Seeing as the US took land away from Mexico and named it “Texas” and “California,” I think Mexicans just may have the right to jump the border and live in the land that was stolen from their ancestors.
I have to get my ARC replaced as it got stolen. I’ve been pretty slack, but I finally got my arse in gear and dragged myself out of bed to go before work today. Bearing in mind every other time I’ve been it has been a long drawn out process, mostly made up of sitting and waiting, I made sure I got…
While America’s debate over immigration has been dominated recently by crackdowns in states like Arizona and Alabama, California legislators are trying to turn that tide with a bill to protect illegal immigrants that they dub the “anti-Arizona.”
Last week, the top U.S. court upheld the most controversial aspect of Arizona’s immigration statute: a requirement that police officers check the immigration status of people they stop, even for minor offenses such as jay-walking.
Enter California, a border state that is home to the largest number of illegal immigrants, most of whom are Hispanic, and is considerably more liberal than its neighbor Arizona.
A bill currently working its way through the California legislature would block local law enforcement from referring a detainee to immigration officials for deportation unless that person has been convicted of a violent or serious felony.
“California cannot afford to become another Arizona,” said California Assembly member Tom Ammiano, the bill’s sponsor. One of the bill’s sponsors, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, calls the effort the “anti-Arizona.”
Critics have argued that Arizona’s law could lead to illegal racial or ethnic profiling of Hispanics in Arizona. Hispanics are the largest U.S. minority group, representing 16 percent of the population.
Supporters of the Arizona law say it is needed because the federal government has failed to secure the border with Mexico.
The California bill, which has the support of over 100 immigrant rights groups, police chiefs and mayors, was drafted not only as a symbolic counter to legislation in neighboring Arizona, but also to push back against a federal program called Secure Communities that shares the same principles as Arizona’s law, supporters say.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, established the Secure Communities program in partnership with local law enforcement agencies and the FBI to deport unauthorized immigrants.
Local authorities send fingerprints of those arrested to ICE, which says it prioritizes deporting individuals with criminal convictions. The program was credited as a factor in that agency’s highest-ever number of deportations, nearly 400,000 in 2011.
“(Secure Communities) has burdened our local governments and put even victims and witnesses of crime at risk of deportation, making us all less safe,” Ammiano said in a statement. “It has even mistakenly trapped U.S. citizens in our local jails for immigration purposes.”
The federal program has been responsible for deporting over 72,000 Californians, according to Ammiano, with 70 percent of those deported from the state having either no criminal conviction, or conviction for a minor offense.
Critics have lambasted the program for placing victims of domestic violence in deportation proceedings and deterring immigrants from reporting crimes committed against them.
I came across this website today called ‘Emigrate to New Zealand’. It’s a site for migrants to share their New Zealand immigration experiences — these are mostly negative stories. And by mostly I mean: all, completely, absolutely.
The biggest recent immigration news is that Asia surpassed Latin America as the main source of immigration to the U.S. While the recent Supreme Court case about SB1070 or Obama’s de facto DREAM Act memo are important, the changing demography of immigration will have wider ranging long term impact.
This type of change has happened before. By the end of the 1960s, Latin America displaced Europe as the main source of immigrants. The increase in permanent Hispanic immigration to the United States back then was due to multiple factors, which some of which are now repeating for Asian immigrants.
First, legal changes in the Immigration Act of 1965 removed the old national origin quotas and allowed in more non-Europeans, including Latin Americans and Asians. The growing number of legal Mexican immigrants began to sponsor their relatives. Mexican immigration in the 1950s was about 300,000 that decade, roughly five times greater than during the 1940s. It increased again to 441,824 in the 1960s. Much of that was driven by family migration.
The New York Immigration Coalition will provide several informational sessions on President Obama’s June 15th announcement about Deferred Action for certain young people who were brought into the United States through no fault of their own.
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“It makes an immigrant laugh to hear the fears of the nationalist, scared of infection, penetration, miscegenation, when this is small fry, peanuts, compared to what the immigrant fears - dissolution, disappearance.”—
Zadie Smith, incidentally, on brown people everywhere.
I’m enjoying White Teeth so much. Definitely signing up for Zadie’s class a few semesters from now, god willing.
ITAR also operates to prohibit the “Retransfer” (also called “Re-export”) of items on the USML by foreign persons unless the Retransfer is specifically authorized under the relevant export authorization.
ITAR’s restrictions on retransfer blocked Venezuela’s threatened sale of used F-16…
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He is a guitarist/vocalist/violinist of ELDREN & has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E) since June 4th due to a mis-leading legal advice he has been given. The immigration thinks Josh is a threat and he is on the brink of deportation back to his native country, S. Korea. Everyone and anyone who has known Josh personally or has ever played shows with him knows that Josh is NOT a threat to this community. If anything, he has been an important member of the Denver music scene and dear friends to many. His detainment has brought everyone in the community together and people are doing everything they can to help his release. How could a guy that has this much influence on people be of any harm? Please sign this petition not only to free Josh, but to let the world know that his absence could greatly affect the Denver music scene and that there are many people waiting for his release so they can hear him play that amazing fiddle of his. Personal message from Josh to his supporters: ”I am tremendously overwhelmed with all of the support and love everyone’s been showing me. I am waiting patiently here at the detainment facility and I can’t wait to share my passion and music with you all once again”
Please sign this petition to help free a person who should not be held at a detainment facility to be deported for unjust reasons.
For years, Gac Filipaj mopped floors, cleaned toilets and took out trash at Columbia University.
A refugee from war-torn Yugoslavia, he eked out a living working for the Ivy League school. But Sunday was payback time: The 52-year-old janitor donned a cap and gown to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in classics.
As a Columbia employee, he didn’t have to pay for the classes he took. His favorite subject was the Roman philosopher and statesman Seneca, the janitor said during a break from his work at Lerner Hall, the student union building he cleans.
“I love Seneca’s letters because they’re written in the spirit in which I was educated in my family — not to look for fame and fortune, but to have a simple, honest, honorable life,” he said.
Daniel Velez Rivera, an openly gay priest who started a Hispanic ministry in an existing “Anglo-church” says he has lived this inclusiveness firsthand.
“People got to know me as a person and as a priest,” he says. “Afterwards they found out. We might have had two people out of 100 leave but we brought in gays and lesbians and their friends. God made me this way, but my mission is not to be the gay priest — just a priest in the community. People get it.”
Last month’s Supreme Court decision in the landmark Arizona immigration case was groundbreaking for what it omitted: the words “illegal immigrants” and “illegal aliens,” except when quoting other sources. The court’s nonjudgmental language established a humanistic approach to our current restructuring of immigration policy.
When you label someone an “illegal alien” or “illegal immigrant” or just plain “illegal,” you are effectively saying the individual, as opposed to the actions the person has taken, is unlawful. The terms imply the very existence of an unauthorized migrant in America is criminal.In this country, there is still a presumption of innocence that requires a jury to convict someone of a crime. If you don’t pay your taxes, are you an illegal? What if you get a speeding ticket? A murder conviction? No. You’re still not an illegal. Even alleged terrorists and child molesters aren’t labeled illegals.By becoming judge, jury and executioner, you dehumanize the individual and generate animosity toward them. New York Times editorial writer Lawrence Downes says “illegal” is often “a code word for racial and ethnic hatred.”The term “illegal immigrant” was first used in 1939 as a slur by the British toward Jews who were fleeing the Nazis and entering Palestine without authorization. Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel aptly said that “no human being is illegal.”
A Fox News Latino poll conducted under Latin Insights was released on Monday, March 5 and consisted of 1,200 likely Latino voters in the U.S. The poll showed that 73 percent think Obama’s performance in office is satisfactory and more than half support his work to reform healthcare and the…
Since the 19th century, immigrants have been coming to the U. S. in hopes of creating better lives for themselves and their families. Since then, the U.S. has become a melting pot of different ethnicities, cultures and religions. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, the U.S. is the…
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans on implementing a new, improved system to track individuals who overstay their U.S. tourist or work visa. DHS plans to begin the program in the next few weeks, and the program will trace future immigrants— not those that are currently in the…
Francisco Perez, a 26 year old father, needs our help. He has been detained for 4-months, missing the birth of his first child! A little over four months ago Francisco was caught fishing on private property, rather than receive a ticket and be told when to appear in court Francisco was detained…