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Undocumented Immigrants

The Other Side of the Anchor: Where Else Do American-Born Kids Belong?

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

We accept the term "naturalization" to describe the process of the foreign-born taking on a new citizenship. What could be more natural than being accepted as a citizen of the only home you've ever known?

My Grandmother the Family Anchor ... Baby

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lila Nordstrom

Every family that has moved to the United States, at some point, gives birth to an anchor baby. It's no use isolating recent immigrants and their children as some vague harmful group.

Immigration Reform In An Alternate Reality

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) are well-known for their regressive positions on immigration. Just in the past few months, Smith ha...

Passing Immigration Reform is Now a Humanitarian Necessity

Marisa Treviño | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marisa Treviño

LatinaLista.net -- Amid the debate over comprehensive immigration reform, arguments have centered over how such a bill would affect the undocumented i...

A Field Guide to Bad Behavior at Political Protests

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

Just to be clear, nobody should yell "Nazi" at people unless there are, you know, actual Nazis present.

Gendering the Birthright Citizenship Debate

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Terms like "anchor baby" and "drop and leave" reduce Latina immigrants to the status of breeders and criminals, negating not only their humanity but their right to motherhood as well.

Distractions, Distortions and Birthright Citizenship

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

Children of undocumented immigrants seem to be the newest target in our ongoing immigration debate, as politicians and pundits rush to take sides on t...

Birthright Citizenship Wouldn't Even Be an Issue if it Weren't for One Thing

Marisa Treviño | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marisa Treviño

The bottom line is that while blame is being heaped upon undocumented immigrants for having children, it has to be understood that it was U.S. federal border enforcement that has enabled this situation to rise to current levels.

Birthright Citizenship and the Modern Day Know Nothings

Elizabeth Bisbee Silber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bisbee Silber

The idea that the Senate should hold hearings to discuss the merits of the Fourteenth Amendment goes a step farther than even the most virulent anti-immigration crusades of the past.

Top GOP Senator Joins Push To Repeal The 14th Amendment, Deny Citizenship To Immigrants' Children

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Sunday, Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.) became the highest-ranking Republican to suggest support for the repeal of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitut...

A Movement Rises in Arizona

Jordan Flaherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jordan Flaherty

The organizations leading this fight offer a template of inspiring and strategic action for people around the US who want to join in resistance to these policies.

SB1070 and Arizona

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

Arizona says our law is federal law, and we're going to enforce it. The state's sizable Latino population, about 30 percent of the total, legally and illegally here in the US, has said all along it's not so simple.

Why It Matters When Immigrants Keep Quiet

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Afton Branche

Without the help of all residents, local police cannot effectively catch criminals, some of whom intentionally victimize recent or undocumented immigrants.

The fight against SB1070

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

By now you've heard of Arizona's recently passed law, set to take effect in a little over a week, that will give local law enforcement officers in the...

Anti-immigrant Vigilantism: Hate Mongers Seize on Vacuum in National Leadership

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

A cowardly and anonymous group in Utah sent a list of 1,300 names to immigration offices and media outlets yesterday. It included detailed information...

There Goes the Neighborhood: Which Groups Make Americans Nervous?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

For the most part, I've been pretty lucky when it comes to my neighbors. I've gotten along with the vast majority of them, and I've never had cross-ya...

They're Not Illegal Immigrants, They're Heroes

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

We need to stop calling undocumented immigrants in the United States "illegal". A more appropriate term is: New American Heroes. Why are undocument...

Immigration Law's Impact on Kids: Broken Families and America's Soul

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

When language barriers and poverty enter the mix, separated family members might have only a dim awareness of their children's fate or the legal process for keeping custody within the family.

Dora the Explorer Arrested in Arizona with Boots, Backpack and Cousin Diego

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sherman Yellen

When the governor and other officials were asked about the outrage of children everywhere over these arrests she insisted that the law made no exemption for "cute looking brown children" in the roundup of the undocumented.

Call Them What They Are: Illegal Aliens

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

Regrettably, the Arizona legislation went too far, allowing local police to ask individuals "reasonably suspected" to be illegal immigrants for identifying papers.

Peaceful Revolution:Arizona's New Immigration Law and the "92 Percent Situation"

Mary Olivella | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mary Olivella

Children who live in poverty will not be able to contribute their full talents to the future of America. We need all of our country's children, including Latino children, to be operating at their full capacity.

Arizona's Message to Immigrants: Take Your Billions and Run

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

A recent University of Arizona study found that Arizona's immigrant workers paid an estimated $2.4 billion in state taxes, and accounted for $44 billion in economic output that created 400,000 full-time jobs.

Obama Finally Steps to the Podium on Immigration Reform

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

Ultimately, Obama's speech made a strong case for why the US needs immigration reform, but left how we'll get there up for debate.

Do I Look "Illegal"? -- Latino Nationwide Movement Building

Axel W. Caballero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Axel W. Caballero

Arizona's immigration law is creating a wave of Latino social network activism. Following the signing of S.B. 1070, one of the most anti-immigrant laws in the country, Latinos have chosen to mobilize online in numbers rarely seen before.

Arizona Police Launch First Immigration Crackdown Under New Law (VIDEO)

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched his latest crime and immigration sweep Thursday, arresting 89 people, with 61 suspected of bein...