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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

How Racist is U.S. Immigration Policy?

by Michelle Chen on November 14 2009, 12:22AM

It’s been over a century since the U.S. government wrote racial exclusion into law, and for the past few generations, American immigration policy and race have courted each other without directly overlapping—at least not on paper. Yet, even in…

Topics: Immigration, National Security

Immigrant Widow to Feds: Oh No, You Get Back Here

by Leticia Miranda on November 13 2009, 5:45PM

This is a great story to end the week. Lin Li Qu, the widow of an undocumented Chinese immigrant, is refusing to let the US government dodge responsibility for the cruel conditions that her husband faced at a Rhode Island…

Topics: Immigration

The Weekly Diaspora: Deporting Dobbs

by Guest Columnist on November 12 2009, 11:24AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger After 30 years, commentator Lou Dobbs—infamous for his tirades against undocumented immigrants—has left CNN, as TPM reports. Dobbs employed disturbing, dangerous, and dated language to slur immigrants, often equating them with disease and infection. There…

Topics: Immigration

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