Immigration in the News

The New York Times on H.B. 56

Posted on Tue, Oct 04, 2011 at 18:30 pm

In response to the upholding of Alabama's H.B. 56 -- the nation's harshest anti-immigrant law -- the New York Times published both an article describing the immediate impact on immigrant communities and an editorial condemning the law.

Friends of U.S., Terrorists in Eyes of Law

Posted on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 13:07 pm

The New York Times discusses the group of refugees and asylum seekers deemed either terrorists or having provided "material support" to terrorist groups based on a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which defines a terrorist group as any organization with two or more people that has engaged in violent activities against persons or property. Since the law makes no distinction for groups that the United States views favorably, even people who have aided U.S. troops in Iraq

New Policy On Deportations Allows Some Non-Criminal Undocumented Immigrants To Stay

Posted on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 11:26 am

HuffPost covered the Obama administration's announcement that it will institute a case-by-case review of deportations, allowing some undocumented immigrants without criminal records to stay in the United States and apply for work permits.

In addition to allowing low-priority cases to be closed so immigration courts can focus on the most serious ones, the policy will provide for guidance for immigration enforcement agents to better detect serious criminals and other high-priority undocumented immigrants.

Jailing Undocumented Immigrants Is Big Business

Posted on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Huffpost yesterday posted an article discussing the connection between the crackdown on illegal immigration and the for-profit corrections industry. It is accompanied by the animated video "Immigrants for Sale," which was created by Cuéntame, a group focused on social justice media that creates short videos, docu-series, media campaigns, and interviews.

DREAM Act Students Push For Deferred Deportation Action

Posted on Wed, Aug 03, 2011 at 16:31 pm

On Huffpost today: profiles of two students who are in danger of being deported due to the failure of the DREAM Act and the lack of comprehensive immigration reform.

How the Other Half Lives, Still

Posted on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm

An editorial in the New York Times discusses “Immigrants Raising Citizens,” a study by Harvard education professor Hirokazu Yoshikawa, which followed almost 400 young American-born children of immigrants in New York City and found that these children are paying a high physical, emotional, and educational cost for their family's precarious immigration status.

E Pluribus Unum: A Museum to Tell Everyone's Story

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 15:01 pm

Groups from across the spectrum of American ethnic, minority and genealogically-based organizations recently came together on the National Mall in Washington, DC to call for establishment of the National Museum of the American People, which would tell the story of all of the American People.

Leaders of 11 organizations -- including HIAS' Gideon Aronoff -- represented their groups in this video; there are more than 50 groups and 125 organizations in the Coalition for the Nation Museum of the American People.

The failed policy of no policy

Posted on Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 15:18 pm

Israel's lack of clear policy for non-Jewish refugees -- over 60 percent of whom currently are from Eritrea -- and possible solutions to this problem are discussed in this editorial from Haaretz.

Some Unlicensed Drivers Risk More Than a Fine

Posted on Thu, Dec 09, 2010 at 12:57 pm

In the last 3 years, more than 30,000 illegal immigrants detained for common traffic violations ended up in deportation ... and the numbers are increasing. Check out this New York Times article to learn more ...

Vulnerable Refugees, Losing a Lifeline

Posted on Mon, Aug 09, 2010 at 10:47 am

Yesterday's New York Times editorial addresses the impending cessation of Supplemental Security Income for thousands of the most vulnerable refugees. Unless Congress acts, benefits for elderly and disabled refugees will expire on October 1st.

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