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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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

Rinku Sen on “Illegal”: Word is a Gateway to Racism and Exploitation [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 10 2009, 11:12AM

Perhaps the most talked-about moment of President Obama’s address to Congress last night followed the dismissal of rumors that the new health care plan would cover ‘illegal immigrants.’ Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) was so outraged that he yelled, from…

Topics: Immigration, Video & Multimedia

Joe Wilson’s Immigration Racism Isn’t Black and White [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 10 2009, 10:28AM

Ta-Nehisi Coates has said some stuff I really dug about the fallacy of approaching racism as though it’s a solely interpersonal problem that’s solvable overnight. That said, I think he’s not addressing the whole picture when he says: I…

Topics: Immigration

Say It Ain’t So, Joe: Shouting Down Immigrants and Healthcare Reform

by Michelle Chen on September 9 2009, 8:51PM

Just who was that shrill voice heckling the President from the gallery at tonight’s healthcare reform speech? None other than Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina and vaunted protector of American borders and American values. Wilson’s latest contribution to…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Immigrant Workers at Home: Hired Hands Hold Family Bonds

by Michelle Chen on September 4 2009, 9:24PM

In American households, the divide between the home and the workplace is always evolving, and immigrants are shaping that evolution more than we know. Immigrant women workers today form a pillar of the middle-class family. As nannies, housekeepers and…

Topics: Economy, Immigration

Weekly Immigration Wire: DIY Immigration Reform

by Guest Columnist on September 3 2009, 10:24AM

By Nezua, TMC Mediawire Blogger Many immigration reform activists feel stymied and frustrated by the Obama Administration’s approach to immigration. Because the administration has not clearly denounced the racially-based violence and sentiment fueled by groups like FAIR and pundits like…

Topics: Immigration

Finally, Hundreds of Groups Challenge Obama on Immigrant Crackdowns

by Michelle Chen on August 28 2009, 7:59PM

About 520 immigrant, racial justice and civil rights advocacy groups are have rallied to demand that the Obama administration scrap the 287(g) program. A disturbing hallmark of the Bush administration’s law-and-order approach, the program enables federal authorities and local…

Topics: Immigration

Weekly Immigration Wire: Kennedy Was Friend to Immigrants

by Guest Columnist on August 27 2009, 10:16AM

By Nezua, TMC Mediawire Blogger Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death yesterday was a blow to the immigrant community, as New America Media reports. For over 40 years, Kennedy was a tireless fighter for immigrant rights and is remembered for many valuable…

Topics: Immigration

Spinning a Sweatshop Story from Chinatown to City Hall

by Michelle Chen on August 26 2009, 9:42PM

While at least one New York politician is wriggling away from accusations of playing the race card, New York City Councilmember John Liu—a rare Asian American elected official and candidate for city controller—is scrambling to clear the record on…

Topics: Immigration

30% Unemployment, Pre-Recession: Immigrant Communities Need Real Recovery [VIDEO]

by on August 26 2009, 1:29PM

Crossposted at Huffington Post. Last week, the world’s central bankers got together for a little strategy session in Colorado, and declared that the recovery is on its way. This is the way it works with recessions. They ravage the world,…

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Video & Multimedia

For One Sikh, The Long Ride to Just Immigration Reform

by Guest Columnist on August 26 2009, 10:23AM

By Sonny Singh This post originally appeared on the Sikh Coalition blog. Yesterday afternoon I joined several faith leaders from diverse communities for a meeting with Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) in his district office in Kew Gardens, Queens to discuss…

Topics: Immigration

The Language of Good Health: Pharmacy Access in New York

by Michelle Chen on August 25 2009, 9:37PM

Patients are expected to follow the doctor’s orders, but for many immigrants who can’t read or speak English easily, taking your daily medicine means finding a friend or family member to translate a prescription, or just making an educated…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Beyond ‘Hard-Working’: Rinku Sen Talks About Talking About Race at Netroots Nation [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on August 25 2009, 11:32AM

Courtesy of Sum of Change, here’s our own Rinku Sen (executive director of the Applied Research Center, publisher of ColorLines, author of The Accidental American) at Netroots Nation 2009. Speaking on the “Stepping it up: Creating Powerful Multiracial Alliances…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, Media, Video & Multimedia