Archive for March, 2009

The Daily Show Pokes Fun at Minutemen

Last night, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart poked fun at the border “vigilante” group, the Minutemen Project. Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi shed light on the powerful misnomer that immigrants take American jobs and also highlighted the extent that extremists like the Minutemen and other restrictionists will go to protect their misinformed [...]

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“Progressive” Peddlers of Fear 2.0

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“Progressive” Peddlers of Fear 2.0

Photo by Mike Galvin. This just in: “Immigrants are breathing all our American air,” or so the new anti-immigrant front group, Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), would have you believe. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s not too far off from the laundry list of anti-immigrant topics posing as economic, environmental and social justice issues [...]

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Mexicans Choosing to Weather Economic Storm in Home Country

Video by The Houston Chronicle. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered reviews of many operational aspects of the immigration and border security system and has even delayed a series of proposed immigration raids and other enforcement actions at U.S. workplaces.  Yet while many of the Bush administration’s “attrition through enforcement” tactics are [...]

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Olbermann: “Immigration Detention Centers as Bad as Gitmo”

Watch more The Obama Administration videos on AOL Video As part of his “Still Bushed!” segment, Keith Olbermann compared Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities to Guantanamo Bay as part of his countdown: OLBERMANN: Number one, Gitmo Jr.-gate. Imagine the Bush government having instituted a system of near Gulags and other detention centers so [...]

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Congress Flexes Muscle for Broader Immigration Reform with DREAM Act

Video from Dreamactivist.org Yesterday, the House and Senate delivered yet another signal that the political tide for immigration reform is getting stronger with their introduction of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act [Senate] and the American Dream Act [House].  The bill is a strong bipartisan effort and a sign that the [...]

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Obama Tells Univision Viewers that He Will “Always Be Listening”

Tonight, President Obama appeared on “Premio Lo Nuestro,” a popular Latin music awards show which aired on the Spanish-language channel, Univision.  Obama thanked the mostly Latino audience for voting in November and encouraged them to stay involved and “make your voices heard”:

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Congress Introduces DREAM Act as Momentum for Immigration Reform Escalates

Congress Introduces DREAM Act as Momentum for Immigration Reform Escalates

Today, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Lincoln Díaz-Balart (R-FL), along with several other Republican and Democratic Representatives introduced in both chambers the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM) Act. These bipartisan bills would allow immigrant students who are raised in the U.S. and graduate [...]

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Citizen Children Neglected and Deserted in Wake of Immigration Raids

Citizen Children Neglected and Deserted in Wake of Immigration Raids

Photo by raphasantos. Miguel is a US citizen child who grew up in Minnesota like any other little American boy. But his parents are undocumented workers from El Salvador who worked at the Swift plant in Worthington, MN. On December 12, 2006, the plant was raided by ICE, and more than 200 workers were detained, [...]

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent in Immigration Detention

Guilty Until Proven Innocent in Immigration Detention

Photo from flickr. Not only are immigrants in detention “dying for decent [medical] care,” a recent report by Amnesty International blasts the federal government for violating their human rights by allowing tens of thousands of people — including U.S. citizens — to “languish” in custody for months to years without receiving hearings to determine whether [...]

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Hillary Clinton’s Two-Day Visit to Mexico Begins Today

Hillary Clinton’s Two-Day Visit to Mexico Begins Today

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Mexico to discuss a wide range of issues, including immigration, trade and security. Clinton’s visit is paving the way for high-profile visits from Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, culminating with President Barack Obama’s first trip to Mexico in mid-April. While conversations with [...]

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