A Broken System: Fragments of An Immigration Debate

by Guest Columnist on October 21 2009, 1:14PM

By Adebe DeRango-Adem The Immigration Policy Center released a new report today, “Breaking Down the Problems: What’s Wrong With our Immigration System.” They kicked off the report release with a national teleconference this afternoon. Speakers on the conference attempted to…

Topics: Immigration

We Did Not Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us

by Leticia Miranda on October 20 2009, 3:10PM

The Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras/Indigenous Alliance Without Borders has just launched a new campaign to secure the homelands of indigenous tribes living along the US-Mexico border from California to Texas. According to an article at Narcosphere: Indigenous Peoples living…

Topics: Immigration

Introduction: Torn Apart

Introduction: Torn Apart

by Julianne Hing on October 20 2009, 12:00PM

From New York to Jamaica, families struggle to stay together.

Topics: Immigration

Double Punishment

Double Punishment

by on October 20 2009, 12:00PM

Families of color are punished twice by immigration and criminal justice systems that don’t provide equal justice.

Topics: Immigration

Home in Name Only

Home in Name Only

by Julianne Hing on October 20 2009, 12:00PM

Deportees struggle to survive in an unfamiliar and unwelcoming place: the country of their birth.

Topics: Immigration

Justice for San Francisco Immigrant Youth

by Leticia Miranda on October 19 2009, 2:30PM

San Francisco immigrant youth and advocates are planning to attend tomorrow’s City Council vote to adopt a policy that would restore due process for immigrant youth who are arrested for a felony. The last and final hearing is scheduled for…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Senate: No Healthcare for Undocumented

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2009, 9:59AM

Written by: M. Junaid Levesque-Alam This post originally appeared on In the absence of real movement on immigration reform, the undocumented are facing increasingly harsh treatment from the government. The healthcare bill passed by the Senate Finance Committee…

Topics: Immigration

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