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  1. New Report: The consequences of losing a lawful immigrant parent to deportation

    by , 04-27-2010 at 07:31 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    A new report issued by a collaboration of the law schools UC Berkeley and UC Davis addresses the impact of the deportation of a lawful permanent resident parent on their United States citizen child.  The report is entitled:  In the Child's Best Interest?, and examines data collected from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S.
    Census.  The report estimates that from 1997 to 2007 over 88,000 U.S. citizen children have lost
    a Green Card holding parent to deportation, and almost 50% of these children were under 5 when their parent
    was taken from them.  The psychological damage to the child is unmeasurable.When President Obama was campaigning he promised to put an end to this practice.  In stark contrast to his lofty campaign rhetoric, his actions as President tell a different story: he deports on average 1,000 immigrants per day in office.Shame on you Mr. President.  Shame on you.
  2. Rep. Grijalva Calls For Federal Non-Cooperation With Controversial AZ Immigration Bill

    by , 04-27-2010 at 07:08 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Democracy Now! reports that Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is urging federal non-cooperation
    with the new Arizona immigration law and is calling for a targeted economic boycott of

  3. Racist roots of Arizona law exposed

    by , 04-27-2010 at 06:25 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Rachel Maddow exposed the origins of Arizona's new immigration law tracing it to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). For those who don't know, FAIR's mission includes advocating for a moratorium on ALL immigration except spouses
    and minor children of U.S. citizens and a limited number of refugees. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  4. The Response to the Arizona Immigration Law

    by , 04-26-2010 at 05:31 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    The public
    outcry against the new Arizona
    immigration law includes civilian immigrant right activists, Mayors,
    Congressmen, Senators, President Obama, and the head of the Department of
    Homeland Security. 

    Those that are coming out against the law include politicians in the State of Arizona. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon (D) described the new law as "trampling civil rights."  On the federal level, U.S. Rep.
    Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona) called on President Barack
    Obama to fight the law, and has pledged to fight the law through civil disobedience. "We're going to overturn this unjust and racist law, and then we're
    going to overturn the power structure that created this unjust, racist
    Rep. Raul Grijalva.U.S. Representative Luis
    Gutierrez (D-Ill) has been at the center of the controversy stating: "I am going there to let the people of Arizona know that they are not
    alone in fighting against bigotry and hatred," calling the law a "serious civil rights
    catastrophe that Republicans in Arizona are unleashing on immigrants."

    New York Senator Chuck Schumer has also spoken out against the new law: "We do need comprehensive immigration law in this country but not like
    this," "This law is mean-spirited and I'm opposed to it."In Washington, President Obama has called the law
    "misguided" going so far as to say that it may result in civil rights violations.

    Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano agrees with the President's assessment: "That one is a misguided law. It's not a good law enforcement law. It's
    not a good law in any number of reasons. But beyond that, what it
    illustrates is that other states now will feel compelled to do things.
    And you will have this patchwork of laws where we need a federal
    immigration system that meets our security needs, that recognizes where
    we need to go in this 21st century and gives us a better framework on
    which to stand,"On the East Coast, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated that the Arizona law will have a negative impact on the United States economy because: "Foreign investment and tourism are critical to our national economy,
    and this new law sends exactly the wrong message to international
    companies and travelers."Meanwhile the signing of the bill by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer into law has already made an immediate impact on the economy in the State of Arizona. The Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
    (AILA), has move the Association's fall 2010
    conference, previously scheduled for Arizona, to another, an immigrant rights advocacy group, is calling for Major League Baseball to move the 2011 All-Star game from Arizona.The talking heads have also weighed in:

    "Meet the Press" on Sunday April 26, 2010: Senators
    Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Shelby (R-AL)

    ABC's "This Week" Sunday April 25, 2010:

    On the April 25,
    2010 edition of CNN's
    "State of the Union" Senators
    Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) weigh in:

    I'll continue to keep you updated on any developments that occur in Arizona, and across the United States regarding this law.
  5. Rachel Maddow on the Arizona "You don't look American" Bill

    by , 04-23-2010 at 06:50 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    On Rachel Maddow's show last night, in a way that only Rachel can, she addressed the anti-immigrant legislation that is awaiting signature from Governor Jan Brewer in the State of Arizona. 

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