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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…

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

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

The law of unintended consequences

by Michelle Chen on April 27 2009, 5:35PM

Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano indicated last week that she is open to reforming the Real ID Act—the controversial 2005 legislation that purported to standardize driver’s licenses and block access for undocumented immigrants and people deemed security threats. The…

Topics: Immigration, Politics

Blacks and immigrants: from ‘either-or’ to ‘both-and’

by Michelle Chen on April 24 2009, 10:00PM

While tea-baggers dominated the headlines over the past few weeks, another movement was quietly working to weave together communities that some want to see pitted against each other. The Black Immigration Network, a coalition led by the Black Alliance…

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Whose best interest?

by Michelle Chen on April 24 2009, 3:47PM

Weighing the future of a young mother and child in a Missouri court, Judge David C. Dally of Jasper County delivered this straightforward opinion: “Her lifestyle, that of smuggling herself into the country illegally and committing crimes in this…

Topics: Immigration

Weekly Immigration Wire: Building Up to Change

by Guest Columnist on April 23 2009, 10:21AM

by Nezua, The Media Consortium MediaWire Blogger As the U.S. moves closer and closer to enacting immigration reform, the situation on the ground is evolving as well. Nothing is static for an issue that touches so many people across so…

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On hostile ground

by Michelle Chen on April 21 2009, 9:09PM

From the Big Easy to the Georgia Woods, Latinos are finding themselves on hostile territory in the fields and factories of the South. The Southern Poverty Law Center has released a report on the widespread abuse to which low-wage…

Topics: Immigration

English and equality in the classroom and the courts

by Michelle Chen on April 20 2009, 8:54PM

Miriam Flores, 22, has bad memories of third grade. That was when she stopped being able to understand her teacher. As her family recounts the story, her grades dropped suddenly after her school in Nogales, Arizona, a town near…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

As Long as ‘Latino’ Is Synonymous With ‘Immigrant,’ We Will Remain a Class Apart

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2009, 2:02PM

via AlterNet Here we go, once more, into the political battlefield that is “immigration reform.” As the respective armies assemble to hash out who deserves citizenship and at what cost, we question whether true citizenship can be won by Latinos,…

Topics: Immigration