Truth in Immigration
Human rights organization Breakthrough has released a video with a first hand account of the deaths of immigrants held in detention by ICE. The story of immigrant deaths in detention was also recently reported in The New York Times and The Washington Post.
When comprehensive immigration reform failed to pass in the summer of 2006, anti-immigrant sentiment pushed Congress to pass federal rules restricting undocumented immigrants from receiving government benefits. Recently, the Associated Press reported that these federal immigration rules have negatively impacted state budgets and have done little to reduce illegal immigration. MORE
NCLR’s We Can Stop the Hate campaign has produced a new video with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) about the network of anti-immigrant organizations. The video begins with the question: "What if all the leading anti-immigration groups were founded by the same man, funded by the same organization, and [had] ties to White supremacy?" MORE
Granting state and local law enforcement greater authority to enforce immigration law is not a winning strategy. A recent New York Times article highlights disconcerting trends at the national level and highlights recent obstacles encountered by the Florida community of Milton. MORE
America’s immigration system has been hampered by the backlog of applications for visas and citizenship. A recent article takes a closer look at the problem. In addition to keeping apart families, individuals run into conflicts that could have been avoided if delays had not been so extended.. MORE
A TII subscriber recently faxed us a mailer he received from the United States Justice Foundation. The mailer contains a letter with alarming and false information about undocumented immigrants, and then urges the reader to sign a petition and send money to the organization. MORE
Increased local enforcement of federal immigration laws has had a negative consequence on the safety of immigrant communities, regardless of the legal status of their members. A new phenomenon called "Amigo Shopping" has sprouted, largely because burglars are confident that their crimes will go unreported. MORE
Columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. calls out the media personalities who are feeding the anti-immigrant and anti-Latino fervor in this country.
In a vivid and ironic demonstration of how essential immigrant workers are to the US workforce, Texas contractors doubt that we can build a wall to keep immigrants out without their labor. MORE
Someday, the country will recognize the true cost of its war on illegal immigration. We don’t mean dollars, though those are being squandered by the billions. The true cost is to the national identity: the sense of who we are and what we value. It will hit us once the enforcement fever breaks, when we look at what has been done and no longer recognize the country that did it. MORE
In an attempt to capitalize on anti-immigrant sentiment in this country, Congressmen Lamar Smith (R-Texas) advocates for the elimination of birthright citizenship, a bedrock Constitutional principle with roots over 400 years old. To support his argument, Representative Smith uses fear, incomplete data, and incomplete statements. MORE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The tax system collects its due, even from a class of workers with little likelihood of claiming a refund and no hope of drawing a Social Security check.
Illegal immigrants are paying taxes to Uncle Sam, experts agree. Just how much they pay is hard to determine because the federal government doesn't fully tally it. But the latest figures available indicate it will amount to billions of dollars in federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes this year.
Recent reports suggest that tougher border enforcement may be leading to increased corruption among Border Patrol agents MORE.
On May 15, 2008, Lou Dobbs claimed that a voluntary employment verification system, commonly known as Basic Pilot or E-Verify, “works,” despite mounting evidence the system contains major flaws, and despite contrary assessments from his own show and other news programs on CNN. MORE
Media Matters Action Network released “Fear and Loathing in Prime Time: Immigration Myths and Cable News,” a report documenting the rhetoric surrounding illegal immigration on some of the most influential cable news shows. MORE
From the May 20th edition of the Houston Chronicle:
If the 8.1 million undocumented immigrants who cut lawns, bus tables and perform other jobs disappeared overnight, the nation's economy would lose nearly $1.8 trillion in annual spending.
Immigrants of the past quarter-century have been assimilating in the United States at a notably faster rate than did previous generations, according to a recently published study. MORE
Latinos’ subordinate status in Georgia and in the Deep South bears more than a passing resemblance to that of African-Americans who were living under Jim Crow. Call it Juan Crow: the matrix of laws, social customs, economic institutions and symbolic systems enabling the physical and psychic isolation needed to control and exploit undocumented immigrants. MORE
In 2007, state legislators introduced more than 1,500 pieces of legislation related to immigrants and immigration.1 Many proposed laws were also introduced in local communities across the nation.2 The rise in state and local proposals was largely due to frustration at Congress’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
John Trasviña, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) issued a letter on May 8 to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh condemning his description of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as “the shoe shine guy.”
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