Immigration

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...

 

Marco Rubio's DREAM Act: The new 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'?   |   April 9, 2012
By Elena Shore, New America Media Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday dismissed speculation that he could be the vice presidential nominee, but he is preparing to...

 

A trend toward anti-immigrant, anti-choice laws   |   April 5, 2012
By Elena Shore, New America Media 2011 saw a record number of laws restricting abortion in U.S. states. It also saw a record number of state anti-immigrant laws. Coincidence?...

 

Unions, faith leaders step up efforts against Alabama immigration law   |   April 4, 2012
A major labor union lodged a complaint against the U.S. government this week with the United Nation's International Labor Organization over Alabama's harsh immigration law...

 

47 years later in Alabama, another march for justice   |   March 14, 2012
By Kathy Mulady, Equal Voice News In March 1965, thousands of civil rights supporters, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., marched from Selma, Ala., to the Capitol in...

 

Having fled, immigrants again trickle back to Alabama   |   March 8, 2012
By Cheryl Aguilar, New America Media When Alabama passed HB56 last year, the mostly Latino crowd at Birmingham's Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church began to thin. Nine...

 

Undocumented protesters arrested at NC immigration hearing   |   March 1, 2012
By Ricky Leung, NC Policy Watch In response to being equated with criminals like they were drug dealers, members of the advocacy group NC DREAM Team interrupted Rep. George...

 

VOICES: The justice equation: Faith, hope and action   |   February 24, 2012
By Sophia Bracy Harris, Equal Voice Newspaper In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I attended two events that caused me to reflect on what it takes to defend the principles of...

 

Civil rights groups call on Alabama automakers to oppose HB 56   |   February 8, 2012
By Elena Shore, New America Media Civil rights groups are turning to a new potential ally in the fight against Alabama's harsh immigration law: the state's top automakers...