While SB 1070 won’t go into effect in Arizona until July 29th, Dr. Sylvia Herrera, a researcher with human-rights organization Puente, explained at the hearing that its effects are already being felt at all levels: families separated, women who don’t dare report the domestic violence they suffer to the authorities or social services, or who go to California to seek help…

A second-grader stole the show today, even as U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon held a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House. They spoke about the need for immigration reform and about concerns over Arizona’s harsh new law. Nothing particularly surprising.

Check out our new video, “Immigration: More Rogue than Right?,” and then raise your voice about our nation’s unjust immigration policies. Last week, the Washington Post reported that federal immigration agents have quotas to round up “easy targets” — moms and dads working to feed their families — instead of going after serious criminals….

Yesterday Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA de Maryland, a local immigrant rights organization, was among the dozen grassroots and national immigration reform advocates to meet with President Obama at the White House. The meeting was called in the wake of growing anger and frustration at figures that indicate the Obama Adminstration has been deporting more immigrants a year than Bush, while making very little progress on the kind of comprehensive immigration reform that he promised to champion.

The New York Times today uncovers how U.S. immigration authorities under President Bush colluded with a Mississippi marine oil-rig company to punish workers exercising their labor rights. The article details shocking correspondence between the employer, Signal International, and the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which advised the company how to privately deport workers who were complaining about mistreatment on the job.

A pair of disturbing stories published last week uncover disturbing new frontiers in immigration enforcement, and prove that while the Obama administration may have abandoned workplace raids, it isn’t above using cheap tricks and racial profiling to catch undocumented immigrants.

As the holidays rapidly approach, our focus shifts to shopping, cooking and decking the halls for the invasion of relatives. But, as we hit the shops, we often forget to take a moment to think about the origins of our chic outfits and abounding feasts (those of us lucky enough to still have these). Those trendy peacoats and ripe, delicious pears didn’t fall off of a sleigh after all.

First they were arrested and faced deportation under what has proven to be the Obama administration’s only workplace raid. Then they were given work permits, and told they could stay in the United States while their employer was being prosecuted.

Now, the more than two dozen undocumented workers arrested during the February raid here at Yamato Engine Specialists Ltd. are again facing deportation.

This morning, the Associated Press and Minnesota Public Radio reported that 1,200 undocumented janitors had been fired from Twin Cities company ABM under pressure from the Department of Homeland Security. ICE worked with ABM, giving employees a few months to produce documentation and then firing those who couldn’t in four waves throughout October in what might be called a “silent raid.” None of the janitors were arrested, and ICE hasn’t yet fined ABM.

One of the largest immigration crackdowns under the Obama administration to date took place in the Twin Cities last month, when 1,200 undocumented janitors were fired from their jobs, according to immigration lawyers.