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…

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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…

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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…

Topics: Immigration

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

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