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

Obama Rushes to the Right on Immigration

by on May 27 2010, 9:00AM

When President Obama announced his plan on Monday to send 1,200 National Guard troops to “secure” the U.S.-Mexico border, he no doubt thought he was putting money down on immigration reform. The problem is that thus far in our sordid…

Topics: Immigration

Buy Chips And Beer Elsewhere: 4 Companies to Avoid

Buy Chips And Beer Elsewhere: 4 Companies to Avoid

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2010, 5:35PM

Arizona boycott organizers are going to start targeting specific companies whose owners have “contributed to hate in Arizona.”

Topics: Immigration

Obama Will Send 1,200 Troops to the Border

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2010, 4:10PM

President Obama plans to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to bolster border security measures. The troops will be accompanied by an extra $500 million President Obama has promised for border protection and law enforcement work. According…

Topics: Immigration

AZ Sen. Russell Pearce Smells Blood: Intends to Prey on US Citizen Children of Immigrants

by on May 21 2010, 9:30AM

Russell Pearce, the Arizona state Senator who spearheaded SB 1070, the harshest anti-immigrant law in the country, is not stopping there. His next assault may be on the 14th Amendment and the citizenship rights of US citizen children of immigrants….

Topics: Immigration

Costa Mesa, Calif. Declares Itself The Anti-Sanctuary City

by Julianne Hing on May 20 2010, 4:15PM

The Costa Mesa city council unanimously passed a resolution at the urging of Mayor Allan Mansoor on Tuesday night declaring itself a “rule of law” city that doesn’t condone unlawful immigration. “I have a lot of concerns with cities calling…

Topics: Immigration

How to Make a Boycott Matter Infographic

How to Make a Boycott Matter

by Julianne Hing on May 20 2010, 12:00PM

The outrage over Arizona has provoked a growing number of efforts to make the state pay. But will it? We consider the landscape of boycotts past and present.

Topics: Immigration

Is the DREAM Act a Military Recruiter’s Dream, too?

by Michelle Chen on May 20 2010, 10:03AM

Activists across the country have rallied around the DREAM Act as a first step toward comprehensive immigration reform. The DREAM Act, which broadens undocumented youths’ access to higher education, basically granting conditional relief to enable students to finish their…

Topics: Immigration