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

Citizens-Only Santa Coming to A Charity Near You

by Tracy Kronzak on December 1 2009, 5:51PM

Christmas is the time of year when most people who celebrate this holiday are asked to look into their hearts and do something more to give to family, friends, and the community. Unless, of course, these people aren’t U. S….

Topics: Immigration

Sheriff Arpaio Forces Woman to Give Birth in Shackles

by Terry Keleher on December 1 2009, 12:22PM

It’s hard to imagine how Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio could possibly stoop any lower in his zeal to arrest and humiliate people who are, or look like, immigrants, whether they have legal status or not. But Arpaio, who is…

Topics: Immigration

“Good White Stock”: Child Refugees of the British Empire

by Michelle Chen on November 26 2009, 5:47AM

Forced migration, displacement, and racial social engineering are ugly modern phenomena that we typically associate with the denigration of oppressed racial and religious groups. But we recently got a glimpse of a colonization effort that in some ways inverted…

Topics: History, Immigration

Does the American Dream Have an Expiration Date?

by Michelle Chen on November 21 2009, 7:26AM

When making the case for immigration’s contribution to society, activists reflexively highlight the economic resilience of immigrant families, particularly their seemingly ceaseless drive to work their way up from poverty. While the tired “American Dream” mythology seems perilously naive…

Topics: Immigration

The Weekly Diaspora: Fort Hood, Pundits and Immigration Reform

by Guest Columnist on November 19 2009, 1:35PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger First it was immigrants from Mexico, now Muslims in the armed services. After the tragic shootings at Fort Hood, conservative pundits are verbally attacking Muslims and Arab-Americans, much like they have vilified the immigrant community….

Topics: Immigration

Immigration Reform 2010: Yellow Light for Migrants

by Guest Columnist on November 19 2009, 12:43PM

By Adebe D.A. For over a decade, 287(g) programs have been put into place to deter “illegal” immigration in the US. This past weekend, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano headed talks at the Center for American Progress about yet another overhaul…

Topics: Immigration