Valeria Fernandez

Feet in Two Worlds

Feet in 2 Worlds is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation and the Sirus Fund. Fi2W podcasts are supported in part by WNYC, New York Public Radio and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.


Valeria Fernandez appears in the following:

AZ Immigrants Await Supreme Court Ruling on SB 1070

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Patricia and Pablo held arms outside the U.S. Supreme Court, hours before the highest tribunal in the nation heard arguments on the injunction of SB 1070, a controversial  Arizona law that would subject undocumented immigrants like them to incarceration and penalties.

“It feels good to be here on behalf of ...

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Immigration SB 1070 Author, Opponents Spar Ahead of Supreme Court Hearing

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Rosa Maria Soto watched with emotion as Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held up the picture of her daughter to an audience of mostly journalists at a sub-committee hearing on the impact of immigration laws such as SB 1070 on Tuesday in Washington.

Soto’s daughter, Dulce Matuz, was named one of ...


Immigration and Latino Voters

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Valeria Fernandez, contributor to Feet in 2 Worlds and journalist based in Arizona, talks about immigration policy and Latino voters.

EVENT: Valeria will be part of a panel discussion titled, The Detention Dilemma: Families, Security and Immigrant Rights tonight from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor.

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AZ Students Walk Out Over Mexican-American Studies Ban

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

For the past weeks Quevedo and other students have protested what they believe is an arbitrary ban to their education via walkouts.

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Is 2011 a Turning Point for the Immigration Battle?

Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 will be recorded as a turning point in the battle between conservative politicians in Arizona who supported laws like  SB 1070 a law that made it a state crime for a person to be an undocumented immigrant in Arizona – and the pro-immigrant rights groups that stood in opposition.


Could Sheriff Arpaio’s Endorsement Hurt Rick Perry?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

An endorsement from "America’s Toughest Sheriff" may not be worth as much as it used to in the past.


AZ Recall May Put Immigration Bills to Rest

Friday, November 11, 2011

Members of a group behind a historical recall of the architect of SB 1070 say the message is “loud and clear” for anyone that wants to follow his footsteps in Arizona state politics.


The Department of Justice vs. Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Friday, September 03, 2010

The Justice Department announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against Arizona Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Maricopa County for failing to turn over documents in an investigation into alleged discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and jail policies that discriminate against people with limited English skills. In their complaint, the government agency says the sheriff's office has failed to turn over documents relating to the case and has refused to cooperate. It is the first time in decades a lawman has refused to cooperate in one of the agency's probes. Sheriff Arpaio says the government is targeting him - and Arizona.

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President Obama Addresses Immigration Reform

Thursday, July 01, 2010

President Barack Obama is scheduled to give a speech on comprehensive immigration reform at the American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. today. This in the wake of Arizona's controversial immigration law, and the threat of other states passing their own immigration legislation. Valeria Fernandez, a reporter for Feet in Two Worlds — a project of the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School; and Maria Elena Salinas, an anchor at Univision, join us to talk about what they and the hispanic population hope the President will say in his speech.

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Arizona's New Immigration Law Sparks Lawsuits, Protests, and A Roadmap for Reform

Friday, April 30, 2010

Democrats unveiled a framework for immigration reform yesterday, just as cities across the country are bracing for big May Day protests by Immigrant advocacy groups. The groups are hoping to put pressure on Washington to speed up changes to current laws, which some say endanger families with members that have come to the U.S. illegally.


Arizona's 'Safe Neighborhoods' Bill Signed into Law

Monday, April 26, 2010

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer followed tough words with tough action when signed the "Safe Neighborhoods" bill into law on Friday. State House Bill 1070 is considered to be the nation's strictest law against illegal immigration. Among other changes, the bill requires all immigrants to carry proper identification at all times and broadens the power of local police to detain anybody suspected of immigration violations. State and local leaders who support the bill praise its sweeping reforms and cite the state's violent crime rate as reason alone for strict measures. On the other side of the debate, activists and lawmakers, including President Obama, have called the bill a "misguided" attack on the "basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans."

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In Arizona, ICE Raids Target Human Smugglers

Friday, April 16, 2010

Yesterday, at several bus stations and other locations around Arizona, more than 800 law enforcement officials carried out the largest operation against human smuggling in ICE history. The targets were shuttle bus operations that allegedly carry illegal immigrants around the region and across the border. The tactic of targeting the networks of traffickers rather than carrying out workplace raids reveals a shift in strategy under Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Obama from the policies of the Bush era.


Immigration Enforcement, Prosecutions Up Sharply

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The rate of federal prosecutions is at an all-time high, showing an increase of nine percent since last year. According to a new study by Syracuse University's TRAC project, this incr...


A Rogue Sheriff Roams in Arizona

Friday, October 16, 2009

Earlier this month, the sheriff for Arizona's Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, was stripped of his powers to enforce immigration rules by a change in federal law. But the feisty sheriff ...

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