EFE issues a dispatch from Atlanta, where the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) is heading a boycott of Wal-Mart, due to start on March 20th, to ask the company to take a stand in support of immigration reform. “The point of this initiative is to call attention to Wal-Mart, who, with its large quantity of Latino customers, has a moral obligation to support reform,” a GLAHR representative said.
The Spanish-language press continues to highlight the importance of the March 21st march for immigration reform. The EFE reports that “Once, President George W. Bush was accused of failing to spend sufficient political capital on passing immigration reform. Now Obama confronts similar complaints, and the drama threatens to repeat itself;
A La Opinión article covers the inefficiency of using high-tech tools to patrol the border. The article cites an analysis by the TransBorder Project at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for International Policy which says that the cost of, for example, remotely-piloted unmanned planes (or “drones”) is too high for the return on investment.
Across the country, efforts to pressure Congress and President Barack Obama to pass immigration reform this year are taking shape, including the March 21st march in Washington, DC.
A report commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security and conducted by the research firm Westat reveals defects in E-Verify, the immigration status verification system. E-Verify “doesn’t get it right half the time,” the AP writes, while Univision.com headlines its article “E-Verify’s certainty in doubt.”
The buzz continues in the Spanish-language press around actions in support of immigration reform and the March 21st march in Washington. EFE recounts an interview with a cook on a food-service truck in Los Angeles who told the news service, between preparing orders of tacos and burritos, how happy he is to be participating in “Tacos for Justice” (“Tacos para la Justicia”) because the movement will allow him to do his part “to win immigration reform and keep families together.” Articles in Hoy (Laredo, TX), Noticia Hispanoamericana (New York), La Prensa (Orlando) and Frontera (Tijuana) also refer to pro-reform activities.
The Spanish-language press continues to anticipate the march for immigration reform planned for March 21st in Washington. Notimex quotes Margarita Ramon of Inquilinos y Trabajadores (Tenants and Workers) saying: “We will demonstrate the power and the collective importance of this discontented community.”
Today, the Spanish-language press highlighted a protest in Georgia by members of the Ku Klux Klan against the walkers of the “Trail of Dreams” who advocate for the DREAM Act.
At a town-hall meeting held by Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) in Los Angeles, attendees pressured the congressman to lead the fight for comprehensive immigration reform in the House. Univision.com notes that the forum was held three days after a bill was introduced in the House that would deny citizenship to children born in the United States of undocumented parents.
Arizona’s La Voz writes that representatives of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) have arrested 141 undocumented immigrants in Arizona in the last 30 days. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who announced several days ago that he plans to train 900 of his deputies to perform immigration enforcement exercises on the streets of Phoenix, said the arrests will continue. La Voz publishes statistics about the most recent arrests, including 35 undocumented immigrants arrested during routine traffic stops.