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An Open Letter to Target, Regarding “Illegal Alien” Costume for Halloween

by Yvonne Yen Liu on October 16 2009, 10:00PM

via Cindy Mosqueda at Loteria Chicana & LA Eastside Dear Target, What’s up with this “Illegal Alien” costume? I don’t get why a corporation that boasts about giving back to the community (can’t say I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the ¡Bienvenido…

Topics: Immigration

Immigration Chaos: Rule of Law versus Rule by Fear

by Michelle Chen on October 16 2009, 9:56PM

The White House’s vows to reform immigration enforcement have met a mixture of tepid praise and cynical frustration from advocates. The Center for American Progress says that despite “good intentions,” the administration’s promises to make the system more rational…

Topics: Immigration

Milwaukee PD Can’t Demand to See Your SSN

by Leticia Miranda on October 16 2009, 11:42AM

The Milwaukee Police Department just released a memo that says they’ll be nice about asking for your Social Security Number. They’re pledging: no more threats, no more hostility. The reform came after Matt Nelson, a local small business owner…

Topics: Immigration

Weekly Diaspora: Moving Immigration Reform Forward

by Guest Columnist on October 15 2009, 12:59PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger A crowd of thousands gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday, to lobby for and support immigration reform, as Debayani Kar writes for RaceWire. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus “presented his key principles…

Topics: Immigration

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Second Time’s a Charm?

by Guest Columnist on October 14 2009, 12:36AM

Written by: Debayani Kar Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has just unveiled the contours of a new immigration reform bill meant to address the current legislative void as Obama administration officials move instead toward de…

Topics: Immigration

Basta Dobbs!: Watch the Video, Sign the Pledge

by on October 13 2009, 9:27AM

Nobody has done more to spread hate and lies than Lou Dobbs, who spouts his anti-Latino vitriol into American living rooms every night. His words are dangerous. Late last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported an increase in…

Topics: Immigration, Media

Exit Strategies: Immigrants and the Issue of Overstayed Visas

by Guest Columnist on October 13 2009, 8:35AM

Written by Adebe DeRango-Adem Despite the extensive measures used by DHS officials to control who enters the country, there is no current system for verifying when foreign visitors leave. The New York Times recently ran a story on Hosam Maher…

Topics: Immigration

Show them the door: Arpaio and 287(g)

by Terry Keleher on October 12 2009, 3:25PM

In the wake of last week’s actions by the Department of Homeland Security to limit Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s ability to enforce federal immigration laws—and Arpaio’s open defiance—today’s New York Times raises the right questions in its editorial “Wrong…

Topics: Immigration

Even Government Knows the Immigration System is Broken

by Leticia Miranda on October 9 2009, 12:30PM

Next week, the Obamas will be hosting a party celebration in honor of “Hispanic Heritage Month.” Unfortunately, I wasn’t invited. But it’s definitely not the time to break out that dusty sombrero, sip on strawberry margaritas and sing “La…

Topics: Immigration

The Diaspora: A Return to Reason

by Guest Columnist on October 8 2009, 10:07AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger After the shadowy Bush years, the emergence of reasonable policy can be a little surprising. Immigration law has suffered from a lack of planning and is often influenced by fear rooted in the Sept. 11…

Topics: Immigration

Tomato Pickers Harvest Labor Justice in Florida

by Michelle Chen on October 8 2009, 6:12AM

If someone offered to carry your groceries home, you’d probably thank them. But every day, a typical migrant farmworker in Florida could gather over two tons of tomatoes for America’s supermarkets and fast-food joints and be thanked only with…

Topics: Immigration

FBI to Muslim Man: Spy for Us or We’ll Deport You

by Leticia Miranda on October 7 2009, 1:00PM

Foad Farahi is just one of many people caught between the political crosscurrents of nationhood, xenophobia and the Bush-led “war on terror.” He came here on a student visa and when it expired, he sought political asylum from persecution…

Topics: Immigration, National Security, Politics

White House Raises Hopes for Kinder, Gentler Immigrant Detention

by Michelle Chen on October 6 2009, 9:45PM

All this could be yours. Federal detention facility, Batavia, New York. Soon, undocumented immigrants may be eligible to enjoy an expense-paid hotel stay just before being jetted off to their country of origin, never to see their families again,…

Topics: Immigration

Arpaio Shakes His Fist at 287(g) Justice

by Julianne Hing on October 6 2009, 3:52PM

I don’t get to say it very often on RaceWire, but this post contains only good news. And good immigration news at that. Let’s start with the smaller headlines. Cities across the U.S. are coming to their senses around 287(g)!…

Topics: Immigration

Latino Lawmakers Urge Obama to Take the High Road on Immigration

by Michelle Chen on October 2 2009, 1:29AM

A few weeks ago, several hundred advocacy organizations demanded that the Obama administration overturn the aggressive enforcement policies that have alienated immigrant communities over the past eight years. The mounting opposition to one of the most controversial Bush Era…

Topics: Immigration

Activists’ PEN is Mightier than the Border

by Guest Columnist on October 1 2009, 10:58AM

by Adebe DeRango-Adem, research intern at the Applied Research Center. Scholars should know the ABCs of United States visa processes if they’re hoping to participate in any sort of intellectual activity — including the right to speak. As the new…

Topics: Immigration

Weekly Immigration Wire: Racism and Reform

by Guest Columnist on October 1 2009, 10:47AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger It’s a sad irony that a President who wants to unite opposing factions presides over an increasingly entrenched and partisan political landscape. There seems to be no satisfactory compromise for both the health care…

Topics: Immigration

Radio Program Helps Out Vietnamese Parents

by Leticia Miranda on September 30 2009, 9:00AM

In a new media world, we are often evaluating the role “old” media has to play in communication. And the discussion is prompted by some important questions: how do we create dialogue? with who and where? using what tools?…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

Univision’s Jorge Ramos Asks Obama Why He’s Been Using The “I” Word

by Jorge Rivas on September 29 2009, 7:44AM

Univision’s Jorge Ramos has been one of the only journalist in the U.S. to remind Obama about his promises of comprehensive immigration reform in the first year of his presidency. Last week, when Obama was running through the major…

Topics: Immigration

Salvadoreños Get Organized

by Leticia Miranda on September 28 2009, 3:11PM

Last Week, about 150 leaders in Salvadoran communities across the United States met at the the First Salvadoran American Leadership Summit in Washington. The group planned to lobby Congress about a path towards citizenship for those in the community…

Topics: Immigration, Politics