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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

Gardasil or Deportation? White Teen’s Case Highlights Racist Double Standard

by Channing Kennedy on September 28 2009, 6:00AM

Via Feministing comes the story of Simone Davis, a 17-year-old native Briton described as “an aspiring elementary school teacher and devout Christian.” Simone’s grandmother Jeannie, her legal guardian and a US citizen, has been trying for the last decade…

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Speaking of ‘Death Panels’: GA Hospital Closes Doors on Poor and Undocumented

by Leticia Miranda on September 25 2009, 10:48PM

Since the beginning of the healthcare debate, Sarah Palin has publicly decried the end-of-life option in healthcare reform as a “death panel.” She wrote about it on Facebook and recently went off about it in China. But what she…

Topics: Health, Immigration

In Health Insurance Debate, Who’s Covered?

by Michelle Chen on September 25 2009, 5:39PM

The media has circulating a haunting figure in recent days:45,000 deaths due to lack of health insurance—a grim marker of the depth of the country’s health care crisis. The statistic, from a new study by Harvard School of Medicine…

Topics: Health, Immigration, Politics

In the Shadow of the Postville, Iowa Raid

by Jorge Rivas on September 24 2009, 11:46AM

“In the shadow of the raid” is a short documentary by Greg Brosnan and Jennifer Szymaszek that looks at the aftermath of last years Postville, Iowa raids. via Street Dog Media When the US government stormed a Kosher meat…

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Weekly Immigration Wire: These Are American Stories

by Guest Columnist on September 24 2009, 9:43AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger As the immigration debate grows increasingly tense and intertwined with economic worries, cultural anxiety, and deep-seated racism and xenophobia, it is important to be clear about what’s at stake. This debate is about our humanity;…

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Lou Dobbs Leads Human Rights Crusade Against Roberto Lovato

by Michelle Chen on September 22 2009, 10:14PM

Media Matters has brought us this gem from the September 22 broadcast of The Lou DobbsShow, in which he takes denounces Roberto Lovato, founder of presente.org and Colorlines contributor, as “a typical left-wing activist coward propagandist.” Have a listen: Dobbs…

Topics: Immigration, Media

Finding “Criminal Aliens”: Turning Haystacks into Needles

by Michelle Chen on September 18 2009, 8:59PM

The Obama administration has promised to streamline immigration enforcement by targeting actual criminal offenders, as opposed to just civil immigration law violations (think more smuggled oozies, fewer expired tourist visas). But in Iowa, according to an investigation by the…

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Dobbs’ Brand of Journalism is Dangerous to Latinos in America. BastaDobbs.com Fights Back.

by Guest Columnist on September 17 2009, 5:31PM

From our friends at Presente.org. This week, the CNN anchor broadcast his radio show from the conference of anti-immigrant hate group FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Founded by a white nationalist, FAIR was linked earlier this year to…

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Race to the Bottom

by Guest Columnist on September 17 2009, 11:36AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger The immigration debate seems to be rushing forward on its own timetable—and without a structured frame to guide it, the effort is damaged from the start. As Rev. Luis Cortés, Jr., of Esperanza USA…

Topics: Immigration

Astronaut Hernandez Stands Up for Immigrant Rights

by Channing Kennedy on September 17 2009, 9:53AM

We talked a couple of weeks ago about NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez’s historic shuttle voyage. Since he’s touched back down to Earth, the story has gotten more interesting, as Hernandez has refused to be repudiated by NASA for speaking…

Topics: Immigration

Amor de Lejos: Who’s Telling Immigration’s Human Story?

by Guest Columnist on September 16 2009, 9:01AM

by Andrew Grant-Thomas, Deputy Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Last September in Chicago, I saw a play called “Amor de Lejos,” which is Spanish for “love from afar.” It was performed by a theater company…

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Immigration Lawyer of the Year: Joe Wilson

by Michelle Chen on September 15 2009, 9:47PM

Tuesday was Joe “You Lie” Wilson’s day of reckoning. Following his temper tantrum during Obama’s address on healthcare reform, the House, by a 240-179 vote, issued this stinging rebuke: Whereas on September 9, 2009, during the joint session of…

Topics: Health, Immigration, Politics

“Official Hate”: Nezua Explains Immigration’s 287(g) Provision [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 15 2009, 2:10PM

News With Nezua | Sept. 07, 2009 | 287g from nezua on Vimeo. If you’re like me, you know where you stand on the immigration debate (i.e. as far away as possible from the old white dudes with guns and…

Topics: Immigration, Video & Multimedia

Anti-Immigrant Network Invades Nation’s Capitol

by Terry Keleher on September 14 2009, 10:10AM

The New York Times ran an editorial last week that observed: “Illegal immigration is an all-purpose policy explosive. Toss it into any debate and, boom, discussion stops because you’ve got people afraid that benefits or services might be going…

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Right Flu, Wrong Swine

by Channing Kennedy on September 14 2009, 5:55AM

on a serious note: Interested in the facts behind the messaging around swine flu? RaceWire’s Yvonne Liu has written an excellent piece tracing swine flu to factory farm production in America, and showing how the same unfair labor practices that…

Topics: Immigration

Wilson’s Yelling Works: Dems “Close” Fictional Immigration “Loophole” Stupidly

by Channing Kennedy on September 11 2009, 9:24AM

Haw haw! That Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)! Yelling at the President, like a real clown! What a chump! That’s no way to get things done HEY HUH WHA “We really thought we’d resolved this question of people who are…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Weekly Immigration Wire: Piecemeal Reform is Dangerous

by Guest Columnist on September 11 2009, 5:33AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger We’re coming to the close of the year in which President Obama said that immigration reform would be a priority. But to date, the Obama administration has only extended harsh immigration enforcement provisions put…

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The Real Lie: We’re All Illegal

by Tracy Kronzak on September 10 2009, 2:41PM

I enjoyed President Obama’s speech last night, and I want to especially thank Representative Joe Wilson for eliminating any possibility of a cogent Republican response. But I’m not satisfied with the new health care plan by any means, and…

Topics: Immigration