Immigration Matters

Immigrant rights advocates sound off on immigration policy issues.

For more information on NAM immigration coverage, contact Sandip Roy at sroy [at] newamericamedia [dot] org.

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Arizona's New Immigration Law

FilAm-Star, Immigration, Jun Medina, May 15, 2010

Governor of Arizona passed new immigration law to question anybody who looks unreasonably suspicious to produce documentation of citizenship. Racial profiling is suspected. Civil and constitutional rights are believed to be in violation.

Immigrants Can Cheer and Jeer for Health Care Reform

New America Media, Commentary, Sonal Ambegaokar, Mar 25, 2010

There is much to celebrate, and criticize, in the new health care reform legislation signed into law by President Obama this week. The effort to leave out undocumented immigrants will come at a high cost for everyone.

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IMMIGRATION MATTERS: A March to Rebuild the American Dream

New America Media, Commentary, HyunJoo Lee , Mar 19, 2010

On March 21, belief in the American dream will be visible when 100,000 students, parents, workers, advocates and allies come together for the March for America, an event that will send a powerful message to President Barack Obama and Congress.

Prospects for Immigration Reform Legislation

New America Media, Commentary, Doris Meissner, Feb 07, 2010

Continued high unemployment and slow job growth are likely to make some of the main goals of immigration reform even more controversial. But postponing reforms continues to hamper economic growth, writes the Migration Policy Institute senior fellow.

Temporary Protection for Haitians: A First Step

New America Media, Opinion, Shaina Aber & Christian Fuchs, Jan 21, 2010

The decision to grant Haitians currently in the United States permission to stay, work and send remittances home under a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program is welcome news. But it's only the first step.

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Why Health Care Reform Could Leave Us All Worse Off

New America Media, Commentary, Sonal Ambegaokar, J.D., Jan 16, 2010

The exclusion of millions of immigrants from health care would jeopardize the health of all Americans, writes the commentator.

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Would You Wait Five Years for a Doctor’s Appointment?

New America Media, Commentary, Jennifer Ng’andu , Dec 11, 2009

Under the health care reform bill currently before the Senate, legally present immigrants remain barred from Medicaid for five years, even if they meet all other qualifications. But a new amendment could change that.

Secure Communities Turns Immigrants into Criminals

New America Media, Commentary, Sarahi Uribe, Nov 23, 2009

This month, the Department of Homeland Security celebrated “Secure Communities’ One Year Anniversary.” The program, which checks the immigration status of those in jails by using DHS’ databases, is misnamed. It actually endangers rather than improves community security.

Law Enforcement Officials Call for Immigration Reform

America's Voice, Column, Maribel Hastings, Nov 12, 2009

This year various law enforcement officials have come out in support of immigration reform. Their reason is simple: Enforcing immigration law takes them away from their job to keep communities safe.

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Campaign to Make Immigration Reform a Top Issue in 2010

New America Media, Commentary, Rich Stolz, Oct 18, 2009

Immigrant families from around the country rallied last week in Washington, D.C., where elected officials launched a new push for comprehensive immigration reform, building to the opening months of 2010.

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