immigrant rights

“Secure Communities” is an anti-immigrant dragnet

December 2011

Under the Barack Obama administration, immigrant communities are endangered more than ever, with more people deported than under George W. Bush. U.S. Predator drones spy on the Mexican border. Politicians launch multiple attacks on education and health benefits for undocumented workers and their children. And Obama declines to censure officials like Republican state Rep. Virgil… Read more »

Las “Comunidades Seguras” anti-inmigrantes

diciembre de 2011

Bajo el gobierno de Barack Obama, las comunidades de inmigrantes corren más peligro que nunca, ya que se ha deportado a más gente que bajo George W. Bush. Los drones Predator espían la frontera mexicana. Los políticos lanzan múltiples ataques contra la educación y los beneficios para los trabajadores indocumentados y sus hijos. Y Obama… Read more »

DATELINE AUSTRALIA — Racist border war: politicians compete to keep out refugees fleeing war and persecution

December 2011

Jayasaker Jayrathna was a young Tamil refugee, driven to seek asylum due to the brutal suppression of Tamils by the government of Sri Lanka. The 27-year-old, whose mother was murdered by that same government, was in indefinite immigration detention. Although the government recognised Jayrathna as a refugee, it was stalling on his security clearance. In… Read more »

SOAPBOX — Make justice prevail: one Guatemalan woman’s exile saga

February 2012

I am an undocumented worker. I was trained as an accountant, a high school teacher and a psychologist, but that is another lifetime now. In 1995, I left my house and two children in Guatemala and came to the United States on a visitor’s visa with my youngest child. I had been radicalized in the ’70s… Read more »

BOOK EXCERPT: Estamos en la lucha: immigrant women light the fires of resistance

June 2012

While it is true that those victimized by racism and xenophobia are the ones best prepared to deliver the blows against our own oppression, no group can defeat their oppression by themselves. … Revolutionary working class leaders of color, not only immigrants, and especially Black women with their inspiring history of militancy, are essential for… Read more »

Movie reviews: The Visitor, The Intouchables, Amreeka

October 2012

The Visitor (2007, directed by Thomas McCarthy) is a sensitive story of two young, undocumented immigrants in post 9/11 New York. It does a fine job of exposing the human cost of U.S. immigration policies. The movie unfolds as Walter, a burned out college professor finds himself unexpectedly sharing his New York apartment with Tarek… Read more »

El cruel engaño migratorio de Obama

abril de 2013

La contienda entre el presidente Obama y las facciones del Congreso acerca de la reforma migratoria oculta un hecho básico. Ninguno de los planes que se han propuesto ofrece una mejor vida para los trabajadores indocumentados; al contrario, cada uno de ellos incrementaría el terror cotidiano al que se enfrentan estos inmigrantes. Es cierto por… Read more »