On Friday morning (February 17th), hundreds of people rallied and marched with workers recently fired from Pacific Steel in Berkeley after a federal immigrations crackdown on their workplace. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents audited their factory in December and demanded the firing of all workers without social security numbers.
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I feel that if I do, I'll end up with a reverse pressure to break them. If I commit to reading more, I would end up not picking up a book, or if I commit to eating healthier, I would end up having a cake for breakfast. So for many years now, I look into the New Year with a sort of
On this day, in 1954, Ellis Island closed its doors after processing over 12 million new immigrants to the United States under the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue and the Island are now monuments to the 'open arms' that America gave to people from across the globe dreaming of a better life. Folks landing in New York, especially those with few financial resources, went through a very involved examination process to check their medical and legal status.
A growing movement of people committed to justice are joining the efforts to resist the racist immigration law passed in Arizona. The passage of SB 1070 by Governor Brewer sparked national outrage, catalyzing forward motion for immigrant rights and lending a sense of urgency to stop the hate and terrorizing of immigrants and people of color.
By now, we have all heard the news of the passing of SB1070 in Arizona- a new state law that makes racial profiling a frontline tactic for law enforcement. The premise of the bill requires police officers to demand documentation from anyone whom they reasonably suspect might be undocumented. Just the use of the word "reasonable" should give us pause -- its easily one of the slipperiest slopes in leading toward the deterioration and abuse of human rights.