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Immigrant Voices

How immigrants in America view their experiences amid national debates on immigration. For more information on Immigrant Voices, contact Elena Shore at eshore [at] newamericamedia [dot] org.

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Immigrants Doubt Obama's Diplomacy

Feet in Two Worlds, News Analysis Audio, Ari Kagan & Jehangir Khattak, Feb 25, 2008

Despite Sen. Barack Obama's victories there is unease about his candidacy in some immigrant communities. His positions on Pakistan, Iraq, and the Middle East could cost him votes from Russian and Pakistani immigrants.


Catholic Immigrants Go Protestant

La Prensa San Diego, News Report, Pablo Jaime Sinz , Feb 22, 2008

Many Catholics from Latin America change to a different Christian denomination when they migrate to the U.S. New ideas, options and social services attract some to new churches, while the Catholic sexual abuse scandals drive some away.


Viet Nail Salon: It's Not Just Gloss & Polish

BN Magazine, Youth Commentary, Cat Bao Le, Feb 02, 2008

The nail business has been a way in which many Vietnamese refugees have been able to make a living to feed their families after resettlement in the U.S., and has also allowed a large Vietnamese population to have a place in the service sector of the work force.

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Abused Women Could Face Deportation

Vida en el Valle, News Report , Martn E. Martinez, Jan 24, 2008

An immigration law that allows victims of domestic violence to gain legal residency does not necessarily protect undocumented immigrants, according to an ICE spokesperson. One California woman has waited years for the provision, without luck.

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Male Day Laborers Turn to Prostitution

La Opinion, News Feature, Story by Claudia Nez, Translated by Elena Shore, Dec 22, 2007

As harsh immigration measures punish those who employ undocumented workers, an investigation by La Opinin newspaper found that large numbers of male day laborers are now being targeted for a different kind of underground activity: sex work. Traduccin al espaol


Paying the Price for Our Parent's Deportations, Then and Now

New America Media, Commentary, Ruby Takanishi, Nov 29, 2007

When Japanese Americans were interned during World War II, families had to deal with the trauma of separation. Today, children whose parents are deported are facing similar woes and advocates are pushing for the issue to be seen as one of basic human rights.

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My First Thanksgiving in America

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Nov 15, 2007

Andrew Lam, a refugee from Vietnam three decades ago, recalls his first Thanksgiving in America, and why he and his family have much to give thanks for.


Getting Green by Going Green

New America Media, Commentary, Angel Luna, Nov 02, 2007

Though saving the environment is more popular than ever, the stereotypical green movement youth is white and privileged. But one young Mexican American man says he learned to love the earth from his farmer grandparents in Mexico and his sanitation worker family.

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Invisible Fire Victims in the Canyons

Enlace, News Report, Hiram Soto, Translated by Elena Shore, Oct 25, 2007

Farm workers who make camp in a secluded canyon near San Diego were told to evacuate but left with few options of where to go next. Some refuse to leave.

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Mexicans in China - The New 'Model Minority'?

New America Media, Commentary, Miguel A. Diaz, Oct 18, 2007

A Mexican American goes to China and finds himself free from stereotypes of poor illegal immigrants who cannot speak English. In China Mexicans might just be the 'model minority.'

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