March 26, 2012

Life as an Undocumented Immigrant: How Restrictive Local Immigration Policies Affect Daily Life

Posted in Immigration tagged , at 3:29 PM by minoritybrief

Center for American Progress – What happens to undocumented immigrants after the passage of anti-immigrant state laws such as Arizona’s S.B. 1070 and Alabama’s H.B. 56 or restrictive local ordinances such as those in Prince William County, Virginia, or Freemont, Nebraska? What is life like for unauthorized immigrants in these areas, and how do they mitigate the harshness of these ordinances? On the flip side, what happens to the larger communities—documented and not, immigrant and not—and how do these laws impact the ability of law enforcement professionals to keep our communities safe?

Many studies have focused on the fiscal and economic ramifications of anti-immigrant legislation, but little work has been done on the harmful effects these laws have on everyday life in our communities. That is the focus of this report.

June 3, 2011

New York Suspends Participation in Embattled Secure Communities

Posted in Immigration at 3:13 AM by minoritybrief

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he will immediately suspend New York State’s participation in the embattled Secure Communities deportation program. The move is an important victory for immigrant rights groups who say the program undermines due process — and a discomfiting blow to the federal government’s aggressive commitment of mass deportation.

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January 14, 2010

US Discriminatory Immigration Policies Toward Haitians

Posted in Caribbean, Haiti, Immigration, Racism tagged , at 3:04 PM by minoritybrief

by Stephen Lendman, Atlantic Free Press

It’s a familiar story for Haitians – last in, first out for the hemisphere’s poorest, least wanted, and most abused people here and at home. Most recently it was highlighted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announcing the resumption of over 30,000 deportations to a nation reeling from poverty, repression, despair, the devastation from last summer’s storms, and occupation by UN paramilitary Blue Helmets – since 2004, illegally there for the first time ever to support and enforce a coup d’etat against a democratically elected president, at the behest of Washington.

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August 13, 2009

The African Diaspora Dialogues

Posted in Africa, African Americans, Black Diaspora, Immigration tagged , , at 7:25 PM by minoritybrief

As the Obama Administration takes tentative steps towards addressing immigration, right-wing commentators and mainstream media alike have been jumping at the opportunity to sensationalize the divide between Blacks and immigrants. Taking a different approach, community organizers in Oakland, California have begun what they’re calling the African Diaspora dialogues—informal conversations between Black Americans and Black African immigrants about immigration, race and economic globalization. They’re hoping to use what they learn from these talks to build a Black Immigration Network that will advocate for immigration policies that are good for both communities.

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