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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration, Media

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

New Obama Pick

by Daisy Hernandez on November 26 2008, 2:47PM

I just got the email that Obama’s picked Cecilia Muñoz from the National Council of La Raza to be Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. For those of you not familiar with Cecilia’s work on immigration, you can catch her story in…

Topics: Immigration

“Post-Racial” Tu Madre: U.S. Hate Crimes Down- Except Against Latinos

by Guest Columnist on October 28 2008, 12:26PM

By Roberto Lovato, Of América Today’s Washington Post (WAPO) has this story about the good news of a decline in overall hate crimes in the U.S., according to FBI Director Robert F. Mueller. Good news, that is, for almost…

Topics: Immigration

Life on the Border

by Jonathan Adams on October 22 2008, 1:03PM

Using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the ACLU has determined that nearly 2/3 of the entire US population (197.4 million people) live within 100 miles of the US land and coastal borders. Watch Vince Peppard of San…

Topics: Immigration

Immigration Raids Raise Food Costs

by Jonathan Adams on October 17 2008, 9:40AM

H/T Immigration Prof The Accidental American author, Rinku Sen, argues in her book that a true global economy allows people to move across nations’ borders in the same way that corporations are allowed to move. Critical race theorist Richard Delgado…

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