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Portraits of San Diego’s Immigrant Day Laborers

by Guest Columnist on November 11 2009, 2:53PM

By David Bacon Click after the jump to view more photos. In Oceanside, Carlsbad, Del Mar and north San Diego County, immigrant day laborers wait by the side of the road, hoping a contractor will stop and offer them work….

Topics: Immigration

The Weekly Diaspora: Immigration Impacts Everything

by Guest Columnist on November 5 2009, 12:20PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger While many pundits and political analysts are musing about what Tuesday’s mixed bag election results mean for Obama administration, New America Media reports that “there’s another trend to watch; the surprising prominence of immigration politics.”…

Topics: Immigration

NYC Marathon Winner is Not American Enough

by Jorge Rivas on November 3 2009, 11:13AM

CNBC Sports Business Reporter, Darren Rovell, wrote an online article titled “Marathon’s Headline Win is Empty”, in reference to an American finally winning the NYC marathon. “It’s a stunning headline: American Wins Men’s NYC Marathon For First Time Since ‘82”…

Topics: Immigration

The Weekly Diaspora: Legislating Hate

by Guest Columnist on October 29 2009, 10:42AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger Anti-immigration groups and pundits cling to phrases like “Illegal Alien” because they only focus on foreignness and danger. These extreme factions are all about casting immigrants as what ails our society, conjuring up demons…

Topics: Immigration

More Immigrants Seek Queer Asylum

by Leticia Miranda on October 28 2009, 1:00PM

Immigrant rights activists and immigration lawyers are seeing an increase in the number of immigrants seeking asylum because they fear persecution in their home countries for being transgender, gay or lesbian. The Associated Press reports: Since 1994, sexual orientation…

Topics: Immigration

In New York, Sanctuary for Immigrants Don’t Mean A Whole Lot [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on October 28 2009, 10:43AM

ARC’s own Seth Wessler and Janis Roshuevel, director of the immigrant defense network Families for Freedom, co-wrote a piece published in the Huffington Post interrogating New York’s self-proclaimed status as a sanctuary city for immigrants. While New York City purports…

Topics: Immigration

Legal Dissonance: Immigration Policies Clash with Worker Protections

by Michelle Chen on October 27 2009, 6:55PM

It’s hard to make sense of the news headlines about immigrant workers these days.A police sweep in Maricopa County, Arizona, home of the famously anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio, snatched up 66 people in the latest “crime-suppression sweep.” After figuring…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Immigration

Unlicensed Drivers Get 20-Minute Grace Period

by Leticia Miranda on October 27 2009, 12:57PM

San Francisco City has just reformed its policy on impounding the vehicles of unlicensed drivers. Starting next week, if you don’t have a license and you get pulled over, you have a full 20 minutes to get a hold…

Topics: Immigration

FBI and ICE Raid Halal Slaughterhouse

by Leticia Miranda on October 26 2009, 12:46PM

Over 100 FBI and ICE agents raided an Illinois Halal slaughterhouse last weekend and nearly every news report says that no one knows why. The First World Management provides goat, beef and lamb that is prepared according to Muslim standards….

Topics: Immigration, National Security

Risks and Returns: Exploiting the Immigrant Detention Industry

by Michelle Chen on October 23 2009, 4:37PM

Last winter, a remote Texas prison convulsed in a cry of outrage, voicing the desperation of the immigration system’s silenced captives.Two recent articles in the Boston Review and Texas Observer reflect on violent uprisings at the Reeves County Detention…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

The Weekly Diaspora: We Can Prosper Together

by Guest Columnist on October 22 2009, 12:23PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger For the most part, it’s been a good week for immigration reform. The Senate approved a measure that will end the “Widow Penalty,” which rescinded applications for U.S. residency if one’s spouse of two years…

Topics: Immigration

Torn Apart by Deportation Play

Torn Apart by Deportation

by Julianne Hing, Seth Wessler, Jorge Rivas on October 22 2009, 12:00PM

ColorLines investigates the effects of deportation on families of color. Introducing a four-part series.

Topics: Immigration

Torn Apart, Families Struggle to Stay Together

Torn Apart, Families Struggle to Stay Together

by on October 22 2009, 9:44AM

This piece was co-authored by Seth Wessler and Julianne Hing. In recent months, the Obama administration has announced plans to expand the 287(g) program despite widespread abuses and racial profiling. It’s also pouring money into “Secure Communities,” a program that…

Topics: Immigration

Arpaio Calls Undocumented Immigrants “Diseased” and “Dirty”

by Leticia Miranda on October 21 2009, 2:30PM

Oh yes, he did. Dawn Teo over at the Huffington Post’s blog wrote that last week, Arpaio said to GQ Magazine: All these people that come over, they could come with disease. There’s no control, no health checks or…

Topics: Immigration

A Broken System: Fragments of An Immigration Debate

by Guest Columnist on October 21 2009, 1:14PM

By Adebe DeRango-Adem The Immigration Policy Center released a new report today, “Breaking Down the Problems: What’s Wrong With our Immigration System.” They kicked off the report release with a national teleconference this afternoon. Speakers on the conference attempted to…

Topics: Immigration

We Did Not Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us

by Leticia Miranda on October 20 2009, 3:10PM

The Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras/Indigenous Alliance Without Borders has just launched a new campaign to secure the homelands of indigenous tribes living along the US-Mexico border from California to Texas. According to an article at Narcosphere: Indigenous Peoples living…

Topics: Immigration

Introduction: Torn Apart

Introduction: Torn Apart

by Julianne Hing on October 20 2009, 12:00PM

From New York to Jamaica, families struggle to stay together.

Topics: Immigration

Double Punishment

Double Punishment

by on October 20 2009, 12:00PM

Families of color are punished twice by immigration and criminal justice systems that don’t provide equal justice.

Topics: Immigration

Home in Name Only

Home in Name Only

by Julianne Hing on October 20 2009, 12:00PM

Deportees struggle to survive in an unfamiliar and unwelcoming place: the country of their birth.

Topics: Immigration

Justice for San Francisco Immigrant Youth

by Leticia Miranda on October 19 2009, 2:30PM

San Francisco immigrant youth and advocates are planning to attend tomorrow’s City Council vote to adopt a policy that would restore due process for immigrant youth who are arrested for a felony. The last and final hearing is scheduled for…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration