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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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IMMIGRATION MATTERS: Defending the Civil Rights of Immigrants

New America Media, Commentary, Maya Harris, Jan 18, 2008

2007 was a grim year for many immigrants with the double whammy of failed comprehensive immigration reform and increased enforcement measures across the country. Maya Harris, executive director of the ACLU of Northern California discusses what's in store for 2008.

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Western Union: Stealing So Much More Than Money

New America Media, News Report, Francis Calpotura, Dec 21, 2007

This week was International Migrants Day. Migrants send home $300 billion in remittances worldwide but the fees charged by companies like Western Union to transfer those remittances are too onerous say some immigrant rights organizations.

Hate Groups Hijack Immigration Debate

New America Media, Commentary, Mark Potok, Dec 13, 2007

This week the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) was classified as a hate group. The immigration debate has proven to be a fertile ground for skyrocketing numbers of hate groups looking to spread their racist beliefs under the guise of immigration reform, writes the commentator.

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How I Became an Illegal Immigrant

New America Media, Commentary, Supna Patel, Dec 06, 2007

She thought she was following all the regulations and helping her adopted country by teaching science in inner city schools. But this Indian woman found she had turned into an illegal immigrant without even realizing it.

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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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Congress Hears About Inadequate Health Care for Detained Immigrants

New America Media, Commentary, Tom Jawetz, Nov 01, 2007

Immigration and Customs Enforcement detains nearly 300,000 people each year, approximately one quarter of whom are identified as suffering from some chronic health condition. Yet recent reports confirm that there are nationwide problems with medical care in detention.

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No Reprieve for South Asians from Post-9/11 Detentions

New America Media, News Analysis, Deepa Iyer, Oct 04, 2007

The fear of possible detention and eventual deportation looms large in the minds of many immigrants in America today.

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Why Many Immigrants Say 'We Are All Elvira' Now

New America Media, Commentary, Larisa Casillas , Sep 27, 2007

Elvira Arellano has captured the imagination of many immigrants, mostly Latino and Mexican, because her story is so typical.

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The DREAM Act Needs Your Call Now

New America Media, Commentary, Rich Stolz, Sep 20, 2007

The Senate is getting ready to debate the DREAM Act which would help undocumented students earn a path to citizenship through higher education or military service. The bill has bipartisan support but needs all the help it can get.

Immigration Raids Echo History of African Americans

New America Media, Commentary, Jean Damu, Sep 13, 2007

Raids on undocumented workers today are nothing new for African Americans, who saw raids on their own population more than 150 years ago.

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