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California Plans to Deport 19,000 Undocumented Detainees

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2009, 11:22AM

via New America Media California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to commute the sentence of 19,000 undocumented prisoners, 13,000 of them Mexicans, in exchange for deportation, in order to save $182.3 billion amid an unprecedented fiscal crisis. La Opinión reports…

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Women Central to Immigration Story

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2009, 11:03AM

This is the Weekly Immigration Wire from the Media Consortium for the week of May 15-22, 2009. by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger Celebrated stories of early American pioneers, explorers, and immigrants typically center around men of fortitude and bravery. Depictions…

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Get ‘The Accidental American’ for Free

by Jorge Rivas on May 20 2009, 11:39AM

ColorLines Magazine and RaceWire recently partnered with the Progressive Book Club to offer Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mandouh’s “The Accidental American” at an unbeatable price: FREE. That’s right folks, you can get the book for free when you join…

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“Willfully and maliciously”

by Michelle Chen on May 18 2009, 7:15PM

What happened to Javaid Iqbal in some of the most shadowy corners of post-9/11 American law enforcement was not the responsibility of top White House officials, according to the Supreme Court. The case, Iqbal v. Ashcroft, involved the question of…

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Ag Jobs: pragmatism and justice

by Michelle Chen on May 14 2009, 6:27PM

Today, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) reintroduced the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits, and Security Act (Ag Jobs) bill. Though the concept of farm guestworkers, and their rampant exploitation, has historically been one of the thorniest immigration labor issues, Ag Jobs…

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An American dream, deferred

by Michelle Chen on May 14 2009, 3:29PM

Homeownership has long been touted as the cornerstone of the American dream and a tool for narrowing the racial wealth gap. Has the foreclosure crisis extinguished that hope, or exposed the myths that drive it? The Pew Hispanic Center…

Topics: Economy, Immigration

Enforcement Creates Era of Criminality

by Julianne Hing on May 14 2009, 8:59AM

This is the Weekly Immigration Wire from the Media Consortium for the week of May 7-14, 2009. by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger The Latino/a community has had ample reason to hope that President Obama would take on immigration reform in…

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No Justice for Vincent Then, No Justice for Luis Now

by Jorge Rivas on May 8 2009, 8:51AM

via New America Media, Commentary, Carmina Ocampo Editor’s Note: Last week, two of the young white men who allegedly killed Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, Penn. were acquitted by an all white jury. The case mirrors the first federal…

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Fighting H1N1 Hype

by Guest Columnist on May 7 2009, 9:35AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger This week’s Wire focuses on the opportunities for change that crisis can introduce. From the H1N1 “Swine” flu’s declining fervor to 2009’s May Day marches for worker rights and immigrant solidarity; from the tragic killing…

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To catch a thief: SCOTUS on undocumented workers

by Michelle Chen on May 5 2009, 5:18PM

The Supreme Court gave the feds an important grammar lesson yesterday when it clamped down a common legal weapon used against immigrants: “identity theft” charges that target undocumented workers using falsified documents. According to the Court’s opinion: Section §1028(a)(1)…

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“It wasn’t their priority”

by Michelle Chen on May 4 2009, 6:15PM

We may never know their true motivations, but according to a jury in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, whatever drove a group of teens to beat a Mexican immigrant to death last year, “ethnic intimidation” apparently had nothing to do with…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Maryland Kills Bill to Aid Undocumented Students

by Jorge Rivas on May 4 2009, 9:22AM

via New America Media & El Tiempo Latino Undocumented students will continue to pay higher tuition rates at Maryland colleges after the state Assembly effectively killed a bill that proposed to grant them in-state rates if they are residents….

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Labor behind closed doors

by Michelle Chen on May 1 2009, 6:38PM

The coalescence of May Day and Equal Pay Day this week was an apt moment to demand justice for some of the country’s most vulnerable and least visible workers. Domestic workers are isolated both physically and legally from labor…

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Cutely offensive

by Michelle Chen on May 1 2009, 4:35PM

Lest the flippant liberal blogosphere miss the flu-hysteria bandwagon, Huffington Post blogger Betsy Perry wasted no time parroting the right’s xenophobic spew this week. Proving that lame racial humor knows no political boundaries, Perry—who serves on New York City Mayor…

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Punishing Workers Through Bosses

by Michelle Chen on May 1 2009, 3:12PM

The Obama administration has taken tentative steps toward reorienting the immigration debate, ostensibly moving the focus from undocumented workers onto their employers. According to an announcement released Thursday by Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is centering its…

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Photos from May Day 2009 in New York City

by Julianne Hing on May 1 2009, 2:44PM

Miguel de la Fuente, our New York media intern, sent us photos from this afternoon in New York City, where thousands of protesters are on the streets demanding an end to immigration raids and deportations, justice for all families and…

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Live Image Feed From Los Angeles Immigration Marches

by Jorge Rivas on May 1 2009, 2:20PM

Los Angeles has a total of six May Day marches have been approved for areas in and around Downtown, with at least one expected to cover new ground by starting in the Echo Park district and proceeding east along Sunset…

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May Day 2009 with Shannah Kurland

by Julianne Hing on May 1 2009, 1:21PM

Today we’re asking people around the country one question: How do we talk about immigration reform in a time of economic recession? This is what Shannah Kurland, the Strategy and Development Coordinator with the Olneyville Neighborhood Association in Rhode…

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May Day 2009 with Kevin Johnson

by Julianne Hing on May 1 2009, 12:01PM

Today we’re asking people around the country one question: How do we talk about immigration reform in a time of economic recession? First up is Kevin Johnson, dean of the UC Davis School of Law, and an international expert on…

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Swine Flu Infecting Immigration Debate

by Jorge Rivas on May 1 2009, 10:18AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger It’s no shock that those long-opposed to All Things Immigrant are using the Swine Flu outbreak—which has mostly affected Mexicans at this point—to ratchet anti-immigrant rhetoric up to an irresponsible level. It’s disappointing though, especially…

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