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When laws break people: Cambodian immigrant voices

by Michelle Chen on February 10 2009, 7:56PM

Tonight on WBAI’s Asia Pacific Forum, two stories of Cambodian-Americans uprooted by deportation reveal the human impact of little-known aspects of immigration policy. A segment on Keo and Borom Chea, sister and brother, reveals how laws that are ostensibly…

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Immigration and the meaning of social security

by Michelle Chen on February 10 2009, 3:15PM

Social security, the economy, and immigration have fallen into a very strange orbit in the debate over the stimulus package. Efforts by conservatives to use the economic stimulus bill to expand the controversial e-Verify system seem to be on shaky…

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Post Raid

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2009, 2:34PM

On the morning of May 12, 2008, Postville, Iowa experienced the largest single workplace raid in US history to date. When U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrived and detained 389 workers, the town lost nearly 20 percent of its…

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Desperation in detention

by Michelle Chen on February 4 2009, 3:00PM

Violence and unrest are bleeding through the system of immigrant detention centers dotting the country, where the government warehouses the undocumented who have been swept from the shadows of the economy into the shadows of the immigration system. According…

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New name, same game for immigration enforcement?

by Michelle Chen on February 2 2009, 8:41PM

Activists looking to the Obama administration to repudiate Bush’s most draconian immigration policies may find little to cheer about so far under Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. A new policy directive from her office seems geared toward refining the status…

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Immigration Detention Reform Moves to Front Burner

by Megan Izen on February 2 2009, 1:33PM

By Roberto Lovato Originally posted to New America Media Guantanamo Bay isn’t the only prison crisis that President Barack Obama will have to deal with. There’s another crisis growing - in the many immigration detention centers carpeting the interior…

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Haiti on the horizon

by Michelle Chen on January 30 2009, 1:42PM

Rocked by disaster and social upheaval, Haiti stands at the center of several political storms. Currently, thousands of Haitian immigrants are hoping the government will grant temporary protection from deportation so they can avoid returning to the ravages of the…

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Yes We Can! Stop the Raids!

by Megan Izen on January 28 2009, 8:36AM

One week ago, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) organized over a thousand immigrant rights supporters to march and rally in Washington, DC on Obama’s first day in office. Marchers gathered at L’Enfant Plaza and proceeded to ICE headquarters where…

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Immigrants and economic recovery

by Michelle Chen on January 26 2009, 1:45PM

While the standard nativist rhetoric denounces illegal immigration as a drain on public resources and the “legal” workforce, in times of economic crisis, the flipside of the debate—immigrants as an economic resource—may gain more traction. The William C. Velásquez Institute…

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English-only defeated in Nashville

by Michelle Chen on January 23 2009, 3:57PM

An initiative to establish English as the official language in Nashville was defeated yesterday, bucking a nationwide conservative push for “official English” in response to perceptions about immigrant populations. The city’s “English first” initiative would have basically mandated that all…

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Time to Take Action towards Humane and Sane Immigration Policies

by Terry Keleher on January 22 2009, 1:47PM

On January 27, the National Network of Immigrant and Refugee Rights will be releasing an “Open Letter to President Barack Obama” to establish a new framework for addressing immigration policy. You can help by circulating it to your friends and…

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Immigrants March for Reform in DC

by Megan Izen on January 21 2009, 11:14AM

Over a thousand people are gathered in DC, a day after inaugurating our new president, to demand A New Day for Immigration. Led by Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), immigrants are marching to demand an end to the raids…

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Napolitano: Friend or Foe?

by Megan Izen on January 15 2009, 9:16AM

With the appointment of several key folks to Obama’s inner circle and his meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, immigration is making a comeback. Last week, immigrant rights advocates in both faith and labor communities were hopeful about the…

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Immigration Reform Debate Must Regain a Moral Compass

by Guest Columnist on January 15 2009, 8:48AM

Immigration Reform Debate Must Regain a Moral Compass New America Media By Roberto Lovato NEW YORK—The buzz filling Blackberrys, busy halls and spacious deal-making rooms in Washington appears to signal that spring arrived early this year for immigrants. In the…

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Mukasey Attacks Immigrants’ Legal Rights in Eleventh Hour

by Jonathan Adams on January 8 2009, 11:27AM

Despite the fact that Attorney General Michael Mukasey has only been the Justice Department head for little over a year, he appears committed to the Bush administration’s de-prioritization of civil rights by denying due process to immigrants, asylum seekers, and…

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ABC: Take “Homeland Security USA” reality show OFF the air!!

by Jonathan Adams on December 29 2008, 9:49AM

ABC is set to launch a new reality series in January ‘09 with the aim of making Americans “feel good” about the Department of Homeland Security. Rather than revealing the myriad human rights abuses committed by DHS in their day-to-day…

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Multimillionaire Calls for a “New” ICE

by Jonathan Adams on December 18 2008, 10:36AM

Originally published on ImmigrationProf We previously reported about Robert Hildreth, a self-made multimillionaire who built his fortune trading in Latin American bonds, posted bail out of his own pocket after seeing what he considered to be “un-American” images on TV…

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VIDEO: Sucuzhanay Is Fourth Latino Hate Crime Victim Since July

by The News on December 16 2008, 4:30AM

H/T Guanabee Jose O. Sucuzhanay marks the third murder and fourth hate crime in the northeastern United States against Latinos since July of this year. In July, Luis Ramirez, an illegal Mexican immigrant living in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania was beaten to…

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Vigil in Brooklyn for Jose Sucuzhañay

by Jonathan Adams on December 16 2008, 3:53AM

H/T Towleroad Over the weekend, a vigil was held in Brooklyn in the name of Jose Sucuzhañay, who was killed by four men because they thought he and his brother were gay. The hate crime against Sucuzhañay was the…

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Immigration Reform Trapped in Political Dualism

by Guest Columnist on December 2 2008, 9:12AM

Orignally published at New America Media By Roberto Lovato Recent talk about “immigration reform” coming from Washington inspires some hope, some fear and lots of reminders about what I call “political-dualism”: the ability of a President or political party…

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