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My Hope: A Fear-Free Alabama

April 3, 2012
Cross-posted at Huffington Post Latino Voices . I woke up at 3:30 yesterday morning to catch a flight to Birmingham, Alabama. Although I had gotten about 4 hours of sleep, I was full of energy as I prepared to travel with the We Belong Together Women's Human Rights Delegation to Alabama . I have decided to make this journey along with incredible women leaders from across the U.S. to bear witness to how Alabama's anti-immigrant law (HB 56) is affecting women, children, and their families. The National Immigration Law Center has been co-leading litigation efforts challenging anti-immigrant laws...
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What the Youth of Alabama Taught Me

April 3, 2012
Editor's Note: This story originally appeared in First Focus , an advocacy organization for children and families. Last week I had the honor of joining women leaders from around the country as part of the We Belong Together human rights delegation to Alabama, whose recent passage of the most draconian immigration law in the country has resulted in a man-made disaster for communities across the state. HB56 is also the first law that most directly harms children by barring undocumented students from enrolling in public universities and requiring elementary and secondary schools to check and...
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The War on Women and the War on Immigrants Collide

March 28, 2012
A few weeks ago, the right-wing Daily Caller ran a piece with the sensational headline “Transgender hormone treatments, abortion access for detained illegals irks congressman.” It’s about House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith’s opposition to humane treatment of immigrants detained by our government as they fight deportation. Smith, a Republican from Texas, is known for being one of the loudest and most aggressive anti-immigrant voices in Congress. You know what “irks” me? When politicians (or anyone for that matter) play politics with people’s lives. The Obama Administration recently announced...
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Every Day Resistance

March 21, 2012
During the Republican primary in Florida, Mitt Romney announced to an audience that his strategy on immigration was “self-deportation.” Many people in the audience were puzzled, some laughed and others applauded. But what did Romney really mean when he proposed a strategy of self-deportation? Delmy Palencia knows what it means. Self-deportation, both as a policy and in practice, aims to make daily life so unbearable, hostile and painful for immigrants that they will pack up their entire life and family and will flee from their homes and communities. In Delmy’s life, this is what self-...
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Why I Am Joining 'We Belong Together' in Alabama

March 21, 2012
It was only this morning that I learned of Erica Delgado’s story. Erica was an undocumented immigrant in Wyoming who — after being confronted by ICE agents — set fire to her mobile home, killing herself and her 11-year-old daughter. Erica was terrified that she would be separated from her daughter — a U.S.-born citizen — and deported to Mexico where her abusive ex-husband still lived and could find her once again. It was an impossible choice that resulted in unspeakable tragedy. It is because of stories like Erica’s that I will be joining the We Belong Together campaign for the Women’s Human...
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Standing with Women and Children In Alabama

March 21, 2012
On March 21st and 22nd, I will join the We Belong Together Women’s Human Rights Delegation to Alabama to lend a voice for infants and toddlers in these efforts to protect immigrant families. Today in America, over 20% of children under age six have immigrant parents and approximately 93% of those children are U.S. citizens. In fact, children of immigrants are the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. child population, making them integral to the quality of our future. By jeopardizing the happiness of their childhoods and the health of their development, we jeopardize the health and happiness of...
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Uniting Women Leaders in Alabama

March 21, 2012
“HB 56 has devastated our community in many ways,” shared Trini in November at the first organizing training for immigrants living under Alabama’s new anti-immigrant law, considered to be the worst in the nation. “But the worst part is psychological. We used to have a life. We were active in our church, we took our children to soccer practice and music classes, we had a life. But when the law passed, we were reduced to going from home to work or school and back. That’s not living,” she told us. Trini’s words took me back to California 18 years ago, shortly after Proposition 187 was approved...
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On International Women’s Day, Center for American Progress Highlights Roles of Immigrant Women

March 8, 2012
It’s International Women’s Day and one of the most amazing women I know, Angela M. Kelley , is reminding us about the special contributions, insights, and strength of immigrant women. Angie is the Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy at the Center for American Progress (CAP). She and her colleague, Philip E. Wolgin, have just published a new piece entitled “10 Facts You Need to Know about Immigrant Women: They Contribute More than You Realize and Face Dangers You May Be Unaware Of.” It’s well worth a read. They make some important points, like the fact that immigrants are more...
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Time to stop the NYPD's 'stop-and-frisk'

February 20, 2012
Editor's Note: Black History is now! The following post by activist and author Kevin Powell is an example of his ongoing mission to uncover, expose and remedy the still prevalent racism faced by African Americans all over the country. Many civil and human rights were realized through the struggles of the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. However, the ever present issues of police brutality and mass incarceration continue to plague urban and rural communities, with no greater example than the police force of the largest city in America. --M.B. New York City has a very serious...
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"Twilight: New Moon" Director Shows Impact of Anti-Immigrant Law on Alabama Families

February 17, 2012
Last September, a federal court judge allowed a sweeping immigration crackdown law to take effect. That legislation, which was signed into law by Alabama's Governor Robert Bentley in June of 2011, quickly progressed into a unrelenting nightmare for immigrant families living in the state. Many in America had no idea what was happening, and many still don’t. The stories out of Alabama range from sad to scary to completely horrific. Mary Bauer, the legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, reported that a mother in northern Alabama was told she could not attend a book fair at her...
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