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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 number of people in prison and the highest rate of arrests in the world, very little attention is paid to the high number of children who end up alone as a result—and even less to the children of incarcerated immigrants. Without parental guidance and emotional support, children with imprisoned...
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Immigration Enforcement and Family Separation: Unintended Consequences for Children and Families

May 29, 2010
Children of immigrants currently comprise nearly 1 in 4 of all U.S. children. It is estimated that more than 5 million of these children, the majority of whom are native-born U.S. citizens, live in mixed-status families with one or more undocumented parent. While the debate over comprehensive immigration reform has often overlooked these citizen children, inaction on immigration reform and ongoing enforcement measures are having a significant impact on thousands of America’s most vulnerable children. Immigration enforcement activities by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and...
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Writings on Human Rights for Moms, Kids, Families & Current Immigration Law Enforcement Practices

May 29, 2010
Welcome to the MomsRising blog carnival about the human and civil rights impacts of current immigration law enforcement practices on children, mothers, and families. Our goal is to facilitate an online conversation on this topic by bringing together the voices of many people together in one online venue. We thank the many bloggers who are contributing original posts to this blog carnival. We are also cross posting, and gathering links from, other eloquent blogs found across the web. Browse through this carnival – you’ll find a wide range of blogs from personal stories to policy analysis, from...
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Letter From Immigrant Mothers in Phoenix

May 29, 2010
Phoenix, Arizona, May 25, 2010 I write on behalf of Latina immigrant mothers in Arizona, to share their experiences under the current anti-immigrant onslaught. I am a sociologist who has conducted research in the Phoenix area for over a decade, and therefore have followed events that affect immigrant families for a while. I have interviewed hundreds of immigrants and have conversed with many more over the years, and I can see that the particular climate of anti-immigrant sentiment we see today is exceptional. On May 2, the weekend before Mother’s Day, a group of Latina immigrant mothers met...

We Need to Dump the Word "Illegal"

May 29, 2010
Cross posted from TruthOut The owner of Mulligans, a watering hole popular with middle-aged white men in Cobb County, Georgia, regularly updates his marquee to comment on current events. Here is what's up today: HELL YEH, ARIZONA. SEND THEM WETBACKS HOME! ANCHOR BABIES & ALL! IF U CAN'T FEED UM DON'T BREED UM! The local news station reporting on the sign bleeped out the offensive term. As they should have, wetback being an ugly racial slur. But there is a word more commonly used and much more damaging to immigrants and Latinos: illegal . We need to stop using it ourselves, and demand that...

A Salvadoran Immigrant Story

May 29, 2010
Countless demonstrations have taken place in a national effort to bring attention to the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act , also known as The Dream Act. In solidarity with the Dream Act, and the countless students who would benefit from this legislation, I share with you my own journey from a small country in Central America to the vast urban jungle of Los Angeles. From 1980 - 1992, my country of origin, El Salvador, was deeply entangled in a civil war. Financially supported by the U.S. government under President Carter and President Reagan, the Salvadoran government was...

MANA Calls For Immigration Reform to Protect Children and Families

May 29, 2010
There is no doubt that the issue of Comprehensive Immigration Reform is complicated. It is about land resources; securing our borders, north and south; managing our country's abilities to progress; and, it is especially about how we as a country value our human resources. In practice, the issues in Arizona are not new to the millions of Mexican Americans whose families have lived in the southwest since it was part of Mexico and before the territory became part of the United States. Neither is it new for Mexican Americans to be terrorized by those who think they have ownership of the United...

The DREAM Act: Securing America’s Future in Education

May 29, 2010
What is the DREAM act? The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (S. 729), introduced by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), is bi-partisan legislation that provides certain immigrant students who grew up in the U.S. with increased access to higher education and an earned pathway to obtaining legal status. The companion bill in the House of Representatives is the American Dream Act (H.R. 1751) and was introduced by Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). The bill was re-introduced in March 2009...
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The Story Behind My Film "Entre Nos"

May 29, 2010
I remember the unrelenting hope my mother gave our family; hope from a woman who dreamt for a better life for her family. Twenty years ago, my mother Liliana immigrated came to the United States with nothing but dreams for her and for her family. But her strength and hope helped us overcome hardship. My name is Paola Mendoza and because of my mother’s dream and hard work, I grew up to realize my dream of becoming a filmmaker and an actor. My mom’s story is the inspiration behind my new film, Entre Nos , which I’ve dedicated to her and to all mothers who dream of making a better life for their...
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Movie Review: La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon)

May 29, 2010
Here's my most important advice should you see this film: Bring Kleenex. So I like a good tearjerker as much as the next gal, but I really thought my sobbing-at-the-movies days were far behind me. After all, I'm no longer a melodramatic teenager...I'm a grown-ass woman! But when a movie revolves around the painful, wrenching separation of a mother from her son and his against-all-odds Dickensian quest to reunite with her, all bets are off. The Mexican film La Misma Luna is the story of 9-year-old Carlitos, played by the astonishing Adrian Alonso. His mother Rosario (famed telenovela actress...