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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “Humanizing” the Immigration Raids

by on November 30 2007, 6:37AM

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has adopted a set of humanitarian guidelines to be followed while carrying out work-site immigration raids. The guidelines aim to address criticisms of the raids that have happened across the country. While there is a…

Topics: Immigration

Anti-tax Initiatives Invoke Immigration Debate

by Guest Columnist on November 16 2007, 8:54AM

contributed by NWFCO When final election results roll in, Washington state’s latest anti-tax ballot initiative probably will squeak to victory. Passions may have cooled in recent years when it comes to the “taxpayer revolt,” but it is clear that anti-tax…

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Romney: “An Exceptional Leader for Exceptional New Challenges”

by on November 13 2007, 8:47AM

Mitt Romney scares me. Giuliani scares me. Actually, most of them scare me. One reason that Mitt Romney scares me in particular is his line on immigration. Romney advocates “tough” immigration policy that further criminalizes undocumented immigrants, “secures borders,” and…

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On tnews Tonight: Children Of Men

by Daisy Hernandez on November 7 2007, 4:31PM

The most chilling scene for me in Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 film Children of Men is when Clive Owen’s character is commuting home from work. At the train station, immigrants are locked in wire cages and begging for help. ICE-like officials…

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Immigrants and the Fires

by on October 31 2007, 2:18PM

As the fires in Los Angeles cool and relief efforts heat up, we are once again posed with the bleak reality that when the smoke clears, people of color and immigrants face abandonment and punishment. Reports show incidents of undocumented…

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Blackwater Sets Sites On US/Mexico Border.

by on October 23 2007, 1:56PM

Blackwater Securities, the private contractor under scrutiny for the murder of Iraqi civilians, has set its sites on the US/Mexico Border. While no agreement has been reached to contract border patrol to the firm, statements and lobbying efforts indicate that…

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UPDATE: Bush Reverses Raids, Migrant Workers Needed On Farms

by Jonathan Adams on October 11 2007, 10:01AM

I wrote a story recently about the government’ attempt to get free labor off the backs of immigrants and prisoners. The Los Angeles Times reports that newly rewritten regulations will allow more immigrants to enter the country to bolster…

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‘Rounding Up’ Illegal Immigrants; No Money For Healthcare?

by The News on October 4 2007, 8:22AM

Racial Profiling based on language In Arizona, legal immigrants are facing verbal abuse and accusations of taking away jobs. These threats are based on the assumption that if a person does not speak English, s/he cannot be legal. Discrimination and…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Another Take on Larry Craig

by Rinku Sen on September 19 2007, 11:48AM

In eastern Washington last week, I asked two Latino activists from Idaho what they thought of the Larry Craig controversy. My knee jerk assumption was that Craig’s repressive sexual politics would spillover onto race issues – conservative here, conservative…

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No Sanctuary: Elvira Arellano Deported Without Son

by Tram Nguyen on August 20 2007, 12:45PM

Elvira Arellano was deported to Mexico after seeking sanctuary in a church for a year. She leaves her eight year old son with friends, and promises to continue her fight for the rights of immigrant families. I met Elvira…

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Boy Scouts Woo Latinos

by Jonathan Adams on August 15 2007, 11:17AM

When I was nine years old I went on my first and last camping trip with the Boy Scouts. Not as excited about the exposure to the elements as my fellow campers, I was quite relieved when I returned…

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15th Erase Racism Carnival! Read all about it!

by Guest Columnist on July 27 2007, 2:26PM

Welcome to the July Erase Racism Blog Carnival! Every month, a different blog gathers posts from throughout cyberspace that explore issues of racial justice. The goal is to enhance the discussion of race online and connect bloggers working hard to…

Topics: Health, Immigration, Katrina, News Items, Politics

A day in the life, fighting for immigration reform

by Guest Columnist on June 26 2007, 11:24AM

by Deepa Iyer It’s another day in the immigration reform debate, and in our small office in Washington D.C., we begin yet another round of talks about the prospect of real reform this year for South Asian immigrants, 75% of…

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The Senate’s Race to Perdition

by The News on June 5 2007, 7:35AM

Democrat and Republican Senators will try and make amendments to the perplexing immigration bill being dissected and voted on this week. The New York Times reported yesterday: “Both Republicans and Democrats are planning to pursue a series of amendments in…

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Trouble at the Border

by The News on June 4 2007, 1:12PM

(Photo credit) Desperate times call for desperate measures. This is indeed the case for some immigrant women trying to smuggle their children into the country, the AP reported today. Read this important story: An increasing number of illegal immigrants…

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It’s Just Not Sexy

by Guest Columnist on June 4 2007, 11:51AM

*Here’s RaceWire’s forth immigration analysis by a staff member of the Applied Research Center, the racial justice organization that produces ColorLines Magazine. Logic dictates that if you don’t ask the right question, you won’t get the right answer. So it…

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Immigrant Rights: A Question of Strategy and Vision

by Tram Nguyen on May 30 2007, 3:15PM

This is a critical time in the Senate process for immigration reform legislation. Senators are hoping to move through crucial amendment votes this Monday, and to wrap up work on the bill by the end of next week. Especially now,…

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On “criminality, nepotism and luck.”

by Rinku Sen on May 30 2007, 8:55AM

Last week, David Brooks argued in the New York Times that the immigration reform bill that passed the Senate would reinforce middle class values among immigrants, encouraging them to think long term, work hard and enjoy competition. He likes this…

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Tough Week for Immigration, Here’s a Little Funny

by Malena Amusa on May 25 2007, 3:03PM

It’s been a tense week for immigration activists as the Senate kicks around its bi-partisan bill that has few promising features and that will dramatically impact what it means to be an American. We’ve done a lot of stories on…

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Immigration Poll Calls Bluff on Americans

by The News on May 25 2007, 12:48PM

Do polls that claim to represent “the American people” on complex issues for which there is no one American viewpoint actually tell us anything useful? The New York Times today reported that the majority of Americans support measures that make…

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