Migrant Emancipation: September 2008 Archives

The New Migrant Spirit

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Gustavo Arellano has an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times that is a breath of fresh air in the U.S. migration debate.  Please read, "My Dad, the illegal immigrant."
The climate of terror that the U.S. federal government has forced upon millions of unauthorized migrants has ensured, yet again, that migrants will likely be at risk of great harm as Hurricane Ike approaches Texas.  Some migrants would rather take their chances at home than risk getting detained and deported.

XP has two important posts on Hurricane Ike, one where he's updating with recent developments, and another entitled "As Hurricane Ike Looms Closer, Immigrants Refuse To Leave."

Don't we wish the U.S. were as good as Cuba is at evacuating people out of harms way in the face of hurricanes.


I knew unauthorized migrants were going to get left behind in Gustav.  I wrote about it here.  Despite assurances from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), migrants have been forced to live in such a climate of fear that they wouldn't dare leave.

The Associated Press reports (sombrero tip to the Latin Americanist):

Many of the illegal immigrants who have been rebuilding New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina stayed behind when Gustav struck because they were afraid of being arrested if they boarded the buses and trains arranged by emergency officials.

"We know that people died during Katrina, but we had no choice but to stay here," said Carlos Mendoza, a 21-year-old illegal immigrant from Honduras who rode out the storm with seven other people. They took shelter in an apartment that is close to a street corner where day laborers congregate.

"Many stayed because of fear," Mendoza said. "I would say at least 50 percent of us."

Peter Prengaman - Associated Press (3 September 2008)


UPDATE: Angela Kelley of the Immigration Policy Center just put up a piece about this at Huffington Post.  (They also have a new pro-migrant blog, Immigration Impact)

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