Categories & Tags: Immigration

Trump rhetoric motivates new Latino voters in Arkansas   |   May 12, 2016
Latinos in Arkansas haven't traditionally been a large voting bloc. Their numbers, though growing, are small. Their voting rates tend to lag behind other groups.  ...

 

Amid hostility, immigrant organizers engage Alabama's growing Latino electorate   |   April 29, 2016
Voting in this year's election is personal for Vivianna Rodriguez, a senior at the University of South Alabama. Although there are many reasons why, one issue stands out for...

 

Southern states blocking deportation relief are home to a million potential beneficiaries   |   April 21, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case challenging President Obama's efforts to provide deportation relief to undocumented immigrants.  Texas is the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The state and local tax benefits of welcoming undocumented immigrants   |   April 15, 2016
Estimated amount that undocumented immigrants in the U.S. contribute each year to state and local tax coffers: $11.64 billion Portion of that total which goes to sales and excise...

 

North Carolina community stands up to stop a Central American teen's deportation   |   March 24, 2016
The grassroots movement to halt the deportation of Wildin Guillen Acosta, a 19-year-old who fled his native Honduras two years ago to escape gang violence and was detained during...

 

Florida activists show how to fight anti-immigrant legislation and win   |   March 17, 2016
Sharp divides have emerged recently between Southern state legislatures and cities over so-called "sanctuary" policies, which limit local police involvement in federal...

 

Young Latinos a growing political force in North Carolina, but will they vote?   |   March 11, 2016
To say Rubén Suárez is civically engaged is an understatement. Suárez, 20, is a member of the Youth Council at El Pueblo, a nonprofit based in Raleigh, N.C....

 

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...