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 and Colorlines contributor, as “a typical left-wing activist coward propagandist.” Have a listen: Dobbs…

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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. 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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