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

Temporary Protected Status for Haitians Begins Today, but Doesn’t Apply to Everyone

by Jorge Rivas on January 21 2010, 9:54AM

According to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano the U.S. may be home to as many as 200,000 undocumented Haitian immigrants. Starting today the Obama administration is allowing Haitians who have been in the U.S. without legal status before January 12…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Haiti Smashed, Diaspora Shaken, Deportations Frozen

by Michelle Chen on January 13 2010, 11:39PM

The devastation in Haiti is unrelenting, an avalanche of natural catastrophe exacerbated by man-made injustice. Perhaps 100,000 feared dead, homes shattered, people digging neighbors out of rubble without safe food, water or electricity. It’s hard to fathom just how…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration, News Items

Haiti Shaken By Quake: What the U.S. Can Do

by Michelle Chen on January 13 2010, 12:48AM

Yet another calamity has besieged Haiti. The poorest country in the Western hemisphere has been pummeled by a massive earthquake. The initial quake had a magnitude of 7.0, but New York Times reports that the disaster continues to reverberate:…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration, News Items

Immigration Reform Can Bring $1.5 Trillion Economic Growth

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2010, 5:11PM

The Center for American Progress teamed up with UCLA Chicano studies professor Dr. Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda to study the economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform. The report, “Raising the floor for American workers: the economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform”,…

Topics: Immigration

Shocking New York Times Article Uncovers Efforts to Conceal Immigrant Deaths in Detention

by Guest Columnist on January 11 2010, 6:08PM

This post originally appeared at A New York Times article has revealed scathing information about grave abuses of power by immigration officials desperate to conceal the deaths and mistreatment of immigrants in detention. This includes covering up evidence…

Topics: Immigration

“Waving While Latino”: NY Town Brings Anti-Immigrant Policy to New Level

by Julianne Hing on January 8 2010, 12:14PM

Every time I think anti-immigrant weasels have run out of ways to discriminate against immigrants, a gem of a news item comes along to slap me in the face. Like this one, out of Oyster Bay in New York’s Nassau…

Topics: Immigration

The Weekly Diaspora: Real Immigration Reform in 2010

by Guest Columnist on January 7 2010, 1:09PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger “Is it ever ‘the right time’ to pass immigration reform and a path to legalization?” asks Maribel Hastings at New America Media. The short answer? Yes. Our national economic situation dictates that we are smart…

Topics: Immigration

Marshall Islanders: Health Care Reform Survivors?

by Michelle Chen on January 6 2010, 11:51PM

By now, anyone who’s been following the health care battle in Congress knows that the gulf between aspiration and reality has become a chasm, and even the marginally progressive elements, like a broad public health program, may be scrubbed…

Topics: Health, Immigration

The Decade of Fear: A Radical Desi Meditation on The End of The Zeros

by Guest Columnist on January 5 2010, 6:45PM

By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha On the last day of the first decade, I stay home. There are parties across the bridge, but because I have spent five hours piloting a friend to a Stinson Beach visit in a 1992 Honda…

Topics: Immigration, National Security

Asylum Seekers Spared the Worst of the Immigration Crisis?

by Michelle Chen on December 18 2009, 12:09AM

The prospects for meaningful immigration reform look treacherously dim, but the White House did start dealing with one blight in the immigration system this week. Starting next year, in theory, people fleeing torture and persecution will be able to…

Topics: Immigration

The Weekly Diaspora: CIR ASAP the First Step to Reform

by Guest Columnist on December 17 2009, 3:34PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger On Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR-ASAP). Rep. Gutierrez said that the bill represents “the final push for comprehensive immigration reform,” as…

Topics: Immigration

CIR ASAP? Get In Line

by Debayani Kar on December 15 2009, 4:17PM

Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) led the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus in formally introducing their bill today for comprehensive immigration reform. Titled CIR ASAP (or more formally,…

Topics: Immigration

Shifting Climate, Moving People: Immigration and Climate Justice

by Michelle Chen on December 15 2009, 9:36AM

The impasse in Copenhagen underscores just how interconnected, and perhaps collectively doomed, we all are in the face of global climate change. And like the rapid currents of trade coursing around the globe, environmental destruction is reshaping the flow…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs, Immigration

La Americana: One Continent. Two Countries. A World Apart.

by Leticia Miranda on December 11 2009, 2:44PM

Maria del Carmen Rojas is an undocumented Bolivian immigrant who was forced to leave her home for New York City after a devastating bus accident left her daughter, Carla, paralyzed from the waist down. Drowning in medical bills and…

Topics: Immigration

Weekly Diaspora: Unemployment Feeding Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

by Guest Columnist on December 10 2009, 12:36PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger The nation’s 10% unemployment rate is feeding anti-immigrant sentiment, as Marcelo Ballvé reports for New America Media. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) critiqued President Barack Obama’s recent jobs summit as “fatally flawed” because President Obama did…

Topics: Immigration