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Immigrant Rights

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Recent Hunger Strikes Highlight Need to Improve Detention Centers

New America Media, News Analysis, Marcelo Ballv, Aug 05, 2009

The recent hunger strikes at a Louisiana detention facility show the need to make immigration officials more accountable for the conditions at detention centers, writes NAM's Marcelo Ballv.

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Fearful of Job Loss, Workers Ignore Abuse

New America Media, News Report, Anthony D. Advincula, Aug 03, 2009

An escalating number of workers, at least in New York, aware of their labor rights, choose to bear their harsh working conditions for fear of retaliation and losing their jobs.

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Immigrant Detainees Stage Hunger Strikes in Louisiana

New America Media, News Report, Marcelo Ballv, Aug 01, 2009

Immigrant detainees in prison for immigration violations in Louisiana staged waves of hunger strikes and provided statements to immigrant advocates to gain attention for their complaints. Prison authorities, meanwhile, have been reacting by placing hunger strikers in isolation.

Minnesota Somali Soccer Event Shuts Out Mainstream TV Channel

New America Now Radio, Audio, Odette Keeley, Jul 31, 2009

This week's radio round-up of stories from the ethnic media: Somali soccer organizers in Minnesota shut out a mainstream TV channel; and the Chinese community gets an apology from California.

New Georgia Sheriff Partners with ICE

New America Media, Audio, Odette Keeley, Jul 24, 2009

This week: Atlanta Latino discusses how the new agreement of Gwinnett County, Georgia's Sheriff's Dept. with ICE under the 287(g) program will severely impact undocumented Latinos.

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Professor Gates and Me: Racism vs. Blacks, Filipinos in America

Inquirer.net, Column, Rodel Rodis, Jul 24, 2009

Lawyer and local official Rodel Rodis says Prof. Gates may be discouraged from filing a lawsuit against the police officer who arrested him in his home, because of a circuit court's decision on Rodis's own lawsuit against San Francisco police officers, currently on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Gay Filipino Wins Landmark Asylum Case

Balitang America - The Filipino Channel, News Report, Ging Reyes, North America News Bureau Chief, Jul 17, 2009

Philip Belarmino is the first Filipino to win an asylum case based on sexual orientation. After facing possible deportation for overstaying his visa, he has been allowed by an immigration court to stay in the country for good.

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Filipino Veterans Kept Waiting For Lump Sum Payment

Balitang America - The Filipino Channel, News Report, Henni Espinosa, Jul 13, 2009

After 63 years of waiting for their benefits, Filipino World War II veterans say they are being made to wait again, this time for their lump sum payments.

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Filipino Veterans Reunification Bill Reintroduced in Senate

FilAmStar, News Report, Jun Medina, Jul 02, 2009

Sen. Daniel Akaka has reintroduced a bill that would speed up the reunification of Filipino World War II veterans who have opted for U.S. citizenship with their children seeking to join them in America.

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Obama Launches Immigration Reform Effort, But Lines Are Already Being Drawn

Feet in 2 Worlds, News Analysis, Suman Raghunathan, Jun 27, 2009

Finally, the much-expected meeting on immigration reform between President Barack Obama and lawmakers from both parties took place Thursday. Participating legislators said the president promised to put his energy into moving forward right away. The response from some reform advocates was Game On!

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