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Ed Vulliamy on Amexica

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Ed Vulliamy talks about travelling along the Mexican-American border, from the Pacific coast to the Gulf of Mexico, from Tijuana to Matamoros, and witnessing corruption, all-out civil war, and beauty and resilience. In Amexica: War Along the Borderline, he describes how the narco gangs work: how people, weapons, and drugs are smuggled back and forth across the border, why the middle-class is fleeing Mexico, and he writes of the heroes, villains, and victims of the border frontier.

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The Battle for the Dream Act Begins

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Yesterday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the Dream Act, which would allow certain illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors a chance to become U.S. citizens, if they enter college or military service. Those eligible are people who were brought into the U.S. before they were 16, have been living here for at least five years, and have earned a high school diploma. In order to gain citizenship, they would have to join the military for two years, or attend a four year college for two years.

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Somali-Americans Struggle, Living in Two Worlds

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The arrest of 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud, in connection with a failed plot to detonate a car bomb in Portland, Oregon, has brought attention to the nation’s growing Somali community. Even before Mohamud's arrest, young Somalis have often become the focus of negative media attention — often linked to gang violence, stories of radicalization and drug or sex trafficking.

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Undocumented Youth Dream for Legal Status

Monday, November 29, 2010

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About 50 immigration advocates rallied in Times Square on Monday afternoon to urge the New York Congressional delegation to support the federal Dream Act. The bill would allow young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and have lived here for five years to legalize their status by going to college or joining the military for two years.

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Irish Will Emigrate, But Fewer To New York

Sunday, November 28, 2010

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In the past, when Ireland's economy suffered, many Irish came to New York to find work. But with Ireland's current downturn, the founder of New York’s most prominent Irish newspaper says the Irish are more likely to head elsewhere, with more attractive immigration policies..

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To Build a More Perfect Union, Enfranchise Latinos

Friday, November 26, 2010

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For the good of our country, we must abandon partisan shenanigans that are essentially techniques intended to impede or reduce African American and Latino turnout. We also have to pay attention to how systemic inequalities affect minority voters’ ability to fully participate. Together, these practices bias elections in favor of "white voters," reduce the size of the electorate, and deny minorities unfettered access to the polls.

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Rep. Steve King Likely to Become New GOP Voice on Immigration

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Earlier this morning, we talked about the record breaking number of people around the world who are entering America’s green card lottery because they want to make this country their home. The sheer number of people applying for this lottery shows the continuing deep desire to immigrate here. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), of Iowa’s 5th District, will likely have a lot of influence on the Republican party's immigration policies. He’s lined up to become the next chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration when the GOP takes over the house this January.

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Fifteen Million Hopefuls Apply for 50,000 Spots in Green Card Lottery

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's official: millions of people around the world still want to live in the U.S.A. A record-breaking 15,000,000 people have applied to the annual Green Card Lottery for 2012 — an opportunity that is only open to 50,000 winners. We talk to Munkiwe Wadak, a Nigerian marketing officer who has applied for the Green Card three times, about what opportunities he hopes our nation holds for him and his family.

We also talk to Marc Rosenblum, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, about how the whole lottery process works.

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For Children of Immigrants, 'Home' is a Complex Concept

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

As part of our week-long series, we speak with two immigrant writers whose parents were forced to flee their homelands because of political unrest, and came to rest in America. Both live outside the U.S. now, and both say their notion of "home" has become ... portable.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Edwidge Danticat on Art and Exile

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Edwidge Danticat reflects on art and exile, and discusses what it means to be an immigrant artist from a country in crisis. Her book Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work combines memoir and essay to tell the stories of artists, including herself, who create, despite—or because of—the suffering, violence, poverty, and oppression that drove them from their homelands, and continues to haunt them.

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Critics Question Department of Corrections' Relationship with Federal Immigration Authorities

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

For twenty years, Federal immigration officials have been stationed on Rikers Island. Critics say the Department of Corrections offers them too much assistance in identifying foreign-born non-citizens, some of whom end up in deportation proceedings. The practice came under fire Wednesday during a City Council hearing. Critics say all too often immigrants who are in detention, but have not been convicted of a crime, are reported to ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Immigrants Key In Union Election Effort

Sunday, October 31, 2010

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For many immigrants in the union, working on political campaigns is sometimes the first time in their lives they’ve been engaged in the democratic process.

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Legal Dominican Immigrant to be Deported for 28-Year-Old Crime

Friday, October 29, 2010

With the United States deporting more immigrants than ever before -- almost 400,000 over the past year -- some of New York's elected officials and immigrant advocates are trying hard to draw attention to cases that, to them, seem blatantly unjust.

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Pop + Politics: 'The Border Will Always Be Porous'

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Our WNYC partner Pop + Politics has been traveling the country this fall to explore the stories and characters behind the political debates this campaign season. Across the southwest, one of this year's biggest election issues is illegal immigration and border security. When Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 in the spring, a bill that required local police officers to enforce federal immigration law, the state became the flash point for a national debate about how best to deal with undocumented immigrants. 

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Working to Turn Out Asian Americans Voters

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

With help from voter associations, Asian Americans are becoming one of the rising forces in New York City politics.  Each election year, more Asian Americans are voting, and more are getting elected.

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Immigration Reform Can't Wait

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

On Monday, President Obama said in a radio interview on Univision that he would push for overhaul of our immigration policies after the midterms. Some strategists have argued that this is the best way for the Democrats in to shore up its base and divide the Republicans before the 2012 presidential race.

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Fear Over Secure Communities: More Immigrants Will Be Lost in Detention System

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez has announced that he will introduce a Council resolution calling on Governor Paterson to remove New York from the controversial immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities.

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The Other Side of the Immigration Equation

Monday, October 25, 2010

To be effective, immigration policy must be designed in collaboration with immigrant-sending states. Otherwise, reforms will result in little more than maintaining the array of punitive measures that dominate how we deal with immigrants currently. 

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More Protests Planned Against 'Secure Communities'

Saturday, October 23, 2010

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Immigration advocates and local elected officials are keeping the pressure on Governor Paterson to withdraw New York from participating in 'Secure Communities,' a national program that would allow police to share fingerprint information with federal authorities.

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Why Arizona Makes Real Immigration Reform Possible

Friday, October 22, 2010

The nation needs a new immigration policy. In a way, pro-immigrant advocates may owe Arizona a vote of thanks. Because of that state’s recent attempt to create new policy on its own, the unexpected positive benefit is that conditions are now favorable to confronting this problem.

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