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Immigrant Rights

Deportations, Hunger Strikes and an Uncertain White House

Ryan Campbell | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

With immigration, everything begins and ends with family. Until we see a solution to the record-setting family separations, the Administration can expect to see demonstrators on their front step with heartbreaking stories.

Driving While Black and Brown and LGBTQ

Janet Arelis Quezada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Janet Arelis Quezada

We were two women in a car, holding hands and sleepily making plans for the week. That's when it happened. We were stopped by police officers engaged in their own common practice, a license raid.

To Flee Abuse, Immigrants Need to Keep Car Keys

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Immigrant women in Georgia need a driver's license in order to navigate their lives with dignity and without dependence on others, including their abusers in the case of domestic violence survivors.

Obama: Will He Cut Deportations or Stand Idle?

Ryan Campbell | Posted 03.14.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

The criticism from the immigrant rights community has been quiet for a long time as they tried to press Congress. Now, pressure on the President is coming to bear as a legislative solution seems increasingly unlikely, and relief is around five years and almost 2 million deportations late.

Detention Center Deaths Raise Immigrant Rights Questions

New America Media | Alonso Yáñez | Posted 02.22.2014 | Latino Voices

Juana Lopez squeezed her son’s hands and caressed his forehead. “I’m here, mi’jo,” she said. “Your mom’s here. React. Try your best....

"Comprehensive Immigration Reform": The Dead End Debate

John Washington | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
John Washington

2014 chatter about "Immigration Reform" remains superficial. As Obama promised in his State of the Union address last week, yet again, that this will...

What Would MLK Be Marching for Today?

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

King began his activism as a crusader against racial segregation, but he soon recognized that his battle was part of a much broader fight for a more humane society.

Health Care and the Stalling of Immigration Reform

American Anthropological Association | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

Too often, farm workers like Abelino are hurt as they work to provide fresh food for the rest of, sacrificing their own health for ours. What's more, they rarely seek medical care in the U.S. because they can't afford to miss work. These hardworking people deserve health care.

We Won't Take No for An Answer, Mr. President

Cristina Jiménez | Posted 02.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristina Jiménez

Since President Obama's first presidential campaign, he has promised LGBTQ Americans that he will prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ workers. He also promised the Latino community he would lead on immigration reform.

My Relationship With This Country as an Immigrant Has Come Full Circle

Arcelia Hurtado | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Arcelia Hurtado

Last week, as I stood only a few feet away from President Obama and watched him speak on the need for comprehensive immigration reform, I was reminded of the reasons that I'd filed my naturalization papers so that I could vote for him in the November 2008 election.

Common Cause Unites Women, LGBT and Immigrant Rights Leaders

Elena Shore | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Elena Shore

Eddy Arias didn't know he was undocumented when he came to the United States at the age of 14. That didn't stop immigration authorities from detaining Arias two years ago, during a routine traffic stop.

Joining Forces to Win

Ana María Archila | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Ana María Archila

The most successful community campaigns present a new vision for change, a creativity and fearlessness to promote policies many have thought unachievable, as well as a canny understanding of how to navigate local political forces.

Immigration Reform: An Issue We Can All Support

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

As a people who had to fight long and hard for a path to citizenship -- meaning a long and hard fight for voting rights and true equality -- we cannot watch this debate from the sidelines.

A Call to Non-Violent Resistance: Immigration Reform Is a Moral Imperative

Rev. Dr. Jorge L. Morales | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Jorge L. Morales

The time has come to resist our nation's immigration system: we cannot justify a system which deports 400,000 people per year, even while there is widespread agreement that the system is broken.

'I'm Proud To Be A Californian'

Reshma Shamasunder | Posted 12.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Reshma Shamasunder

California has sent an important message to the rest of the country -- we can and must do better by our immigrant communities, and states and localities can and must lead the way.

Missing Movements?

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Politicians dominate most stories about key issues, pushing the movements to the margins. Almost every American who is paying attention to the news knows the name of Senator Ted Cruz, but how many can name an immigrant rights or labor leader?

How the Shutdown Affects Immigration

Ryan Campbell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Looking to immigration, while there is an immediate material affect of fewer workers or certain visa applications being delayed, the longer-lasting effect may be a more subtle political one.

In 2013, Can People of Indian Descent Be American?

Sarika Arya | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Sarika Arya

Where do I come from? When people ask me this, I usually say America. "No," they persist, "where are you from?" What they are really asking me is, "Why are you brown?" (Or, as my mother likes to say, "golden." Right on, Mom.)

Can Immigration Reform Rebuild America's Middle Class?

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Foes of immigration reform like to position themselves as true-blue patriots acting in the best interests of the country. But it's hard to square that image with opposition to legislation that, more than any other single act, could help rebuild the nation's middle class.

Immigration Activists Demand Reform, Denounce Deportation Policy

The Colorado Independent | Tessa Cheek | Posted 08.08.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's Tessa Cheek. DENVER — One speaker told of a harrowing border crossing intercepted by a drug cartel seeking hostag...

May Day Rallies Reflect Urgency of Pending Immigration Reform

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Unlike the rest of the world's democracies, the United States doesn't use the metric system, doesn't require employers to provide workers with paid vacations, hasn't abolished the death penalty, and doesn't celebrate May Day as an official national holiday.

Lifting the Lamp: A Plea for Just Immigration Reform

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Immigration reform is a test of whether we have learned the right lessons from our own history.

Make April 8, 2013 International Friendship Day

Chip Berlet | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Chip Berlet

We can help build a peaceful, prosperous, and diverse nation. On April 8 our family will mark the day as a day for building friendship among nations and peoples. It is especially important that we do this as residents in a nation of immigrants.

Bringing Gideon's "Noble Ideal" to the Immigration System

Carmen Iguina | Posted 05.22.2013 | Los Angeles
Carmen Iguina

Each day in this country, hundreds of immigrants appear in immigration court on their own and without legal counsel, even though the government is represented by a trained attorney and immigration law has been referred to as "more complex than the tax code."

President Obama: Protect This Family Now (VIDEO)

Brynn Gelbard | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Gelbard

President Obama, you can ensure that Becky and Sanne's green card petition is not denied but put on hold until either the Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act or Congress passes an immigration reform bill that includes the gay partner provision you put forward.