Categories & Tags: Immigration

INSTITUTE INDEX: The complex political calculus of immigration reform by executive order   |   November 14, 2014
Number of undocumented immigrants who would be protected from the threat of deportation under an immigration overhaul President Obama reportedly plans to issue by executive order...

 

Border Crisis: Southern communities welcome immigrant children   |   August 22, 2014
Since last October, nearly 63,000 children from Central America have fled to the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty in their home countries. The recent border crisis has...

 

New Orleans' new civil rights leaders   |   August 14, 2014
By Bill Quigley Like many cities in the South, New Orleans has a proud history of civil rights leadership -- along with an equally grim history of civil rights violations. That...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The refugee crisis unfolding on the U.S. border   |   July 18, 2014
Number of unaccompanied children who came to the United States in 2012: fewer than 20,000 Number in fiscal year 2014: about 60,000 Estimated number in fiscal year 2015: 80,000...

 

A Fourth of July anthology for the 'constructive patriot'   |   July 3, 2014
The great writer Mark Twain once defined a patriot as "the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about." He was describing a phenomenon...

 

What Southerners want from immigration reform   |   June 12, 2014
Immigration reform, already an uphill climb in Congress, likely suffered a setback with the defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor in Virginia's primary...

 

Lessons from the South's unique history of immigration   |   May 23, 2014
The growth of new immigrant -- especially Asian and Latino -- communities, and their impact on our demographic landscape, is a big national story. But when it comes to immigration...

 

VOICES: The South says not one more deportation   |   May 1, 2014
By Mónica Hernández and Dani Moore Last month the Obama administration reached a shameful milestone -- the deportation of 2 million people. The Southeast is...

 

The U.S. Gulag: Incarceration and the 'immorality' of private prisons   |   December 17, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   JACKSON, Miss. -- Mariachi guitarist Johnny Mora's bout with drugs was years in his past, but the legacy of jail time it led to is as...

 

VOICES: Why I represent the New Orleans immigrant workers who committed civil disobedience   |   November 18, 2013
By Bill Quigley In the thirty six-years I have been a lawyer, I have seen many people take brave moral actions. I have represented hundreds in Louisiana and across our country...

 

Latest Florida voter purge scheme threatens immigrants' voting rights   |   September 11, 2013
It seems Florida just can't resist the urge to purge. Last year, Gov. Rick Scott (R) went toe to toe with the federal government and civil rights groups for the power to...

 

Aging undocumented immigrants: A burden or a boon?   |   April 29, 2013
By Paul Kleyman, New America Media As the debate over immigration reform tugs predictably back in Washington, an undercurrent of ageism and disability bias has been flowing...

 

Who are the 'undocuqueer'? New reports shed light   |   March 11, 2013
By Elena Shore, New America Media A report released last week by the Williams Institute at UCLA estimates that there are at least 267,000 self-identified LGBT undocumented...

 

VOICES: Scarlet Letter licenses? Give me one, too.   |   March 7, 2013
By Jeff Shaw, N.C. Policy Watch Dear Mr. Tata, Please consider this letter my application for a driver's license. Yes, I already have a North Carolina driver's license....

 

Will Southern Democrats derail immigration reform?   |   February 21, 2013
Ever since President Obama announced his intention to fight -- again -- for broad-ranging immigration reform in his Feb. 13 State of the Union address, media coverage has been...

 

First gay, Latino inaugural poet speaks of 'One Today'   |   January 21, 2013
The following poem was delivered today by Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco during President Obama's second inaugural ceremonies. The child of Cuban exiles who was raised in Miami...

 

What the election means for immigration   |   November 16, 2012
By Chris Liu-Beers, NC Policy Watch Thankfully the election is over and the American people can look forward to their leaders governing for a season before returning to full-scale...

 

Youth activists infiltrate Florida immigrant detention center, find people wrongly held   |   July 31, 2012
Activists with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance intentionally placed themselves in deportation proceedings in order to enter the Broward Transitional Center, an immigration...

 

On immigration, cutting the ties between enforcement and legalization   |   June 22, 2012
The cover of Time Magazine released on June 14 featured Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and 35 other undocumented immigrants. The next day, Secretary of...

 

How will Obama's immigration decision play in the South?   |   June 19, 2012
President Obama's decision last Friday to halt the deportation of some 800,000 undocumented people who came to the U.S. as children has sent shockwaves not only through...

 

Louisiana government and media defend immigrant guestworker exploitation and abuse   |   June 13, 2012
By Brentin Mock, Bridge the Gulf Scott Walker's recall election survival in Wisconsin last week was tough to swallow mainly because of his stance against workers rights....

 

Guestworkers at Gulf Coast Walmart seafood supplier: ‘We feel like we are slaves’   |   June 8, 2012
By Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf For most people in Louisiana, cracking the shell off a crawfish, sucking the head, and swallowing the tail meat is a joyous part of what it means...

 

Common ground on the kill floor: Organizing Smithfield   |   May 3, 2012
By David Bacon, Labor Notes Keith Ludlum (in photo) and Terry Slaughter are two slaughterhouse workers who helped organize the union at the Smithfield Foods plant in Tar Heel,...

 

Fighting the good fight for immigrant workers in Mississippi ... and winning   |   April 26, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Four years ago, noted labor writer David Bacon had this to say about the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance and its fight for immigrant workers in...

 

What does plummeting immigration from Mexico mean for the South?   |   April 24, 2012
The growth of Latino communities has been a central story -- in many communities, the central story -- in the South's recent history. Starting in the 1980s, accelerating in...