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Janet Napolitano, Enough!

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I'm very happy to report that America's Voice, in partnership with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the New York Immigration Coalition, and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, have finally had enough of Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) continued abuse of migrants in the United States.

I recognize that the Obama administration has a lot on its plate with health care reform, climate change, education, and many other issues I'm anxiously awaiting action on.  That, however, does not give the Obama administration the excuse to continue to allow the DHS to terrorize migrants with the remains Bush-era migrant enforcement apparatus.  The people voted for change on U.S. migration policy and Obama has only given us much of the same. 
It's been a busy few days of tweeting and video taping at the annual National Council of La Raza conference in Chicago, Illinois.  The last time I produced a youtube video was at the last National Council of La Raza Conference in San Diego, California.  It's fitting that I'd start again exactly one year later. 

Unfortunately, I don't have the best video editing software this time around, so my ability is limited.  I spent all this morning trying to figure out how to remove the shadows from the text on Windows Movie Maker to no avail.  Prerna from has been needling me to get the video up, regardless, so here it is.

After staying up all night flying over from Denver, Colorado, I'm here in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, at the annual National Council of La Raza conference.  I'm going to do my best to write blog posts, but I will also be very active on Twitter, and I encourage you to follow me there
Today, I had planned on writing to encourage people to stop the deportation of another DREAMer, who's name is Taha.  Taha's campaign was even more rushed than the Walter Lara campaign.  I first heard about Taha on the July 20, 2009. was spearheading the effort to stop Taha from getting deported on July 29, 2009.  That is not much time at all.  Even worse we didn't have anyone on the ground in New Jersey to help out.  On top of that, Taha was difficult to get in touch with.  I always hope for the best and expect the worst, but I was certainly leaning more towards the latter for this campaign.
I'm very pleased to post the trailer for the upcoming film, 9500 Liberty, on this blog.

I've had the pleasure of running into the directors of the film, Annabel Park and Eric Byler, on several occasions.  I've watched a lot of documentaries on different aspects of migration to the U.S.  Two of my favorite documentaries are De Nadie, and Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary, because they capture the experiences of Central American migrants, so well. 

9500 Liberty is special, though.  It is special for two reasons: (1) the film is born of one of the most impressive pro-migrant web 2.0 experiments I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing and (2) it captures the hyper-local intensity of the culture war that uses the U.S. migration policy debate as a proxy. 
I haven't blogged in longer than I care to even recount.  It really is unfortunate because this is summer time, I don't have school, and I should be able to blog more.  My time has just been occupied elsewhere.