Pro-Migrant Sanctuarysphere: May 2008 Archives

An AZ Hospital That Will Make You Sick at DMI Blog.

According to the Arizona Republic, when St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix decided to deport Iscoa, she was being fed through a tube, had non-functioning kidneys and a brain injury.
Here's a link to the ABC story on Iscoa Del Cid.


There are a few candidates in the upcoming election using an anti-immigrant stance to propel their campaign. These include Gayle Harrell in Florida, Charles Gonyo in South Dakota, Donald Cresitello in New Jersey, Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania and now Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina. I guess these candidates didn't get the hint that vilification of undocumented migrants is not what Americans are looking for. None of us are so easily duped into believing that migrants are the cause of all our problems.

You don't need a weathervane to see which way the wind blows at Migra Matters.

With Republican electoral prospects looking dim, and a top of the ticket that will be struggling for dear life at best, the coming campaign season looks to be shaping up to be the year where all Republican hopes will rest on stirring up as much ant-immigrant hate and fear as possible.

Hutto Rally: An Introspection at Para Justicia y Libertad. This is a great post. Here is a short quote:

Occasionally, we are caught up in our own little blogging world that suddenly one feels they are shouting in an empty chasm. With so many battles going it, it is not far fetched that one may feel they are alone in the struggle. Nevertheless, these small gatherings can actually help clear the mental fog by helping a person find the light at the end of the tunnel by becoming more enlightened to the best and worst that humanity has to offer. Personally, it tends to renew my own commitment to be more conscious human being.

RNC Crony ´Agriprocessors´ Still in Business. Owners Unpunished! at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

Read Who is (un)FAIR? at Standing FIRM where the Center For New Community examines the connection between FAIR and white supremacist groups. Also read the State Legislation Round-up.

Silent Raids in Kentucky! at Standing FIRM. "While the country had our eyes glued to Postville, Iowa, smaller raids are occuring everyday in the US." Also read First-hand Account of Injustice in Postville and learn of the injustices against migrants in that raid.

Goof-up - Arkansas Governor on Instate-Tuition for Undocumented Students at A Dream Deferred.  I had stated incorrectly that Beebe was defending DREAMers.  Apparently it's just the opposite.

The things we say about you at Immigration Equality. For those DREAMers and migrants that read this blog go to Immigration Equality and let them know how you feel about the things they say about you.

Read Crossing over to the dark side at Dream Act Texas.

In the following article the NYT talks about the agents that have gone over to the dark side. My contention is that with the current anti-immigration climate and the notorious reputation gained by ICE agents - just joining DHS is like crossing over the DARK SIDE.

Juan Crow Grows More Violent: Latino Activists Face Death Threats in Georgia at Of América.

The forces of anti-immigrant, anti-Latino hate have opened up another front in their relentless war: death threats targeting not just immigrants, but the activists who support them.

Why do we watch and say nothing while ICE traumatizes the children of the undocumented? at Latina Lista.

You don't have to be Dr. Phil to know that these raids are traumatizing children and yet the stories barely make Page 1 of the newspapers.
It seems that San Rafael's problems as a result of last years raids where just meat for ICE who decided to see what further damage they could do this week. Raids are a no-win, no-solution, callous and horrible tactic in response to an issue that is less about borders and more about humanity.
Also read Is Lou Dobbs the Sheriff Arpaio of Primetime?.



To DREAM (Act) the Impossible Dream at Immigration Prof Blog.  Also watch the ICE Raid Video on the San Rafael Raids. (Actually this video has been removed, but I hope it will be reposted or maybe somebody downloaded it from You Tube.)


Dream Act Texas has a link to today's Congressional Hearing on Immigration Enforcement & Reform. Also No Racial Profiling?

NPR does a report on the death of a high school student involving an undocumented youngster. Shawl's family is now fighting to pass a law in order to question SUSPECTS on their legal status in the United States.

Gilchrist says: "The Party is OVER for the Minutemen! The ANTI Mission is Lost-Forgotten!" at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

One of the most visible groups in the anti-illegal immigration movement could be defunct in seven months, its leader says. "We've lost the battle," said Minuteman project founder Jim Gilchrist. "My intuition tells me … this entire movement will fizzle to nothing by the end of the year."

400 protest Postville Raid at Dream Act Texas. Also read What U.S. would lose if we sent everyone away.

ICE’s AgriProcessors Cattle Call at Para Justicia y Libertad.

Recounting of the terrifying event that took place at AgriProcessors, Humberto Nava told Michael Barnes of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, federal agents were not shy at subjecting AgriProcessors’ workers to a barrage of racial epithets.

Migrants Beaten, Burned and Killed in S. Africa - Of América. "S. African mobs armed with machetes, sticks and other weapons beat, burned and killed Zimbabwean migrants in areas in and around Johannesburg." - Sadly if you listen to many anti-migrant groups you'd think they're ready to do the same in this country. Truly sickening.

open thread: what would jesus do at The Sanctuary.

At Vivir Latino - Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Week Long Boycott for Sean Bell. Vivir Latino asks if a week long boycott is too much to ask of people. I think it's asking a lot, but this type of self discipline is necessary if we are to effect change. Sadly money is what speaks to those in power and if we don't spend it they'll get the message. So do the best you can and limit your spending as much as possible this week.

Al Ataque: Todos Contra ICE! (Attack: All Against ICE!) at Of América.

Update: Latino community still under siege in Postville and Waterloo, Iowa at Latina Lista.

Video from Postville, Iowa from NIJC Immigration News Blog.

The Business of Detention Centers at Dream Act Texas. Also read After the Postville Raid.

Make sure and visit The Sanctuary and add it to your rss feeds. Thanks to Nezua for the wonderful design.

Where Nativism meets Anti-Semitism at Eristic Ragemail. When a plant owned by Jews is raided in a hunt for undocumented workers the nativist (racist) crowd gets to hit two birds with one stone.

Depoliticize Immigration - Article in NLG Newsletter at I am a DREAMer. Please take the time to read and comment on this article over at I am a Dreamer.

Read ICE in Italy at Dream Act Texas. When you look at the fact the the most wealthy countries in the world are all working to keep immigrants out it has to make you wonder what's going on. I always though the United States was different, but it really doesn't seem so anymore.

Announcing the Launch of The Sanctuary at Latino Politico.  (from Man Eegee at Latino Politico)

To all our friends and allies in pro-migrant blogtopia (yes! skippy coined that latter word in the phrase), this has been a long time coming. I'm happy to announce the launch of The Sanctuary, a new community-based blog that will feature a solid team of writers on its frontpage that have worked for years to raise the centrality of human rights in the immigration debate.

When fleeing hurricanes in S. Texas, Border Patrol says undocumented not allowed to evacuate at The Sanctuary. Also read Human Rights Report on Anti-Asian Racism.

6 things you can't do while undocumented at A Dream Deferred. It's becoming dangerous to to receive mail.

Also at Dream Activist read (and watch the video) Iowa ICE Raids Solve Nothing and watch North Carolina Plays Ping-Pong with Undocumented Students.

DeWeese letter to Beck: "Just Say NO to SAVE Act!" (Even the ANTIs Agree!) at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

An open letter from famous ANTI Leader Tom DeWeese (American Policy Center) to famous ANTI Leader Roy Beck (Numbers USA) advocates "Just Say NO to the SAVE Act!" As I have shared, and as DeWeese explains, we ALL lose our Civil Liberties if this heinous Act is passed.

Watch The Immigration Detention Gold Mine at A Dream Deferred.

PBS has now done a series on “Immigrant Detainees- A New Profit Center?” giving us a look into how the private corrections industry is profiting from immigrants held in detention facilities.

Texas History: A Story from 1844 at Dream Act Texas. Also read Underground Youth Movement.

An organization of 20 undocumented youth have devoted themselves to demonstrating humanity for undocumented immigrants, whose country was once chosen for them and one they choose for themselves today.

Privatized Prisons for Immigrants: The Expansion Continues at The Sanctuary.

Since the launch of the "global war on terror," a large majority of Americans have conveniently been led to cower under the pseudo-protective umbrella of a permanent Nation Security State.

Deporting DREAM Act Students: Exporting American Talent Overseas at A Dream Deferred. While many nativists romance about "the best and the brightest" their attrition through enforcement strategy certainly does not take this into account. The recent comment by Douglas Bruce, "I would like to have the opportunity to state at the microphone why I don't think we need 5,000 more illiterate peasants in Colorado,", goes to show what nativists see when they think of undocumented migrants. This bigoted view of other human beings is one of the most important hurdles we must overcome in this struggle. Viewing those from Latin American countries as "peasants" is certainly an elitest attitude that cannot provide the proper stage nor dialogue to move us forward as caring human beings in a world community. We must support those that dream because "nothing happens unless first we dream." - Carl Sandburg

At Brave New Films watch Mexico's deported children. Though it may be hard for some to understand what I see here is a desire to work and provide so great that no obstacle can stand in the way. That is an exhibition of courage and strength which I find admirable. While migrants are vilified for "breakig the law" - truly they are simply working for a better future. How can that be against the law?  Essentially what nativists attempt to construct is a faulty and baseless visual pairing migrants to undesirables, such as drug dealers and theifs, who break the law for profit.

BREAKING NEWS! ICE RAIDS SWEEP ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS!! at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

Immigration raids near schools in Berkeley and Oakland have sent waves of panic in the communities and may keep undocumented students from attending class,

DMI Blog give us Immigration Officials Turn to Schoolyard Bullying.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in California have stooped to a new, almost unbelievable low: intimidating schoolchildren.

Houston Latino History - 1977- 1978 at Dream Act Texas.

"Mr Joe Campos Torres was arrested by six police officers for being disorderly in a bar. They beat him so badly that the jailer refused to accept him and told them to take him to hospital. Instead they dropped him into the Buffalo Bayou "to see if he could swim". His body was found three days later. "

The Origin of Illegal Immigration at I am a DREAMer.

We are taught in Sociology101 about ’social construction.’ Well, ‘illegal immigration’ is also a social construct. Today, for the first time, I poured over 200 year old newspaper archives looking for the origin of the phrase ‘illegal immigration.’ It first appears after the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed into law on May 6, 1882.

What the Heck? U.S. Arresting Undocumented LEAVING the Country at Immigration Prof Blog. Also read Electronic Employment Verification Hearings.

Immigration in all its Designs at Smart Borders.

Touring Spain, I am quickly being reminded of immigration in all its designs. In the United States, we tend to imagine Mexican braceros or refugees, but often ignore or forget the host of reasons people migrate from place to place.

Racist Limbaugh Calls Mayor Villaraigosa a "Shoe Shine Boy!" at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

LATINO MEDIA RULES at Nuestra Voice.

I say this so that you can understand that my reaction to Rush Limbaugh’s comment that he mistook Mayor Villaraigosa as a “shoeshine guy” is not a knee-jerk reaction based on partisanship. It is a reaction as an American of Latino decent that quite frankly is tired of the media’s Latino rules.

Looking for DREAMERS in Frederick County, Maryland

A Frederick County, Maryland, commissioner wants the school board to survey the number of illegal immigrants who are students and has proposed withholding school funding if members fail to agree.
Also read The masked men have returned with rifles, but this time they are bad guys and Mis-spelling dampens argument for English as official U.S. language which shows a demonstrator demanding English only while not being able to spell in English. I saw the same thing at the ProAmerica rally in Morristown, NJ last year.

We all know that migrants suffer in detention centers, but it doesn't often make the news. Finally the New York Times has written about this travesty. Read People dying while in ICE custody and Immigration Agency's List of Deaths in Custody at Dream Act Texas.

Eristic Ragemail also covers this topic in Deaths of Immigrants in Federal Custody Shrouded in Secrecy.

Immigration Prof Blog wrote of a blog titled ICE Raid Report. Also Sharpton Critical of Deportation Tactics.

Aldo Latino Trail of Tears: 66 Died in Heinous Family Detention Centers! (for a CIVIL Violation!) at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

Once Again, Buchanan Cites Racist Sources at Hatewatch.

Arizona considers law to bring back undocumented immigrants to work at Latina Lista.

Nicola from Standing FIRM, a blog for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, interviewed people around the DC area participating in the May 1st rally. Listen to people who are truly trying to bring people together through positive interaction. Here's the blog post with a link to the interviews.

May 1: Peaceful Marchers Support CIR vs ANTI Attack Strategy and ANTI´s Manipulation of phone, email and faxes to Congress! at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

May 1, 2008 marks the third anniversary of Immigration Day in the United States. Pro-immigrant groups across the country are conducting peaceful demonstrations to voice their support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) and to voice their opposition to Family Detention Centers and Racial Profiling.

Some images from today in Los Angeles at People Migrate.

Mayday Interview With Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! at Of América.

May Day 2008 at the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Low Turnouts for Immigration Marches Have Stronger Implications at Latina Lista.

But this isn't an indication that the Latino community has become complacent about an issue that is accelerating discrimination and racism directed towards all Latinos. On the contrary, the reduced turnout should send another signal that the fight is far from over.
Help 1 million immigrants VOTE in November at Standing Firm.
Check out Para Justicia Y Libertad to get real time information on the May 1st demonstrations.