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The Immigration Hall of Shame

by: Immigrants' List

Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 12:45:29 PM EST

This week, it's the 104th anniversary of Ellis Island's one-day peak - the day when more immigrants were welcomed than any other in American history. On April 17, 1907, 11,747 immigrants became Americans - and that was just at Ellis Island.

Today, 104 years later, America is stuck in the mud with a broken immigration system. Americans want reform that unites families, promotes fair employment practices, and restores America's place as a nation that welcomes those seeking freedom from persecution and a better way of life.

This week, Immigrants' List -- a bipartisan political action committee dedicated to electing pro-immigration lawmakers - unveiled the 2011 inductees into the Immigration Hall of Shame.

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Delaying immigration reform gets expensive

by: Restore Fairness

Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 16:46:14 PM EST

From the Restore Fairness blog.

Sirens, helicopters, immigration agents with guns  swarming into    factories and homes, this was standard game for  immigration raids during    the Bush administration. But all that was  supposed to change during    President Obama’s tenure. In a disturbing  turn of events, documents    procured by the Washington Post have exposed a senior-ranking     Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official explicitly  stating     that even while deportation of those with  criminal charges has  risen,    the overall number of deportations is “well  below the  agency’s goal”    and what is needed is a reversal of the   downward   trend of    deportations.

Rather than reflect the plans of the  Obama  administration that is   committed to an enforcement agenda  focused on  immigrants that commit   serious crimes, the exposed ICE  memo has laid  out a plan that will -

pump up  the numbers by  increasing  detention space to hold more  illegal  immigrants while they  await  deportation proceedings; sweep  prisons and  jails to find more   candidates for deportation and offering  early release  to those  willing  to go quickly; and, most  controversially, include a  “surge”  in efforts  to catch illegal  immigrants whose only violation was  lying  on  immigration or visa  applications or reentering the United  States  after  being deported.

In keeping with this plan, ICE field  offices in  Dallas, Chicago and   Northern California have set their  agents an  incentive system that  calls  for them to process 40-60 cases  in a month  in order to earn  “excellent”  ratings. Such a policy  encourages agents  to target “easy”  cases rather  than focus on high  risk, criminal cases  that take longer  to process.

ICE  immediately distanced themselves from Chaparro’s memo.

Our    longstanding focus remains on smart, effective immigration     enforcement  that places priority first on those dangerous criminal     aliens who  present risk to the security of our communities. This focus    has yielded  real results – between FY2008 and FY2009,  criminal    deportations  increased by 19%… Significant portions of the memo cited    in The  Washington Post did not reflect our policies, was sent without    my   authorization, and has since been withdrawn and corrected.

Mixed   signals from an agency known for its harsh implementation of    detention  and deportation policies. A report published by the Center for      American Progress weighs the fiscal damage that would result from     mass deportation of all immigrants, the alternative to     comprehensive reform that is championed by immigration hardliners, and     the results should worry us all.

Based on federal spending on   border enforcement and deportation for   2008, the report estimates the   cost of detention and deportation for   10.8 million undocumented   immigrants present in the U.S. at around 200   billion dollars.  Referring  to the option of mass deportation as the   “status-quo on   steriods”, it  points to this option as a highly   irresponsible one  that would require  “$922 in new taxes for every man,   woman, and child  in this country.”  The bad news, the National   Immigration Forum puts this number on the lower side.


The good news. Americans aren’t  buying  this option and are demanding   immigration reform in record  numbers.  The Public    Religion  Research Institute asked American voters (predominantly    white  Evangelicals, Catholics and Mainline Protestants) what they think     about immigration reform, and found-

Two-thirds  of Americans believe in a   comprehensive approach that  offers illegal  immigrants an earned path   to citizenship. Overwhelming  majorities of  those asked believed that   immigration reform should be  guided by values  of fairness, security,   dignity and keeping families  together.

On the other side is Public Agenda,    a non partisan group that decided  to find out what immigrants think about their lives     in the United States. What did they find?

The    overwhelming  majority of immigrants say they’re happy in the  United    States, and  would  do it all over again if they could.  Immigrants “buy   in” to  American  society, for themselves and their  children. They  rate  the  United States  as an  improvement over their  birthplace in  almost  all  dimensions, and most  say they expect their  children to  remain in  this  country. A  solid majority says that  illegal  immigrants become   productive citizens and an overwhelming 84   percent  support a “guest   worker” program

So what’s next? We’ve marched. We’ve rallied. We’ve practically     shouted from  rooftops demanding immigration reform. And now it’s time     to make sure  that we get some concrete action. With the current system     broken, expensive and inefficient, and with 10.8 million people eager to     contribute to the nation’s economy and society, everyone should be  on    board for finding a sustainable, just, and humane solution to the     current immigration system. We rest our case.

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200,000 marched for America this weekend. Now it's your turn...

by: Restore Fairness

Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 17:13:15 PM EST

From the Restore Fairness blog.

Do you know what it feels like to be a part of a  200,000  person-strong protest? In a word- amazing. But why scrimp on  words when  describing the largest demonstration for immigration reform since 2006!

On Sunday March 21st we joined tens of thousands  of people from every  corner of the country as they came together in  Washington D.C. to  demand humane immigration reform NOW. With thousands  of workers, faith based groups, young   people, LGBT  folks and African-Americans demonstrating, the atmosphere on   the National Mall was electric. Once we finished taking in the sheer   magnitude of the sea of people that stretched across five blocks of the   Mall, we held our signs up high and joined in the innovative and   energetic rallying. It was difficult to not be distracted by the variety   of colorful banners, signs, puppets and slogans that people creatively   designed, and we were inspired by chants of “Sí Se Puede”, “No Human   Being is Illegal,” and “Change Takes Courage.” The most prominent colors   of the day were red, white and blue as demonstrators proudly waved   American flags as they marched for justice.

Drawing on the  history of the civil rights movement, Reverend Jesse  Jackson was one of  the enigmatic speakers who spoke of immigration as a  civil rights  issue that impacted all Americans. Other speakers included  Rep. Luis  Gutierrez, the leader of the movement for immigration reform,  whose speech mirrored the spirit of urgency palpable in   the crowd.

We’ve been patient long enough. We’ve  listened quietly. We’ve  asked politely. We’ve turned the other cheek so  many times our heads  are spinning…It’s time to let immigrants come out  of the shadows into  the light and for America to embrace them and  protect them.

Cardinal  Roger Mahony from L.A. made a touching and inspirational speech reminding us of the pain visited upon immigrant families impacted by the broken   immigration system.

Consider what happened to little Gabby, a   U.S. citizen whose father  was taken from their home at 5 a.m. when  she  was nine.  Now 14, instead  of playing with her friends she takes  care  of her baby brothers while  her mother tries to make ends meet.  Gabby  prays that Congress and the President enact immigration reform,   so that  she can once again feel the warmth of her father’s embrace and   never  again have nightmares that she will be left alone.

The  surprise highlight of the “all star” line-up was President Obama’s video speech that was projected   on giant screens to the vast crowd.

If we work together, across ethnic,  state  and party lines, we can build a future worthy of our history as a   nation of immigrants and a nation of laws…I have always pledged to be   your partner as we work to fix our broken immigration system, and  that’s  a commitment that I reaffirm today.

As health  care reform passed by evening, the time for talk seemed  likely over.  Sunday showed us that the lack of forward movement on  reform and the  unending enforcement actions targeting innocent workers  and families  would be tolerated no further. The next day, we joined a national action organized by FIRM at the Republican   National Committee offices to call for stronger support and leadership   for immigration reform from Republican leaders. As we picketed  outside,  organizers marched into the RNC office and demanded a meeting  with RNC  Chair Michael Steele, who had rejected an earlier request. The  strategic  sit-in action met with success as a meeting was fixed for March 31st.

There will  be a lot of hard work in the upcoming weeks. For now, we  need you to  send a free fax and tell your Members of Congress that if   they “don’t choose courage over hate, we’ll elect people who will.” And   keep tuned for our video of this momentous event.

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GOP Plays 'Immigrant' Card to Block Progress AGAIN: First Sick Kids, Now Unemployed Americans

by: AmericasVoice

Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 16:31:13 PM EST

Today The Hill is reporting that Repbulican Senators are using immigration wedge politics to try to poke holes in the new jobs legislation moving forward in Congress:

The GOP expressed worries that the $15 billion jobs package crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), does not go far enough to ensure that businesses don't use new-jobs tax credits in the bill to write off jobs given to illegal immigrants.

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White House Joins Democratic Senators to Appease Joe Wilson

by: AmericasVoice

Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 14:11:36 PM EST

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Note: Cross-posted at Huffington Post. and America's Voice

On Friday I explained how Rep. Joe Wilson’s controversial heckling during President Obama's joint Congressional address last Wednesday laid bare the ugly-as-ever, Republican illegal immigration wedge strategy for the nation to see.

What’s more astounding, I argued, was that key Democrats, Senators Baucus (D-MO) and Conrad (D-ND) to be specific, seemed to be validating Wilson's outburst.  Republicans were scaring up a fake bogeyman – the undocumented immigrant who would benefit from taxpayer funded health insurance – and rather than pushing back with the facts, Baucus and Conrad told the American public to take them seriously.

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Just Imagine…


Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 11:31:42 AM EST

Imagine, if you woke up every morning having to fear being beaten with a baseball bat; attacked with BB guns, pepper spray, or objects thrown from passing cars; run off the road while riding bicycles; or having your home lit on fire.  Imagine if you were too afraid to let your children play outside, and your family was too afraid to walk outside after dark.  According to a report released yesterday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), that's the reality that many Latino immigrants living in Suffolk County, New York, USA have faced for the past few years.

This is not the past we're talking about; this is the current reality for many Latinos in Suffolk County. As astounding as that might sound, according to the SPLC report, dozens of Latinos have been attacked these ways over the course of the last decade.

The scores of interviews and research that substantiate the SPLC report point to the sad fact that the tragic death of Marcelo Lucero, which we've reported on extensively, was not the beginning or the end of the vicious cycle of fear and hate, but  rather the apex of a culture gone wrong.
So when did this start?  Who's perpetuating the violence?  How will it end?  These are some of the questions that the report reviews.  The report traces much of the hate-mongering to nativist groups, such as the now defunct Sachem Quality of Life organization that fanned the flames of fears of immigrants, as well as to the failure of everyday systems, such as that reflected by police indifference to reports of attacks on immigrants, choosing to question alleged victims on their immigration status instead.  Moreover, anti-immigrant statements made by elected officials, such as Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, former county legislator Michael M. D'Andre, and former county legislator Elie Mystal, only served to add fuel to the fire and legitimate nativist rhetoric.  According to The New York Times :   
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New Video Shorts Highlight the Need for Immigrant Integration Policy

by: willcoley

Sat Aug 29, 2009 at 00:47:35 AM EST

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The Asian Pacific American Legal Center has released four video shorts calling on Congress to enact a fair and humane immigration reform that includes measures to support the successful integration of immigrants.

"During a recession, all workers and residents should play a role in plans to stimulate the economy," said Sara Sadhwani, immigrant rights project director.  "Our research and outreach to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as well as broader immigrant communities has shown that immigrants want to participate in building a bright future for the United States."

The short films follow immigrant community members on their quest to learn English and include interviews with leading academics, adult school administrators, ESL teachers and volunteers.

"Over the past few months, I visited a dozen adult education schools in Los Angeles and Orange counties," said Will Coley, videographer and producer of the films. "I had the opportunity to meet determined administrators, passionate teachers and lots of eager students."

California has the largest adult education system in the country and is supported in large part by state funding. "Unfortunately adult schools have faced severe cut backs due to the state budget negotiations," said Sadhwani. "Including immigrant integration measures in a comprehensive immigration reform package, such as funding for ESL and citizenship services, will be an investment in our nation's future."

Four videos are available for viewing on YouTube or by following the links below:

The Outcome is Income: Graduating in English (Above)

Classroom 206: Making Time for English  

Why I Volunteer to Teach English

Finding Their Way with English

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Baltimore Asks Washington To Step up to the Plate and Reform Immigration

by: casa_de_maryland

Tue Aug 11, 2009 at 14:16:57 PM EST

By Mario Quiroz, of CASA de Maryland

Baltimore resolutionDelay may be business as usual in Washington, but Baltimore isn't having it.

Yesterday evening, amidst news that President Obama now sees immigration reform delayed until 2010, the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution-- the first like it in Maryland-- calling on President Obama and Congress to act swiftly to pass real, comprehensive immigration reform. 

According to Baltimore City Councilmember Rochelle "Rikki" Spector:

As a city with a rich immigrant history, we recognize that our city and country will be stronger if we can assist new immigrants in fully assimilating into our community, There’s no doubt that the country has a broken immigration system, and that local municipalities are paying a big price as a result of Washington’s inaction.

“I am thrilled that Baltimore is taking the leadership in Maryland to support comprehensive immigration reform,” she added.

Not only did Spector support the pro-reform resolution, but she also plans to raise immigration reform as a priority issue at next week’s Maryland Association of Counties conference, urging other local governments across Maryland to join Baltimore in issuing similar statements.

Why all the commotion at a time when Washington is dragging its feet?

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Holder Pushes Hate Crime Bill in Wake of Recent Wave of Hate


Mon Jul 06, 2009 at 14:12:50 PM EST

In the wake the recent shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the murder of Dr. George Tiller, and continued attacks against immigrants, Attorney General Eric Holder has asked Congress for a tougher hate crimes bill. 

"If there was ever a doubt about the need for this legislation, I think that has been pretty much done away with by the events that we've seen in our nation here in Washington, DC... I think the time is right, the time is now for the passage of this legislation," he said.

We couldn't agree more.  The FBI reports that hate crimes against Latinos have risen 40% over the past four years.  The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that the number of hate groups targeting Latinos and immigrants has increased by 54% since 2000. 

These are not just statistics.  People are being beaten to death simply because they are Latino.  Luis Ramirez, a 25-year-old immigrant, was beaten to death in July of last year by a group of teenagers in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.  One witness said that they told Ramirez's friends to get out of Shenandoah, "or you're gonna to be laying effin next to him." 

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Modern Day Slave Trade Uncovered

by: The Media Consortium

Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 08:38:55 AM EST


by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger

The Wire will be brief this week, as I'm attending New America Media's Expo and Awards at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. I'll be speaking about New Media and accepting an award on the behalf of the Sanctuary group at ProMigrant.Org.  

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Sotomayor Nomination : Identity Politics Games People Play

by: MamitaMala

Wed May 27, 2009 at 12:14:37 PM EST

sotomayorphotos-1048 My Puerto Rican corazon is bursting with mixed emotions today. The Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination is historic and important. My mother, who came to NY from Puerto Rico as a child, was beside herself with excitement and I can't even imagine what my dad, who came to New York from la Trocha de Vega Baja with dreams of becoming a lawyer, must be feeling. Pero that pride that is usually reserved for Rican Weekend is tempered with being disturbed at how Sotomayor's nomination is being used to play identity politic games while denying some of the real work that needs to be done in terms of Puerto Rico's status, the role of Latinos in politics, and the move towards real change in the current immigration system.

Like I said yesterday, I still have to study Sotomayor's record before I pull out the wepa welcome wagon, pero Latinos and many people of color are excited and rightfully so. Just as the Obama presidency is historic and is viewed as an example for young men of color, Sotomayor's nomination and hopefully her getting on the bench, is an example for young women of color. Pero the question then is who gets to claim that example?
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Virus Brings Swine-Hearted Lobby Into Foreground

by: nezua

Tue Apr 28, 2009 at 14:20:14 PM EST

By The Sanctuary Founding Editors:

The moment that the news of the "Swine Flu" or "North American Influenza" hit the wires, it was easy to predict what the anti-immigrant faction would have to say about it. People like Michael Savage, Neil Boortz, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck, Pat Buchanan, and groups like CIS, FAIR, and NumbersUSA are so locked into their views that their voices are unnecessary in a dialogue that actually preferences truth-which by nature requires flexibility and bravery. The stances of those who most vocally oppose immigration today are so predictable that one could paint a face on a septic-tainted soccer ball and paste up word balloons and rest well, knowing that The Nativist Lobby point of view on any immigration-related topic will end in "deport them all" and "seal the borders" if not "round them up" and other tired ideas. And nobody reading now needs a reminder of how throughout time, both Latin America as well as all immigrants have been slurred and painted with the brush of disease by those resistant to changing demographics.

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DREAM With Me.

by: nezua

Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 15:39:37 PM EST

IF YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT The DREAM Act, I want to introduce you to the legislation, fight, and arguments. There's really no need for me to try and explain it because some compas have poured hours and hours of work into making cases, offering links, and organizing already. I'm just going to write at the moment to say I do support it (despite the fact that I don't support creating new ways for our war machine to suck up more mexicano-or other-lives) and I'm going to paste some links and writing from Dream Activist as well as Blogmigo Kyle from Citizen Orange.
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Tragedy at American Civic Association in Binghamton

by: nezua

Fri Apr 03, 2009 at 18:05:12 PM EST

The Editors of the Sanctuary send our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and energies to all families and community members affected by the tragedy in Binghamton today.

We are concerned with the immigrant community given our lives, our collective function and the fact that the shooting was reportedly done in a room of people testing (or taking a practice test) for their citizenship. It is especially heartbreaking that the dreams of so many were ended in such a violent way, and so very close to their fruition.

We will be paying close attention and working together to update you on this unfolding story.

National Immigrant Justice Center:
Staff at Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center are following the news about what is happening in Binghamton, New York. We understand from news reports that the American Civic Association provides important services to immigrants and refugees seeking to become citizens and reunite with their families. The National Immigrant Justice Center engages in similar work to protect the rights of immigrants, and for that reason this story hits especially close to home.  Our thoughts are with the people, families, and communities who have been affected by this horrible tragedy.

America's Voice:
Today members of America's Voice grieve with the victims of a tragic shooting at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, NY. The organization provided services and support to members of the immigrant and refugee population in the small town in Upstate New York. We cannot imagine the heartache and pain that family members of the victims are currently experiencing, and we extend our deepest sympathies to all those wounded in the deadly attack.

While we wait to hear more details about today's tragic turn of events, we hope that no one will try to take advantage of this tragedy by engaging in despicable political maneuvering that would only serve to distract the public from the real, chilling loss of life at this community center.

It seems that many of the victims of today's horrific shooting were on their way toward becoming full citizens of our nation. In honor of their memory and their families' grief, as well as the men and women who work every day to make sure that our values as a nation of immigrants are upheld, we hope that the discussion around this unspeakable tragedy centers on the tragic loss of life and how best to serve the families and communities who have been brutalized by it.

We should focus on the tragic and shocking deaths of the immigrant men and women who were reportedly taking their citizenship tests (or studying for these) inside the center-a poignant moment for those who have sacrificed and toiled to become full participants in our great nation. We hope that the grief and suffering of families who lost loved ones today is not amplified by callous statements and actions of extreme groups whose primary purpose is to stir up bitterness and resentment toward the most vulnerable members of our society.

United Farm Workers:
The United Farm Workers is deeply saddened by the violent killing of innocent people at an immigration center in upstate New York this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and families and the people of Binghamton where this act of nonsense violence occurred.  The UFW will be memorializing the victims and recommitting ourselves to non-violent struggle at the upcoming Cesar E. Chavez events this weekend in California.

Center for New Community:
Center for New Community was deeply saddened by the tragedy that took place in Binghamton, NY on Friday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and the community.
Early reports indicate that this was a senseless act of violence carried out by a lone individual with unknown motives. It is reported that the victims were a group of immigrants taking a citizenship exam at the American Civic Association, which provides services to immigrants and refugees seeking to become citizens and reunite with their families.

This is a tragedy for America and for the immigrant community. As an organization that works to defend the human and civil rights of all persons residing in the United States, Center for New Community urges everyone to resist using this incident for political purposes in the contentious immigration debate.

At this time, we encourage the nation to focus its full attention on supporting the community of Binghamton, New York.

Washington, DC-The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, is deeply saddened by the shooting tragedy that occurred at an immigrant center in Binghamton, New York today.

"Today's horrific unfolding of events at an organization dedicated to providing services to America's newcomers and offering hope to so many families is extremely heart-wrenching," said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.  "The impact of the shooting at the American Civic Association is felt by all those who work every day to open the door to the American Dream for hardworking immigrants in this country."

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is deeply saddened by the tragic shooting that took place today at the American Civic Association, an immigration services agency in Binghamton, NY.

This is a tragedy for America and for the immigrant community. It is particularly sad that a place that offers hope and assists immigrants to better integrate into American society has now become the site of such tragedy. Our hopes and prayers go out to the victims and families and the entire Binghamton community.

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Detention Industry Surges in Economic Crisis

by: The Media Consortium

Thu Feb 19, 2009 at 14:54:11 PM EST

February 19th, 2009

by Nezua Media Consortium Blogger

The nation's eyes are fixed upon a trembling economy. It affects our ability to survive, to thrive, and even think rationally. Today's economic crisis is also impacting the lives of immigrants and immigration reform on multiple levels, be it through provisions to the economic stimulus bill, individual lawmen exceeding the bounds of their office, or a scrambling Pentagon viewing immigrants as easy recruits.

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Policy Must Inspire Allegiance, Not Anger

by: The Media Consortium

Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 13:46:36 PM EST


February 12th Immigration Image

by Nezua Media Consortium Blogger

George W. Bush told the world that the US was targeted for 9/11 because "we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world." And as President Obama said in his inaugural address:

The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
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Article dispels myths of comprehensive immigration reform

by: ragemail

Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 20:58:49 PM EST

Robert Gittleson has an excellent piece dispelling many of the myths set forth by opponents of comprehensive immigration reform.  The piece is entitled "Dispelling the Divisive Myths of Comprehensive Immigration Reform" in the current issue of Immigration Daily.

Gittleson articulates the gist of his position:

In the article, I identify four of the most prominent and divisive myths. First, That CIR is bad for our national security. Second, that Immigrants cost our country more in social services then they contribute in tax revenue. Third, the CIR is basically just code for amnesty, and that if it passes, it will just make the problem worse, by encouraging increased illegal immigration. And fourth, that because these undocumented immigrants came here illegally, the U.S. has no moral or ethical obligation to legalize their status and allow them to stay.

Most definitely worth a read.  Pass it on to interested parties.  
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the shame of italy, the shame of the united states

by: rachelfirm

Tue Jul 22, 2008 at 10:20:41 AM EST

This past weekend, two Roma girls drowned on an Italian beach. As the Independent reports:

It was the sort of tragedy that could happen on any beach. But what happened next has stunned Italy. The bodies of the two girls were laid on the sand; their sister and cousin were taken away by the police to identify and contact the parents. Some pious soul donated a couple of towels to preserve the most basic decencies. Then beach life resumed.

The indifference was taken as shocking proof that many Italians no longer have human feelings for the Roma, even though the communities have lived side by side for generations.

"This was the other terrible thing," says Mr Esposito, "besides the fact of the girls drowning: the normality. The way people continued to sunbathe, for three hours, just metres away from the bodies. They could have gone to a different beach. It's not possible that you can watch two young people die then carry on as if nothing happened. It showed a terrible lack of sensitivity and respect."

The attitudes of ordinary Italians towards the Roma, never warm, have been chilling for years, aggravated by sensational news coverage of crimes allegedly committed by Gypsies, and a widespread confusion of Roma with ordinary, non-Roma Romanians, who continue to arrive. The Berlusconi government has launched a high-profile campaign against the community, spearheaded by the programme announced by the Interior Minister, Roberto Marroni, to fingerprint the entire Roma population.

What struck me about this story, other than the shockingly callous response of the beach-goers, was that it sound all too familiar. In our own country, we stand by as an entire population of migrants is de-humanized and criminalized. On the US-Mexican boder, there have been 117 deaths so far this year. The bodies pile up, while Americans turn a blind eye.

The word "illegal" has become not an adjective for a beaureaucratic process of gaining status, but rather an entire race of people who have been deemed less than worthy of humanity, kindness and compassion.

People die and we continue to sunbathe.

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Another Nativist Myth Bites the Dust: Gallup Poll Indicates Most Mexicans Do Not Want to Emigrate

by: ragemail

Mon Jul 21, 2008 at 16:09:30 PM EST

Nativist Groups would have you believe that the U.S. Border is teeming with Mexicans waiting to cross over to the United States. Not so, says the highly respected Gallup Organization. The poll indicates that the overwhelming majority of Mexicans have no desire to emigrate, much less emigrate permanently to the U.S. The recently conducted Gallup poll found that when asked, "Ideally, given the opportunity, would you like to move permanently to another country, or would you prefer to continue living in this country?" only 21% of Mexicans responded affirmatively. Of this percentage only 46% indicated that they would like to emigrate to the United States. (The majority indicated a preference for Spain.) Given the cross-border familial ties between Mexico and the U.S., this is a remarkably small amount of Mexicans indicating a desire to emigrate to their northern neighbor.
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Eugenics and Nativism: Joined at the Hip

by: ragemail

Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 21:30:44 PM EST

The Federation for American Immigration Reform ('"FAIR") received a good deal of negative publicity after it was disclosed that it had received most of its start-up money from nonprofit Pioneer Fund foundation. The Pioneer Fund has a long history of promoting eugenics and giving funding to researchers who champion white supremacist causes. As well, the Pioneer Fund has provided money to a variety of anti-immigrant causes. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League have both condemned FAIR and the Pioneer Fund as promoting racist hate views. Most critically for the present discussion is the role of eugenics and immigration
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