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

Danny Glover joins ‘Accidental American’ authors in New Orleans talk on immigration [VIDEO]

by Megan Izen on March 12 2009, 2:00PM

RSVP: Compact for Racial Justice Race and Immigration forum call Last week I made my first trip to New Orleans for The Accidental American reception with Danny Glover, Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh. I’ve read and heard so many stories…

Topics: Immigration, The Compact

Dispatches from Phoenix: “287(g)+Arpaio=Terror”

by Guest Columnist on March 12 2009, 1:12PM

by Valéria Fernandez (photos by Valéria Fernandez) Local activists and community groups in Arizona applauded the Department of Justice’s decision to start an investigation on the use of immigration powers by the Office of the Sheriff of Maricopa County (MCSO)….

Topics: Immigration

Double-vision on Mexico’s “drug war”

by Michelle Chen on March 11 2009, 4:21PM

On the U.S.-Mexico border, drug-related violence rivals immigration as a media fixation, projecting images of a so-called “failed state” and a “wave” of killings. The New York Times cites a National Drug Intelligence Center report calling Mexican cartels “the…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration, Politics

Dispatches from Phoenix: Borderline Laws

by Guest Columnist on March 11 2009, 12:44PM

by Valéria Fernandez (click to enlarge DOJ letter to Arpaio, sent 03/10/09) It’s really good news that the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a long overdue investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s use of immigration powers. In a letter…

Topics: Immigration

Refocusing the lens on AAPI communities

by Michelle Chen on March 10 2009, 3:30PM

Waves of job cuts and foreclosures make it clear that not all boats rise or sink together, even when weathering the same storm. The Economic Policy Institute has analyzed the ups and downs of one group famous for striving toward…

Topics: Economy, Immigration

Rinku Sen in Immigration Debate at Brandeis

by Jorge Rivas on March 10 2009, 10:22AM

The President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and the publisher of ColorLines magazine, Rinku Sen will be part of a debate tomorrow at Brandeis University. The topic for discussion is immigration, pathways to citizenship, and policy…

Topics: Immigration

Econopocalypse Bringing an End to the Immigration Boom

by Jorge Rivas on March 9 2009, 11:37AM

By Rajeev Srinivasan, New America Media via AlterNet The relatively free movement of labor across borders for the last few decades has generally had a positive impact on many countries because of the large remittances sent home by expatriates. In…

Topics: Immigration

Dispatches from Phoenix: Terror in Maricopa

by Guest Columnist on March 5 2009, 4:09PM

by Valeria Fernandez (photo courtesy of Valeria Fernandez) It took guts to march on the streets of Phoenix this past Saturday. But that didn’t prevent the Zazueta family from joining a national call to put a stop on a federal…

Topics: Immigration

Immigrant Advocates Want Action from Obama

by Julianne Hing on March 4 2009, 5:20PM

Photo by PaisleyPitbull Over eight thousand people gathered in Phoenix this weekend to demand an end to the raids, mass detention and deportation of thousands of immigrants that have swept across the country. The demonstration was touted as a…

Topics: Immigration

Prescription for inequality

by Michelle Chen on March 4 2009, 3:33PM

The recent discussions on race and health in the activist community coincide with a festering crisis in one part of the immigrant population: the treatment of detainees—marginalized by law from the mainstream health system—is a marker of the depth of…

Topics: Health, Immigration

UPDATE: Bellingham ICE Raids

by Hatty Lee on February 25 2009, 2:43PM

Napolitano orders review of Bellingham raid Within 24 hours, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security announced a full review of the Bellingham raid. In her statement, she told lawmakers that she did not know about the raid before it…

Topics: Immigration

Immigration by the numbers

by Michelle Chen on February 24 2009, 7:22PM

The Department of Homeland Security has released new data on the immigrant population, suggesting that the flow of undocumented immigrants may be stagnating: “the number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States declined from 11.8 million in January 2007…

Topics: Immigration

“Everybody wants to bring their country here”

by Michelle Chen on February 23 2009, 7:42PM

Adjusting the focus on South Asia through two narratives: one set halfway around the globe, the other just around the corner. Juan Cole and Mitu Sengupta both reflect on the cultural impact of Danny Boyle’s dramatization of slum life…

Topics: Immigration