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The Feeling of June 15th

July 12th, 2012 · No Comments

By Thailandia Alaffita Just last month I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had reached what one may describe as a standstill, a sort of complacent state of being – the kind of feeling one might experience when you can no longer say you’re only working at this restaurant during [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · community organizing and activism · Department of Homeland Security · Education · Immigration

Continuing Commentary on Cecilia Muñoz

December 2nd, 2011 · 10 Comments

The commentary continues on White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz this week with a writer at Fox News Latino asking if she’s being treated as a modern day Malinche? For those of you needing a refresher, Malinche, the lover of Hernan Cortes, is treated as both a heroine and traitor depending upon one’s [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Department of Homeland Security · Immigration

DREAMers Challenge ICE Officers Directly

November 22nd, 2011 · 3 Comments

While the Obama administration has publicly said that it would prioritize deportations to focus on criminals and others who posed an immediate threat, there have been DREAM Act eligible youth who have been detained and processed into deportation proceedings. In recent months, young people who are in college and/or who have completed degree programs have [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Detention · Immigration

More Rumblings from Latino Activists about Obama Immigration Policies

November 11th, 2011 · 8 Comments

If you haven’t been following the continuing saga of the Obama administration and its defense of record deportation numbers, I’m going to provide some quick links in this post to get you caught up. There is some different of opinion in the Latino and immigrant advocacy community about the perceived targeted criticism of Cecilia Muñoz, [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Department of Homeland Security · Government Accountability · Immigration

Granddaughter of Cesar Chavez Defends Obama Administration Immigration Policies

November 5th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Now I have never been of the opinion that Cesar Chavez was pro-migrant, although some say that as his views evolved, he was. That may be the case, but in the history I have read Cesar Chavez was more pro-worker, meaning citizen or legally authorized to work farm worker because at the time, undocumented workers [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Immigration

ICE’s “Case by Case” Discretion May Still Leave DREAMers in Deportation Limbo

September 26th, 2011 · No Comments

A few months ago, the Obama administration announced in a memo that it could prioritize deportation cases to focus scarce resources on criminals. And then last month, DHS announced that it would suspend the deportations of those who fit the low priority category (meaning DREAMers). Just because changes are announced doesn’t necessarily mean that the [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Immigration

Big Day in Immigration: CIR Introduced Again & Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Outs Himself as Undocumented

June 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Today was a big day in the immigration reform movement. CIR (comprehensive immigration reform) was introduced in the Senate again, and Pulitzer Prize Award winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, came out as undocumented. You can read my quick take on the introduction of CIR here, but I want to focus a little more on the [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · ethics · Immigration · Media

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Defends Secure Communities Program

June 2nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

While states like Illinois and this week New York take steps to stop the implementation of the controversial DHS Secure Communities Program, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca defends the program. A few weeks ago on Warren Olney’s public radio show, Sheriff Baca even went to far as to say that undocumented people are not [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Immigration