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Special Project | Immigration Reform: Week of September 23

  • "Show me a thirty foot high wall and I'll show you a thirty-one foot long ladder." --Molly Ivins
  • 10 New items including:
    • Distress spreads in Arizona over “Show-your-papers” law, Natasha Lennard Salon
    • Immigrant rights activists prepare concerned citizens now that SB 1070 is in effect
    • http://www.salon.com/2012/09/21/distress_spreads_in_azover_show_your_pap...
    • Police in legal minefield on Arizona  immigration law,
    • Federal Court Blocks Most of Georgia and Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Laws
    • Excluding Outsiders or Coming Together for the Common Good?
    • Obama Memo Deferring Some Deportations Not a Victory For Latinos, Immigrants or Human Rights
    • Justice Dept. Sues Arizona Sheriff Arpaio for Civil Rights Violations
    • Border Patrol chief unveils new plan to address illegal immigration
    • Two Immigrants Killed in Ambush by Arizona Gunmen
    • Arizona's Immigration Legislation Undermines Christian Values
    • The Facts Behind the Government’s New ‘Hospitality’ Guidelines for Immigrant Detainee

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Distress spreads in Arizona over “Show-your-papers” law, Natasha Lennard, Salon
Immigrant rights activists prepare concerned citizens now that SB 1070 is in effect

Police in legal minefield on Arizona  immigration law, Jacques Billeaud and Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press / Huffington Post

  • Since it overwhelmingly passed Arizona's Republican-controlled Legislature in 2010, the immigration law has been fiercely challenged in court.
  • Immigrants prove big business for prison companies

Court Blocks Most of Georgia and Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Laws, Southern Poverty Law Center
"We are pleased that this ruling has sent a strong message to Alabama and other states that they cannot enact hate-filled laws to try to drive an entire class of people from their borders," said Mary Bauer, legal director for the SPLC.

Excluding Outsiders or Coming Together for the Common Good? Robert Reich, Huffington Post
What's the True Meaning of Patriotism?

Obama Memo Deferring Some Deportations Not a Victory For Latinos, Immigrants or Human Rights, Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report

  • Is this really a victory for all immigrants or just those on the way to college and the military?
  • Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act!

Justice Dept. Sues Arizona Sheriff Arpaio for Civil Rights Violations, Editorial Staff, Common Dreams

  • The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it is suing Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for civil rights violations and fostering discrimination against Latinos.
  • Border Patrol chief unveils new plan to address illegal immigration

David Fitzsimmons

Border Patrol chief unveils new plan to address illegal immigration, Liz Goodwin, The Lookout

  • Agents will more proactively communicate with people who live on the border, teaching them how to spot suspicious activity and potential drug runners. The Border Patrol will also increase the use of unmanned aircraft and helicopter flights to help it spot illegal activity.
  • Two Immigrants Killed in Ambush by Arizona Gunmen

Two Immigrants Killed in Ambush by Arizona Gunmen, Mike Ludwig, Truthout
Two people were killed on Sunday night (April 8) when 'an unknown number of subjects in camouflage clothing armed with rifles' ambushed a truck carrying 20 to 30 undocumented immigrants near the southern Arizona town of Eloy' ...
The attack comes as the Arizona legislature is considering a bill that would create a volunteer, state-sponsored and fully armed militia to aid the Border Patrol along the United States-Mexico border. Militia members would be able to pursue, arrest and detain individuals.


Arizona's Immigration Legislation Undermines Christian Values, Jim Wallis, Huffington Post
Immigration is not just a Latino issue -- it is a Christian and a moral issue. We are a nation of immigrants and our diversity is a strength, not a weakness. There are deeper values and commitments that bind us together than our ethnic background or country of origin.

The Facts Behind the Government’s New ‘Hospitality’ Guidelines for Immigrant Detainees, Cora Currier, ProPublica
The administration has continued a policy begun under President George W. Bush in which asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants are detained until their court dates. Arrests and deportations have risen steadily since Obama took office.