To combat Immigration and Custom Enforcement actions, local jurisdictions across the country are attempting to resist S-Comm by resisting ICE efforts to issue holds or detainers on individuals who have been arrested or fingerprinted.
To begin to understand the implications and politics of the conditions of this group of nine young undocumented immigrants, the DREAM 9, we must take a brief look at the condition of corporate immigration detention centers in the United States.
When Barack Obama said he needed a "dance partner" in Congress to reform immigration law, he might not have been thinking of Steve King, but King has proven to be Obama's best accomplice in what constitutes the perfect political crime.
The supposed grand bargain of the immigration reform bill is shaping up to be a lucrative deal for prisons. As a compromise between "border security" ...
The British government had taken the children, boys and girls, from shelter homes to send them thousands of miles away, to other orphanages, for the simple reason that it was cheaper to care for them overseas than in England.
Providing a path for DREAMers while promising to perpetuate and expand the policies that detain and deport their family members is insulting and shortsighted; this approach to reform does nothing to fix our current system.
I cannot accept S744, and I refuse to sell out millions of other undocumented immigrants in the process. I am tired of the conversation orbiting around what is obtainable instead of what is right.
Several immigrant youth, who have been leaders in the undocumented youth movement in the United States, have crossed the border into Mexico, and plan to turn themselves in alongside other undocumented youth who left or were deported from the United States at a border crossing.
If immigration reform passes, we cannot leave out the millions of people whose families have been separated by deportation. They deserve to be home, and if we win, they may come home soon.
We would rather risk deportation ourselves than let the deportations of our communities in California continue. What could happen to us, if arrested, is what happens everyday without the TRUST Act in California.
The current immigration bill falls short of overhauling our broken immigration system. The heart of the bill is clearly the pathway to citizenship, but what's missing from the conversation is the number of individuals who will actually be barred from this path.
I have lived in this country long enough to know that I love it. But when our families, friends and neighbors work hard everyday and still have to be afraid of raids in their own neighborhoods and homes, it feels a lot like the countries we came from.
Conservatives hastily called for delay of the Senate's upcoming immigration reform debate, perhaps with the intent of proposing more extreme immigration measures and scoring political points with immigration opponents.
Narratives that focus on families run the risk of excluding invested community members and allies who are also, although differently, affected by the need for immigration reform.
For a majority of Latinos, immigration reform is personal, even for those whose legal status is resolved or was never in question.
Remember when a big takeaway from the 2012 elections was the changing political calculus behind immigration reform?