email AIR (Alliance for Immigrants Rights & Reform Michigan) is sending out:
Here at AIR, we see the issue constantly.
Racial profiling of immigrants, Latinos and Arab Americans in their own neighborhoods by Border Patrol.
Community members waiting for the bus, walking down the street, or driving to work, stopped for no reason. One community member was told that he was stopped for acting suspicious— talking on his cell phone.
Border Patrol has even targeted churches and food pantries.
That’s not security. That’s racial profiling and abuse.
At the conference we’ll discuss the reality on the ground in the North and South, and work to build concrete organizing, legal, policy, and political strategies that we can move forward together. This is the first conference for northern border organizations and allies, so you will have an integral role in shaping our shared work and future as a Coalition.
Former US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jamie Haase explains the importance of legal marijuana…
“Ultimately, it’s a futile waste of time to try and play the percentage game when it comes to an illicit commodity like marijuana, or the potential far-reaching effects that Mexico’s eternal violence will have for everyday Americans. There are too many unknowns that need to be factored in. It’s best to stick with the facts, and the facts in this case are rather simple: millions of Americans like to toke marijuana—and the amount of users is on the rise (despite law enforcement’s best efforts at cracking down). Meanwhile, violence as a result of marijuana prohibition has no end in sight and it too is also on the rise. If this trend continues, Mexico could not only crumble to pieces, but it could do so while collapsing more and more into the United States. In other words, something has got to give, and it has to give sooner rather than later before we all feel the harsh and realistic effects of our nation’s failed drug policy.”
Spurred by Republicans running for the White House, GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill are moving closer to a vote that would make English the official language of the United States.
Republicans believe a vote on the bipartisan measure would put the Obama administration on the defensive. President Obama voted against the effort when he served in the Senate.
GOP White House hopefuls, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), have clashed on immigration reform, but they have united on officially recognizing the English language.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an ardent illegal immigration foe who has introduced the “English Language Unity Act of 2011,” sees a clear policy and political opportunity for his party.
“It’s one of those 84 percent [approval] issues. I don’t know what the [Republican] leaders have up on the board that is more popular than official English,” King said in an interview with The Hill.
King’s measure has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the Judiciary panel, told The Hill: “I support efforts to make English the official language and may consider bringing up the issue in the House Judiciary Committee down the road.”
King’s bill, which has 106 co-sponsors, including Democratic Reps. Jason Altmire (Pa.) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.), would require official functions of the United States to be conducted in English. It would also establish the English language as a requirement for naturalization.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the conversation with your colleagues in other countries on documenting the effects of anti-gay violence, discrimination, and homophobia on LGBT mental health in your country or community.
Miami, Florida (CNN)— Responding angrily to a campaign ad from Newt Gingrich accusing him of being anti-immigrant, Mitt Romney insisted during last week’s Republican debate at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville that he has no problem with immigrants.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the United States’ immigration laws were outdated and in need of overhaul. In her second annual Address on the State of the Nation’s Homeland Security,…
State of Play: Urgent call tomorrow - Protect Immigrant Children
Dear Immigration Reformers,
Taxpaying immigrant families are under attack in Congress. Join us tomorrow, Feb 1st at 2:00 PM EST( 1-800-895-0198 ) for the State of Play.
In order to extend the payroll tax holiday, Congress is considering a policy this week that will devastate over 5 million children in immigrant families across the country by eliminating the Child Tax Credit for households who pay taxes with an Individual Tax Identification Number.
These immigrant families, who are already struggling to provide to for their children will lose $1,800 of much-needed tax credits (in fact, paying on average $1,800 in new taxes).
Congress is on the brink of denying this tax credit to immigrant and mixed-status families, regardless of the fact that they paid their fair share in taxes.
Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, February 1st at 2:00 PM EST (1pm CST/12pm MST/11am PST) to hear from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office, and other experts to learn what the proposed changes to the Child Tax Credit may mean to taxpaying immigrant families, and what actions we must take.
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NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Gallo’s departure from East Haven Police Department seen as a ‘good first step’
ASSOCIATED PRESS-TENNESSEE: Tenn. Supreme Court to decide whether Nashville deputies can enforce federal immigration law NEW YORK TIMES (Editorial): A Harder Squeeze on the Poor WASHINGTON POST: Romney and Gingrich policy ideas mirror their personalities: Pragmatic vs. epic HOUSTON CHRONICLE (Powell Post): Janet Napolitano continues to see progress on border enforcement ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Arizona Latino leaders, White House officials meet BAY AREA NEWS GROUP: California’s Catholic hierarchy takes stand against illegal-immigration dragnet BOSTON GLOBE: Much unsaid as Mitt Romney cites his tie to Mexico CONTRA COSTA TIMES: No transplant for dying dad who is illegal immigrant CRONKITE NEWS: Napolitano touts border crackdown, urges support for Dream Act FLORIDA INDEPENDENT: Crafting national immigration policy ‘an economic imperative’ FORBES: The Untold Story of Small Companies and the Global Workforce FOX NEWS LATINO: Obama Camp Sees Landslide Victory Among Latino Voters HUFFINGTON POST (Dutia Post): Immigrants: Engines of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Economic Growth HUFFINGTON POST: Russell Pearce, Ousted Arizona Immigration Law Architect, Elected To Republican Leadership Slot HUFFINGTON POST LATINO VOICES (Hastings Post): Marco Rubio: Sweet-Talking the Latino Vote INDIANAPOLIS STAR (Column): Ruben Navarrette: Obama’s broken promise KANSAS CITY STAR (Abouhalkah Column): Kansas needs illegal immigrants LAS VEGAS SUN: Florida gives us a sneak peek at what to expect in lead-up to Nevada caucus MIAMI HERALD (Alvarez and Lawrence Op-Ed): Miami’s magical dynamism and immigration justice NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Coming to America: Mistreatment of immigrants is nothing new POLITICO: Obama’s custom-tailored Latino pitch POLITICO: Obama’s secret weapon with Hispanics: Social Security? SALT LAKE TRIBUNE (Alvarez Op-Ed): Education over immigration THIS AMERICAN LIFE: Reap What You Sow
FOX NEWS LATINO: Republicans Want Sensible Immigration Policy. Are Candidates Listening? CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY: Military-Only Path to Legal Residency Criticized UNIVISION: Florida Republican files bill for undocumented youth who want to serve in military IMMIGRATION NEWS: ASSOCIATED PRESS: Conn. Police Chief’s Retirement ‘Selfless’ ASSOCIATED PRESS: Rubio: GOP must make immigration a priority ASSOCIATED PRESS: Romney assures Florida’s Hispanic voters the GOP isn’t ‘anti-immigrant’ as primary day nears ASSOCIATED PRESS-ALABAMA: Economic developer says immigration law may be hurting state BIRMINGHAM NEWS (Kennedy Post): Alabama’s unemployment rate and the GADSDEN TIMES: State immigration law to get rewrite, not repeal ASSOCIATED PRESS-WASHINGTON STATE: Farmers, immigrants unite against E-Verify ASSOCIATED PRESS-CALIFORNIA: SF archbishop speaks against immigration program NEW YORK TIMES: A Florida Bush Stays Silent, and to Many, That Says a Lot WASHINGTON POST (Editorial): The ‘self-deportation’ fantasy WASHINGTON POST (Cepeda Column): Florida’s Latino vote is up for grabs WASHINGTON POST: In Florida, GOP candidates praise Marco Rubio, a favorite for running mate WASHINGTON POST: Romney adviser goes all out to rally Hispanics in Florida LOS ANGELES TIMES: Miami’s Cuban vote shifting, but still strongly Republican LOS ANGELES TIMES: Mayor Villaraigosa says divisive GOP rhetoric turning off Latinos HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Immigrant husband, father spared from deportation CHARLOTTE OBSERVER (Editorial): Making sense on immigration reform FINANCIAL TIMES: Immigration dilemma haunts Republicans FOX NEWS LATINO: Marco Rubio Calls For GOP to Chill on Immigration Rhetoric FOX NEWS LATINO: Kansas Seeks Waiver for Undocumented Workers to Solve Farm Crisis HUFFINGTON POST (Nowrasteh Post): Could Our Immigration Laws Prevent the Next Google? HUFFINGTON POST: Immigration Authorities Locked 13,000 In Limbo MIAMI HERALD (Oppenheimer Column): Romney’s ‘anti-immigrant’ label won’t go away NATIONAL JOURNAL: Why Immigration is Fizzling in Florida for Gingrich TEXAS TRIBUNE: A Divide on the Payoff of Legalizing Immigrants
In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdan Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdan — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according tonewspapers at the time, he dictated).
Rather than quote the numerous highlights in this letter, I’ll simply leave you to enjoy it. Do make sure you read to the end.
To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee
Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Colonel Martin’s to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable. Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living. It would do me good to go back to the dear old home again, and see Miss Mary and Miss Martha and Allen, Esther, Green, and Lee. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this. I would have gone back to see you all when I was working in the Nashville Hospital, but one of the neighbors told me that Henry intended to shoot me if he ever got a chance.
I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here. I get twenty-five dollars a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy,—the folks call her Mrs. Anderson,—and the children—Milly, Jane, and Grundy—go to school and are learning well. The teacher says Grundy has a head for a preacher. They go to Sunday school, and Mandy and me attend church regularly. We are kindly treated. Sometimes we overhear others saying, “Them colored people were slaves” down in Tennessee. The children feel hurt when they hear such remarks; but I tell them it was no disgrace in Tennessee to belong to Colonel Anderson. Many darkeys would have been proud, as I used to be, to call you master. Now if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again.
As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be gained on that score, as I got my free papers in 1864 from the Provost-Marshal-General of the Department of Nashville. Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you were disposed to treat us justly and kindly; and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for thirty-two years, and Mandy twenty years. At twenty-five dollars a month for me, and two dollars a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars. Add to this the interest for the time our wages have been kept back, and deduct what you paid for our clothing, and three doctor’s visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to. Please send the money by Adams’s Express, in care of V. Winters, Esq., Dayton, Ohio. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past, we can have little faith in your promises in the future. We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense. Here I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.
In answering this letter, please state if there would be any safety for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up, and both good-looking girls. You know how it was with poor Matilda and Catherine. I would rather stay here and starve—and die, if it come to that—than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters. You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the colored children in your neighborhood. The great desire of my life now is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits.
Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.
there’s a kid who moved from Mexico almost a year ago to live in the U.S. he was asked what the big difference between Mexico and the U.S., and he said (in Spanish), “in Mexico, you live your life. it seems like here in the U.S., your life lives you.”
I came across this post titled “Monologue on Immigration”, thinking that it would provide a voice about immigrating to the US. If not that, at least provide sources about the psychological, financial, and political effects of immigrants. I, instead, read a bigoted opinion of how immigrants need…
The Only Way is Up: The Journey of an Immigrant This book features the author’s experiences and views on pertinent life issues as an immigrant to the United States. The objective is to empower women though the greater part is of relevance to a general audience. The book provides insight and…
One August morning nearly two decades ago, my mother woke me and put me in a cab. She handed me a jacket. “Baka malamig doon” were among the few words she said. (“It might be cold there.”) When I arrived at the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino…
“Sorry for being a stereotype, I can’t help looking like your image of the perfect immigrant. I speak with an accent, and I don’t have a luxurious two story house. But everything that I have, I earned through hard work… How’s that for a stereotype?”—My mom (GOOD JOB STICKING IT TO THE MAN MOM! >:D)
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Kindertransport Mama and I climbed aboard. I waved to Papa until he was only a tiny speck in the distance. The train turned the curve, and he was gone.The powerful autobiographical account of a young girls’ struggle as a Jewish refugee in England from 1939–1945. Take Action! Get it immediately!!
Mali under the night sky is a very short and colorfully illustrated picture book by Youme, and is about a little girl named Mali leaving her home in Laos to go to Thailand with her family because of chaos and war. Turns…
Last Summer, Alabama passed HB56, the most sweeping immigration bill in the country. It’s an example of a strategy called “attrition through enforcement” or, more colloquially, “self-deportation”—making life so hard on undocumented immigrants that they choose to leave the country. But as reporter…
“But this skin was different, this heat was different, this scent.
She became aware of his body shifting in the gravel, imagined where his face was, where the words came from. She could feel the hairs of her arm stand erect, and could feel the space between her shoulder blades molting sweat.”—Helena Maria Viramontes, Under the Feet of Jesus (via zoeythekat)