Language barriers in the courtroom

by Michelle Chen on July 7 2009, 7:39PM

When it comes to defending their rights, countless immigrants in the civil court system are at a loss for words. Although interpretation services are widely available in criminal cases, many non-English speakers in civil cases, which range from domestic…

Topics: Immigration

Children of Utah’s immigration crackdown

by Michelle Chen on July 7 2009, 3:51PM

Utah’s latest effort to clamp down on illegal immigration is hitting community-based child care providers on two fronts—undermining the businesses of immigrant care providers, and hurting the children of the low-income communities they serve. The state is rolling out…

Topics: Immigration

Weekly Immigration Wire: Whitehouse Meeting a First Step to Reform

by Guest Columnist on July 7 2009, 11:45AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger After postponing twice, President Obama finally met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on June 25 to discuss moving immigration reform legislation forward. The meeting was applauded by activists and advocates for immigration reform, as…

Topics: Immigration

DREAMer Walter Lara’s Delayed Deportation A Pyrrhic Victory for Immigrant Rights

by Julianne Hing on July 6 2009, 10:36AM

Walter Lara was supposed to spend this July 4th weekend saying his goodbyes to his family in Florida. The 23-year-old Orlando resident’s deportation order was set for today, July 6th. Lara graduated with an associate’s degree in computer animation from…

Topics: Immigration

Auditing away immigrant workers’ rights

by Michelle Chen on July 3 2009, 8:47PM

The Obama administration’s ambiguous promises on immigration reform are confusing enough, but the latest move to crack down on employers of undocumented immigrants may indicate that even if “comprehensive reform” legislation is on the horizon, justice for exploited immigrant…

Topics: Immigration

Working for ICE Won’t Help Your Deportation Case

by Leticia Miranda on July 1 2009, 1:20PM

It seems having ICE on your resume isn’t so helpful after all. CBS 5 in San Francisco reports a Pakistani American immigrant, who after 3 years of working as an undercover informant for ICE, is now facing deportation. “I…

Topics: Immigration

New America Media: Time for Immigration Reform is Now

by Cindy Von Quednow on June 29 2009, 2:33PM

New America Media, a national association of ethnic media, wrote an editorial calling for comprehensive immigration reform throughout the United States. NAM seeks to bring attention to the urgency and importance of fair immigration law by reaching ethnic outlets…

Topics: Immigration

Birthrights on the border

by Michelle Chen on June 26 2009, 9:38PM

Under the State Department’s new passport rules, even people born on the “right” side of the border have to worry about their papers. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which went into effect June 1, requires Americans passing across the…

Topics: Immigration

Minutemen Do More Than “Secure” Borders, Also Kill Arizona Dad and Daughter

by Cindy Von Quednow on June 25 2009, 12:18PM

Earlier this month, nine-year-old Brisenia Flores and her young father Raul were shot and killed during the night in their home in the border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Three suspects allegedly forced themselves into the family’s home dressed as law…

Topics: Immigration

Mock Graduates Lobby for Dream Act in D.C.

by Guest Columnist on June 23 2009, 2:34PM

By Sonia Guinansaca Today, June 23rd, 2009 youth around the nation are taking part in the National Graduation Day Ceremony in Washington, D.C. More than 500 students from all around the country are being mobilized to Capitol Hill, where they…

Topics: Immigration

ACORN and Al Sharpton Confront Phoenix Sheriff Arpaio

by Jonathan Adams on June 22 2009, 10:18AM

Over the weekend, groups gathered in Phoenix to protest Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racist policing. Al Sharpton joined the voices calling attention to the civil rights violations against immigrants. via New America Media by Khalil Abdullah Today, on Juneteenth, a…

Topics: Immigration

Weekly Immigration Wire: Key Legal Battles in Fight for Immigrant Rights

by Guest Columnist on June 17 2009, 11:19AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger While the United States’ legal system is founded on grand ideals like all humans being equal, the law is rarely as benevolent or efficient in practice, especially for immigrants. Different classes of people receive different…

Topics: Immigration

US Immigration Laws Created “Deportee Problem.” Real People Suffer the Stigma

by on June 17 2009, 9:18AM

The saying is widespread in Jamaica: “just like a deportee.” One might say of a beat up old car, “that thing is a deportee.” Something like a deportee is junk and this applies equally to inanimate objects and to…

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Speaking English a Requirement for Motherhood? Reunite Cirila Baltazar Cruz with her Baby

by Guest Columnist on June 15 2009, 5:00PM

by Cindy Von Quednow In Pascagoula, Mississippi, in November 2008, Cirila Baltazar Cruz gave birth to a baby girl. Soon after, her daughter was taken away from her because she could not communicate with the hospital attendants. Far away from…

Topics: Immigration

Why Deport Formerly Incarcerated Immigrants? Is the System Broken?

by on June 15 2009, 11:32AM

ColorLines magazine is in Jamaica this week investigating the devastating effect of American deportation policies on families. Check back for more updates soon. Christopher Johnson, 38, was deported from Washington, DC to Jamaica six weeks ago, after he finished…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Hope in the Hopelessness of Deportation

by Julianne Hing on June 14 2009, 10:12AM

ColorLines magazine is in Jamaica this week investigating the devastating effect of American deportation policies on families. Check back for more updates soon. We’ve talked with a lot of deportees in Kingston since we arrived earlier this week. Even for…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Local (in)hospitality

by Michelle Chen on June 8 2009, 9:00PM

Official attitudes toward immigrants across America are remarkably diverse, ranging from public embrace to stiff exclusion. If you happened to pass through Tennessee last week, you might have heard Republican lawmaker Joe Carr vigorously slamming the door on undocumented…

Topics: Immigration, Politics

UAFA Would Keep Shirley Tan with her Partner and Kids

by Gina Acebo on June 5 2009, 9:37AM

This is Shirley Tan, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). UAFA would allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their same-sex partners for family-based immigration. Tan fled to the U.S….

Topics: Immigration, Politics, Video & Multimedia

A fair hearing for immigrants

by Michelle Chen on June 5 2009, 3:47AM

In the waning days of the Bush administration, the Justice Department clamped down on the right of immigrants to “effective” legal counsel. Essentially, the administration figured that a lawyer’s incompetence shouldn’t be grounds for holding up a deportation order in…

Topics: Immigration

Family unity, redefined

by Michelle Chen on June 3 2009, 4:42PM

Immigration and LGBT rights seem like two political third rails that wouldn’t cross in Washington. But a Senate hearing today discussed legislation that would elegantly fuse the two, by equalizing immigration law for same-sex partners. The Uniting American Families…

Topics: Immigration