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

Justice Sotomayor Uses The Word “Undocumented” In Supreme Court Case Decision

by Julianne Hing on December 9 2009, 6:08PM

Mohawk v. Carpenter According to the Houston Chronicle, Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s use of the word “undocumented immigrant” in her opinion for the case Mohawk Industries, Inc. vs. Carpenter marks the first time the phrase has been used in a Supreme…

Topics: Immigration

I.C.E. and the Unmanned Aerial “Predator” Drones to Patrol US/Mexico Sea Border

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2009, 5:31PM

This is the first unmanned aircraft that will be used to patrol at sea, said Juan Muñoz-Torres, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s office in Washington, D.C. Unlike the aircraft used to patrol over land, which rely…

Topics: Immigration

The Weekly Diaspora: Quiet Raids, Slippery ICE and Grinches

by Guest Columnist on December 3 2009, 1:14PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is shifting its focus to silent or “quiet” raids, as Erin Rosa reports for Campus Progress. In quiet raids, ICE conducts “audits” of staff at…

Topics: Immigration

Salvation Army Checks Its List Twice—for Immigration Status

by Michelle Chen on December 3 2009, 1:05AM

Note: This post has been UPDATED to reflect the Salvation Army’s new Santa screening policy: Want to know who’s naughty or nice this holiday season? According to a recent news report, the Salvation Army—that universal emblem of good will…

Topics: Immigration

Reevaluating Immigration Reform: What’s it Worth?

by Michelle Chen on December 2 2009, 6:58AM

The immigration debate these days looks more like a balance sheet than a political conversation. Reflecting the economic anxieties besieging politicians and voters, two competing views of immigrants emerge: as a vital contributor to the economy or a burden…

Topics: Immigration