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A Labor Day Attack on Farmworkers

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Amid all the hype of political conventions, analysis of the Republican VP pick and Labor Day celebrations for the rest of the country, the Bush Administration will launch an attack on the nation's farmworkers.

Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, at any moment,will announce extensive changes to the H-2A guestworker program, slashing wages and reducing worker protections for hundreds of thousands of our nation's farmworkers. These policy changes deserve our attention.

The H-2A program is a temporary agricultural guestworker program that permits employers to apply for permission to hire foreign labor for jobs lasting ten months or less. To bring in H-2A guestworkers, employers must show that they cannot find U.S. workers who want the jobs. These will be the most far-reaching changes in the laws regulating guestworker programs since 1942. If the changes are finalized, as we expect them to be next week, and take effect, this Administration will have returned us to an era of agricultural labor exploitation that many thought ended over 65 years ago.

What a Labor Day gift to farmworkers!

Open Letter to the Democratic National Committee at Dream Act Texas.

Dear Democratic Party,

Now that you are together with your thousands of supporters, please use this opportunity to make a strong public statement against ICE raids. Show us you really believe in a democracy and that you are not just pandering to those who hate.

Also at Dream Act Texas Mississippi ICE Raid: "no company executives detained".

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Why Largest ICE Raid in US History Happened Monday! at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

ACLU Investigating Ice Conduct In Mississippi Raid at Greg Siskind's Blog.

It turns out Mondays' raids led to the arrest of 595 people and I don't believe one word was mentioned at the DNC.

ICE gambles that Democrats and progressive bloggers are too distracted to call them out on latest immigration raid at Latina Lista.

Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance Calls for Support at Vivir Latino.

In light of lack of critical connection to immigrant communities displayed by our 'leaders,' it's important that we do what we can to help out. The following was put out by MIRA! in Mississippi--and organization that was working well before the recent raids to minimize the reach of the raid in Mississippi. See after the cut for ways you can help out.

IT'S NOW 595 at Greg Siskind's Blog.

Immigration: Too Hot for DNC? at Of América.

Outside of the Pepsi Convention Center are hundreds of immigrant rights groups planning a major mobilization this Thursday - the day of Obama's acceptance speech. They will protest what they believe is the unwillingness of Democrats and their Washington-based immigrant rights allies to seriously support what the press release of the March 25th Coalition calls "human legalization and a moratorium on raids and deportations."

Again ICE preventing Terror from Abroad but creating TERROR from Within at Pro Inmigrant.

As Michelle Obama stated that "the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them" 350 migrants were arrested by ICE yesterday. 

And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children -- and all children in this nation -- to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them. / People who work the day shift, kiss their kids goodnight, and head out for the night shift -- without disappointment, without regret -- that goodnight kiss a reminder of everything they're working for. / All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do -- that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be. (Full text of Michelle Obama's speech)
DNC Hispanic Caucus : Loretta Sanchez Says She Knows Nothing About Miss. Raids (and calls me girl) at Vivir Latino.

The ICE Raids in Mississipi at Dream Act Texas.

Federal immigration agents arrested some 350 suspected undocumented workers in a raid on a Mississippi electrical equipment plant Monday, authorities announced, hours after sealing all entrances amid reports their sweep had idled normal operations.

ICE Raids In Mississippi at Vivir Latino and Another ICE raid in Mississippi at La Chola.

Story from the AP ICE raids Miss. plant seeking illegal workers

Hundreds of Workers Held in Immigration Raid at the New York Times.

Juan Gomez - Once facing deportation, grad off to college at Dream Activist.

One year ago, Juan Gomez, the Killian High School grad who was saved from deportation, traveled to the nation's capital to advocate for undocumented students. Gomez headed for Washington again Thursday, but for a different reason: Next week he starts at Georgetown University.

ICE declares self-deport program a failure at Latina Lista.

Update: Juan Gomez at Generation 1.5.

Possible ICE Raids in Mississippi at La Chola.

"Many Officials Reluctant to Help Arrest Immigrants" at Anti-BVBL. It is widely acknoledged that when police become immigration officers they lose the trust of immigrant communities and will cause many crimes to go unreported.

Immigrants In USA Blog has Classes enhance fluency, food bank, Some States Seek Integration Path for Immigrants, Wave of immigrants could be at polls and Out of many, one "A nice opinion piece about all the people who live in this country and make up America. DP."

Chertoff's immigration indifference at The Latin Americanist. Check out Chertoff's aloof response to the death of Hiu Lui Ng which basically translates to "oh, well - these things happen."

Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign at La Chola.

On August 1st at 3:30 PM at St. Paul City Hall (15 W. Kellogg Blvd.), the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign will launch "Operation March For Our Lives." Operation March for Our Lives will be a statewide caravan through Minnesota to collect economic human rights violations documentation.

Another Immigrant Dies in ICE Custody at WOCPhd. Also The Impact of Immigration Raids on "Non-Targeted" Women (on the Postville raids),  Feminist Spotlight: LATINAS, Stephanie Tubbs Jones Dies (Feminist Spotlight) and Feminist Spotlight: Barbara Nimiri Naziz.

Postville at Western MA Coalition for Immigrant & Worker Rights. From the Democracy Now story:

For those left behind, namely the wives and children of the men taken away, the town has been turned into what some have described as an open-air prison. Dozens of immigrant women remain in Postville without status or a means of support. Many of them are even forbidden from leaving and have been made to wear electronic monitoring bracelets (story covered by Democracy Now!)

Beaten to death because he was Mexican. How does a small town heal? at Anti-BVBL.

Luis Ramirez was murdered in mid July by a group of white teenagers. His story is one that should concern us all. While being beaten, the six teenagers, all whom were on the local football team, were allegedly yelling racial epitaths. Luis Rameriz was left on the street, bloodied, battered, and foaming at the mouth. He died two days after the attack, leaving behind a wife and two small children.
We celebrate the gold medal victory of first generation American Henry Cejudo.  His victory, along with other immigrant victories, only demonstrate how diversity is what makes us strong.  Talent from all of the world comes to the U.S. making us all better and stronger.

Can't Get Enough of Postville! ACLU Obtains Government "MANUAL" FOR PREPACKAGED GUILTY PLEAS FOR PROSECUTION OF IMMIGRANT WORKERS at Immigration Prof Blog. Also Only in America!!!!!!!!!! Son of Undocumented Immigrant Wins Gold for USA.

Child of Illegally Present Immigrants Wins Gold For US at Greg Siskind's Blog. Also This Is Not Making Us Safer.

The surliness just drips from this narrative by Emily Feder, a US citizen, who was detained for hours at JFK Airport in NY. Denying people access to the bathroom, food, water? Collectively punishing people? Is this airport inspection or a warzone?

Peaceful Marchers Demonstrate at "Kick In the Head" Hate Crime Hearing Causing Some Delays! BREAKING NEWS: JUDGE ORDERS MURDER TRIAL!! at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

Shame on North Carolina: Education Is Denied to Immigrant Youth at DMI Blog. Sadly the opportunity to attend community colleges has been taken from DREAMers in North Carolina.

Despite her 4.0 grade point average, Laura, an aspiring engineer and a recent graduate from Charlotte high school in North Carolina will not be able to go to college. The land of opportunity has denied her access to a college education.

Participating in democracy may very well be a punishable offense in Denver Takes A Page Out of ICE's Playbook at Para Justicia y Libertad.

Peaceful Border March to Protest the Border Wall Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2008 at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

Latinas and Allies, Join/Organize Protests at YOUR local I.C.E. Offices at La Chola.

It is imperative that we send a message to I.C.E., President Bush and the upcoming Democratic Party Convention that there must be AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON ALL RAIDS, DEPORTATIONS, INCARCERATIONS AND SEPARATION OF FAMILIES. - FRIDAY, AUGUST 22ND at 4:00 PM. 

Also Update on sexist racism of

Latin@s and Allies: Join/Organize Protests at Your Local ICE Offices at Problem Chylde.

Texas Education: Arming Teachers to Teach at Para Justicia y Libertad. Only in Texas! A local school board, Harrold Independent School District, in rural North Texas unanimously passed the policy to allow its teachers and staff to carry concealed hand guns to school.

Yesterday I enjoyed tofu and vegetables from Homes Kitchen (really good restaurant if you're ever in the Flat Iron). I cracked open my fortune cookie and it said - "If your desires are not extravagant they will be granted." Immediately I asked myself what is 'extravagant?' While we usually associate this word with wealth and pomp this fortune was defining it differently. For so many poor in this world what does 'extravagance' mean? The meal I had just eaten would have been extravagance for so many. From the portion to the vegetables the packaged utensils and the container - all were extravagance.

THEIR VILLAGES ARE DYING. They come from towns with no future, from families with no food. at The Unapologetic Mexican.

IT BAFFLES THE MIND to meet some of the mindsets in our country about migrants and the lives they lead, and the pains they go to to find work that will sustain them. The way some xenophobic individuals speak, you’d imagine Mexicans (because it’s always Mexicans to these people) stroking long luxurious mustachios and plotting which part of the USA they will reconquer, just exactly what excellent careers they will steal away from us, and how much of their fat moneyroll they will squander on coyotes.

Bush's deportation policies dumping thousands of children into squalor at Orcinus.

Why ICE's self-deport program is a bust at Latina Lista.

Back when Comprehensive Immigration Reform or CIR was in the throes of being tossed, turned and twisted by Congressional legislators to make it fit everyone's idea of a perfect remedy, it wasn't surprising that the final result looked more like a bad dream waiting to happen than a real solution.

I wrote a post a while back on a video released and promoted by the Heritage Foundation titled "Demographic Winter" which states the world's population is falling. However, listen closely and you'll hear that it's really just a call stating heterosexual whites will be a minority soon. Demographic Winter: The Decline of the Human Family.

Welcome to América, Soon-to-Be Land of the White Minority, at The Sanctuary. (Also at Of América.) Given we must monitor how this is fed to the public the video mentioned above, "Demographic Winter", is not one we should applaud. Nor should we be ignoring the fact that white supremacist groups want Obama to win so they can stir up anti-minority sentiment among whites in the United States. (White Supremacista and Obama at Hatewatch.)

Scary New World? Minority to Become Majority in 2040s at No Borders and Binaries.

Homeland Security's ICE is killing immigrants and New Americans through brutal neglect at Culture Kitchen.

Hiu Lui Ng died in the custody of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs' Enforcement agency. Actually, he was documented : He had a job as a computer programmer. He had a wife and children and a home in Queens.

Detainee Dies In Agony at Eristic Ragemail.

Describing conditions out of a Third World prison, The New York Times' Nina Bernstein describes the horrible ordeal of Hiu Lui Ng, an immigrant who had lived in the United States for most of his adult life and died an excruciating death at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Unlimited Sun at The Unapologetic Mexican.

I think of the "immigration issue." How much easier it seems to be for people to stoke up fear, talk about jails, talk about walls, operate as if we need to protect something from people, when they are part of all we are, when we can all help make each other's lives more full and beautiful and nobody has to lose. And yet, it seems it is so much easier to get people to fear and hoard than it is to convince them that they are safer when giving, sharing, taking care of others.

We all know that CIS was created by John Tanton of FAIR and any data coming from that group is going to be heavily biased against migrants. I'm sure they go into "research" mode with "[social ill] + [biased and made-up 'facts' and figures] = immigrants are to blame" written on their chalkboard like some complex mathematical equation. I wonder if there's some anti-migrant Will Hunting that comes in from time to time and solves the equation for them. "How do you like them apples?"

Faux Think Tank claims Immigrant Farts Cause Global Warming at Culture Kitchen.

They have such incredibly stupid "data" includes factors like "immigrant emissions". Tell me they're not talking about José's and Tanya's farts?

Immigration leads to Global Warming? Nonsense! at No Borders and Binaries. I believe the following quote from this post sums it all up:

Q: How do you make a conservative believe in global warming?
A: Blame it on immigrants

Update on Isabel Garcia : Her Job Targetted by Jon (In)Justice at Vivir Latino. Also read Economic Slowdown is Affecting Latinos Hard.

There are many groups on the front lines of the immigration issue who give so much to help those migrants making the treacherous journey into the United States.  One such group is Humane Borders who assists migrants at the border by setting up water stations.

Humane Borders Needs Donations at Latino Politico. This saintly group has been attacked by having all the tires on 5 vehicles slashed.

Legal Resident Jailed Indefinitely: Accused of lying to ICE agent at Eristic Ragemail. It's getting easier and easier to clearly point out the prejudiced and unjust actions of ICE.  That, of course, is not something that give me the warm and fuzzies.

Just when you think that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could not get more outrageous they pull out a new transgression. Apparently, ICE can jail you indefinitely for "lying" even if you are here legally and even if there is no probable cause for their questioning.

How to *really* help young Latina girls at Vivir Latina. "The organization Circle de Luz provides university scholarships and educational mentorship to young Latinas."

Donna Poisl, A Friendly Voice for Immigrants at La Mariposa En La Pared.

Update: Isabel Garcia's Job Endangered by Jon "Jackass" Justice at Problem Chylde. Join the Campaign to End Hate Radio - visit the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos website to help end hate radio and support Isabel Garcia. Also Sign the Petition: Justice for LaVena Johnson, a soldier whose death has been covered up by the military.

The Diversity Train Has Arrived at Eristic Ragemail. The strangest argument I hear from the nativists is that "diversity equals death." Huh? I guess these guys and gals don't get out much. Both Houston, where I was born, and New York, the place I now call home, are very diverse and are both great places to live. It is in large part due to the diversity these cities provide.

Speaking of diversity read Influx brings Brazilian `bounce' to NYC suburb at Immigrants in the USA Blog. Also read Some Immigrants Face Long Waits to Become U.S. Citizens, Classes aid immigrant students' assimilation and Religion remains an immigrant's lifeline.

U.S. Wants You : Young Latino Men, Even If They Have to Drag You Kicking and Screaming at Vivir Latino.

Check out Thursday's SanctuarySphere post for links to the Democracy Now video on allegations against military recruiters.

Captives of the Meatpacking Archipelago at Bender's Immigration Bulletin.

"The reason AgriProcessors employed 13-year-old children was because they could," Mark Lauritsen of the United Food and Commercial Workers, which has tried to organize the company's workers, told me. "Because they knew the federal Department of Labor would never come down on them."

North Carolina Community Colleges to Vote on Letting DREAMers Enroll at Dream Act Texas. Also fixing one DREAMer is not enough and A Little Experiment with Your Imagination

Today dreamacttexas is undertaking a small experiment. We are of the theory that you are more likely influenced by an opinion of someone you "idealize" or highly respect than someone who is not widely known for his/her credentials.

Urgent Action: "Justice" vs. Garcia may cost the wrong person's job at WOC PhD.

The Politics of Humanity: "A Hidden System" at Para Justica y Libertad.

In a newly created video, "Hidden System," Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) documents the impact the enforcement practices that are currently putting an undue emotional and physical hardship on families and children.
All About This Game Dances Death and Pain at The Unapologetic Mexican.
ANYWHERE THE PEOPLE GATHER to express their voice, their government-be it communist, democratic or otherwise-will be infiltrating and disturbing the cohesion and strength of that voice, ultimately using violence with no hesitancy or remorse. The unsettling juxtaposition of profit, spotlight, and ignored oppressions will always cause this confluence of energy and tumult. This is our modern-day Olympic Games Carnival settling down uneasily into a world where war and class divides are hurting so many.

For the nation's migrant farmworkers, high temps creating a "Black Summer" at Latina Lista. Tragically the people who give us life through working the fields are experience much physical stress and five have died in three months.

Sadly, even with these deaths, new stories of workers being misled, taken advantage of, forced to live in squalor conditions, deprived of sufficient water, breaks and shade, exposed to lethal pesticides and dangerous equipment are heard every week.

Democracy Now featured a story of illegal tactics used by U.S recruiters yesterday. In one case the recruiter, rather than being punished, was made commander of a recruiting center. Given that most see the Iraq war as terrible and unjust it's no wonder nobody's signing up to go. U.S. Military Recruitment Tactics: Kidnapping High School Kids? at Dream Act Texas. If they need new soldiers let Bush and his cabinet go fight. Also read Postville: Child Labor isn't Kosher on charges that Agriprocessors violated child labor laws.

Surprise, surprise at Open Borders Lobby on the new plan by ICE to have people deport themselves known as "Scheduled Departure." We're not too surprised to find out nobody showed up. Why? Because it's a ridiculous idea put together by an agency that realizes it can have no effect in a country that refuses to address the issues (or reasons) rather than the symptoms.

Critics Say ‘Scheduled Departure’ Is PR Stunt at Bender’s Immigration Bulletin. Go to BIB for links to the “Scheduled Departure” brochure and fact sheet.

DIY Deportation Plan Not Really Working at Vivir Latino. A little comedy in the video Don’t Deport Me Scotty.

Lies! Lies, I tell you! Liiiieees! on lies propagated by the anti-migrant crowd at Open Borders Lobby. I’ve tried listening to Gheen’s show, but it’s hard with all the lies and propaganda. Also check out some submissions for the Brickfish Immigration Illustration Scholarship.

Chinese American Experience, Part 1: Exclusion and The Driving Out and Chinese American Experience, Part 2: Wong Chin Foo at Zuky blog. These posts on Bill Moyers documentary series “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience” reveal the truth which is often hard to stomach, but it’s necessary to do so. As Kai states he brings us these posts:

not because I perversely enjoy revelling in victimhood but because this is the hard truth, this is what happened, and we need to look at it and ourselves squarely if we’re going to make things right in this country, not only for Chinese Americans but also with regard to the current wave of Latin@ migration which faces similar backlash from nativist reactionaries.

No Human Being Is Illegal, by Professor Peter Rachleff, at Western MA Coalition for Immigrant & Worker Rights. (direct link to article)

The Changing Face of American Immigrants at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American on Somalian refugees coming to call America home.

The Sorrow and the Pity at Wild Chihuahuas.

For the last several weeks, I have been rendered pretty much mute by the sheer scale of injustice, corruption, cynicism, and, yes, treason, represented by the US establishment's response to illegal immigration.

Latino Soldier's Sad Homecoming at Vivir Latino. Also Undocumented Residents of Hurricane Impacted Areas Need to "be careful" with FEMA and Texas Thumbs Nose to International Community, Set to Execute Mexican National.

Barack Obama Forgot Latin America c/o McCain at Anti-BVBL.  In a recent Berlin speech Obama mentions many countries after referring to his being a citizen of the world, but he fails to mention any in Latin America.

Review of Dan Kanstroom, Deportation Nation at Immigration Prof Blog. Also Expatriation of Hmong Refugees from Thailand and Hospitals Deporting Immigrant Patients?.

U.S. Hospitals Dump Disabled Immigrants at Eristic Ragemail.  This is a sad story of a man hurt by a drunk driver who was deported by the hospital and now lives in a wheelchair with no access to care.

CAPS Board Member Responds Angrily to Request for Comment at Hatewatch.

The story of Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa may be a unique one, but his success need not be unique. With so many DREAMers who are constantly proving their intellect and determination we can copy this story many times over by giving them a chance. Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa Proves There's No "Illegal" Immigration at Awearness Blog.

To Split like a Seed and Become a New at The Unapologetic Mexican. A poetic post on the seed that we are - over and over again. One must be prepared to endure the pain of splitting, and growing, if to become new.

A Navajo Peacemaker in Iran at Zuky. Makes sense. We are all citizens of the world after all. Seems too often we view others by their government rather than by the people themselves.

Government how-to manual on expediting guilty pleas from undocumented immigrants uncovered by ACLU at Latina Lista.

And today, we learn that the irregularities that occurred in the Postville courts, to which Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas testified to before Congress, were premeditated and came complete - with a how-to manual.
Also Justice Department report reveals manufactured White House strategy to deny undocumented immigrants the "rule of law".

Gainesville Times Review of 9500Liberty Special Screening at Anti-BVBL. In Just Call the Cops Anti-BVBL is challenged by another blog PWConservative claiming Anti-BVBL claims all Hispanics are being dragged out of PWC. Of course, this isn't true. Also read NY Times: The Laws Cops Can't Enforce.

This Op-Ed in the NY Times, hits the nail on the head. We owe it to our law enforcement officers to come up with a workable federal immigration policy that does not force police departments to succumb to political pressures to 'reduce immigration by using racial profiling and harassment'.

Hispanics twice as likely to be searched while driving at The Latin Americanist. Also Follow-up: Suspect arrested in transgendered Latina murder.