Category Archives: Immigration

Yearning to be Recognized

Editor’s Note: May 1 is celebrated worldwide as International Workers’ Day. In the United States, commemoration of May Day was broadly revived during the last decade by the struggles of immigrant workers and community members. In 2015, May Day events organized by immigrant workers are scheduled for Los Angeles, San Jose, Albuquerque and many other…
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The Battle over Immigrant Driver’s Licenses Flares Anew in New Mexico

In almost ritualistic fashion, the New Mexico State Legislature is once again a battleground over the matter of driver’s licenses for unauthorized immigrants. For the sixth time since the advent of the administration of Republican Governor Susana Martinez in 2011, lawmakers are mulling proposals to do away with or significantly alter the issuance of state…
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Deportations to Dangerous Zones

Tens of thousands of Mexican immigrants from the conflict-ridden, impoverished state of Guerrero have been deported from the United States since 2010. Netzahualcoyotl Bustamante Satin, Guerrero’s secretary for migrant and international affairs, said his state ranked third in terms of the Mexican state of origin for Mexican deportees from 2010 to 2014. According to Bustamante,…
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Migrant Deaths and Displacement Soar in 2014

Celebrated every December 18, International Migrants Day is an occasion to honor the contributions of immigrants across the globe. For 2014,  the International Organization for Migration (IOM) had sobering news. According to the Geneva-based organization, nearly 5,000 migrants perished worldwide while attempting to reach their promised lands. The fatal toll was more than double 2013’s…
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Central American Mothers Build Bridges of Hope

For the tenth time, Central American mothers and other relatives of disappeared migrants are undertaking an emotional Mexican journey. Setting off from Mexico’s southern border on November 20, the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and a day of national protest in Mexico for the missing students of the Ayotzinapa rural teachers’ college, a new caravan…
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Advocates Blast New Family Detention Plans

An announcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that it is closing down one migrant family detention center in New Mexico but expanding another one in neighboring Texas is drawing sharp criticism from immigrant rights activists. On November 18, ICE announced that it would phase out its detention center at the Federal Law Enforcement…
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Guatemala-Mexico Agreement on Migrants in Baja Signed

Guatemalan and Mexican authorities have signed an agreement to provide greater assistance to Guatemalan migrants in Baja California, Mexico. Alejandra Gordillo, executive director of the National Council for Assistance to Guatemalan Migrants (Conamigua), estimated that upwards of 3,500 Guatemalan migrants are residing in the northern Mexican border city of Tijuana alone, virtually stranded without work…
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Massive Rights Violations Charged at New Mexico Detention Facility

After touring a New Mexico detention facility housing Central American refugees, immigrant advocates and lawyers have charged the Obama Administration with violating due process rights. In a July 24 telephonic press conference hosted by the National Immigration Law Center, representatives of an advocates’ group that were allowed to conduct a short visit July 22 of…
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A Cover-up in a Young Migrant’s Death?

Questions keep swirling around a tragic case that is seen by some as emblematic of the dangers facing unaccompanied minor children crossing Mexico while on their journey to the United States. Four months after Jocelyn Nohemi Alvarez Quillay, a 12-year-old indigenous girl from Ecuador, was found hanging in a Ciudad Juarez shelter, officials from the…
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Political Developments Chill Immigration Reform

In new signs that prospects for immigration reform legislation are all but dead for now, developments in both state and national arenas have pushed a solution to the issue farther down the political tracks. For starters, Texas Republicans readopted a tough stance at the party’s convention in Fort Worth last weekend. Drawing more than 7,000…
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