immigrant rights

Report from the northern front: Northwest Border Patrol checkpoints stir uproar

December 2008

The clamor started in June. A ferry worker supported by his union, the Inland Boatmen’s Union, blew the whistle on immigration agents who tried to enlist workers to spy on passengers in Washington state. Two months later, the Border Patrol, aided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), set up checkpoints on the Olympia Peninsula. The… Read more »

Defying the Border Patrol bullies

February 2009

People are mad as hell about Border Patrol checkpoints that have invaded the inland U.S. Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the immigrant-hassling agency now claims jurisdiction over 100 miles inside every border. Empowered by its overseer, the Homeland Security Department, the Border Patrol (BP) now has the authority to impede, even terrify, two-thirds of… Read more »

Responding to the crisis: Protest sweeps Europe

April 2009

Furious resistance to paying for the current economic meltdown is spreading across Europe. In country after country, workers are marching, striking, occupying plants and sometimes rioting. Their message to an apprehensive ruling class is not subtle. “We refuse to pay the price of a catastrophe we did nothing to create.” Workers and students in Greece,… Read more »

Inmigrantes haitianos en la República Dominicana

agosto de 2009

A continuación se encuentra una selección de un artículo de Hugo Cedeño, miembro fundador de la Liga Socialista de los Trabajadores (LST), profesor de sociología de la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, y antiguo presidente de su federación de profesores.   En la década de 1920, se incrementó la migración haitiana a la República Dominicana… Read more »

Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic

August 2009

Below is an excerpt from an article by Hugo Cedeño, a founding member of the Socialist Workers League (LST), a sociology professor at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, and former president of its federation of professors.   In the 1920s, Haitian migration to the Dominican Republic increased due to a boom in the sugarcane… Read more »

New president, old immigration policy

October 2009

Some prominent immigrant rights organizations sincerely hoped that electing Obama would turn things around for immigrants. But those hopes were misplaced. Obama’s policies mirror those of his predecessors: more raids, detentions, and deportations; more roadblocks to citizenship; and more pandering to the right wing. Fortunately, though, the cause of immigrants rights is still alive at… Read more »

“Reforma” migratoria — los anteproyectos federales ameritan más protestas que la ley racista de Arizona

junio de 2010

En abril, Arizona aprobó su discriminatoria ley de migración SB 1070 y 20 días después prohibió los estudios étnicos en las escuelas. Desde entonces se ha producido un pandemonio. El anteproyecto del Senado 1070 exige que la policía determine la condición migratoria de cualquiera que “sospeche” de no tener papeles. Esto lógicamente provoca que la… Read more »

Federal immigration “reform” deserve same protests as racist Arizona law

June 2010

Arizona passed its discriminatory immigration law SB 1070 in April, and 20 days later banned ethnic studies in schools. Since then all hell has broken loose. Senate Bill 1070 requires police to determine the immigration status of anyone they “suspect” lacks legal standing. This guarantees that people of color and those with Spanish accents will… Read more »

Countering tea party arguments: Quick answers to main questions

June 2010

With trillions of tax dollars going to corporate bailouts, millions of people losing homes and housing, and sky-high unemployment, there’s good reason to be angry. Recent polls report that most people think the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction. But what’s the right direction? Tea party protesters get exhaustive media coverage on their replies…. Read more »

Obama visit draws ire of immigrants and others

October 2010

Local immigrant right’s organizations, angry over the increase in deportations under the Obama administration, organized hundreds to protest the president’s visit to Seattle on Aug. 17. The multiracial crowd of immigrants, unionists, feminists, progressives, and leftists easily outnumbered tea party supporters by at least 4 to 1. Demands on Obama included a call to overturn… Read more »