoints and called federal agents to BP’s cleanup sites because he says “illegal aliens” are building “criminal enterprises”—just like they did after Katrina.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill, Immigration

Anger, But No Shock at Border Patrol Shooting of Teen

by Julianne Hing on June 8 2010, 7:35PM

Maria del Rosario and Maria Guadalupe Huereca, sister and mother of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca. Last night a 14-year-old boy named Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca on the Mexican side of the El Paso-Juarez border was shot and killed by a…

Topics: Immigration

BREAKING: La. Sheriff Ordered ‘Illegal Alien’ Probe of Oil Spill Workers

by Guest Columnist on June 8 2010, 6:58PM

By Brentin Mock St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack Stephens acknowledged today that his office requested federal immigration officials search for undocumented workers among those cleaning up BP’s oil spill. After a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department initially denied involvement*—and federal…

Topics: Immigration

Border Patrol Kills Mexican Teen Near El Paso, Texas

by Julianne Hing on June 8 2010, 11:42AM

UPDATE 3:50PM ET: A city spokesperson from teenage victim Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca’s hometown of Juarez condemned the shooting, saying that Hernandez was with other friends playing around the international Paso del Norte bridge. CNN reports that Hernandez, who was…

Topics: Immigration

It’s Official, No Immigration Reform This Year, But More Enforcement Anyway

by on June 7 2010, 2:33PM

The last glimmers of hope that a comprehensive immigration reform bill would pass this year are rapidly fading in Washington. In place of a broad bill, advocates and policy makers are now moving toward a piecemeal approach to immigration reform…

Topics: Immigration

Under Political Siege, Muslim Americans Confront America’s Ugly Side

by Michelle Chen on June 7 2010, 12:02PM

Besieged by media attacks and riven by internal conflicts, Muslim American communities have been wrestling with an identity crisis for years now. The latest slew of “homegrown terrorism” allegations has prompted the Obama administration to show that it’s at least…

Topics: Immigration, National Security, Politics

Feds Target Oil Spill Workers in Immigration Probe

Feds Target Oil Spill Workers in Immigration Probe

by Kai Wright on June 4 2010, 4:18PM

Federal officials have been targeting BP’s job sites in Louisiana in a hunt for undocumented workers who are risking their lives to clean up the disastrous oil spill.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill, Immigration

Jan Brewer, Obama Have A “Cordial” Chat About SB1070

by Julianne Hing on June 3 2010, 4:23PM

UPDATE 6:30pm ET In her post-meeting press conference, Jan Brewer commented on the ongoing boycott efforts against Arizona. “At this point in time, I don’t think we have felt any of that impact,” she said. Not according to Phoenix Mayor…

Topics: Immigration

Even Border Patrol Says: Talk of Border Violence Overblown

by Julianne Hing on June 3 2010, 12:00PM

You wouldn’t know it from the way Republicans like Senator John McCain and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer talk about the U.S.-Mexico border, but the region is not the lawless, violence-ridden land it’s portrayed to be. At least not according to…

Topics: Immigration

Sex Assault Charges Back in ICE Detention Centers

by on June 3 2010, 11:10AM

Immigration and Customs Enforcement quietly announced last week that it is investigating alleged sexual assault at a privately run immigrant detention center in Texas. The incident is the latest in a string of sexual assault charges and convictions at Texas…

Topics: Immigration

Jan Brewer’s Daddy Died Fighting Nazis…Ten Years After WWII Ended

by Julianne Hing on June 3 2010, 10:18AM

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who will be meeting with President Obama today in Washington, D.C. to discuss immigration issues in her state, was caught in a little lie yesterday. Brewer, who was obviously speaking from the heart, told a reporter…

Topics: Immigration

Los Angeles County Joins Arizona Boycott

by Julianne Hing on June 2 2010, 10:42AM

Last night, the Los Angeles County board of supervisors voted 3-2 to boycott the state of Arizona. The county has $26 million worth of contracts with the state right now and promised not to enter into new contracts and review…

Topics: Immigration

Scenes from AZ SB1070 Protest in Phoenix [Video/Photos]

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2010, 11:25AM

An official crowd estimate was not available for Saturday’s SB1070 protest in Phoenix, Arizona, but officials overheard on the police scanner estimated the crowd at about 30,000. The march, organized by National Day Laborer Organizing Network and PUENTE Learning…

Topics: Immigration

The Disappearing Children of Arizona

The Disappearing Children of Arizona

by Michelle Chen on June 1 2010, 10:27AM

Public schools anticipate steep drops in enrollment that may be tied to swelling fears about the new anti-immigrant law.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

Join The Day of Action Against SB1070 Tomorrow In Phoenix

by Julianne Hing on May 28 2010, 7:18PM

Tomorrow in Phoenix, tens of thousands will be meeting at Steele Indian School Park at 8AM for a pre-rally and performances before starting a six-mile march (at 10AM, for the sleepyheads) south past the Wells Fargo bank, the federal…

Topics: Immigration

10 of the Web's Most Viral Immigration Parodies

10 of the Web’s Most Viral Immigration Parodies

by Jorge Rivas on May 28 2010, 12:00PM

There’s nothing funny about the rightward drift of immigration policy—well, unless you’re a great satirist.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration

New Study: Immigration Lowers Crime

by Daisy Hernandez on May 27 2010, 11:49AM

Immigration peaked during the 1990s in the U.S. while the rates of robberies and murders dropped. Coincidence? We think not and neither does Tim Wadsworth, a University of Colorado professor, who—using Census data and FBI crime reports—found that in 459…

Topics: Immigration