On Sunday, December 8th, 2013 community members from Arivaca AZ marched two miles down Arivaca Rd. to deliver a petition to the United States Border Patrol, calling for the immediate removal of the checkpoint on Arivaca Rd. Arivacans and their supporters from Amado, Tubac, Green Valley, Tucson and the surrounding communities converged on the checkpoint from either side to rally for its removal. To read more about Arivaca’s anti-checkpoint campaign and to sign the community petition visit: phparivaca.org.
In January 2009, an anthropologist named Jason De León began spending a lot of time near the United States border south of Tucson. On the Mexican side, he interviews would-be migrants about to try an illegal crossing. On the American side, he collects what is discarded by those who make it — among other things, clothing soiled by the passage and the backpacks in which they carried clean clothes. Many of these items have been exhibited at the University of Michigan, where De León is the director of the Undocumented Migration Project; one of his collaborators, the photographer Richard Barnes, helped select the backpacks for the following pages. Says De León: “I realized that you have this highly politicized social process that’s incredibly clandestine and misunderstood. I just want the public to have a better understanding of what it actually looks like.”
IMMIGRANT, LABOR AND PROGRESSIVE GROUPS SAY: “WE WILL MARCH ON MAY DAY FOR LEGALIZATION, JOBS, & EDUCATION, NOT MONEY FOR BORDER MILITARIZATION”
Published on Apr 3, 2013
“The Associated Press just dropped the term “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook, becoming the newest news outlet to drop dehumanizing language and embrace good journalism. Will the New York Times follow suit?”
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A Conversation on Immigration with Jose Antonio Vargas, Cristina Jimenez, Karen Kaminsky, Rinku Sen, & a performance by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo.
This is “an exciting conversation on immigration policy, activism and art in the context of the upcoming election with Define American founder Jose Antonio Vargas, recently featured on the cover of TIME (along with the story of nearly 12 million undocumented Americans), Karen Kaminsky (New York Immigration Coalition Deputy Executive Director), Iyaba Ibo Mandingo (poet/painter/performer), Cristina Jimenez (United We Dream Managing Director), and Rinku Sen (President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center).” – cultureproject.org/impact-we-people/
Photo Credit: Julio Salgado; http://juliosalgado83.tumblr.com/
In a victory for undocumented immigrants and their allies, on Friday, June 15, after facing years of pressure, President Obama announced a new plan to stop deportations of certain undocumented immigrants. The adjustments mirror those in the proposed DREAM Act, which would have offered amnesty to undocumented students who came here as children, provided they were in school, had a high school diploma or completed their general education development (GED), or had committed to military service. Similarly, the change disclosed this morning would offer a two-year reprieve from deportation for undocumented residents who came here as children, are under 30, have no felonies or repeat misdemeanors, and satisfy the education and/or military requirements. During this two-year relief period, immigrants can apply for work permits. However, as the administration has made clear, the shift does not offer amnesty or a path to citizenship. The Associated Press reports that as many as 800,000 young immigrants will be positively affected by the new rule.
This may be the boldest move the Obama administration has made to stem the record-breaking tide of deportations. It will offer much-needed relief to hundreds of thousands of immigrants, but some remain skeptical, for a few reasons. First, previous efforts to help undocumented families, such as last year’s decision to use “prosecutorial discretion” to halt some deportations, have achieved mixed results. Second, the rhetoric on “helping immigrants” still narrows itself to aiding the “good,” “productive” ones who don’t “pose a threat to national security.” This reasoning erases the contributions of millions of immigrants, whose collective labor in agriculture, construction, food service and other industries has helped improve the lives of U.S. residents. Third, activists have pressured the President for years to help reform the immigration system, only to be met with assurances that Obama himself could do little to change anything. DREAMers rallied in Washington, staged sit-ins, and audaciously refused to be silenced. The timing of this announcement, because it so boldly reverses course on previous statements from the President, makes some wonder about his commitment to meaningful reform in the face of Congressional opposition. Fourth, the new order essentially allows undocumented immigrants to continue contributing their labor while waiting to see if they can become citizens. Since this is an executive order, and not a law, future presidents could easily reverse it. It remains to be seen when elected officials will learn to accept that all immigrants are valuable, not just certain ones.
Over a decade ago, a community of Indonesian Christians came to the United States to escape religious persecution. Now, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are threatening to deport them, separating parents from their young U.S. citizen children. Their New Jersey community has rallied to support their fight to stay together as families in the place they now call home. – Filmmaker Kelly Bates