Pay as They Go: The Cruel Calculus of Deportation

by Michelle Chen on March 21 2010, 1:02AM

On Sunday, thousands are set to rally in the capital to demand a just and fair immigration policy. Though the protesters will try to make their voices ring as loud as ever, perhaps nothing will speak more to the cause…

Topics: Immigration, Politics

National Council of La Raza Opposes Healthcare Bill As Is

by Jamilah King on March 19 2010, 4:35PM

Update, 3/21/10: Late Friday night NCLR announced that they had officially changed their position and are now supporting the healthcare bill. The group cited “significant improvements.” Yesterday, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) took a bold step by…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Rewriting History in Texas

by Michelle Chen on March 13 2010, 8:38PM

Rewriting history sounds like a daunting task, but an elite group of educational “experts” in Texas makes it look easy. In the Lone Star State, all you need to dictate education policy is an abiding faith in dead white men,…

Topics: History, Immigration, Politics, Schools & Youth

Conservatives: Immigration’s Bad for the Environment

by Jamilah King on March 11 2010, 10:01AM

As the immigration reform debate heats up on Capitol Hill, right wing opponents are uping the ante with sensationalist and factually inaccurate claims. The latest? Immigration increases the country’s ecological footprint. This latest claim came as part of a new…

Topics: Immigration

Immigration Reform in 2010? Here’s What’s on The Table Right Now.

by Julianne Hing on March 10 2010, 10:01AM

President Obama hasn’t abandoned immigration reform, mostly because immigration rights advocates won’t let him forget about the promises he made. We’ve been hearing whispers and murmurs about talks that President Obama has had with lead immigration bill authors Senators Chuck…

Topics: Immigration

The Redeemed Immigrant: NY Gov. Makes Exception to Corrupt Rules

by Michelle Chen on March 8 2010, 6:25AM

After the mistakes he made as a kid nearly got him kicked out of the country, Qing Hong Wu has gotten a precious second chance. Embattled New York Governor David Paterson took a brief respite from a maelstrom of political…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

California Sobriety Checkpoints Prove Profitable for Cities While Bankrupting Immigrants

by Jorge Rivas on March 3 2010, 11:02AM

A new report by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley with California Watch found that in 2009 California’s sobriety checkpoints nabbed about 3,000 drunk drivers off the road but also impounded the cars of 24,000 unlicensed drivers. The…

Topics: Immigration

Varick Is Closing, But That’s Not The Answer to Our Broken Detention System

by Julianne Hing on February 25 2010, 11:20AM

The Varick Federal Detention Facility is days away from closure, and this should be good news. But immigration advocates and activists gathered today in New York City to demand that ICE evaluate policies that mandate that immigrants must be held…

Topics: Immigration

Immigrants’ Invisible Presence in Health Care Debate

by Michelle Chen on February 20 2010, 12:12AM

You might be sick of hearing about health care by now, The politics of medicine grow messier by the day, dripping with empty jargon and industry lobbyists determined to eviscerate any substantive effort toward reform. Now imagine if you’ve…

Topics: Health, Immigration, Politics

Lawsuit Sheds Light on Guestworkers in Hostile Terrain

by Michelle Chen on February 17 2010, 10:24PM

“We felt like we were imprisoned, held captive. What else did he need, a whip?”—Vincente Vera Martínez, migrant forestry worker, from the Sacramento Bee series, “The Pineros” In the popular imagination, America’s forests serve as a sanctuary of nature, sheltered…

Topics: Immigration

Immigrants Fill Courtrooms Amid Vacuum of Justice

by Michelle Chen on February 16 2010, 9:38AM

The American Bar Association’s 510-page report on the need to overhaul immigration courts was not just an academic exercise. Several new analyses examine the crisis engulfing the courts, as well as the entire law enforcement racket that lawmakers have constructed…

Topics: Immigration

Farm Guestworker Standards Lifted From Worse to Bad

by Michelle Chen on February 13 2010, 6:19AM

Americans are obsessed with what they eat and where it comes from, and far less concerned about who does the work of bringing it to their table. Farm workers are some of the least visible facets of the food system,…

Topics: Immigration

American Bar Association Calls For New Immigration Court

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2010, 12:28PM

According to the New York Times, the American Bar Association (ABA) is recommending the creation of a separate immigration court system that would be similar to federal courts that decide tax cases. Patrick Young at describes the issues raised…

Topics: Immigration

Wages and Immigrants: ‘Cheap Labor’ Might Give You a Raise

by Michelle Chen on February 5 2010, 10:30PM

If you were one of the legions of pissed-off jobless folks out in force at the National Tea Party Convention this week, demonstrating against the “illegals” taking “your job,” you’re entitled to your opinion. But you should know that…

Topics: Immigration, Politics

What It Means To Be Undocumented

by Daisy Hernandez on February 5 2010, 5:00PM

Every family, like every country, has a narrative about itself, a story they come back to over and over again, that they tell at parties, on the front stoop, over café. They share these cuentos—adding and subtracting details as years…

Topics: Immigration

ICE’s Kids: Collateral Consequences of Immigration Raids

by Michelle Chen on February 3 2010, 9:38PM

The immigration system has never been known for being family friendly (unless you think parent-child detention helps maintain “family unity”). Yet as immigration enforcement has spilled into local police patrols, anti-drug law enforcement, national security, and the prison industrial…

Topics: Immigration

Immigration Reform Deserves More Than 38 Words

by Jorge Rivas on January 29 2010, 12:41PM

Tuesday’s State of the Union address was more than 7,500 words long and all President Obama devoted to the issue of immigration was 38 of the most neutral words he could possible use. And we should continue the work…

Topics: Immigration

The State of Immigration Reform: Going Rogue and the Cost of Doing Nothing

by Michelle Chen on January 27 2010, 4:48PM

On the eve of the State of the Union Address, protesters rallied in the nation’s capital to pressure the federal government to act on immigration reform. It was clear that immigrant advocacy groups fall into a long queue of communities…

Topics: Immigration, Politics

Is Scott Brown an Immigration Moderate?

by Guest Columnist on January 26 2010, 12:14PM

Written by Patrick Young, Esq. CARECEN This post originally appeared at Long Island Wins. Since late Tuesday, I’ve been asked a dozen or more times “Is Scott Brown an immigration moderate in the mold of other Northeastern Republicans?”. Based on…

Topics: Immigration

Immigrant Rights Leader Jean Montrevil Released

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2010, 12:22PM

It took an earthquake, but Jean Montrevil, whose arrest and deportation order has garnered nationwide protest was released last Saturday. He returned to his wife and four U.S. citizen children at home in Brooklyn. Montrevil had been detained by ICE…

Topics: Immigration