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

Haitian deportees: neither here nor there

by Michelle Chen on February 18 2009, 6:35PM

The U.S. government has been deporting immigrants by the thousands, but at least one group of people facing an “order of removal” aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Activists are protesting in the wake of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s announcement…

Topics: Immigration

From outsider to criminal

by Michelle Chen on February 18 2009, 4:27PM

The Pew Hispanic Center has released a report detailing an intense growth in the number of Latinos sentenced in the federal court system. Contrasting sharply with historical trends, the growing Latino presence among sentenced offenders is both predictable and unnerving…

Topics: Immigration

Narrowing the gates to opportunity

by Michelle Chen on February 16 2009, 6:08PM

As some doors open for immigrants and others close, the gateway to citizenship remains mired in politics. The Pentagon is attempting to pull more immigrants into its ranks with a new“fast-track” to full legal status. The aim is to draw…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

Changing the Immigration System for Immediate Improvement

by Rinku Sen on February 12 2009, 7:27AM

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported on the Migration Policy Institute’s list of 36 recommendations on immigration policy that the Obama Administration can and should take up. These changes – stopping to reassess the border fence and ending the criminal prosecution…

Topics: Immigration

Internment in America

by Megan Izen on February 11 2009, 12:06PM

I want to thank Joe Arpaio. He puts the proper face on sadistic anti-immigrant groups across the country. The Maricopa County Sheriff has brought the issue of immigration and inhumane detention centers to the forefront. Placing over two-hundred immigrant…

Topics: Immigration

Throwing money over the border

by Michelle Chen on February 11 2009, 9:45AM

Today, the Migration Policy Institute issued an interesting review of Homeland Security immigration policies. The Institute focuses on immigration processing and border policies, with various recommendations for streamlining (and in many cases, strengthening) enforcement programs. The data compiled in the…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration