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Why is the Arizona Immigration Law a Women's Issue?

June 3, 2010
With the recent passage of possibly the most far-reaching state immigration law in the country, Arizona and the immigrants who live there are on everyone’s minds. Among many extreme policies, the law allows for local law enforcement to detain anyone about whom they have a “reasonable cause” to...

Korean Americans Marching in Solidarity under the Phoenix Sun

June 3, 2010
On April 25, two days after SB 1070 became law, the Korean Resource Center (KRC) and the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) rapidly organized a bus of children, mothers, working people and seniors from Los Angeles to Phoenix. The story of that journey was captured...

Ripping Families Apart

June 3, 2010
At 7am one January morning last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents knocked on Shirley Tan's front door. The agents had come to deport her back to Philippines because her application for asylum, filed years earlier, had been denied. In front of her twin boys, ICE handcuffed her...

CA Budget Update from CIPC

June 2, 2010
Advocates for low-income California immigrants exhaled a temporary sigh of relief as both Assembly and Senate Budget Committees voted to reject the Governor’s short-sighted and damaging proposals to eliminate safety net programs for legal immigrants. Over the past several weeks, Budget Committee...

Victims and Witnesses Are Made Criminals When State and Local Police Enforce Immigration Laws

June 2, 2010
Ri t a Cote tried to do the right thing and ended up in jail because of it. In February 2009, local police arrived at her home in Tavares, Florida in response to a domestic violence call. Rita’s sister Sonia had called the police, alleging that she’d been assaulted by her boyfriend. Rita wanted to...

Arizona's Anti-immigrant Law Does Not Reflect Our Common Values

June 2, 2010
By Victoria L ó pez, Immigrants Rights Advocate, ACLU of Arizona On Saturday tens of thousands of people from all over the country gathered in Phoenix to voice their opposition to S.B. 1070 . On the local news later that evening, a mom who participated in the march pushing a stroller with one of...
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Women's Stake in Fighting Arizona's New Law

June 2, 2010
As the sheriff’s truck followed our van several blocks through Phoenix, I kept thinking what the sight of that vehicle would mean for Silvia or Esperanza or Alejandra or the other women we’d met: Visions of being yanked out of the van and ordered to produce papers. Picturing kids arriving to an...
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Child of Peruvian Immigrants Becomes Symbol of Undocumented

June 1, 2010
Here is yet another story I just spotted for the MomsRising blog carnival. Daisy Cuevas, the 7-year-old girl who got to ask First Lady Michelle Obama a question, has become a symbol for undocumented immigrants in the country. Here is the Associated Press story about it. Cuevas, who attends an...
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Arizona Law an Attack on All Women

May 31, 2010
In addition to the obvious racist and xenophobic implications of the new Arizona immigration law , in addition to the obvious concerns that this unlawful law targets residents based on the hue of their skin and the language on their lips, there is something else that troubles us. SB 1070 is an...
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Working to Keep Immigrant Families Together

May 31, 2010
I know firsthand the struggle and heartbreak immigrant families experience when loved ones are incarcerated. My experience in a U.S. immigration jail led me to dedicate my life to advocating on behalf of this often marginalized community. And while it’s no secret that the U.S. has both the highest...
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