Immigration

National Rolling Hunger Strike for Family Reunification Kicks Off in Oakland, CA

National Rolling Hunger Strike for Family Reunification Kicks Off in Oakland, CA

After Trump Administration Fails to Meet Deadline, Moms and Allies Begin Wave of Fasts Demanding Justice for Migrant Families Oakland — After the government failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite immigrant families Thursday, Bay Area parents and grandparents began a three-day hunger strike—the first in a series of fasts across the country calling for separated parents and children

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SHATTERED RAINBOWS

SHATTERED RAINBOWS

Some of my most salient memories from my childhood are of time spent with close family friends. In this family, there are four daughters; the two eldest are close in age with me, and the two youngest are close in age with my sister, so throughout our lives, the six of us have always greatly enjoyed each other's company. In

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Trauma at the Border

Trauma at the Border

The Trump administration’s cruel immigration policy has created a humanitarian crisis at our border. Trauma at the Border, a new short video by Brave New Films, exposes the emotional, psychological and physical damage that can be done when children are imprisoned – even with their families. Childhood trauma, like imprisonment and family separation, provokes long-lasting implications caused by high levels

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Immigrant Prisons

Immigrant Prisons

Immigrant Prisons Few Americans know about our nation's system of immigrant detention centers. Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. Companies like the CCA and Geo Group, got started in the 1980s, and have since made over $12 billion in profits, largely from immigrant detention. These facilities have grown into a highly

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I’m Done

I’m Done

I’m done. I have spent the last week debating the morality of placing children or anyone for that matter in warehouses and tent camps. I’m done appealing to the better nature of people who approve of such behavior from our government. It has mattered little to them that these are people acting in desperation. It matters little to point out

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Trump Administration Deals Another Cruel Blow to Immigrants with Termination of TPS for Nepalese Community

Trump Administration Deals Another Cruel Blow to Immigrants with Termination of TPS for Nepalese Community

Trump is systematically disappearing millions of people of color — all people of conscience must rise up and resist! Washington, D.C. - Today, the Trump administration announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 9,000 Nepalese immigrants living and working in the United States. The Nepalese community joins Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador as the latest target in

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5 financial moves DREAMers should make now

5 financial moves DREAMers should make now

If you’re a DREAMer, you face a difficult financial situation. In February 2018, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Trump Administration’s appeal challenging the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program — better known as DACA. And in March, Congress failed to develop a permanent solution to protect DREAMers from deportation. With the future of DACA still uncertain, many dreamers

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Immigrants Are the New Negros

Immigrants Are the New Negros

Immigrants are the backbone of our country. This country was literally built on the backs of African slaves. Slaves built railroads, presidential estates, Wall Street, the White House, and everything in between. I will make a distinction early on in this article, though: slaves were not immigrants. I am merely mentioning the work that the “Negro” did in America right

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Immigrant Stories: Doctors and Nurses

Immigrant Stories: Doctors and Nurses

Keep Hospitals Safe From ICE   Since Trump has taken office, the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have aggressively targeted undocumented immigrants. With increasing reports of ICE roundups and arrests near and inside hospitals, more and more undocumented immigrants must choose between remaining with their families or risking deportation for medical care -

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Suffering in Silence: Sexual Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centers – Support Laura Monterrosa

Suffering in Silence: Sexual Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centers – Support Laura Monterrosa

#LauraMonterrosa spoke out about sexual abuse and ICE put her in solitary confinement to cover up what happened. Take action right now by signing the petition and making a call! #EndDetention #MeToo #EllaHabla SIGN THE PETITION NOW On Wednesday, Feb. 14, a group of about 50 people gathered outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, to protest

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Why Can’t They Come Legally?

Why Can’t They Come Legally?

One of the oft-heard retorts in the current debate over the fate of Dreamers - immigrants brought to the United States at a young age - is "why don't they come legally?" Those who are unfamiliar with the immigration system frequently presume that Dreamers are simply lazy and never bothered to file for citizenship. Of course, they could not be

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#FreeSyedJamal

#FreeSyedJamal

Meet Syed Ahmed Jamal, a 55-year-old chemistry instructor from Bangladesh. He has been residing in the Kansas City, MO area for over 30 years, originally coming to America on a student visa. Jamal obtained graduate degrees in molecular sciences and pharmaceutical engineering. At that point he was issued an H1-B visa for highly skilled workers. Entering a doctoral program, he

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Nearly 100 Arrested and Over 700 Rally for the Dream Act

Nearly 100 Arrested and Over 700 Rally for the Dream Act

Nearly 100 Arrested and Over 700 Rally for the Dream Act Progressive Leaders from the Healthcare, Labor and Women’s Rights Movement Join Immigrant Youth; Call on Congress to Reject Trump Deportation Plan and to Pass Dream Act Now Washington, D.C. - Today, the National Day of Action for the Dream Act brought together hundreds of progressive allies from the healthcare, labor,

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Four Immigrants: Two Trumps, Two “Shithole” Nationals

Four Immigrants: Two Trumps, Two “Shithole” Nationals

Donald Trump steamrolled into office on a platform of anti-immigrant nationalism. He’s largely held to that nationalism as President – at least for immigrants from his self-identified “shithole countries.” However, he has also married two immigrants who have gone on to live lives of luxury and wealth with no fear of deportation. The difference? They are Caucasians from Europe. Amer

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#SchumerShutdown

#SchumerShutdown

#SchumerShutdown - the hashtag that GOP leaders are using to accuse Democrats of causing the shutdown became the trending hashtag. As the hashtag continues to boom, republicans are gaining a boost in efforts to blame Democrats. We should move forward with consideration for solution and compromise, not pointing fingers to blame. Contributing Editor: Jamie Domnick Twitter: @JNick9456 Instagram:JNick9456 Currently a

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I am A refugee

I am A refugee

INTRODUCTION The global refugee migration is at a record high. I wrote this poem in response to the global refugee politics that is often harsh and dehumanizing. I was a child when my family and I fled the civil war in Somalia. No one should ever have to go through what a refugee experiences. I just wanted to write a

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Alt-Reich: The Reemergence of an Old Enemy

Alt-Reich: The Reemergence of an Old Enemy

It did not begin in Charlottesville, but did not end there, either.  In August, 2017, self-described White nationalists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying Tiki torches and swastikas, chanting “Jews will not replace us”, and “blood and soil”.  Any student of history knows from whence these phrases came.  Our country fought a war to defeat this very ideology, and here it

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Termination of TPS for El Salvador

Termination of TPS for El Salvador

TPS for El Salvador was ended on January 8, 2018. Over 200,000 people, with 193,000 US citizen children, here legally since 2001, faithfully renewing their statuses, paying taxes, and virtually free of criminal records. (You are allowed only one misdemeanor conviction to have TPS). Salvadorans constitute over 60% of the entire TPS population in the United States. TPS, or Temporary

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The Top 10 Immigration Developments of 2017

The Top 10 Immigration Developments of 2017

That 2017 has been a tumultuous year for immigration in the United States is not exactly a revelation. President Trump campaigned on this issue and has sought to deliver on many of his campaign promises. If you’re pro-immigration, there are not many positives to report this year except that public opinion remains strongly pro-immigration and resistance to the President’s immigration

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Not Fair

Not Fair

When I was about six years old, I was visiting with my grandmother.  She was driving one of her out of proportionally large Cadillacs.  Miles away, in the front passenger seat, sinking in the overly plush leather upholstery, I gazed out the window.  I don't recall whether a conversation or something I saw outside prompted me, but I was protesting,

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Donald Trump’s Useless Eaters: #FreeRosa in the era of ascendant Fascism

Donald Trump’s Useless Eaters: #FreeRosa in the era of ascendant Fascism

In 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. In the same year, his National Socialist (Nazi) Party began a systematic campaign of public ridicule and private sterilization, isolation and murder of the disabled in Germany. When the Nazis were not stopped from claiming these first of their victims, the most vulnerable population among their citizens, the way was paved for

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#FreeRosa

#FreeRosa

Imagine a ten-year-old girl is suffering from critical gall bladder pain.  She’s been nauseated, maybe vomiting. Oh, and she has cerebral palsy. Her family takes her to the hospital, she’s changed into a hospital gown, and as the doctors place her under the fog of general anesthesia, a nurse reassures her everything will be okay. Now imagine that same little

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HOW TO ENTER TRUMP’S UNITED STATES

HOW TO ENTER TRUMP’S UNITED STATES

On October 18, the new travel ban - aka "Muslim Ban 3.0" - will be fully effective (unless recently-filed court challenges are successful.) Trump's third try to ban Muslims works like this: 1. The affected countries are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Each country has their own restrictions - but no new immigrant visas (green

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Using Immigrant Policy To Create Solidarity

Using Immigrant Policy To Create Solidarity

As an immigration lawyer, I have proudly served immigrants from over 115 countries and counting. But two of these groups have been very visibly targeted for years, and certainly under the current administration: Muslims and Latinos. As I wrote over a year ago when the divisive 2016 campaign was still heating up, the time for a strong alliance between these

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Why America Needs “Dreamers”

Why America Needs “Dreamers”

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an administrative program designed to protect immigrant youth that came to America when they were under the age of 16. These immigrants are called "Dreamers". This program was started in June of 2012 by the Obama administration. In addition to the age requirement, you must also be currently studying or a graduate of

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FROM THE FRONTLINE

FROM THE FRONTLINE

Today, participants in the 118-mile-long March to Confront White Supremacy made a previously unscheduled stop at the Loudon County office of Representative Barbara Comstock to demand that Rep. Comstock publicly oppose the end of DACA, the deferred action program for immigrants who came to the United States, and to Section 287(g), which deputizes local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal

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