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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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Dont Turn Social Security into an Immigration Agency

New America Media, Commentary, Tyler Moran , Apr 24, 2008

The Department of Homeland Security is trying to turn a Social Security Administration benefits program into an immigration enforcement tool.


Immigration Matters: Immigration Laws are Cruel to the Mentally Ill

New America Media, Commentary, Sarah Gillman, Apr 18, 2008

Mentally ill individuals, placed in deportation proceedings, can get completely lost in a system that lacks institutional support.


Big Brother, Can I Work Now?

New America Media, Commentary, Michele Waslin, Apr 10, 2008

The E-Verify program could make American citizens ineligible to work.


Anti-Immigrant Right Played Dirty Against Virtual Deportation Game

New America Media, Commentary, Mallika Dutt , Apr 03, 2008

The furor over a video game meant to highlight lack of due process in detention and deportation underscores how immigrant has become a dirty word.

Sending Boat People Back to Vietnam

New America Media, Commentary/Analysis, Natalie Newton and Angie Junck, Mar 20, 2008

This year, the United States and Vietnam signed a historical agreement to deport Vietnamese immigrants from the United States -- part of a long history of the United States lack of accountability after the Vietnam War, write the commentators.


Immigration Matters: Progressives Fight Back on Immigration

New America Media, News Report, Wendy Sefsaf, Mar 12, 2008

Anti-immigrant measures arent the only immigration laws taking effect in states across the country. They may not make the headlines, but some important work is being done across the country by progressives.


Immigration Matters: Mexican Strawberry Pickers Seek African American Help

New America Media, Commentary, Gerald Lenoir, Ted Quant, Damien Ramos, Feb 28, 2008

Thirty men from Mexico who came to pick strawberries in Louisiana and found themselves in slave-like conditions ended up approaching some African-American activists for help.

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Immigration Reform Takes a Village

New America Media, Commentary, Rich Stolz, Feb 15, 2008

Community organizations across the country are signing a pledge to avoid blaming immigrants and to reject divisiveness.

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Immigration Facts Belie the Rhetoric

New America Media, Commentary, Dowell Myers, Feb 01, 2008

Immigration remains a hot topic, but the rhetoric sometimes masks the actual trends. Below are excerpts from ''Thinking Ahead About Immigration Reform'' by University of Southern California demographer Dowell Myers.


Two American Legacies Hope and Hate

New America Media, Commentary, Janet Murgua, Jan 25, 2008

This was the first year that the annual Birmingham Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast featured a Latino speaker: Janet Murgua, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), who spoke about the connections between the civil rights movement and the immigrant rights movement.

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