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

Chilling effects

by Michelle Chen on May 29 2009, 4:59PM

Clinton-era welfare reform is perhaps best known for shoving people off the welfare rolls at a breakneck speed. A more subtle impact has been a drastic restriction on immigrants’ access to public programs. Currently, most immigrants are subject to…

Topics: Immigration

Today’s slave trade

by Michelle Chen on May 28 2009, 3:22PM

A new human trafficking indictment could be a preview into the prospects and limitations of immigration law enforcement under the new administration. A group of Missouri-based employers face allegations of importing immigrants for low-wage service jobs that amounted to…

Topics: Immigration

An American birthright

by Michelle Chen on May 26 2009, 10:35PM

Nativist zealots may finally be coming around to the realization that they cannot stop immigrants from becoming a permanent part of the country’s social fabric. That must be why Nathan Deal has dreamed up another plan to keep foreigners…

Topics: Immigration

A dirty job

by Michelle Chen on May 22 2009, 10:12PM

It’s not every day that the police admit that they don’t want to do their work, or that they’re bad at it. So it’s worth noting that the Police Foundation, a think tank focused “innovation and improvement in policing,”…

Topics: Immigration

Deportation while U wait

by Michelle Chen on May 22 2009, 5:03PM

Immigration court often involves lengthy legal disputes and tedious bureaucracy. At one downtown Los Angeles courthouse, however, officials have found an efficient way to cut through the red tape: kicking people out of the country without waiting for a…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

“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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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)…

Topics: Immigration

“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….

Topics: Immigration