Rape in the Fields
is a Frontline documentary that explores the persistent allegations that female agricultural workers in the U.S. are frequently sexually assaulted and harassed by supervisors who exploit their (often undocumented) immigrant status
. Victims typically do not seek help from US law enforcement, either out of fear that they will be fired, deported or worse, or from a lack of understanding of U.S. law. Reviews: Popmatters
. NY Times [more inside]
"Chinatown" communities across the United States (New York
, Los Angeles
, San Francisco
) are undergoing a shift in linguistic identity, as recent immigrants are more likely to natively speak Mandarin (the official spoken language
of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan,) instead of Cantonese. [more inside]
The president of The University of Texas at Brownsville
has refused to sign a right of entry request granting access to surveyors planning the U.S./Mexico border fence. This comes shortly after Cameron County
landowners were forced to allow the government access
to their land. Meanwhile, landowners in Hidalgo
County are filing the next wave of lawsuits.
I was a slave in Puglia.
A long first-person exposé, in English, about immigrant slave labor in Italy, from Fabrizio Gatti writing in the Italian newspaper L'Espresso
. "I can hire you. Tomorrow," he promises. "Do you have a girl friend?" "A girlfriend?" "You have to bring me a woman. For the boss. If you bring him one, he'll put you to work right away. Any girl will do." He points to a twenty year-old woman and her companion, working on the conveyor belt of a huge tractor that is being used to gather tomatoes. "Those two are Romanians, just like you. She slept with the boss." "But I'm alone." "No work for you then." Photo galleries
. Italian version
(includes additional sidebars not found in the English version, including local and government reaction to the exposé and more photo galleries under the sidebar "Reportage Fotografico.")
For 30 days, we're going to shut down that illegal alien smuggling alley
Ok, probably not; but when the War on Terror™ doesn't seem to include our own borders, what else is a citizen to do? The President has this take:
"I'm against vigilantes in the United States of America," Mr. Bush said at a joint press conference
. "I'm for enforcing the law in a rational way."
Is the Minute Man project irrational? When the government refuses to put troops on the borders or even beef up the current border patrol, what are the available options?
Benefit Concert: Calexico in Calexico.
The band Calexico
will play for the first time ever in the City of Calexico
July 9th in a benefit concert promoting border crossing death
awareness. Since the U.S. Border Patrol
began to document these deaths in 1999, over 2000 illegal immigrants have died
in search of a new life in the United States. Calexico, formed by Joey Burns and John Convertino, will donate all proceeds to a non-profit organization
Deserts are dry? Sue.
"The families of 11 immigrants who died [while] illegally crossing into Arizona from Mexico have filed a $41 million claim against two federal agencies, saying the government's refusal to put water out in the desert contributed to the migrants' deaths." Do they have a case?
Cybracero: Wave of the future
. No longer will immigrants have to cross borders to do manual labor thanks to this visionary and exciting technology. Telerobotics mean that manual labor from 3rd world countries can now do their work from home! Check out the video and technology pages for examples of how this revolutionary idea will change the world!
Immigrants should have to swear an oath of allegiance to show their "clear primary loyalty" to Britain
This is the conclusion of a report looking into this summer's race riots. From the story:
The report suggests that an oath of national allegiance on the Canadian model might help future race relations.
The report says that a quarter of places in single faith schools, be they state or private, should be given to children of alternative backgrounds as a way of bridging the divide.
What fresh madness is this?
Life of some immigrants, after 9.11.
As you might imagine, it just sucks. For more proof, just ask these Israeli Jews
. Should immigrants just get used to it, or will things get back to normal, eventually?
In the desert on the U.S.-Mexico border, charity becomes political protest
as humanitarian groups seek to put hundreds of gallons of water in the form of "watering stations" -- a few gallons of water and a blue flag -- on federal, military, private, and Indian lands.