The US and Vietnam make a deal, Vietnamese immigrants suffer

by Guest Columnist on February 5 2008, 9:31AM

by Raha Jorjani What if someone told you that you had two weeks to pack your bags and leave the country? On January 22, 2008, the United States and Vietnam made an agreement for the forced return of hundreds of…

Topics: Immigration

Dispatch from Idaho

by Guest Columnist on January 30 2008, 9:45AM

contributed by NWFCO Last Monday, on Martin Luther King Day, the Idaho Community Action Network held a rally to kick off the “Welcoming Idaho” campaign in Burley, part of Idaho’s Magic Valley. It was a cold, windy day, but we…

Topics: Immigration

Immigrant Rights Conference Centers Racial Justice

by on January 22 2008, 12:11PM

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights held their national conference last weekend in Houston, TX. I was struck by the participants’ energy and the analysis that centered racial justice throughout the three-day gathering. Conference sessions drew connections between…

Topics: Immigration

The People We Always Forget

by Guest Columnist on December 18 2007, 11:54AM

by Thanu Yakupitiyage In all the hype surrounding the immigration debate, nothing has ever moved me as much as the recent Reuters article about the impact that stricter travel policies are having on Native American tribes. The U.S. Western Hemisphere…

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Alberto Gonzales Named Lawyer of the Year by the ABA Journal

by Guest Columnist on December 14 2007, 8:02AM

***UPDATE*** After our blog, the ABA Journal has changed its mind. When this article was posted online on December 12, 2007, it was titled “Lawyers of the Year 2007 and 2008.” The article defined that term as the year’s…

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Ratner’s Work Connects Racial Justice and Civil Liberties

by Tram Nguyen on December 5 2007, 8:08AM

It may be baffling to some people why the American public hasn’t become outraged by the fact that our government conducts torture in our name, even in the wake of Abu Ghraib and the transformation of once-obscure terms like “rendition”…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration

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…

Topics: Immigration