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

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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;…

Topics: Immigration

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 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…

Topics: Immigration

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

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

From our friends at 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…

Topics: Immigration

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