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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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

The racial divide across the Atlantic

by Michelle Chen on April 17 2009, 2:58PM

In the global context, America’s problems with racism, diversity and segregation are unique in some ways, typical in others. The Center for American Progress has published an analysis comparing different challenges of racial and ethnic integration on both sides…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Parents in exile

by Michelle Chen on April 16 2009, 12:14PM

The threat of deportation has loomed heavily over immigrant communities for years, but the issue has never gained much traction in the mainstream immigration debate, perhaps owing to the stigma surrounding so-called “criminal” deportees. But research published by Human…

Topics: Immigration

Legalize the Undocumented, Help Fix the Economy

by Guest Columnist on April 16 2009, 9:42AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger This is the immigration wire for the week of April 9-16, 2009, published by The Media Consortium. The dialogue on immigration has, historically, been contentious and cyclical. There are times when hysteria peaks, and rational…

Topics: Economy, Immigration

Back to the Future? Southwest Border Czar to Make a Comeback in the Obama Administration?

by Guest Columnist on April 15 2009, 1:26PM

by Kevin R. Johnson originally posted at ImmigrationProf Blog. The L.A. Times reports for ominous news for those interested in improvement in U.S./Mexico border enforcement policies in the Obama Administration: A former U.S. attorney who oversaw a crackdown on illegal…

Topics: Immigration

Keeping the DREAM Act Alive [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on April 15 2009, 9:54AM

Last Friday, students held a rally in support of the federal Dream Act in Detroit. They gathered in front of Western International High School to show their support for the newly reintroduced bill that would allow undocumented high school…

Topics: Immigration