Category Archives: Immigration

International Migrant Crisis Hits a Breaking Point in Baja California

They come from many of the war-torn, economically pillaged and environmentally devastated corners of the globe, principally from Haiti and the Congo but also Eritrea, Senegal, Ghana, Pakistan, and other nations. In their thousands, men, women and children now wait in the northern Mexican border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali on their last, hopeful stopover…
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New Mexico Immigrant Advocates Celebrate Increase in Citizenship Applications

On September 17, Citizenship Day, a group of immigrant rights and labor activists is celebrating a recent 25 percent increase in U.S. citizenship applications registered for New Mexico. According to the New Mexico-based Somos Un Pueblo Unido, new data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) report 637 citizenship applications were received during the…
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Supreme Court’s Immigration Ruling Brakes Lives

Immigration is a hot-button topic as presidential elections overwhelmingly control public discourse, advertisements, and entertainment programs across all media outlets. The recent 4-4 Supreme Court ruling on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) put a brake on the expansion of DACA/DAPA. In 2014,…
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The Child Deportation Express Begins in the South

A new report from Human Rights Watch 9 (HRW) is critical of the Mexican government for fast-tracking the deportation of Central American migrant children who might well have valid claims for political asylum. In a new 151-page report, “Closed Doors: Mexico’s Failure to Protect Central American Refugee and Migrant Children,” HRW reveals that less than…
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Immigration Crises Deepened in 2015

This December 18, International Migrants Day, the crisis of people in movement deepens across the globe. From Europe to Southeast Asia and many places in between, war, insecurity, political repression, climate change, economic plight, and the yearnings of family reunifcation continue propelling people from one end of the planet to the other. “Migration, as a…
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Immigration Advocate Tells Europeans to Remember History

As another International Migrants Day draws near, the situation of migrants and refugees seemingly grows more desperate with each passing day. In different corners of the globe, peoples in movement confront hostile and corrupt officials, opportunistic criminals and death at the hands of humans or the natural elements. The flashpoints of the contemporary crisis include…
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Soccer: Common Ground Trouncing Borders

Editor’s Note: Immigration is transforming the United States in countless ways. Sports is one social arena where the influence of immigrants is making a change in society. In today’s story, New Mexico State University graduate student Nicolás Cabrera takes us to one recent event in New Mexico that illustrated how fútbol, or soccer, is sowing…
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McKinney: The Silenced Community of America’s Best Place to Live

Editor’s Note: A video that went viral last month showing a Texas policeman roughing up 15-year-old African American Dajerria Becton and pulling his service revolver on other teens catapulted the town of McKinney into the national debate over police brutality and race. In today’s commentary, NMSU graduate student Kyle Fields examines other issues in McKinney…
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Some Deportees Can Return for a Court Hearing

Under a legal settlement reached between the Obama administration and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a still undetermined number of deportees will be allowed to return for their day in court. In the 2013 case Lopez-Venegas vs. Johnson, the ACLU’s class action litigation charged the federal government with providing false information and pressuring immigrant…
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Attacked and Lost in the Sonoran Desert

Amnesty International and migrant advocacy organizations are demanding answers to the whereabouts of a group of Central American migrants that reportedly vanished June 2 in the Sonoran Desert. Scores of migrants, perhaps more than 100, could be unaccounted for in the aftermath of an attack on their group near the Sonora-Arizona border. According to survivors’…
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