Obama’s Fake Immigration Reform

By JOHN ORLAND The Great Deporter’s new executive order for a “sweeping overhaul of the immigration system” deserves no praise. If there is anything “sweeping” about President Obama’s immigration policy, it is his six years of deporting 2.4 million immigrants, his repeated lies regarding his so-called legal incapacity to issue presidential executive orders to mitigate…

Fast food strikers say: $15 and a union!

The web newsletter, “Anticapitalisme et Revolution,” which represents a current in the French New Anticapitalist Party (NPA), recently interviewed Socialist Action member Ann Montague in regard to the growing movement in the United States for a minimum wage of $15.. The interview appears below. The French-language version can be found at: http://anticapitalisme-et-revolution.blogspot.fr/2014/09/nous-sommes-un-mouvement-maintenant.html Anticapitalisme et Revolution:…

Children trapped at the border

By LISA LUINENBURG Since October 2013, about 57,000 unaccompanied children from Central America have been apprehended crossing the border into the United States. This number jumped 159% between 2011 and 2013, and the total number of children caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this year is expected to reach 74,000. Most of these children come from…

Immigrants say: Stop deportations!

By LISA LUINENBURG President Obama stated in a recent speech on immigration reform, “Real reform means stronger border security, and we can build on the progress my administration has already made, putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40…

Thousands march for immigrant rights

By LISA LUINENBURG On Oct. 5, thousands of immigrants in 40 states marched in support of the comprehensive immigration reform bill that has been sitting stagnant in Congress since this spring. The marches were part of a National Day of Dignity and Respect, which was endorsed by religious groups, NGO-type groups such as Presente.org and…

Immigrants need legalization without chains

By LISA LUINENBURG Millions of undocumented immigrants and their families, friends, and allies waited with bated breath for the unveiling of the new proposal for Comprehensive Immigration Reform on Tuesday, April 16. Despite high hopes, the new bill includes many draconian provisions, such as more militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border, new guest-worker programs and biometric…

Local officials join crackdown on immigrants

By DANIEL ADAM HARTFORD—Josemaria Islas is facing deportation. A resident of New Haven, Conn., Islas was arrested last July 2 for attempted bicycle theft. There was absolutely no evidence for the charge. The accuser could not identify Islas, and never lost possession of his bike. Islas’ defense even produced evidence that he was at work and…

Obama ‘gives relief’ to immigrants; Court upholds AZ ‘papers’ law

<!–[if !mso]><![endif]–> Two major policy changes affecting undocumented immigrants and the struggle for immigrant rights have recently been announced.           First, in a clear bid for Latino votes as the November presidential election approaches, President Obama announced on June 15 that the Department of Homeland Security will stop deporting certain “low priority” undocumented youth and…

U.S. Justice Dept. charges Arizona sheriff with discrimination against immigrants

On Dec. 15, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Customs and Enforcement announced they would be canceling Maricopa County’s 287(g) agreement and restricting the Arizona county’s access to the Secure Communities program. This decision was based on findings by the U.S. Department of Justice that the sheriff’s office had been engaging in unconstitutional…

Alabama passes harsh law restricting immigrant rights

Following in the footsteps of states like Arizona, Georgia, Utah, and Indiana, Alabama has become the fifth state to pass harsh anti-immigrant laws within the last year. HB 56, also known as the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, was passed into law on June 9. However, Alabama is the first state where some…

Gunfire in Tucson

by George Shriver TUCSON, Ariz. —This state has become a symbol of hatred, intolerance, bigotry, and violence—especially after the signing of the Arizona Senate Bill SB 1070 last April, which in effect authorized racial profiling. That law is now going through a lengthy process of court challenges and appeals. And harsh new laws are being…

Open Letter on Immigrant Rights

To: The Obama Administration LET’S HAVE A DEBATE ABOUT IMMIGRATION REFORM An Open Letter This letter was initiated by the Grassroots Immigrant Justice Network, a group which was recently formed by leaders in the immigrant rights and labor movements across the country. Initial members include Isabel Garcia, David Silva Villalobos, Carlos Arango, Juan Jose Bocanegra,…

Democrats play ‘soft cop’ on immigration reforms

Democrats play ‘soft cop’ on immigration reformsFrom the April issue of Socialist Action newspaper By MARC ROME and JAMES FRICKEY When Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano recently called off a raid on 100 immigrant workers in a Chicago factory, her move was hailed as a significant shift away from the anti-immigrant repression of the Bush…

What’s San Francisco Bay Area SA up to?

By Marc Rome, March 9, 2009Last night I attended a meeting, organized by the Democrats and local pastors, at St. Anthony’s church in the heart of San Francisco’s Latino community. It featured Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Nancy Pelosi. It was part of Gutierrez’s 17 city “Family Unity” tour that is intended to garner support…