English immersion, educational exclusion

by Michelle Chen on April 14 2009, 8:36PM

How long does it take to make a child give up on school? Since the 2003 academic year, Boston has pushed public school students with limited English ability—who speak everything from Cantonese to Haitian Creole—into “Sheltered English Immersion” programs….

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

Border insecurity

by Michelle Chen on April 10 2009, 6:27PM

For all the talk of protecting the border, the news that more corpses are being found along US-Mexico divide is a tragic sign of how narrowly the government defines the cost of “border security.” The Border Patrol’s latest progress…

Topics: Immigration

4 Things You Can Do Right Now for Immigration Reform

by Guest Columnist on April 10 2009, 8:40AM

Spring is in the air and The White House is feeling good. According to Senior Administration Officials, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for undocumented immigrants to become legal….

Topics: Immigration

What’s in a Name?

by Michelle Chen on April 9 2009, 2:38PM

Maybe Asian people would have an easier time participating in democracy if their names weren’t so darn tricky. That was the suggestion of one Texas legislator at a hearing on a proposed voter identification law. Though supporters argue that…

Topics: Immigration

Auntie Zeituni’s troubles

by Michelle Chen on April 3 2009, 3:39PM

As anti-immigrant groups flail around in search of new targets, they’ve stumbled upon a two-fer with Barack Obama’s aunt, now painted as a symbol of asylum “fraud” in the President’s family: The details of the backstory are vague, but…

Topics: Immigration

¡Si se puede en Arizona!

by Guest Columnist on April 2 2009, 10:37AM

by Valeria Fernández Santa Rita Hall, a tiny rectangular building tucked away in the heart of a Phoenix barrio, has come alive again. The place where Cesar Chavez started his three- week hunger strike on May 11, 1972, against inhumane…

Topics: Immigration

For immigrant women, vaccination vs. self-determination

by Michelle Chen on April 2 2009, 6:54AM

Immigrants arrive prepared to make sacrifices in order to settle in this country. But amid the many economic, cultural and bureaucratic hurdles they must negotiate, they probably didn’t anticipate women’s reproductive health rights were part of the bargain. But…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Higher learning headed downward

by Michelle Chen on March 30 2009, 9:12PM

The fiscal crisis besieging state budgets is stretching America’s bootstrap mentality to a breaking point. Most states have slashed funds for higher education, including the community colleges and public universities that provide a critical avenue for low-income youth of…

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Schools & Youth

No refuge

by Michelle Chen on March 27 2009, 8:17PM

Thousands flock to America’s doorstep each year to flee torture, political persecution and other abuses. But many of the world’s huddled masses don’t get to breathe free after they land within U.S. borders. Thanks to draconian immigration laws, more…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Latino Hate Crimes Rising, What Would You Do? [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2009, 3:39PM

ABC correspondent John Quiñones has been one of a handful of Latinos reporting for the network’s most popular primetime news shows. He’s covered the Contra War in Nicaragua, civil war in El Salvador, and the U.S. invasion of Panama….

Topics: Immigration, Video & Multimedia

The global classroom

by Michelle Chen on March 24 2009, 4:15PM

If you’re a kid in a New York City classroom, there’s a good chance that your parents, and maybe you, were not born in the United States; there’s also a good chance that when it comes to participating in…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

Crisis on the other side

by Michelle Chen on March 23 2009, 2:42PM

Lately, politicians have made some bold pronouncements about violence along the US-Mexico border. Yet the economic downturn is posing a different, though related threat in Mexico, fueled by the volatile ebbs and flows of “free trade.” Dan LaBotz at…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Up against the wall

by Michelle Chen on March 20 2009, 5:27AM

Just days after huddling with Latino members of Congress on immigration issues, President Obama has zeroed in on the issue of border security, and the air of change is starting to smell a bit more like leftovers from the…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Calling it like they see it

by Michelle Chen on March 19 2009, 10:15PM

Often seen as a cloistered outpost of New York City, Long Island is now becoming known for the blight of racial violence. Last November, the killing of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorean immigrant, sparked public outcry over hate crimes on…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Obama Finally Talks About Immigration [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2009, 2:46PM

When Barack Obama was a candidate for president he often mentioned securing U.S. borders, bringing people out of the shadows and improving the immigration system, but since his election we’ve heard very little about his plans for immigration reform….

Topics: Immigration

Listen to Compact for Racial Justice Forum Call - Race & Immigration [AUDIO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 17 2009, 4:08PM

If you missed today’s Racial Justice Forum call on “Race and Immigration” you can listen to or download a recording below. Dowload MP3 A special thank you to today’s presenters, you can find links to their organizations and additional resources…

Topics: Immigration, Video & Multimedia

Health in Detention

by Michelle Chen on March 17 2009, 3:00PM

New reports from human rights groups issue a grim prognosis for the health of detained immigrants. Focusing on inadequacies in medical care for female detainees, Human Rights Watch documented abuses ranging from “delays in medical treatment and testing in…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Wrong Then, Wrong Now? [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on March 17 2009, 9:01AM

Today’s debate about immigration is nothing new - the same themes, even the same statements - are echoes of debates going back to our nation’s founding. This video, produced by NWFCO, recalls some of that past, and questions whether…

Topics: Immigration

Join Us Today the Race and Immigration Call

by Julianne Hing on March 17 2009, 8:59AM

Today’s call, the fourth in our series of Compact for Racial Justice Phone Forums, focuses on race and immigration. It’s not too late to RSVP to join us today at 1pm PST/4pm EST. And be sure to check out…

Topics: Immigration

Be Part of the Conversation: Race and Immigration

by Jorge Rivas on March 13 2009, 12:33PM

The president and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and the publisher of ColorLines magazine, Rinku Sen argues that the public debate around immigration issues limits our ability to craft just, proactive solutions. Join Rinku Sen and an…

Topics: Immigration