Archive for March, 2011

Death by ICE – What Really Happened to Boubacar Bah?

March 26, 2011 By: admin Category: The situation

An immigrant detainee died in custody under mysterious circumstances. Now, recently obtained video and documents show that federal immigration authorities withheld information about a dying man.

The High Costs of Immigration Enforcement – State and Local Laws Are Unconstitutional and Discriminatory

March 26, 2011 By: admin Category: The situation

By Philippe Nassif, Center for American Progress.

“….A recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, explains that these anti-immigrant ordinances have roots in the Nativist Movement. Prominent nativist organizations such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which the SPLC designates as a hate group, and well-known nativist Kris Kobach, the current Kansas secretary of state and architect of Arizona’s SB 1070, are the brains behind many of the laws.

Communities like Tomball, Texas and Prince William County, Virginia have realized the financial and social damage done by such ordinances and have scratched plans to implement them. Other communities considering taking immigration enforcement into their own hands should take note. The real solution to our broken immigration system lies in the hands of Congress and not with state and local governments.”


A Rising Tide or a Shrinking Pie : The Economic Impact of Legalization Versus Deportation in Arizona

March 26, 2011 By: admin Category: The situation

By Dr. Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, Marshall Fitz | March 24, 2011

“…..our analysis shows that legalizing undocumented immigrants in Arizona would yield a significant positive economic impact. Based on the historical results of the last legalization program under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, our analysis shows a similar program would increase wages not only for immigrants but also for their native-born co-workers. This would generate more tax revenue and more consumer and business spending, supporting additional jobs throughout the economy…”


Educating Immigrants: Voices of Experience

March 24, 2011 By: admin Category: The situation

The Sinkhole of Bilingual Education

I remember when I first came to the US in 5th grade and I was put into a regular classroom with the rest of the students and I didn’t know what was going on. When I reached 7th grade the district started the English as a Second Language program. Although I knew English relatively well by that time, this program helped me perfect it more and learn about phrases and customs that people in the U.S. have. In eighth grade I was even asked by a teacher to write for the school newspaper and I wrote better than my peers in my regular and honors classes.


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Immigration Explorer

March 24, 2011 By: admin Category: The situation

Select a foreign-born group to see how they settled across the United States.

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Where Education and Assimilation Collide

March 24, 2011 By: admin Category: The situation


WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Walking the halls of Cecil D. Hylton High School outside Washington, it is hard to detect any trace of the divisions that once seemed fixtures in American society.

Two girls, a Muslim in a headscarf and a strawberry blonde in tight jeans, stroll arm in arm. A Hispanic boy wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt gives a high-five to a black student with glasses and an Afro. The lanky homecoming queen, part Filipino and part Honduran, runs past on her way to band practice. The student body president, a son of Laotian refugees, hangs fliers about a bake sale.

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Immigration and Emigration

March 24, 2011 By: admin Category: The situation

The Obama administration in August 2009 announced an ambitious plan to overhaul the much-criticized way the nation detains immigration violators, trying to transform it from a patchwork of jail and prison cells to what its new chief called a “truly civil detention system.” The plan aimed to establish more centralized authority over the system, which holds about 400,000 immigration detainees over the course of a year, and more direct oversight of detention centers that have come under fire for mistreatment of detainees and substandard — sometimes fatal — medical care.

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