Posts Tagged ‘immigrant’

Immigration Reform Won’t Solve The GOP’s Huge Problem With Minorities

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

(Business Insider) In the wake of Mitt Romney's defeat, many Republicans are embracing immigration reform. But the GOP's minority problem runs deeper than a single issue.




As the GOP picks up the pieces from a shattering election defeat, one clear lesson has emerged:The party must win over Latinos, a fast-growing demographic that swung heavily toward President Obama. Latinos were turned off by the GOP's hardline stance on illegal immigration, with Mitt Romney promising a strict enforcement policy that would encourage Latinos to "self-deport" and rejecting a Democratic proposal to provide a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants. As a result, party elders are nowfalling over themselves to urge the GOP to compromise with Democrats on an immigration reform package. Even strident voices in the conservative infotainment circus, such as Sean Hannity, have suddenly dropped their previous objections to giving immigrants "amnesty." 

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Dozens demonstrate against immigration crackdown in Detroit

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

(Detroit Free Press) Dozens of families marched 4 miles from Clark Park to President Barack Obama's Detroit campaign office Saturday to protest what they call harassment and terror tactics by U.S. immigration officers in Latino-populated parts of southwest Detroit.

Prompted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions last week that included the questioning and detaining of Latino parents before and after dropping children off at local schools like Cesar Chavez Academy, the group called Saturday for Obama to curtail what they described as racial profiling.

"Cesar Chavez is a pillar of the community," said Joyce Schon, a lawyer who represents BAMN, the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights By Any Means Necessary. "This is just wrong."

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Study Examines College Experience of Immigrants, Offspring

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012


(WNYC) A new national study may yield some clues about how immigrant and second generation Americans differ from all other undergraduates, and from each other, when they get to college.

The study (PDF) for the U.S. government's National Center for Education Statistics examined students from six states including New York, where 35 percent of college students were either first- or second-generation immigrants.

The foreign-born population in the U.S tripled between 1970 and 2007. A little more than a quarter of all adults aged 25 and older had bachelor's degrees in 2007, regardless of whether or not they were foreign born. But 44 percent of foreign-born? adults had enrolled in college compared to 56 percent of the U.S. born population.

Among undergraduates who were born abroad or whose parents were immigrants, the dominant ethnic groups are Hispanics and Asians.

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How Arizona law hurts Hispanic citizens

Thursday, June 28th, 2012


(CNN Op-Ed, Ruben Navarette) First, here's what Arizona got wrong: Once upon a time, some lawmakers there decided that the state had a problem with illegal immigrants — most of whom are Hispanic. So they drafted a sweeping law that wound up inconveniencing, singling out and foisting second-class citizenship upon all Hispanics, including those who were born in the United States.

They are the real injured party in the Arizona drama. In its decision on Arizona's immigration law this week, the Supreme Court almost set things right. In a split decision, it struck down three parts of the law, but unfortunately it let stand the worst part, and it is U.S.-born Hispanics who could bear the brunt of the law for many years to come.

For one thing, there are more of them than there are illegal immigrants. Many of the state's illegal immigrants have already left — gone to New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas and other more welcoming locales. Besides, U.S.-born Hispanics are not in hiding. They're out and about, living their lives as they have every right to do — and coming into contact with police.

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Hispanic leaders demand Arpaio quit

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

(UPI) Hispanic leaders in Phoenix say Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio should resign following a court ruling that his officers engage in racial profiling.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow also said in his decision Friday that being in the United States illegally is not grounds for arrest.

Antonio Bustamente of Los Abogados, the Arizona Hispanic Bar Association, called Snow's ruling "monumentally important," The Arizona Republic reported. Bustamente appeared with other leaders at a news conference Monday at the El Portal restaurant in Phoenix.

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Hispanic bishops letter offers sympathy to illegal immigrants

Friday, December 16th, 2011

(Reuters) The nation's 33 Hispanic Roman Catholic Bishops released on Monday a strongly worded "letter to immigrants" suggesting illegal immigrants deserve thanks from Americans, and calling for "denunciation of the forces which oppress them."

The bishops have come out in support of comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants before, as they do again in the letter, but it uses stronger language and goes further in offering support to undocumented immigrants.

The letter was released by San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, the highest ranking Mexican-Americans in the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.

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Are Latinos Assimilating Or Is America Assimilating To Them?

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

(Huffington Post) For many immigrants arriving in the U.S., maintaining ties with their countries and cultures is becoming easier. Their countries, it seems, are coming straight to their doorstep.

Increasingly, Hispanics "have access to their cultural heritage and language through product and service offerings that are targeted to the Latino community," according to Hispanic Research Inc.

Take Pizza Patron, a new Mexican-themed pizza joint opening up in Fresno, California. "From the colorful decor to some of the pizza ingredients, which include Mexican-style chorizo sausage, Pizza Patron is committed to serving the Hispanic market," according to an article by The Business Journal.

Since 2007 all Pizza Patron restaurants accept Mexican Pesos (bills only) as payment. The Dallas-based pizzeria seeking to open franchises in predominantly Hispanic communities throughout the nation and hire bilingual managers and sales teams.

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Test fails to replace immigrant laborers with U.S. citizens in Alabama

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

(Boston Herald) Jerry Spencer had an idea after Alabama’s tough new law against illegal immigration scared Hispanic workers out of the tomato fields northeast of Birmingham: Recruit unemployed U.S. citizens to do the work, give them free transportation and pay them to pick the fruit and clean the fields.

After two weeks, Spencer said Monday, the experiment is a failure. Jobless resident Americans lack the physical stamina and the mental toughness to see the job through, he said, and there’s not much of a chance a new state program to fill the jobs will fare better.

Gov. Robert Bentley has called such claims "almost insulting" to Alabamians. The new program has signed up about 200 people who want to work, but so far only one employer has sought one worker, the administration said.

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Immigration law may dent Alabama economy

Monday, October 10th, 2011

(Seattle Times) Alabama's strict new immigration law may be backfiring. Intended to force illegal workers out of jobs, it is also driving away many construction workers, roofers and field hands here legally who do backbreaking jobs that Americans generally won't.

The vacancies have created a void that will surely deal a blow to the state's economy and could slow the rebuilding of Tuscaloosa and other tornado-damaged cities.

Employers believe they can carry on because of the dismal economy, but when things do turn around, they worry there won't be anyone around to hire.

Many legal Hispanic workers are fleeing the state because their family and friends don't have the proper papers and they fear they will be jailed.

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Feds government asks appeals court to stop immigration law

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

(Gadsden Times) The federal government asked an appeals court Friday to stop Alabama officials from enforcing a strict immigration law that has already driven Hispanic students from public schools and migrant workers from towns, warning that it opens the door to discrimination against even legal residents.

The Department of Justice's filing to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said the law, considered by many to be the most stringent immigration measure in the country, could cause considerable fallout as immigrants flee to other states or their native countries.

A coalition of advocacy groups also filed a separate appeal Friday that claims the law has thrown Alabama into “chaos” and left some Hispanics too afraid to go to their jobs and reluctant to send their kids to school.

The court signaled in an order Friday that it wouldn't decide whether to halt the law until it reviews more arguments from both sides next week. The state must file a brief by Tuesday, and the government must respond by Wednesday. After that, the court could decide whether to intervene by issuing a preliminary injunction.

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