U.S. Immigration Law: September 2008 Archives

The Obama campaign responded to a comprehensive survey formulated by the editors of the Sanctuary on immigration policy and immigration reform.  The response in full can be found here

As far as McCain's response . . . still waiting for that . . . and waiting . . . and waiting . . .

Does anyone know what a McCain administration immigration policy would look like?  There is a lot of speculation, but nobody seems to know for sure. 

Meanwhile, the McCain campaign continues its blackout of discussion of immigration in the English-language press, while telling Jorge Ramos of Univision that he didn't vote for the border wall (false!) and that Obama opposed comprehensive reform (mentira!).  McCain seems to be hoping to keep the voting public in the dark about his plans long enough to get elected.  Then, who knows!

"calle sufrida, calle tristeza"

Me llaman calle - "they call me 'street.'" This is a powerful song with a simple but effective video, and you can see here the charisma in Manu's performance that can be heard in his music. Manu is that rare combination of talent and informed political commentary that only comes around maybe once every decade. I am cursing myself right now for missing two of his rare North American performances in recent years right in my old backyard at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

This song, about the denigration that sex workers face in machista societies (whether north or south of the U.S./Mexico border), raises one of the rare issues where migrant advocates and DHS are mostly on the same page: human trafficking. 

According to the Department of State, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked internationally every year, and between 14,500 and 17,500 of them are trafficked into or within the United States. Half of these victims are estimated to be children.  Many of the victims end up in forced prostitution.  More information can be found in the State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report

David Bacon on Migration and Globalization

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Award-winning author and photojournalist David Bacon spoke here in D.C. last night at the AFL-CIO about his new book Illegal People: How globalization creates migration and criminalizes immigrants.

Bacon is emphasizing the need to frame the immigration debate in this country within its larger context (economic globalization).  It's globalization that is the cause of so many people having to migrate in the first place.  If earlier migrants (i.e. people already here in the U.S. whose families migrated in previous generations) understand the reason why people in other countries are having to come here now, I think we will be able to have a more rational debate about how to create more humane policies and reduce human suffering all around.  Globalization and immigration are different parts of the same story.  To speak of one without the other is to give only a partial telling of that story. 
Thumbnail image for immigrationchart2-copy.jpgReason magazine has a great chart (pdf) outlining wait times for citizenship under different scenarios (text version here (pdf)).

What you'll notice if you read the chart carefully is that for a large number of potential immigrants--certainly the majority of undocumented immigrants already here--there are simply no legal channels to immigrate. Wait times are irrelevant; such workers could wait till they're gray and still not get a visa because it is simply impossible.

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