By the time Xiomara Medrano broke down in design class that day at Leto High School, she had been living on her own for years. She’d bounced from one stranger’s home to the next — about a dozen in 18 months, working as a waitress to pay rent. Then the restaurant fired her, fearing repercussions over her illegal immigration status.

A group of detainees at a Louisiana immigration detention center have begun three-day hunger strikes to protest poor conditions there, immigrant advocates said. The news comes just days after Department of Homeland Security officials dismissed a report critical of conditions at its immigration holding centers nationwide.

Most agree we need a better, reality-based system for the full spectrum of jobs, among other reforms. We will not get there by demonizing employers or immigrants. We could try demonizing Congress, which ignored this for so long it will be painful to treat no matter what we do. But that doesn’t help, either. Instead we need to learn the facts and work together to find real solutions.

July 31, 2009








31/07/09 a 10:18am por Maribel Hastings Sigo con detenimiento lo que ocurra con el debate sobre la reforma de salud porque el éxito o el fracaso del mismo, como el éxito o el fracaso de la reforma de energía, tienen el potencial de afectar el calendario legislativo del Congreso y en el proceso, los marcos… Continue »

Featured content by TMC MediaWire Blogger Nezua: “Today’s paranoiac can tune into the strange campaign spearheaded by CNN’s Lou Dobbs known as “Birtherism,” which is the belief held by a very fringe element of the Right that President Obama was not born in the U.S. and is ineligible to hold office. Dobbs has been obsessively documenting the fact-resistant Birther debate, supposedly because the group needs representation and a voice in the media.”

Today, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced two bills which seek to improve deplorable conditions in immigration detention and prevent U.S. citizens from being locked up by mistake.S. 1550, the “Prevent Detainee Deaths and Abuse Act” and S. 1549, the “Protect Citizens from Unlawful Detention Act,” would drastically improve the plight of detained immigrants and even U.S. citizens. These bills would require that immigration jails meet minimum standards like ensuring that U.S. citizens aren’t mistakenly detained, children are considered for humanitarian release, and detainees have access to adequate medical care and legal counseling. These are pretty basic standards, but ones that our Bush-era enforcement regime have consistently failed to meet, and the Obama Administration hasn’t acted on either.

30/07/09 a 10:22am Acciones a través del país piden un alto a medidas individuales sobre aplicación de leyes y demandan que la Secretaria del DHS, Janet Napolitano, centre su atención en un plan de reforma migratoria integral. Washington, DC – En el marco de diversos reportes críticos de las tácticas de aplicación de leyes migratorias… Continue »

What’s that line about things getting worse before they get better? We can only hope (oh, wait, someone already owns that one…) or should I say, make the case loudly, that this is the case over at DHS. Nina Bernstein of the New York Times reports this week that the Department of Homeland Security, led by Janet Napolitano, has declined to make the growing detention industry in the United States legally accountable. The good news today: “Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-MA), and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) took action today to reform the Department of Homeland Security’s ever-growing immigration detention system.”

It was a profile in statesmanship, if not courage. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was the only Republican on the Judiciary Committee to vote yes on the Supreme Court nomination of the irrefutably well-qualified Sonia Sotomayor. That Graham was the only member of his party to reject the tit-for-tat pettiness that has marked recent judicial confirmations shames his colleagues on the panel and provides a model for Republicans in the Senate as a whole.