Obama´s Immigration Reform 2013

Immigration Activists Win Reunion for Phoenix-Area Family After Deportation Almost Tears Them Apart 
As President Obama backs an immigration plan that includes a path to citizenship for some of the country’s 11 million undocumented residents, deportations are continuing at record levels. We go to Arizona, where one family was almost torn apart because of a three-year-old traffic violation. Last night, 11-year-old Jose Arma was reunited with his father, Edi Arma, who was detained two weeks ago and almost deported to Guatemala. One day after their reunion, Jose and Edi join us from Phoenix along with immigration activist Viridiana Hernandez, who helped organize a community campaign to win Edi’s release. [includes rush transcript]

Obama Offers Hope on Immigration Reform, But Emphasis on Enforcement Portends More Criminalization
President Obama has kicked off his second term with a major push for comprehensive immigration reform, backing a bipartisan Senate plan that includes a path to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. But Obama’s call for tougher border enforcement and a system for tracking those who overstay visas has sparked concerns he will continue with a pro-criminalization and militarization approach that saw a record number of deportations in his first term. We host a roundtable with three guests: Lorella Praeli, director of advocacy and policy at the United We Dream Coalition; Fernando Garcia, the founding director of the Border Network for Human Rights; and Mae Ngai, professor of history and Asian-American studies at Columbia University. [includes rush transcript]

Dream Activism and Obama Deferred Action

Go to Dream Activism and Obama Deferred Action

A new Obama administration policy could stop the deportation of as many as 1.3 million undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Starting on Aug. 15, students under the age of 30 may be eligible for a two-year reprieve from deportation if they meet certain conditions. We speak to Marco Saavedra, a DREAM activist who infiltrated a Florida detention facility and was arrested again over the weekend calling for the release of immigrants held there. We also speak with Tom Shea, director of training for the New York Immigration Coalition about the Obama administration’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and what it will mean for undocumented youth. [Includes rush transcript]

Crossing the line

An update of last week’s report about possible abuses by U.S. border agents. There have been at least 8 killings along the U.S./Mexico border in the past two years.

Our report focused on the death of one illegal immigrant whose beating and tasing by border agents was captured on videotape: Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, a 42-year-old Mexican was illegally crossing over the border when he was caught by U.S. border patrol. Eyewitness video caught the sounds of Hernandez Rojas pleading for help while he was, according to witness, being beaten by border agents. And this never-before-seen video of the incident shows him being tasered repeatedly, while surrounded by more than a dozen officers.

It turned out that at the time of the tasing Hernandez Rojas was handcuffed and according to witnesses, not resisting.

Since our broadcast aired, the story has received national attention: This past Monday, human rights advocates and Hernandez Rojas’s family held a press conference in San Diego demanding justice and a federal investigation into the incident. And a national online Latino advocacy group, presente.org, has been circulating a petition addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that the justice department investigate the incident immediately. The petition has more than 31,000 signatures.

Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva is a member of the Hispanic caucus and represents a district in Arizona that shares a 300-mile border with Mexico. Grijalva tells us that members of congress have, in the past, inquired about the case of Hernandez Rojas, but have heard nothing from the justice department.

Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention


Fault Lines investigates the business of immigrant detention in the US

Immigration is a key issue in the US presidential election, with the Republican candidates trying to demonstrate their tough stance on undocumented immigrants.

But under the Obama administration, the detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high.

Every day, the US government detains more than 33,000 non-citizens at the cost of $5.5mn a day. That is a lot of money for the powerful private prison industry, which spends millions of dollars on lobbying and now operates nearly half of the country's immigration detention centres.

Fault Lines travels to Texas and Florida to investigate the business of immigrant detention in the US and to find out how a handful of companies have managed to shape US immigration laws.

Hundreds Protest Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law

Democracy Now

Hundreds of people rallied at the Alabama State House in Montgomery on Tuesday in protest of the state’s controversial anti-immigrant law. The measure has already forced thousands of undocumented immigrants, primarily Latino, to flee the state. The law’s provisions include requirements for the checking of immigration status during traffic stops by police or for state workers processing license requests, public school enrollment and driver’s permits. Activists came to the State House from across Alabama and say they plan to remain for several days. Alabama lawmakers have promised to modify the law, but opponents are calling for its full repeal.

ICE Enabled East Haven Police's Racial Profiling By Detaining, Deporting Targeted Immigrants

ICE Enabled East Haven Police's Racial Profiling By Detaining, Deporting Targeted Immigrants

A new investigation by Colorlines Magazine has revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement continued to detain and deport individuals rounded up by the East Haven, Connecticut police, even after the Department of Justice launched its investigation into racial profiling. Four East Haven police officers have been arrested for targeting Latino immigrants with false arrests, false reports and harassment, prompting the East Haven police chief to resign. We’re joined by Seth Freed Wessler, a senior research associate at the Applied Research Center and an investigative reporter for Colorlines.com. "East Haven, Connecticut has a long history of profiling people of color," Freed Wessler says. "Folks of color in the greater New Haven area know not to drive through East Haven, Connecticut: you’re going to get pulled over if you’re black or Latino."
Suspenden aplicarla hasta que la Suprema Corte llegue a una definición

Washington, 20 de diciembre. Una corte federal de Estados Unidos determinó este martes aplazar la entrada en vigor de una rigurosa ley migratoria en Carolina del Sur.

Tras analizar los argumentos de los grupos en favor y en contra del proyecto, la magistratura decidió rechazar una petición del fiscal estatal Alan Wilson para que se aplique la regulación, mientras la Suprema Corte llega a una definición.

El tribunal federal se comprometió a anunciar su veredicto antes del primero de enero de 2012, cuando debe implementarse el proyecto legal, ampliamente criticado por la población.

Unos 200 activistas se concentraron en una plaza cercana a la corte federal para manifestarse pacíficamente y exigir la desaprobación de los estatutos.