Most of what we think about Mexican immigration is wrong. If Congress had done nothing to secure the border over the last two decades — if it had just left the border alone — there might be as many as 2 million fewer Mexicans living in the United States today, Massey believes....
“Not only was the militarization of the border not a success,” Massey argues, “it backfired in the sense that it transformed what had been a circular migration of male workers to three states [California, Texas, and Illinois] into a much larger, settled population of families living in 50 states.”
posted by caddis
on Apr 25, 2012 -
In 2005, Manuel Bravo, 35, walked to a stairwell of the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Center carrying a bedsheet. He hung himself. The note he left indicated that he had done it so that his son, Antonio Bravo, 13, could remain in the United Kingdom to be educated.
The pair were to be deported back to war-torn Angola the next day, where they alleged that they had been victims of abuse by the ruling party. Now, Antonio is 19, training to be an electrician, speaking in Yorkshire dialect, no longer speaks his native Porteguese, and will be deported back to Angola if his humanitarian visa is not extended. "My family, they're English," he said, referring to the Beaumonts (his adoptive family). "Britain, that's my culture." [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers
on Aug 27, 2011 -
This year Georgia (US state) passed an Arizona-style law to make life and employment harder on its undocumented immigrants, including about 425,000 agricultural workers. In the spring, farmers argued
that they would be unable to recruit new workers on time for the summer harvest with a sudden change in policy. Surprisingly, the Obama administration did not step in
to block the law taking effect. The result
is an estimated 46% of farms without enough workers and $300M of crops rotting in the fields. Georgia's govenor is shocked
posted by a robot made out of meat
on Jun 23, 2011 -
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently decided that the state would not participate in a federal program to deport illegal immigrants accused of crimes. Several Republican state Representatives have been very vocal about opposing Patrick's decision. One is Ryan Fattman
(really), who says that all
illegal immigrants should be deported. When asked if a woman who was raped and beaten on the street should fear deportation, Fattman replied
, "“My thought is that if someone is here illegally, they should be afraid to come forward." [more inside]
posted by waitingtoderail
on Jun 11, 2011 -
Handwritten 1961 memo in father's immigration file notes Obama born in Hawaii.
"Documents obtained from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service through a Freedom of Information Act request offer evidence that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. A memo dated Aug. 31, 1961 from William Wood of Immigration and Naturalization Services indicates that Barack Obama, Sr., was attending the University of Hawaii on a student visa and that a son, Barack Obama, II, was born in Honolulu on Aug, 8, 1961." [Image of Memo]
posted by Fizz
on Apr 27, 2011 -
of international adoptions, from the superlative Schuster Institute
for Investigative Journalism. The site contains an amazing amount of information about corruption in international adoption in countries like Nepal
posted by the young rope-rider
on Apr 19, 2011 -
Texas Republicans have been turning against the ideas on immigration supported by George W. Bush
, who actively courted Latino voters in his 1998 gubenertorial election campaign
), and in his two presidential election campaigns
. In 2010, some 12,000 Republican delegates came together
, many proposing new directions on immigration reform. By January 2011, there were more than three dozen immigration-related bills filed
, a number of them creating heated debates. By the of March, there were nearly 100 immigration bills written or filed
, some with serious loopholes
. (Rep. Debbie Riddle, previously
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 30, 2011 -
Copycat of Arizona's immigration status bill
has passed the Mississippi Senate by a vote of 34-15. The difference here is that there is a precondition with the immigration status check. Though selection cannot be based on race, color, or country of origin but ability to English can cast enough suspicion to warrant a check on immigration status.
posted by azileretsis
on Jan 20, 2011 -
What does it mean to be Canadian? It isn't about an ethnicity, a religion, a language, or a shared heritage or history. From CBC's Ideas
comes the two-part radio documentary, Being Canadian
. "From east to west, public intellectuals and private citizens (both new and old Canadians), tell film-maker Sun-Kyung (Sunny) Yi about the concerns, the questions, and the challenges of living together in a multicultural and diverse society." It is also the story of how and why a Korean family became Canadian, first in the law, and then in their hearts.
posted by Hildegarde
on Dec 29, 2010 -
Objects Through Time
tells the story of immigration and the changing ethnic diversity of New South Wales, Australia through "movable heritage
" - that is, artifacts and objects with historical resonance. While almost ignoring 50,000 years of aboriginal occupation, the site does a nice job of both familiar topics through a fresh lens (e.g., Captain Cook's "secret instructions
"), but also takes pains to look at those lesser known topics which may be more accessible through material culture than through texts. [more inside]
posted by Rumple
on Sep 14, 2010 -
On July 28, Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton
issued an injunction
(link to pdf of court order) blocking several portions
of the recent immigration bill SB1070,
which was passed on April 23. (Previously on Metafilter.)
Among other provisions, the bill would have allowed Arizona police officers to demand proof of immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally pursuant to a legal police stop.
Most importantly, the federal ruling blocked the portion of the law that would have allowed police officers to demand proof of legal status. Opponents
of the law, who had already planned demonstrations yesterday, the first day the law was set to take effect, reportedly view the ruling as a victory, though partial and perhaps temporary.
Proponents of the law
are predictably unhappy
with the ruling, and react with disappointment.
posted by diocletian
on Jul 30, 2010 -
"In our need to restore our sense of self-control are we actually going to reward politicians who are not working to bring us together, but instead are forsaking America's beautiful 234-year history of diversity?" Another Op-Ed from a national newspaper? No, it's the note from Bill
in this month's Penzeys Spices catalog
(.pdf), introducing a new blend called Arizona Dreaming
, which combines the flavors of South of the Border "in ways Americans love so much."
posted by JoanArkham
on Jul 22, 2010 -
Tucson's own Calexico
has made one of their concerts available
(Nuremberg 2009) for streaming and downloading. Calexico's Joey Burns has also been very busy lately with Artists For Action
, an Arizona organization that is actively speaking out against
AZ's controversial SB 1070. Calexico has a history
of hosting benefit concerts in support of various border issues. [via]
posted by .kobayashi.
on Jul 20, 2010 -