Categories & Tags: Immigration

Miami leads the South in resisting a controversial immigrant detention program   |   January 26, 2016
As debate rages over local police involvement in federal immigration enforcement, new data reveals that Miami-Dade County in Florida leads the South in refusing to cooperate with...

 

Immigrant advocates take action following deportation raids in the South   |   January 7, 2016
The first week of the new year brought hope and cheer for some. But for many Southern immigrant communities, it brought fear.  News of the Department of Homeland Security...

 

As immigrants mark frustrating year for Obama's executive action, cities and states can take lead   |   December 8, 2015
By Shena Elrington, Common Dreams As debate over the immigration of Syrian refugees to the United States intensifies, immigrants already living in the United States quietly...

 

VOICES: Send Syrian refugees to rural America   |   November 25, 2015
By Dee Davis, The Daily Yonder Rural America is falling further behind. Farms don't need farmers. Manufacturing moved offshore. And the rate of rural kids living in poverty is...

 

7 ways Southerners are fighting hate and fear after Paris terror attacks   |   November 20, 2015
Since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, many state and federal officials have called on the U.S. to close the doors to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. Governors of over 30...

 

McCrory campaign cashes in on anti-refugee animus   |   November 18, 2015
Since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris by Islamic State operatives, at least 31 governors across the U.S. have said they don't want to allow any more refugees fleeing...

 

ALEC's fingerprints on harsh new NC immigration law   |   November 10, 2015
A few years ago, as anti-immigrant sentiment roiled the country, Arizona enacted a draconian law, SB 1070, that expanded the role of local police in enforcing federal immigration...

 

Efforts to build trust between immigrants, police under political attack in the South   |   October 29, 2015
Anti-immigrant sentiment has flared nationally as presidential campaigns have put immigration issues front and center. The latest focus of this backlash has been against policies...

 

On immigration, Arkansas strikes a more welcoming tone   |   October 22, 2015
When people think of immigrant hubs in the country, Arkansas is probably not the first state that comes to mind. But the influx of immigrants there, though small in total numbers...

 

Organizing for a true reconstruction in the Gulf Coast: An interview with labor leader Saket Soni   |   August 26, 2015
Saket Soni is a national labor leader and an organizer of day laborers, immigrant workers, guest workers and others in New Orleans, the South and the country. He is the executive...

 

Under fire, sanctuary cities draw comparisons to Harriet Tubman, George Wallace   |   August 19, 2015
A recent murder in San Francisco has sparked a national debate about sanctuary cities, with opposing sides drawing comparisons to very different chapters in the South...

 

Asia catching up to Latin America as top source of new Southern immigrants   |   July 24, 2015
In 2013, the U.S. experienced a big shift in immigration: For the first time in decades, China and India beat out Mexico as the top senders of immigrants to the U.S. That...

 

Three years of DACA: Changing lives of young people in the South   |   June 19, 2015
As the country marks the third anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Obama's administrative relief program for undocumented immigrants,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Relief for undocumented immigrants delayed again   |   May 29, 2015
Date on which the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied the Obama administration's request to lift an injunction blocking the president's executive action...

 

Pressure mounts to shut down immigrant family detention centers   |   May 22, 2015
In recent weeks immigrant rights advocates have increased pressure on the Obama administration to end its punitive policy of holding in prison-like conditions mothers and children...

 

Our futures are intertwined   |   May 21, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

White House embraces a Southern-grown movement to integrate immigrants   |   April 17, 2015
This week, the White House Task Force on New Americans announced a nationwide strategy to improve the integration of new immigrants into local communities. Among the major goals...

 

'Profiting From Misery': Private prison corporations driving harsh immigration policies   |   April 17, 2015
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams   Private prison companies are spending millions of dollars to lobby the U.S. government for harsher immigration laws that, in turn...

 

Immigrant mothers held in private detention facility in Texas threaten to renew hunger strike   |   April 10, 2015
Mothers held at an immigrant family detention center in Karnes City, Texas who went on a hunger strike last week are threatening to renew their protest next week unless they and...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: From immigrant deportation relief to enforcement crackdown   |   March 13, 2015
Months that Congressional Republicans tried to repeal President Obama's executive action to provide deportation relief to millions of unauthorized immigrants by tying the...

 

Seven things to know about uprising at Texas private prison for immigrants   |   February 23, 2015
By Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership This weekend, a private prison incarcerating immigrant prisoners in Willacy County, Texas erupted into a major uprising. While most of the...

 

Conditions at for-profit immigrant detention facilities in Texas draw legal action   |   February 19, 2015
Although President Obama's policy to extend deportation relief to millions of young immigrants and immigrant parents was temporarily derailed this week by a federal judge in...

 

Federal judge in Texas places injunction on Obama immigration plan   |   February 17, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Immigration rights groups are slamming the ruling by a federal judge in Texas who has ordered a preliminary injunction against a set of...

 

Review: 'Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal'   |   January 28, 2015
Mark Erlich, Labor Notes On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration. Up to 5 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented...

 

What would Jesus the Migrant say to Mississippi politicians this year?   |   January 15, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South In her new book Jesus Was A Migrant, writer Deirdre Cornell says migration is central to "biblical spirituality" and the chosen people...