02 Aug 2013

Nine DREAMers Detained in Eloy, Arizona

On Monday July 22nd, nine DREAMers, six of whom had been previously deported or had been forced to leave the United States, presented themselves at the Nogales [AZ] port of entry demanding to re-enter the United States on humanitarian parole. Three of the participants had returned to Mexico just a week prior as an act of solidarity with the 1.7 million people deported by the Obama administration.

17 Jul 2013

#BringThemHome: Undocumented Organizers Leave the United States and Plan to Return in an Act of Civil Disobedience

In the first of a series of videos to be released by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), Lizbeth Mateo, an undocumented organizer from California, reveals she has left the United States to see her family in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is the first time she has seen her family in

26 Apr 2013

My Interview With BET

Recently, I was asked to share my story as an undocumented immigrant with Black Entertainment Television (BET). It was a great opportunity to offer my perspective as a black immigrant and to highlight immigration as not just a Latino issue, but rather as an issue that affects many different people.

19 Mar 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee Highlights the Critical Problem of Reducing Family Based Immigration

In response to reports that the Gang of 8, a bipartisan group of senators working on immigration reform, could possibly eliminate family categories for adult married children and siblings of US citizens (F3 and F4 categories respectively) in exchange for more skilled labor, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony to

25 Feb 2013

Glenn Beck Is Not Impressed With WWE’s “Miscasting” of Tea Partiers

It appears that the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has ruffled a few feathers with its new character Zeb Colter. Zeb Colter is a Tea Party inspired Vietnam veteran, terrified of the changing demographics of America, who manages wrestler Jack Swagger. The xenophobic manager often charges “real Americans” to get rid

12 Feb 2013

Will Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bring an End to Operation Streamline?

The Detention Watch Network is launching a campaign urging Congress to bring an end to Operation Streamline.  Started in 2005 under the Bush administration, Operation Streamline funnels migrants that cross the border into the criminal justice system to be prosecuted for immigration related “crimes.” Those apprehended at the border for the first time are prosecuted for

07 Feb 2013

The Congressional Black Caucus Lends Its Voice to the Immigration Debate

On February 4, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) held its first meeting on comprehensive immigration reform. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) made critical points in the meeting that are oftentimes missing from the debate. On these points about the issue of where we can come together and where there are distinctions is

28 Jan 2013

“Gang of 8” Proposal on Immigration is a Major Disappointment

In an weak attempt to preempt the President’s proposal on immigration tomorrow, Washington’s “Gang of 8” held a press conference to unveil their bipartisan proposal for immigration reform. The “Gang of 8” includes Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Flake (R-AZ), Chuck

11 Jan 2013

We can do better than Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) – much better

Last night, the home of Erika Andiola, prominent leader in the migrant justice movement, was raided by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). Her mother,  Maria Arreola and brother Heriberto Andiola Arreola were taken away. Fortunately, both Erika’s mom and brother were released this morning. Erika is known for fearlessly confronting Arizona’s

03 Dec 2012

Enough Is Enough: Occupy Sandy and Pursuing Environmental Justice in Our Most Vulnerable Communites

Marybeth Onyeukwu works for FDL and went to New York to coordinate with OccupySandy organizers.  This is her report. Admittedly, before heading to New York to learn about the OccupySandy relief effort, I did not fully appreciate or understand the Occupy Movement as a whole. All I could glean from the