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The Tragic Cost of Family Detention: Sexual Abuse and Assault

Michelle Brané | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Michelle Brané

The Administration's recent expansion of family detention comes at a tragic and horrific cost. This week, allegations of sexual abuse and assault were revealed inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new family detention center.

'Who Is Dayani Cristal?': Offering Resources for the Movement

Lina Srivastava | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Lina Srivastava

Who is Dayani Cristal?, is an intimate examination of the journey of one migrant who perished in the Arizona desert, far from his native Honduras, with no real identification but a name tattooed over his heart

Obama Caves to Crazies on Immigration

Ryan Campbell | Posted 11.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Once again, the Tea Partiers are pushing around the White House, and the repeated criticism of this administration is clearly demonstrated: they cave to the irrational screams from far-right conservatives, who have been screaming nonstop since Obama was elected.

Obama's Legacy: #GoBigObama vs. #DeporterInChief

Ryan Campbell | Posted 10.27.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

In the world of social media, the current question of Obama's immigration legacy can be summed up as this: Which will be the dominant tag, #DeporterInChief, or #GoBigObama? Anything Obama does will exist next to the 2 million deportations his enforcement has already carried out, more than any previous president.

Women's and Immigrant's Rights, Hand in Hand

Ryan Campbell | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

Although a better immigration policy would not have prevented the terrible conditions we see in Central America, it could have given them a safe place to run to, instead of having them "warehoused" at the border to be deported by our current broken system.

When We Should Not Have to Choose: Religious Exemptions, LGBTQ Communities and Immigrant Justice

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

Religious exemptions are not only an excuse for businesses and organizations to discriminate against LGBTQ people. They also raise the question of who can participate equally and openly in public life in this country.

Obama's Immigration Announcement and What's Next

Ryan Campbell | Posted 09.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

While many on the right are already decrying our "imperial President" on his recent action, the truth of the matter is that he had to act.

The One Thing I Want My Fellow Job-Seekers To Know

Connor Finkbeiner | Posted 08.23.2014 | Teen
Connor Finkbeiner

We are in need of new jobs, and of job creators, to take some of the pressure off of our injured economy, yet our government seems to be ignoring a great power in job creation, immigrants.

Exiled: The Obama Administration's Horrifying Deportation Record

Demian Bichir | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Demian Bichir

Latinos, like me, rewarded Obama with our vote. In 2008: because he warmed our hearts. In 2012: because we believed his second term would free him to get immigration reform done, regardless of Republican obstructionism. But the hope he inspired has spiraled into hopelessness.

Seven Leaders to Inspire You to Act

Adria D. Goodson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Adria D. Goodson

Today we announce the seven women and men chosen as our 2014 Prime Movers fellows who will inspire you next or may have already done so.

May Day -- Then and Now

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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.

How 5 DREAMers Are Rethinking Their Role In The Immigrant Rights Movement

Feet In 2 Worlds | Von Diaz | Posted 04.28.2014 | Latino Voices

No group has been more visible in the struggle for immigrant rights than undocumented youth. Taking the name DREAMers, evoking both...

Deportations, Hunger Strikes and an Uncertain White House

Ryan Campbell | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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 06.07.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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 05.13.2014 | 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.