U.S. Immigration issues

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Twelve years later
Duluth, Minnesota, did not look like the most obvious home for four young women from Afghanistan, who had fled the Taliban takeover. “We Googled Duluth and saw how much snow there was,” one tells Eliza Griswold, who shares the women’s harrowing story: months spent moving among windowless safe houses to avoid capture, before eventually getting spots on a flight out of the country. Yet Duluth offered a chance for the four to stay together, and to continue their education, thanks to volunteer members of the Sponsor Circle program, a group of “American military veterans, retired professors, pastors, and hundreds of others” who have stepped up to help resettle displaced Afghans after the U.S. government proved unable to meet the challenge. As Griswold explains, Sponsor Circles are not a perfect solution—they lack the expertise and funding of government agencies—but, as the global migration crisis deepens, and the federal commitment to aid refugees ebbs and flows with each new political development, such citizen-led resettlement programs will likely remain vital. As one volunteer puts it, “I said yes partly in defiance of the people in this county who supported Trump’s executive order to ban immigrants.”


4 September
Stephen Colbert on Capitol Hill: Did he help migrant workers?
Yes, Stephen Colbert made members of Congress visibly nervous (not good), but he brought cameras and a penchant for one-liners (very good) to help the cause of migrant workers.
22 September
Stephen Colbert To Testify Before Congress On Immigration
Colbert will be appearing with United Farm Workers (UFW) President Arturo S. Rodriguez before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. In August, the comedian spent a day working at a corn and vegetable farm in New York state after Rodriguez appeared on his show to discuss UFW’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign.
The effort was intended to debunk the theory that undocumented immigrants are taking jobs away from American citizens and highlight the fact the nation’s food supply is dependent on these farm workers. “Farm workers are ready to welcome citizens and legal residents who wish to replace them in the field,” said the UFW site. “We will use our knowledge and staff to help connect the unemployed with farm employers.”
26 April
Robert Creamer: The Arizona of 2010 is the Alabama of 1963
The draconian anti-immigrant bill that was signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is likely to stir the nation as it was against racial segregation in the 1960s.
Arizona Could Pay High Price for Anti-Immigrant Law
(IPS) – U.S. immigration experts, law enforcement officials and religious leaders are hitting back at the draconian legislation signed into law in Arizona last week, charging it will subject the state to “staggering potential costs” and vowing to have the law declared unconstitutional in the courts.
Arizona law called attack on Hispanics
Washington urged to reform federal statutes
Arizona’s tough new immigration law has renewed calls for Washington to reform federal immigration laws, and protesters decried the state’s action as a violation of U.S. civil rights at a rally yesterday in the state’s capital.
23 April
Obama Slams Arizona’s Immigration Bill
Mr. Obama said the Arizona bill threatens “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”
He also said that he is monitoring the Arizona bill for civil rights and other implications.
22 April
Legalizing Racial Profiling? Arizona Immigration Bill Draws Fire
Gov. Jan Brewer Soon Will Decide on Bill to Make Being Undocumented in Arizona a Crime
(ABC News) An Arizona state bill that would give law enforcement greater authority over arresting illegal immigrants has caused national uproar and could set the stage for court battles over how far states can go when it comes to immigration policies.
The bill would it make it a crime for immigrants to have no alien registration document, and undocumented citizens would be charged with “trespassing” simply for being in Arizona. The bill allows police to question and arrest people without warrant if there is “reasonable suspicion” about their immigration status. It would become illegal for people to employ illegal immigrants or to transport them anywhere in the state, even if they are family members.
Hysterical nativism
A conservative border state is at risk of becoming a police state
(The Economist) Illegal immigration is a federal crime. [The Arizona] law, however, would also make it a state crime and would require the police, as opposed to federal agents, to make arrests and check the immigration status of individuals who look suspicious to them. Citizens who think their cops are not vigilant enough would be encouraged to sue their cities or counties, and no city or county may remain a “sanctuary” where this law is not enforced.
21 April
Arizona at Epicentre of Divisive U.S. Immigration Debate
(IPS) – Protests and acts of civil disobedience are taking place in the southwest U.S. state of Arizona as it becomes the main battleground in a divisive struggle over illegal immigration.
20 April
Arizona Immigration Law Sparks National Uproar
(HuffPost) Arizona lawmakers approved a sweeping immigration bill Monday intended to ramp up law enforcement efforts even as critics complained it could lead to racial profiling and other abuse.

One Comment on "U.S. Immigration issues"

  1. immigration to america January 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm · Reply

    Great delivery. Great arguments. Keep up the amazing spirit.

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