In Sheriff Joe Arpaio's world, if you are an immigrant detainee, you should be marching in chains to segregated "Tent Cities" in the Arizona desert, surrounded by electric fencing. Well, together with the House Judiciary Committee and a wide range of civil and human rights organizations, we're shouting, "Not... Continue »
Even as President Obama delivered his first up-beat address to the nation, the Seattle Times was reporting the first workplace immigration raid under the new administration. It happened in Bellingham, Washington, last night, and served as a sad wake up call to immigrant communities. While we came to... Continue »
It's been a good while now since we announced that the confirmation of Hilda Solis (D-CA) as Secretary of Labor had been postponed. We reported on how the administration had to appoint an interim secretary because the pro-worker, Latina representative's confirmation was being blocked by partisan bickering. Well, today... Continue »
Misplaced priorities don’t come cheap. "The country is filling the federal courts and prisons with nonviolent offenders. It is diverting immense law-enforcement resources from pursuing serious criminals � violent thugs, financial scammers � to an immense, self-defeating campaign to hunt down ... workers." This, even as the Immigration... Continue »
This just in. Below is the new membership of the House Immigration Subcommittee, decided today: Lofgren � Chair, Berman, Jackson Lee, Waters, Pierluisi, Gutierrez, Sanchez, Weiner, Gonzalez, Delahunt Continue »
Today the LA Times is reporting that only 99% of foreign-born and 88% of native- born Latinos think immigration is a big deal. Wait a minute, does that seem like a lot to anyone else? The issue is that Latinos no longer think immigration should be the next president's... Continue »
Just last week, Senator Ensign stated: "We have to reach out to Hispanics. " Rather than lend a helping hand to children in need, however, Senator Ensign had scathing remarks for immigrants in today's SCHIP debate. Via the AP: "We are giving more incentives to folks to come to... Continue »
Governor Napolitano knows that ending illegal immigration will only be possible if Congress enacts common-sense comprehensive immigration reform, but at today's confirmation hearing she missed a golden opportunity to make the case. This is disappointing because, for years, she has been a vocal leader pressuring Washington to pass... Continue »
As a border-state Governor, Janet Napolitano knows that ending illegal immigration will only be possible by enacting common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. She gets that the best way to replace the chaos of illegal immigration with an orderly, legal system is to combine: 1) effective border enforcement; 2)... Continue »
The swift, decisive re-authorization of a health care bill aimed at America's poorest kids, including lawfully present immigrant children, was a clear victory today in the U.S. House. The Senate would be wise to follow the House's lead- especially that of Speaker of the House Pelosi (D-CA), Congressman Becerra... Continue »