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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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New Americans: A Springboard for Californias Rebound

New America Media, Commentary, Andrea Nill, Mar 05, 2009

The budget crisis in California may make immigrants a scapegoat for the states economic woes.


ICE Program Shifts Immigration Costs, Abuses

New America Media, Commentary, By Aarti Shahani and Judith Greene, Feb 26, 2009

ICE's 287(g) program fuses civil immigration and criminal law, and shifts civil detention costs to local governments.

American Cause

The Return of Immigration As a Wedge Issue

New America Media, Commentary, Angelo Falcn, Feb 17, 2009

Contrary to popular wisdom after the 2008 elections, immigration as a wedge issue can restore Republicans to power, says a new report from The American Cause. But how true is that?

Ice Raids

Immigration Matters: Attorneys Needed to Help Respond to Immigration Raids

New America Media, Commentary, Keith Kamisugi , Feb 12, 2009

The increase in immigration raids over the past year has highlighted the need for attorneys to represent detainees. A new partnership in San Francisco is setting up a rapid response network of immigration attorneys to help immigrants in that situation.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Marches Immigrants Through Public Square

New America Media, Commentary, Douglas Rivlin, Feb 05, 2009

On Wednesday, Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio marched shackled immigrants through the streets of Phoenix as a show of force and to promote his Fox Reality Channel television program.

Ali Noorani

Immigration Reform: Yes we Can?

New America Media, Commentary, Ali Noorani, Jan 27, 2009

A week ago, President Obama signaled a change in discourse with his speech on Inauguration Day. Will that spirit of change extend to the broken immigration system as well?


Chosing Hope Over Fear in Immigration Reform Policy

New America Media, Commentary, Evelyn Sanchez and Angela Chan, Jan 21, 2009

The arrival of the Obama administration heralds a new era in immigration reform policy in San Francisco and the nation.

Immigrant Activists March on ICE on Day After Inauguration

New America Media, News Analysis, Marcelo Ballv, Jan 21, 2009

Immigrant advocates wasted no time in pressing their agenda of reform, organizing a march the day after Pres. Barack Obama's inauguration to counter what they anticipate will be an aggressive campaign by opponents.


Undocumented Students Raise Voices Online for DREAM Act

New America Media, Commentary, Prerna, Jan 15, 2009

The DREAM Act, that would have provided a pathway to permanent residency for undocumented youth who arrived in the U.S. as minors, failed in the Senate in 2007. But a group of students decided to use the Internet and a small mailing list of undocumented youth to lay the groundwork for the next round.


ICE Immigration Raids Waste Time and Money

New America Media, Commentary, Robert Hildreth
, Dec 26, 2008

ICE workplace immigrant raids might round up hundreds of people working illegally in poultry plants but do they justify the $1.6 billion spent on their detention?

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