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Archives by Tag 'immigration'
The Border Security and Criminal Alien Consensus
TOM BARRY
Democracy in America works. One has only to observe the surge of bipartisan support for immigration policy reform following the November elections. Election results revealed the new demographics of a multiracial, multiethnic America that is pushing aside the anti-i...
Surviving the Prairies of Illinois
ALEX E. CHÁVEZ
A palpable enthusiasm has emerged over the 2012 Presidential election and how its outcome signals a major demographic shift in the United States. The excitement pairs with heightened anticipation that “Latina/o issues”—principally comprehensive immigration r...
The ACHIEVE Act Sham
AMALIA PALLARES AND TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
One of the supposed lessons of Obama’s electoral victory was that Republicans could no longer afford to advocate an enforcement-only position on immigration reform. So it says something that the party’s first nod in that direction was extraordinarily weak. At t...
How Private Prisons Profit From the Criminalization of Immigrants
LAURA CARLSEN
How a nation uses its power to deny a person’s freedom has always been a critical measure of authoritarian rule. Massive incarceration based on race, ethnic origin or nationality, political beliefs, class, sexual orientation, age or other inherent characteristics is a f...
Beyond the Border
MATEO PIMENTEL
Far too many Americans are settling for less. Accepting the popular rhetoric and philosophy shrouding the Mexican-US border and immigration is mindless step in the wrong direction. Too many have acquiesced to ubiquitously spoon-fed solutions that do not seek an earnest pr...
The Schism in France
BARRY LANDO
Paris. France is in deep trouble. This country has spent several billions of Euros over the past 11 years sending its troops, planes and ships, to join the War against Terrorism in Central Asia. Now, however, the French are finally discovering the threat o...
Shooting to Kill Immigrants on the Mexican Border
DAVE LINDORFF
Sometimes it takes a small tragedy to call attention to expose a much bigger one. The small tragedy happened when Nicholas Ivie, a US Border Patrol agent, was shot dead on a dark night in rough terrain along the border with Mexico in Arizona, a state that has been ...
Endependence Day
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Instead of the usual 16th of September celebrated in most Mexican American communities, MEChA students at California State University at Northridge hold an “Endependence Day.” The event has the blaring of the mariachis, the jarabe tapatio, and gritos, but i...
When the Police Team With ICE: More Racial Profiling
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
The Justice Department released a report on September 18, 2012 that found that deputies in Alamance C...
The Best Democracies Money Can Buy
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
“Do you really want to live in a country where one party is so desperate to win the White House that they go around trying to make it harder for people to vote if they’re people of color, poor people or first generation immigrants?” &#...
White Lies and Arizona’s Culture of Fear
RODOLFO ACUÑA
When I was a kid there was what we used to call white lies.  You distinguished them from lies that were untrue. You told white lies because you did not want to reveal a secret or hurt someone’s feelings. Children would easily get caught telling lies – we were not too...
The Old Anti-Trafficking Propaganda
NANDITA SHARMA
Over the last two decades, many national governments and a variety of non-governmental organizations have sounded a loud drumbeat against “human trafficking”—the transporting and harboring of people through coercive means in order to exploit their labor. But as a ...
An Interview With Cheri Honkala
LEE BALLINGER
Cheri Honkala was born into poverty in Minneapolis in 1963. For the past twenty-five years she has served as national director of the ...
The Need to Fight Border Regimes Worldwide
FRANKLIN GRAHAM IV and GABRIEL KUHN
In March 2001, a random group of travelers, artists, and aid workers gathered on the rooftop of a budget hotel in Essaouria, Morocco, a town best known for inspiring the Jimi Hendrix song “Castles in the Sand” – at least according to legend. Among the people sharing...
Divided Families
LAURIE MELROOD
It’s a steamy, overcast monsoon morning in Nogales, Sonora, just across the border from the United States. I’ve come to learn more about what happens to Mexican deportees, many parents of children, who are left off by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  in do...
The Gas Bath Riot and Other Tales of Mexican-American Resistance
RODOLFO ACUÑA
If you haven’t read David Dorado Romo’s “Ringside Seat To a Revolution: An Underground Cultural H...
Along the Border of the Surreal
PAUL IMISON
San Diego. If the Mexico-US border is the most surreal international boundary in the western hemisphere – often described as the only place where the so-called “First World” meets the Third, with all the envy, prejudice and distrust that implies – ...
The Missing Racial Profiling Argument in the Arizona Case
JUSTIN FELDMAN
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Before you get into… what the case is about, I’d like to clear up at the outset what it’s not about. No part of your argument has to do with racial or ethnic profiling, does it? Saw none of that in your bri...
Immigration, Racism and the Supreme Court
MARJORIE COHN
The issue of immigration has been tossed about like a political football for some time. Democrats argue that migrants who have spent many years in the United States should be permitted to apply for lawful status. Republicans criticize these proposals as “amnesty.” But...
Criminalizing Thinking
RODOLFO ACUÑA
I am having trouble getting into this essay on the war on critical thinking. I cannot figure out whether it is dumb or ignorant.  My mother would say that the people conducting the war are malditos, mean. The reality is that the criminalization of rational thought goes...
Gone Banana Republic
LINH DINH
On top of its brusque and decidedly unromantic sexual fondling, TSA agents have also been caught stealing electronics, jewelry and cash. A TSA manager ran a prostitution ring from a motel room, and a supervisor is a defrocked priest, kicked from the pulpit for molesting t...
Don’t Cry for Us, Arizona
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
If Gov. Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are cheering and excited about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s SB 1070, then you know something is wrong. And when both promise that there will be no racial profiling, that’s akin to the...
The Great Pretender Throws His Base a Bone
MIKE WHITNEY
Barack Obama has the worst record on immigration of any president in US history. No one else comes close. In the last 3 and a half years, Obama has rounded up, detained and deported more than 1.2 million immigrants, roughly 400,000 per year. That’s more than double...
A Dream Deferred
JOSEPH NEVINS
Yannick Grijalba would seem perfectly suited to benefit from the immigration policy reform announced by the Obama Administration last week, one that one will postpone the threat of deportation for many young people living in the United States without government authorizat...
Rajat Gupta to Rodney King and In-between
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. Between a man in a dark grey suit and a bright-eyed bride in white, they seem to have covered the American dream. Insider trading and ‘marrying well’ are common occurrences, but when these things happen in the United States of America they beco...